So after a while of odd-looking squats, my chiro determined I have a lateral pelvic tilt where my pelvis shifted to the right, making my right hip higher, and therefore bringing the right shoulder lower than natural for a right-handed person.
This effects my squat because in the bottom position, its pretty visible that my right thigh can be above parallel, where my left quad is at or below parallel, which I fear will lead to an imbalance in my leg development.
Now this being said, it’s also apparent that this can cause tight muscles on the right side of the abdomen as well as lower back, causing the right shoulder to be pulled down. I’ve spend weeks, for long periods a day, multiple times a day, doing different stretches that were recommended by my chiro and physio (i.e. laying my left side on a foam roller/swiss ball with right arm outstretched, lying supine and slowly stretching each knee up to my chest). I’ve even gone so far as to completely switch which hand would be underhand if i do mixed grip deadlifts.
All of this to no avail, and if anything, it seems to have gotten worse, and my right shoulder now appears as if its further out away from my body, as well as lower, which is giving my right trap a very elongated look, whereas my left trap is rounded and not pulled out.
If anyone has any idea on what I can do to fix this, I’m all ears. Yes, I know patience is key for these things because it can develop over a period of years… but I’ve been super aggressive (poor term) in sticking to these exercises and stretches, and visually it appears worse.
ALSO… If i look at a mirror, or even take a picture into a mirror, I look quite even. And I look very even from the back view (relaxed, lat spread, or rear double-bi). But any picture from the front, taken directly towards me, it looks horribly uneven (right shoulder much further out and lower, right pec lower, right trap elongated), whereas my hips even seem even.
Thank you very much, and I’m sorry if this is the wrong section.
UPDATE: Okay so not that anybody responded, but I’ve found out one thing, the pelvic shift/tilt must have caused an imbalance higher up, so i dont think fixing the hip will fix my shoulders. If i purposely roll my right scapula out, therefore rolling my shoulder foreward, my shoulder height, and trap length/size seem to even out significantly.
I think I’ll try to incorporate more uni-lateral lat/lower trap exercises to even things out, as well as adding extra stretching of my right lat.