60 Second Secret Source of Leg Weakness
Going to the gym and one leg is not getting as muscular or as strong as the other? Is an area weaker than you feel it should be?
An injured ankle or knee can cause muscle problems not only in the ankle and knee, but it can also affect muscles all the way up to the hip and low back. Some muscles are made weaker, and some are made tenser due to altered joint function.
An article by James Raymond D.C. states: “A joint must have normal mobility in order for its corresponding muscles to work efficiently; evidence has shown that muscle strength and function become altered due to motion restrictions.” This is an ongoing reflex inhibition of the muscles around the joint and nerve impulses are affected. This can persist long after an injured joint has recovered.
This is seen frequently in any muscle around the injured area and even above or below the injury. Think of your buttock, hip, knee, and ankle as a motion “chain.” The movement of one part makes another part move, such as in walking. When the foot lifts it affects the ankle, which affects the knee, which affects the hip and buttock.
While physical therapy and home exercises help, if the joint isn’t restored to normal motion, the area will not work correctly.
Let’s look at the spine. People fall, get bumped, have fender benders, get knocked around in sports, and get bones of the spine that lock up and their motion is restricted. Once that occurs, the muscles of the back stop working correctly and now you are more prone to pain, spasm and/or injury.
This is a good reason to start and stay under proactive care. Monthly chiropractic visits can keep everything moving correctly as long as you own your spine!
Dr. Thorburn is a Registered Nurse and a Doctor of Chiropractic. She also has advanced training in nutrition. Take advantage of her 46 years of experience!