In striving for successful long-term outcomes, we strongly believe in professional integration with our patient’s physician, dentist, chiropractor, massage therapist, and other health care specialist. To better understand how this unique philosophy came about, please continue reading…
Here at the Hruska Clinic™ we want our patients to achieve maximum functional performance. Whether this performance involves the ability to sit at your desk, work for eight hours, complete a soccer game or experience days without headaches; we want your body to be able to integrate muscles correctly on both the left and right side of your body to provide desirable outcomes.
A common pattern exists in everyone that contributes to postural asymmetry. How people compensate for this pattern can vary, however, the underlying dominant pattern exists in all humans. Everyone favors their right leg. Whether right or left handed our right leg is dominant. We have a liver on the right side that weighs approximately three to four pounds and on the opposite side we have a spleen that weighs less than a pound. We have three lobes of lung on the right and only two on the left. In our upper trunk, we have a heart that lies more to the left. This organ asymmetry coupled with gravity, environmental factors and vestibular imbalances results in a tendency to stand on our right leg and rotate our upper body to the left. Consider how our world is set up to reinforces this asymmetrical body. When we cycle or run around a track, which way do we go? Counterclockwise. When a checker scans our products at the grocery store, which way is it done? Counterclockwise. We are always pushing off our right leg and rotating our upper body to the left.
Now take into consideration that the majority of people are right handed. They reach with their right hand for the phone, toothbrush, refrigerator, etc., reinforcing the weight shift to the right and upper trunk rotating to the left, with a neck that is oriented to the right and sidebent to the left. Even some left handed people bat, golf, or throw right handed. The tendency to favor our right leg and to rotate our body to the left with everyday tasks is overwhelming. Organ asymmetry, a counterclockwise world and right handedness reinforce this typical neuromotor right dominant pattern.
Do not misunderstand that standing on the right leg, rotating the upper body to the left with a neck rotated right and sidebent to the left is wrong. This neuromotor right dominant pattern is half of walking, stair climbing, etc. However, the inability to stand on our left leg and rotate our upper body to the right with the neck orienting to the left and sidebent to the right creates a strategic imbalance throughout the body. This neuromotor imbalance affects joints, bones and muscles and creates pain in various yet understandable places.