We have been over again and again how the body is a whole system and should be treated as such. And how the pelvis is connected to the shoulder.
And so if this is the case then we can understand how a Leg Length discrepancy can affect so much within the body!*
For example, one of my clients had been suffering for years with shoulder pain. He'd also had issues with his ribs and lower back.
It even got to the point where it played on his mental health. Which, as probably some of you know, when you are in constant pain you put off doing things in case you make things worse. And as some of you may also know, this can impact you in more ways than just the physical side.
Now he did what most of us would do and asked for help. But unfortunately the therapists and doctors that he had seen had gone straight to the sight of pain, over and over again. Initially they were able to help with pain relief but the issue kept returning.
And as I've said before, if the issue keeps returning there must be something else going on.
In this client's case he had a 20mm leg length difference. 20!!! That's 2cms!! And one that no one had ever picked up before.
But the thing is, I don't have an issue with the Leg Length difference itself. I have seen clients with a huge difference and have no pain or dysfunction. So Leg Length Discrepancy is not always to blame.**
But when you then work on releasing or strengthening areas and the Leg length difference changes, you are able to use this as a way to gauge what might be having an impact (or at least that's how I use it!).
And so from working on his pelvis and spine (and managing to get his leg length difference to 5mm...which tells me that the area we were working on was having an impact on his leg length) we also influenced his shoulder too. After just a few days, the dull ache in his shoulder had eased off and found that it was no longer impacting his life as it was before.
Now again, this is not a quick fix. Afterwards this took my client a lot of dedication to ensure that his body remained strong and mobile. But once he knew where to work on, everything else fell into place.
So I remind you again, if your issues are not being resolved, please think outside the box. It may just be coming from somewhere else!
*Biomechanical issues are not the be all and end all. For some people it has no effect. For others it does. We cannot put all the blame on Biomechanics but in some instances it is the key that is missing.
** Leg Length Discrepancy is not always to blame. If the difference is structural (and the client has one bone longer than the other then yes this can play a part). But in most instances I see, a Leg Length Discrepancy is Functional (which means that some of the muscles are holding one leg longer or shorter than the other). Personally I use LLD as a baseline. If we create changes to it after working on an area then I know that area probably needs some more TLC.