By: DR. Marv Sublett
Our bodies are made to be symmetrical. In general, the more symmetrical we are, the better we feel, the better we move. Unfortunately, our daily lifestyle habits tend to keep us in asymmetrical postures most of the time. Here are a few examples:
- Sitting with one leg crossed over the other.
- Sleeping on the same side while in bed.
- Standing with more weight on one side.
These small tendencies may not seem like a big deal, but over time they can compound and contribute to MAJOR discomfort throughout the body. Chronic pain and injury typically occur when there is a discrepancy between the left and right sides of the body. One side ends up constantly doing a little more work than the other, eventually becoming overworked, weaker, and less efficient.
This can eventually lead to chronic pain and injury due to overall poor body awareness and mechanics. And all of these habits are subconscious. In other words, we do them without even thinking about it! Which makes it really hard to build awareness.
While it may not be realistic to stay perfectly symmetrical all of the time, building awareness and trying to stay symmetrical most of the time can make a huge difference in regard to pain management and movement efficiency.
When it comes to exercise, it’s always a good idea to maintain a well-balanced strength training and mobility routine. This will promote more efficient postures and movement habits and will translate to better posture and body mechanics in general.
– Herrington, L. (2011, December). Assessment of the degree of pelvic tilt within a normal asymptomatic population [Abstract]. Musculoskeletal Science & Practice, 16(6), 646-648
– Pelvic Stabilization, Lateral Hip, and Gluteal Strengthening Program
– The Joint Pain Relief Workout