POSTURE TIP #22 LEG CROSSING.
Updated: Nov 10, 2022
Working towards symmetry
A common question people ask when first seeing their posture assessment results is, “why is my pelvis twisted?”
One common reason… sitting on your foot.
If you're in the habit of sitting on your foot, more often than not, you'll sit on the same foot all the time. This causes twisting of the hips (aka pelvic asymmetry) resulting in unbalanced sitting, standing and moving, in other words, weak posture. Over time this weakens overall body mechanics which can ultimately result in pain and 'mechanical breakdown' (i.e. Arthritis/Degenerative Joint Disease) in the spine and other joints from daily wear and tear.
Crossing your legs
While crossing your legs doesn't stress the mechanics quite as much as sitting on your foot, many of the same issues can occur when someone always crosses the same direction when crossing their legs.
If you experience pain, numbness, tingling and/or weakness traveling through the buttocks, into your thigh, lower leg and foot, this could be as a result of pelvic asymmetry as the distortion of the spine compresses delicate nerves in the lower back. These symptoms are easily corrected with chiropractic care.
Even if there is no pain, your internal awareness of your body (and your proprioception) adapts to balance the body, and your posture shifts to accommodate muscle and joints that have been retrained to feel a new “normal”.
TIPS TO CORRECT THIS:
Change your position throughout the day.
Try to spend more time with your feet planted on the floor in front of you while sitting tall.
When you find yourself sitting with crossed legs, try crossing them in the other direction. The key is moving both sides of your body towards symmetry.