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Steve Lockhart

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Can a short leg be hereditory
« on: January 25, 2011, 03:29:34 PM »
I am from the UK and have been reading with interest about SLM. I was inspired to purchase your self treatment pack having suffered low back pain for over 2 months now and been getting frustrated with the conventional medical profession. I have seen 3 physios who all diagnosed a herniated disk, although none would do a scan to prove this. The only fact I have is that my right leg is 3-4 cm shorter than my left, although the physios dismissed this as being a contributory factor. I have stopped the physio as it was having no impact. 
The pain came on one day on waking soon after starting a new job (and stopping going to the gym!) and gradually progressed over 2 months. Briefly, my symptoms:
 - pain/muscle tightness/spasm in left glute/hip area.
 - cramp like sensation in inside left ankle
 - contracted erector muscles (like steel!)
 - unable to sit for long or bend forward at hips without pain
 - pinching/grating feeling in right side groin when pulling right knee to chest.
 Do you think this could be due to the short leg and a tilted pelvis?
My mother also has a short leg and says it runs in our family, although the discrepancy has got less with each generation. Everyone going back to my great grandfather has had years of back problems!
My question is - do you think one can be born with a short leg and is he condition hereditary. If so is there any hope of correcting it? Also is 3-4cm a big disrepancy and how long do you think it might take to correct, if I am persistent with the programme?

Thanks in advance for your advice!

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Re: Can a short leg be hereditary
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2011, 03:37:28 PM »
Rather than the short leg being hereditary it is more likely that you copied bad posture from your parent from and early age and developed it that way.

The ability to fix a problem like this depends largely on the condition of your muscles which takes in lifestyle, personality and stress levels. The only effective approach is a full body one that rebalances the muscles and corrects the pelvis and spine alignment.

My self treatment program will improve your condition, the question is by how much. One thing it definitely will do is educate you about your problem and make you much more able to make informed decisions and know what you need to do. There are very few, if any,  program or treatments out there that take this full body, educational approach.



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Re: Can a short leg be hereditory
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2011, 01:10:13 PM »
Thanks for the reply Steve.
Actually I am delighted with the results of doing the self help exercise programme after just a week, and starting the SLM yoga yesterday. A long way to go obviously to reverse years of misalignment and disfunction, but the improvement in the pain and mobility is happening a lot quicker than I expected. I'm going to try to get to one of the 3 SLM therapists in the UK.
It's amazing how something so simple can provide such a dramatic relief. I am surprised that the general medical profession has not picked up on this theory, and staggered at their lack of understanding of back pain and how the the human body functions, given the number of people that suffer.
I'm glad I found your website.
Thanks so much.


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