This is a photo of one of my clients before (left) and after (right). There are a few weeks between each photo but it's obvious that she has been doing her homework.
See the spine and the way it curves in the first photo? And how the spine is straight in the second?
This curve is described as scoliosis. And although many people panic when they hear the term it's obvious from the photos that it can be corrected.
Now the muscle responsible for this was the quadratus lumborum (or QL which is a muscle either side of the spine). The left QL was in spasm which was preventing her pelvis and spine from moving the way it should. We also found that this muscle was the cause of a leg length issue. How? Well if the muscle is in spasm then it can hitch the pelvis up on that side causing one leg to appear longer than the other. As a consequence the body tries to compensate for the longer leg. And as you can imagine, it's not pretty when it has to do this. All. The. Time.
So releasing the QL has allowed the spine to straighten and brought the legs back to level. It's taken time with this client (a few weeks of work) but I have also seen this happen in a single session. The key is knowing where to look and what to work on. If we only focus on the pain then we may miss the main cause altogether.