Hip driven Thoracic Pain & addressing client beliefs

This client came to us with thoracic pain when he meditated. Using the ConnectTherapy framework for assessment and treatment, we discovered that his thoracic pain was driven by his left hip. As we dug a little further, we discovered that this client had a left hip injury at soccer almost a decade earlier which he didn't receive any treatment for.

We began working on optimising the balance of muscle forces around the left hip, to restore hip function/position and offload other areas of his body. These photos were taken very early in our journey - a before & after from our initial consultation after his first left hip release. Can you notice a difference in the position of his legs/hips? Can you also spot where his secondary driver may be??

We worked together over the coming months to improve the quality and control around the left hip to support whole body function. This wasn't without it's challenges....

This client had also presented with a "leg length difference" on an EOS scan. While he could feel that he was moving better, he wasn't 100% convinced on the treatment approach because he believed he had a fixed "leg length difference" and therefore the hip was "unchangeable". Our client could feel that he was moving better, but he worried it was a placebo or short term effect of the physio treatment.

To overcome this barrier, we used videos to help him see how the visual of how his "leg length difference" disappeared during movement when he controlled the muscles around his left hip. This was life changing*.

This case study is a good reminder of how scans are a representation of our body at a single point in time. The same can be said of blood tests. Our body is constantly changing itself based on its environment, input and external stimulus.

*Please note - not all "leg length differences" are changeable. In this specific case, we were lucky that his discrepancy was related mostly to soft tissue imbalance (from the soccer trauma) as opposed to bone length, and we were able to improve his function.