Rehabilitate: Lateral lines

Rehabilitate: Lateral lines

Rehabilitate your foot collapsing or painful knee by treating your hip. The lateral line is made up of the muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia on the outside of your body. They balance tissues front to back and left to right by connecting your superficial back and front lines.

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To rehabilitate a flat foot or painful knee it’s a good idea to inspect the hip. The hip influences what happening below and your knee can misalign if it doesn’t function correctly. If you knee is not aligned it can also collapse your arch.

This doesn’t mean the hip is the problem every time but it’s what I find in a lot of the people I treat. As I rehabilitate the hip with massage, stretching and movement, I find pain in the knee reduces and the foot arch lifts.

The lateral line spans the entire outside of the body and connects the joints it crosses. As you rehabilitate take the time to explore the joints above and below the problem area.

Other areas of compensation the lateral line affects

  • Ankle pronation, supination
  • Ankle dorsiflexion limitation
  • Hip adduction limitation
  • Side shift of the rib cage
  • Shoulder restriction due over-involvement in head stability
  • Forward head

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