The Cause for Uneven Hips and Shoulders and the Chiropractic Approach to Fixing Them
The body is designed to stand erect. Your spine – stacked tall with bony vertebrae and vertebral discs, and supported by a network of muscles, ligaments, and other connective tissue – allows you to maintain an even posture from head to toe. In a perfect world, the left and right sides of your body would sit perfectly in line with one another. Unfortunately, our bodies are not perfect, and sometimes the body gets misaligned and out of whack. Over time, you may find that one of your hips or shoulders (or both!) sits higher than the other. This is uneven hips and uneven shoulders. This may be accompanied by soreness or pain when standing or sitting in certain positions.
The chiropractic team at Posture Works in San Francisco, CA and Denver, CO understands how frustrating it can be to view and manage uneven hips and shoulders. Fortunately, there is a chiropractic solution to this problem.
Uncovering the cause of your uneven hips
At first glance, it may not be as easy to identify uneven hips as it is to see uneven shoulders, but the two problems are closely related. The issue normally stems from uneven hips to start.
A lateral pelvic tilt is one of the most common causes of this problem. A lateral pelvic tilt is when your pelvis, which connects to your spine and hips, tilts to one side instead of forward or backward. This tilt pulls one hip up and pushes the other down rather than sitting parallel to the floor and your shoulders.
Lateral pelvic tilts may be caused by injuries or by prolonged postures in which one hip is raised. Usually, this tilt will cause the shoulders to also appear uneven, with the lower shoulder on the same side as the higher hip.
Uneven hips and shoulders may also be a sign of scoliosis, or an abnormal curve in the spine. Normal spines have a slight S-shape near your neck and tailbone when viewed from the side, but the vertebrae should be stacked evenly on top of each other when viewed head-on. People with scoliosis will have an S- or C-shaped curve laterally. In most cases, scoliosis occurs naturally, but it can sometimes occur as a result of spinal injuries or other spinal problems.
Other causes of uneven shoulders or hips may be muscular imbalance, where the parts of the body are shifted unnaturally because of stiff or shortened muscles. In addition, simple spinal misalignments can pull on your spine, muscles and more, causing imbalances.
How a chiropractor can help
If you have uneven hips and shoulders, visit a professional who can help you correct it. Letting shoulders and hips sit unevenly will not only look odd, but may lead to neck, shoulder, and back pain and immobility.
To help ease the stiffness and reverse the effects of uneven hips and shoulders, you’ll want to work with a chiropractor who can help you identify the underlying cause of your imbalance. Your problem may lie in undetected scoliosis, muscular tightness or a general misalignment.
From there, your chiropractor may be able to fix the misalignment through exercises and stretches to loosen your muscles and spinal manipulations to get each vertebra back where it should be. Once everything is lined up properly, you may notice a difference right away or soon after.
When you work with the spinal experts at Posture Works, you’ll be treated with our special approach to patient wellness called Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP). Through CBP, we help patients in Denver, CO and San Francisco, CA identify spinal problems. Our goal is to fix them or mitigate symptoms, so you can live a better, healthier life.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.