Working with Bow legs and Knock Knees


The medical term for this is Valgus and Varus Knee respectively. There is a problem however only having two classifications of either knees far apart (Valgus), or knees close together (Varus). The body can achieve each structural pattern in two ways. What we need are four sub classifications, two for each of the structural deviations of Valgus and Varus.

These structural patterns are formed due to rotational deviations of the thigh or femur and the lower leg made up of the tibia and fibula. The body will also create counter rotations in the feet and strong adaptations in the spine and shoulder girdle. These patterns put a lot of stress on the knees, hips and lower back that can lead to chronic pain and recurring injuries, often people do not realise these patterns are the cause of their back pain or other ailments.

Valgus External involves external rotation of the femur with the knees pointing out. Posterior tilt of the pelvis and external rotation of the tibia fibula at the knee. The person will normally have high arches.

Valgus Internal involves internal rotation of the femur knees pointing in. Anterior tilt of the pelvis and internal rotation of rotation of the tibia fibula at the knee. The person will normally have low arches or flat feet.

Varus Internal involves internal rotation of the femur knees pointing in. Anterior tilt of the pelvis and internal rotation of rotation of the tibia fibula at the knee. The person will normally have low arches or flat feet.

Varus External involves external rotation of femur with knees pointing out. Posterior tilt of the pelvis and external rotation of the tibia fibula at the knee. The person will normally have high arches.

The work and approach required to alleviate internal and external rotation of the femur are opposing so although saying the knees are Valgus or Varus is true, this is not enough. We have to look deeper to the rotations and counter rotations of the whole leg to reveal the true story and ultimately a long term resolution. It is important to note that the rotation of the upper part of the lower leg where the Tibia and Fibular attach to the knee are rotating in the same direction as the Femur. These patterns are essential a double rotation of the bones at the knee in the same direction.

Structural Integration can be a long term non-invasive method to unravel the conflict happening in the soft tissue, straighten the legs and alleviate any associated pain caused by these very restricting yet common patterns.

For more information call John on 07734294010

www.structuralintegrationliverpool.co.uk

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