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    Bradley is offline Senior Member
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    Could bowed legs be causing my leg problems? I've been over them numerous times here. Just say a new PT today who said I have some bowing.

    That kind of clicked, because it would seem to explain everything about the way my legs feel and look.

    Could that be the reason my legs always feel out of alignment, like the muscles aren't working right, and I always feel off balance? And that the muscles look different - twisted, and thus unable to fire normally, if that makes any sense?

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    That makes perfect sense to me. Expand the idea for a bit - imagine throwing a ball standing on one leg in a canoe. Very unstable, not able to really produce much power because your body senses that it's not safe to do so. If the alignment isn't right the body will shut you down so you can't hurt yourself. Your choice then, to borrow from Starrett, is like having a rusty hinge on a door. You can either take the time to make sure the door is hung right, the hinge is oiled and everything works right, or you can just keep forcing the door to open and close. Under that door will be a pile of dust - the dust ground out of the hinge. Except in this case that'll be something in one of your joints - cartilage most likely.

    Get the alignment right, get that inherent stability your body needs, and all of a sudden that hinge will work freely again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewR View Post
    That makes perfect sense to me. Expand the idea for a bit - imagine throwing a ball standing on one leg in a canoe. Very unstable, not able to really produce much power because your body senses that it's not safe to do so. If the alignment isn't right the body will shut you down so you can't hurt yourself. Your choice then, to borrow from Starrett, is like having a rusty hinge on a door. You can either take the time to make sure the door is hung right, the hinge is oiled and everything works right, or you can just keep forcing the door to open and close. Under that door will be a pile of dust - the dust ground out of the hinge. Except in this case that'll be something in one of your joints - cartilage most likely.

    Get the alignment right, get that inherent stability your body needs, and all of a sudden that hinge will work freely again.
    The problem is that I don't have a clue how to do that, and PT's and doctors don't either.

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