Many athletic injuries and cases of chronic pain are associated with poor skeletal alignment. Your body’s natural positioning allows bones and joints to move in an efficient manner so that the muscles and ligaments can perform properly. Poor skeletal alignment places added stress in areas where the bones connect often causing pain in the back, hips, knees and ankles.
Unfortunately, our bodies are not always perfectly aligned. This can cause unwanted injury and often chronic pain. Here are two simple ways to observe your skeletal alignment:
- Use a mirror to visualize posture and balance.
- Pay close attention to joint soreness during exercise.
Face a mirror, close your eyes, take a deep breath and relax, then open your eyes. Looking at your overall posture what do you see?
Ask yourself: Are my shoulders even? Can I see the back of my hands? Do my hands hang at the same height? Do my knees or ankles buckle? Are my feet pointing slightly inward or outward?
Assess your body’s natural positioning to see where distinct issues appear. This will help you pinpoint potential problem areas to discuss with your doctor.
Next time you exercise, pay close attention to your joints—hips, knees, ankles, back, etc. What do you feel? Stiffness, throbbing, warmth or a limited range of motion? How often do you naturally grunt “ooh” or muffle out an “ugh” due to pain? Take note on where the pain is coming from whether it’s located in a muscle or possibly on a specific joint. Recurring pain may be caused by poor skeletal alignment or possibly from overcompensating to relieve the pain of an injury.
It’s a good idea to keep a training journal for workouts and exercise routines. Jot down your workout (miles ran, weights lifted, laps swam, etc) and include if you felt great or had specific pain. This way you will always have a record of when the pain started and possibly if you need to change your workout routine. It is also important information for future doctor appointments.
The mirror and pain tests are simple techniques to better understand your skeletal alignment and realize areas in need of improvement. Do some research and discuss with your doctor the best approach to improve skeletal alignment. Luckily, there are several non-invasive options to help improve skeletal alignment so you can continue to enjoy an active lifestyle.
Bio Skin offers a variety of products designed to help manage the pain associated with skeletal alignment as well as joint and muscle injuries to help improve your physical activity and prevent chronic pain.