As we have mentioned in a previous post, motion primes muscle. In Part 1 of Supinated Back Pain? we identified a Supinated/rigid/arched foot’s effect in limiting the motion that subsequently triggers the hip musculature to work.
If the hip cannot capture this required motion to work from the foot, interesting things start to happen. The motion of rotation for the hip to work is required and will take place. The question is what will happen to create it.
I discussed with someone suffering from back pain on the right lowest region of the back. They explained how their back pain would sometime radiate into the buttocks of the right side and keep them awake at night.
When watching this person walk it was apparent that their upper torso rotated to the right when their right foot was flat on the ground.
They were loading their hip musculature with motion from the top down. They would over-rotate their torso ‘out’ to make the femur rotate ‘in’ relative to the pelvis.
As a result they were abusing the area where they complained of their back pain.
Hopefully this allows us to appreciate how the body will compensate and allow us to perform the task we ask of it. The body may not perform it in the most efficient way. Whether it is the way we are made, or the way our bodies have adapted to our lifestyle, it is extremely beneficial to have a general understanding of how it moves to address some of our common concerns.
On a side note, the medial model of treatment had been imaging of the low back and prescriptions to address the pain. Surgery was another option on the list to address what they had assumed was a bulging disc. When asked, ‘Did anyone watch you walk’? The answer was simply, ‘no’.