Let’s take a look at the following example. Here, a person is suffering from constant pain on their right knee, which also seems to caved-in. We’ll call him Mike.
Mike’s right knee seems to constantly pop and crack whenever he walks or moves about his day. Whenever Mike goes out for a run, he can’t run for more than 5 minutes before the pressure in his right shin becomes to much to bear with.
He is concerned, especially since the pain and noises seem to get worse with time. He just turned 30 after all. He shouldn’t be experiencing this type of knee problems at his age.
So Mike goes to his primary doctor. The doctor takes some X-rays of Mike’s knee, finds nothing wrong with it, so he prescribes Mike some pain pills and suggests that he puts some ice on his knee after going running. The docotor simply attributes the popping and cracking as “normal noises” that sometimes knees have.
Mike follows his doctor’s orders but it doesn’t seem to help the problem. The pain pills seem to work temporarily, but year after year Mike’s knee becomes more painful. Mike even starts noticing that his knee has starting caving in over the years, giving him a slightly knock-kneed look on his right leg.
Sadly, this is a very common problem nowadays in the medical community. Doctors can’t seem to find the cause for a patient’s pain, so they prescribe some pills and send them on their way.
It is a shame that very few doctors have a good understanding of modern postural imbalances, which could be causing a patient’s pain. Doing as they’ve been trained to do, they’ll look at the site of the pain (such as the knee), instead of looking at the body as a whole and trying to figure out if the source of the pain is actually coming from somewhere else.
In Mike’s case, his problem is actually his left hip. As you can see in this illustration, Mike’s right hip joint is elevated, throwing his body out of balance. Because of this, his body starts to pull his right knee inwards, causing major pressure on this one load bearing joint.
The result is predictable. Knee pain and progressive deformity, giving Mike a knock-kneed look on his right knee.
Finding the right source of the imbalance is key. Once recognized, it is possible to correct the imbalance to restore your body to its original grid position. To achieve this, you must follow a 3-step plan:
- Finding and stopping the behavior that’s causing the original imbalance.
- Integrate a strength training program that focuses on strengthening all weak muscles, without creating further imbalances.
- Having an effective stretching routine to lengthen tight, overactive muscles.
Let’s be clear about one thing. This kind of change doesn’t happen overnight. Muscular imbalances occur slowly over time, and correcting them also takes time.
However, it is possible to correct your bow legs or knock knees imbalance by following the right training protocol, without having invasive corrective surgery that produces sub-par results.