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Fixing Leg Length Discrepancy

how do you stretch the abductors of the hip? I think I have some spasming hip abductors that are making one leg shorter than the other.

In what way does a hypertonic muscle make an extremity shorter…? It just isn’t logical.

[quote]Tatsu wrote:
In what way does a hypertonic muscle make an extremity shorter…? It just isn’t logical.[/quote]

The body is a tension integrity system. It doesn’t cause actual skeletal lengthening or shorting, in other words short or longer bones, however in relation to the other extremity it can cause a discrepancy. Obviously with an x-ray, considering parallax error, when the head of the femur and inferior ramus ischium are both level and bone length is the same, a hypertonic myofascial imbalance is indicated. Usually the QL, or erector imbalance is the problem, however any number of issues can be involved, from add. to foot pronation.