pc: The Art and Science of Kinesiology
I love this picture because it illustrates so clearly how muscular tightness can change the balance of your whole body! You can see that the shortened quadratus lumborum causes the pelvis to shift and the lumbar spine to become curved. This of course isn’t the end of it, because if your hips are out of whack, then your knees suffer as well.
So it turns into a whole body issue, just from one muscle! If you are a rider, the problem compounds. We all know that if you are sitting unevenly in the saddle, the best case scenario is that you are going to have a hard time using your seat to communicate with your horse. But worse, over time this uneven distribution of your weight over your horse’s back can also cause him to have a sore back, which can then go to his hips, then to stifles, hocks, and so on and so forth. You get the picture!
The point is, we can get ahead of these issues if we fix them before they get too far. Don’t let a minor muscular tightness turn into a whole body problem! Regular massage and PEMF therapy are the keys to staying loose and in balance!