Is your body working as a Team?
When playing sport of any kind it is important that the team works cohesively to get the best results. Like a team, this too is important for the body. In the system of RoTai we believe there are three main contributors to keeping a balanced body. If one is out the other two can cope but if two are out, then the body will start to falter and cease to work as one.
The three main contributors:
The “short leg” or Functional Leg Length Discrepancy
Leg length discrepancies can be caused by poor alignment of the pelvis or simply because one leg is structurally longer than the other. Regardless of the reason, your body wants to be symmetrical and will do its best to compensate for the length difference. The greater the leg length difference, the earlier the symptoms will present themselves.
We can liken the short leg to the construction of a building “if the piers are not level how will everything above it be”
Iliotibial Band (I.T.B.)
The Iliotibial band (I.T.B.) syndrome may be the result of a combination of issues from poor training habits and poor flexibility of muscle and other mechanical imbalances in the body, especially involving the low back, pelvis, hips, and knees.
Anatomy issues may include differences in the lengths of the legs (a leg-length discrepancy), an abnormal tilt to the pelvis. These situations can cause the I.T.B. to become excessively tight creating pain down from the hip into the knee.
Initially, there may be sensations of stinging or needle-like pricks that are often ignored. This can gradually progress to pain every time the heel strikes the ground and finally can become disabling with pain when walking, climbing up or down steps and training.
You may feel a snapping or popping sound at the knee, and there may be some swelling either where the band crosses the bone on the side of or below the knee where it attaches to the tibia. Occasionally, the pain may radiate along the course of the I.T.B. all the way up to the outer side of the thigh to the hip.
The Psoas Major Muscle
The Psoas joins the upper body and the lower body, the inside to the outside, and the back to the front. As part of the Iliopsoas, Psoas major contributes to flexion in the hip joint. On the lumbar spine, unilateral contraction bends the trunk laterally, while bilateral contraction raises the trunk from its supine position.
It forms part of a group of muscles called the hip flexors, whose action is primarily to lift the upper leg towards the body when the body is fixed or to pull the body towards the leg when the leg is fixed.
The Psoas is responsible for our balance, stability and the main contributor to core strength. When partnered up with the Glute and I.T.B.'s the three create our bodies structure. When the Psoas, Glute and I.T.B.'s are locked up or under tension they can put a large strain on the shoulders, lower back, hamstrings and knee's, not too forget our mental state, being in pain constantly is draining, counter-productive and for some demoralising.
Getting you back to training fast and performing at your best is our goal. Call us for information on all the injuries we can help you with.
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