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June 2016

Could This Simple Addition Eliminate Many Chronic Discomforts?

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One Of My Legs Is Shorter Than The Other?!

Laughter and confusion are the common reactions people have when I inform them they have one leg shorter than the other. Yes, it’s funny; however, it may be the most important examination finding.  Living in a house that is built on a slant may not be the most comfortable for the person residing in that home.  Unless you even out the foundation, the problem will not be fixed.  The same concept applies for certain load-bearing joints in your body.  If your foundation is off, then there is a good chance your body will express its anger by sending pain signals. Therapies may temporarily help but will not address the main cause.

Why Do I Have a Shorter Leg?

  • Spine and/or Pelvic Rotation
  • Developmental (Born Like That)
  • Hip or Knee Surgeries
  • Traumas
  • Posture
Conditions It Can Cause

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Shin Splints
  • Knee Pain
  • Hip Pain 
  • Sciatica
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Neck Pain 
  • Headaches
A Quick Test
The only definitive way to get an exact measurement of one’s leg length is by getting an entire lower body x-ray called a scanogram. Since this type of x-ray is complex to perform, checking your feet is a simpler method that can determine if there may be an imbalance.  Lay on your stomach and have a friend or family member push your shoes together. Look to see which one is shorter.  Again, this not definitive but it works.
The Treatment
Chiropractic adjustments, manual therapies (Active Release Technique and Graston) and correct exercises are my top tools for a solid treatment plan.  For chronic structural conditions I have more tricks up my sleeve.
To level a person’s foundation, I have been prescribing sole and heel lifts — a shoe insert that is placed in the shoe of the shorter leg.  I must admit that I didn’t recognize heel lifts to be beneficial until I started to experimenting with them.  In fact, one of the first patients I fitted for a heel lift was a triathlete with chronic sciatica pain of several years. Remarkably, within two weeks of using the lift, her sciatica pain subsided significantly and she was able to run pain free for the first time in years.

This simple and inexpensive addition to your shoe maybe what’s needed to resolve any chronic pain discomforts.
Get evaluated for heel lifts at New Path Chiropractic!

What To Do With That Stiff Neck

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Waking up with a stiff neck is an unfortunate, yet common, occurrence that can be extremely frustrating.

The good news is that it usually resolves on its own; the bad news is that it can take up to 3 days to completely disappear. Who wants to wait that long?

Below are a few exercises to help speed up the recovery process. 

Step 1.

Make “The Double Chin”

  • Retract your head straight back so your head is directly over your body
  • Keep chin straight,DO NOT drop chin down
  • This is the starting position for steps 2 and 3
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    Step 2.

    Ear To Shoulder

    • Start in step 1 position
    • Using your opposite hand, gently pull your ear to your shoulder (lateral flexion). Gently hold  for 2-3 seconds when you’ve gone as far as you can
    • Keep chin straight – Do not tip down or forward
    • Complete 3 sets of 8 to 10 reps 
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      Step 3.

      Rotate

      • Start in step 1 position
      • Gently push on cheek bone to help turn your head, rotating your head slightly past where it feels comfortable.  Hold for 2-3 seconds. 
      • Keep chin straight- Do not tip down or forward
      • Complete 3 sets of 8 to 10 reps 
      • Head Rotation for neck pain

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