We all have a tendency to unconsciously favour one side of the body over the other. Hence, we can feel pain or a build up of tension which may be visible or palpable more on one side of the body.
The point is favouring one side isn’t necessarily bad, we just need variability to achieve balance. Here are some habits we commonly exhibit and simple steps to help you find balance:
- If you carry a shoulder bag, try and use a backpack instead. You might want to carry it in your hand or carry the shoulder bag on both shoulders.
- If you have your work monitor on your left side, move it to the right or bring it to the middle. Even consider using two monitors to have a variability in your head/neck posture.
- If you tend to cross your legs with your right leg to top, switch it to your left leg and at times try not to cross your legs at all.
- If you stand lopsided with most of your weight on your right hip, switch it around to the left side or try and stand with even weight distribution on both sides.
- If you sit with your wallet in your back pocket, simply take the wallet out if you are going to sit for a long time or get into a habit of switching between sides.
If you have tried making these balanced adjustments to your daily routine and continue to feel lopsided or uncomfortable, come and see one of our expert physiotherapists for a thorough assessment.