A firm foundation is necessary for any structure, and that includes your body.  If your body has proper posture, it can function much better due to the firm foundation and solid support.  The legs play an important role in creating this sturdy structure for the body, but sometimes, your legs may be slightly uneven in length. This can happen because of unevenness in the hips, a misalignment in the spine, or even unbalanced muscle tone. Even the smallest difference in leg length can negatively affect the body.  Leg length discrepancy can lead to muscle tension, can result in a decline in joint mobility, and can even affect overall quality of life.  If uncorrected, leg length discrepancy can lead to short leg syndrome.  Those with a history of hip, leg, or knee problems can experience short leg syndrome and all its related issues.  Thankfully, a Charlotte chiropractor can correct leg length discrepancies to alleviate discomfort, reduce related concerns, and encourage optimal health and wellness in the body.

Why Is Leg Length Important to Our Health?

Equal leg length is important for proper spinal alignment.  The spine plays a critical role in our overall health and wellness.  Misalignments can lead to nerve interference, which causes dysfunction within the body.  When the brain can’t communicate with the rest of the body, it will affect overall function and health.  Leg length discrepancy is a sure sign of a spinal misalignment that is affecting your body.  Any discrepancy, no matter how small, can lead to chaos within the body.  Because our body seeks to be balanced, if it senses a lack of balance, it will do whatever necessary to even things out. So if your lumbar (lower) spine is unbalanced because of a spinal misalignment, your cervical spine (neck) will try to balance your body by moving the opposite way. This creates a slew of issues, often including general discomfort and leg length discrepancy. It is important to seek regular chiropractic care to remove misalignments and promote health, as well as to avoid leg length and balance problems in your spine.

Leg Length Health Concerns

Those who suffer from short leg syndrome are very familiar with some of the problems associated with different leg lengths.  Pain and discomfort are the top health concerns caused by different leg lengths.  This imbalance will cause pain in the knees, ankles, hips, and lower back, as well as the surrounding tissue.  Furthermore, improper leg length can lead to more spinal misalignments that can cause even more health issues, such as digestive system issues, chronic headaches, decreased immune system health, and more.  When not addressed early, it can take longer to correct or reverse leg length discrepancy.  So consult Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant Lisetor right away if you suffer from short leg syndrome in order to alleviate health concerns as quickly as possible.

Chiropractic Care to Correct Leg Discrepancies

Dr. Grant Lisetor of Greater Life Chiropractic can address improper leg length and the pain associated with it.  Spinal misalignments and pressure build-up are the root cause of pain and discomfort. If not dealt with, it can even cause degenerative diseases. A gentle adjustment from Dr. Lisetor will remove pressure and misalignments to alleviate this pain and even begin to reverse some degenerative diseases.

If you suffer from joint pain associated with short leg syndrome, chiropractic can help.  Don’t wait, call Dr. Lisetor of Greater Life Chiropractic to address leg length, restore joint mobility, alleviate muscle tightness, and experience better health.

 

 

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