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This is the MAIN reason for BACK PAIN and most PAINS !!!

This is the MAIN reason for BACK PAIN and most PAINS !!!

BACK PAIN is the result of different imbalances within your body. Those imbalances create habits which you then live with, most of the time without paying much attention to because you are too busy to think about these things. Your brain saves you energy by making you have habits, basically the easy options like carrying lots of bags on one elbow and the car keys on the other hand (crazy idea!!!). Another bad habit we all have is to slump when we walk. This is not because we are lazy nope!…It is purely because our brain finds the weakness and the imbalance and uses them to create habits and make life easy for us…That’s why we differ to other animals!…

DO YOU KNOW WHY WE HAVE THE HABIT OF SLUMPING WHEN WE WALK???…

Because our ankles are not flexible enough to flex up when we walk!!!…Yep….Get ready because I got something special on the way. Take a sit, say “I’m ready” and scroll down…

My patient Emily went on the treadmill so I could examine the way she walks. She complained of an ongoing knee pain. I am telling you know if she didn’t see me in time, her Back would be in danger next…

HAVE A LOOK AT THIS PICTURE ABOVE…Can you see what I see???!!!…

The red lines are the typical Y and X lines in Maths!…Yes you dislike Maths but please keep reading!…You will be shocked with what I am going to reveal next!..

The black line between them shows the amount of flexion that Emily’s RIGHT ankle has when she walks. The higher the black line (the closest the black line to the Y line – the vertical one) the more the flexibility. I drew the line from the centre of the heel to the start of the second toe.

Why the second toe???…

Because Science says that this is the toe we use to move our foot from in different directions!!!…

Let’s have a look at Emily’s LEFT ankle now and compare…Honestly, look at this!!!…

Same Y and X although longer don’t worry it’s the same concept.

LOOK AT THE BLACK LINE ON THIS FOOT !!!!!!

Can you see how high it is comparing to the other foot in the first picture?

SO, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO EVERYONE ELSE?

It means that Emily has more flexibility in her LEFT foot and ankle as opposed to the lower flexibility in the RIGHT one (Picture 2 just above).

DID YOU KNOW THAT YOU CAN TEST YOUR OWN ANKLES DOING THIS BELOW?

The single leg squat!!!….Here are the easy steps to try it at home. It will take you 30 seconds on each side plus 10 seconds to set up so no excuses :)..

  1. Stand in the middle of the room…
  2. Be near a wall to use for support later..
  3. Stand on your right leg (left leg bend the knee up)
  4. Use left hand to the wall…
  5. Squat down on your right leg (only half way down)..
AND HERE IS WHAT YOU SHOULD LOOK FOR:
  • Does your knee drop in?
  • Is your foot rolling in?
  • Are you leaning forwards all in all?…

If you answered YES to at least one of the above then get ready to soon experience a BAD BACK and a dodgy KNEE!!!…

WHY???…GET READY FOR THE BIG ANSWER. WE ARE NEARLY THERE !!!…

The back of your legs are connected to your lower back, to your upper back and then to your neck. I have seen it with my own eyes in my Dissection Classes and when I was shadowing multiple Theatre operations when I was little (YES INDED! My father was in Theatre week in week out and he did let me watch; back in the 90’s you only needed a quick consent from the patient and not all this endless paperwork of these days!)…

So there is a connective sheath, like a long cling film connecting the back of your legs (calves, hamstrings) to your back and neck..It is very similar to when you lift the skin off the chicken breast..Hmmm?..

 

AMAZING AND QUICK EXAMPLE FOR YOU: If one foot is not as flexible when you walk (like the first picture on this blog – scroll up!), this is because the back of the leg muscles are very tight without you knowing it. Your brain makes it easier for you instead of giving you signs of what is tight, it will just decide not to flex your foot much so you don’t feel the pain in your calves in case you decide to stop walking…When your foot is not flexing enough like Emily’s, your foot will then roll in to help your ankle to move forwards (Brain signal!!!). The single leg squat TEST is the closest scenario to how we walk so trust this test!!!…See this below WOW ???!!!…

This is a different patient but same pattern. The foot rolls in because of the low flexibility on the ankle, then the knee is facing in can you see it????….

So here is something not to forget!…

—>>> Ankle not flexible = Foot rolls in = Knee faces in = Extra Pressure into your Knee = KNEE PAIN!!!…

WHAT ABOUT YOUR BACK????  Well, read this and you WILL be amazed…

So whether there is knee pain or not when you roll your foot in (because your ankle is not flexible enough), the pressure will eventually reach your BACK. And this is because you are slumping when you walk as a result of foot in, knee in…The “cling film” at your legs is too much out of place and it is pulling higher up (tight calves and no flexibility in the ankle)…TRY IT WITH AN ACTUAL CLING FILM HOME…STRETCH IT OUT THEN START MESSING WITH ONE END AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS TO THE OTHER END…It will either rip or stretch even more and this is what will happen to your BACK eventually, if your ankles are not flexible enough!

So let’s rephrase the equation:

Ankle not flexible = Foot rolls in = Knee faces in = Extra Pressure into your Knee (Knee pain or not) = BACK SLUMPS (you lean forwards when you do single leg squats try it!!!) = NEGATIVE BACK STRETCH = BACK PAIN…eventually…

And all these without you knowing. You just know when your back goes, and this is when it is too late I’m afraid…Because as we said before, your brain is way too clever to hide from you the fact that your ankles are not flexible enough because you have tight calves (or tight back of legs in general). And your foot starts to roll in to help all these and your brain still keeps it from you because you are too busy with work and your brain does NOT want to tire you any further…The knee then starts rolling in too. And then you slump. However, in weeks to come your back starts aching and you just put it down to slumping…

Have a think where it starts folks…..The cling film pulls more and more every day…

SO, WHAT SHOULD I DO TO HAVE FLEXIBLE ANKLES AND AVOID BACK PAIN?

You need to practice first, practice to walk with as much flexion as possible in the toes, just before you heel strike. Then repeat the same on the other leg. Practice it for 5 minutes every evening before chilling out. Take a record of your improvement.

I forgot to say before this, bend down to touch your toes and do it again after a week of practising the new walking pattern. Then compare how far you touch your toes after a week !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!..And if you think you can touch your toes anyway you are wrong…do it against the wall!…

 (practice makes perfect…)

Any questions I am always here, you have known this for a while my Dear Followers 🙂 Thanks so much for reading every blog 🙂

You can contact me on 07527836754 (WHATSAPP – TEXT – PHONE) or on christos@olympossic.co.uk

 

 

 

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