SUMMARY OF SHORT RIGHT LEG SYNDROME
Two Signature Traits
Elevated left hip
Elevated right shoulder
Anthropological Perspective - Evolutionary Adaptation Theory
Short Right Leg Syndrome (SRLS) is a dominant genetic trait in Homo Sapiens. It is the result of an evolutionary adaptation giving a mother and young child a greater chance of survival in prehistoric times. The two signature traits of SRLS enables baby to be securely carried on the elevated left hip, shoulder bag of provisions securely carried on the elevated right shoulder, freeing the dominant right arm for work and defence. It can be deduced our ancestors were predominantly right handed. Otherwise, we would be seeing short left legs. We do not see short left legs.
Three Cardinal Signs
First - Anterior Rotation of the left hip
Anatomical adjustment functionally shortening the long leg.
Tight hip flexors
Binding SIJ through Spanish windlass effect
Blocking energetic flow down backline of left lower limb from glutes to plantar fascia
Restricting clockwise rotation about lumbar spine
Second - Rigid right hip
The pendulum effect...momentary hesitation before footfall forcing hip to hold with each step taken
Tight Adductor Magnus
Restricted ROM at Ilio-femoral joint
Forcing increased ROM at SIJ
Heightened chance of injury due to reduced flexibility.
Third - Mild right leaning scoliosis
Right leaning pelvic tilt in Frontal plane
Foundation of spine angled to right
Asymmetric costals, right bulging, left flattened.
Right spinal erectors through middle Tx more highly developed
There are rare exceptions with a double switchback occurring low in the spine causing left sided scoliosis despite right lean in the pelvis...bulging left costals, flattened on the right.
Anterior rotation left hip in Sagittal plane
Right leaning pelvic in Frontal plane
Anticlockwise rotation of the pelvis in the Transverse plane
Right leaning scoliosis
First Level Energetic Effects
Left lower limb mechanism
Anterior rotation of left hip causing energetic block at SIJ and consequent thickening and tightening down backline of limb.
Right lower limb mechanism
Frontal plane pelvic tilt widening right side spacing between lumbar vertebrae and reducing left side space encourages lumbar disk bulging to the right. Rarely catastrophic but sufficient to cause tenderness and tightening in right QL's. When acute will cause energetic block, tightening and thickening down backline of lower right limb.
Lower back mechanism
Costals and Tx
Right upper traps and Cx
Injury and Dysfunction Resulting from First Level Energetic Effects
Combo of gait, activity type/levels/load, prior injury, flexibility, core integrity will induce mild underlying pattern to morph into acute pain, dysfunction and injury.
Second Level Energetic Effects
Physical stress through pelvis in the three anatomical planes caused by leg length difference inhibits Root, Sacral and Plexus Chakra vitality. Chi flow in the Kidney, Urinary Bladder, Stomach, Spleen, Liver and Gall Bladder meridians passing through the pelvic region to and from the lower limbs is restricted.
Injury and Dysfunction Resulting from Second Level Energetic Effects
This has a direct effect on metabolic function and vitality. Inhibits circulation of lower limbs. Reduces lower limb strength. Either through advancing age or when an overlaying lumbro-sacral injury compounds the energetic block, lower limb degradation accelerates leading to fluid retention, pain through bladder and kidney meridians in hamstring, calf and heels, and increasingly reduced lower limb function over time.
First published 16 May 2021 at