What the ANGLES indicate - a guide to your pain areas

22 November 2013

Your primary school geometry teacher gave you the reasons for many of your common muscle and joint aches and pains, but you probably still don’t realise it!

Think of angles.

Remember basic horizontals and perpendiculars? Think of the horizontals as the level of your hips and shoulders and the perpendicular as how your spine should be at right angles to those.

If you have one hip and/or shoulder higher than the other, it changes the angles and therefore the length of the muscles and other soft tissue like tendons, ligaments and fascia.

Muscles down one side of the spine will be shorter/tighter but on the other side they will be longer/stretched.

The angles created between hips and legs also change. Outside leg muscles on the high hip side will be stretched, but on the inside they will be short and tight. The opposite applies to the other leg.

If the front of your hips tilt down (known as anterior tilt) - particularly due to tight hip flexor muscles, the back of the hips must come up. That shortens the muscles particularly in the lower back and is often a major contributor to lower back and sciatic pain.

Anterior tilt also results in an increase in the lumbar (lower back) curve, which in turn reduces the spaces between the intervertebral discs that can then trap nerves. This is a common cause of sciatic pain into the buttocks and down the legs.

The changes in angles sets up a whole set of compensatory and compounding muscle imbalances throughout the body from the feet to the shoulders and neck.

Does your therapist /practitioner get your hips level first?

Muscles have elasticity – to be able to stretch and contract. If the hips are levelled, muscles will use that elasticity to start springing back to their natural correct length.

If the hips are not level, the Sacrum – at the base of the spine - also will be skewed, possibly blocking vital nerve pathways taking signals back to the brain via the spinal chord about all aspects of your muscles, bones, organs, systems, etc.

A number of my remedial massage clients have told me they have been told by their medical or allied health practitioner they have one leg shorter/longer than the other - even saying they were measured on x-rays, and that is a possible reason for their common muscle pains. What was NOT mentioned was that the hips were out of alignment when the x-ray was taken; where the head of the femur joins the hip socket was higher or lower on one side, providing an inaccurate two-dimensional measurement. Unless you have had polio, bone cancer, pins in your legs through accidents or other surgery or a major genetic deformity, by realigning the hips I can usually prove within two minutes you DON'T have one leg shorter/longer than the other.

I have developed a totally painless technique that can have your hips back level within two minutes of you getting on the massage table – even before I start the actual massage.

But don’t just believe me. Come and have a massage and prove it for yourself.

David Hall ©


Townsville Massage therapist based in Mount Louisa and specialising in Remedial Massage for all types of muscle and/or joint aches and pains, headaches and migraines. Guaranteed best value for money remedial massage in Townsville. CALL NOW on (07) 4774 6973 or 0438 774 819 to book an appointment.