Should I worry that I’m not symmetrical?

Natural treatments for pain in Falkirk and Stirling

Length differences or shoulder dips or worry that one side always seems a little rotated this way or that.

A strong indication that a body isn’t coping is pain or dysfunction. When the body is shouting at us in pain, these observable asymmetries may point us towards where the problem is. They could also be a knock-on effect from something else that helps us build a bigger picture.

However, generally speaking our body halves are not mirror images and it’s simply because we’re not built that way!

 Here are some examples of when the body is not symmetrical.

Lungs

Most people will have a left and a right lung. However, each lung is split into sections called lobes. The left lung has two lobes, whereas the right has three. Why? The left lung has less space due to the heart sitting slightly off centre to that side.

Kidneys

Again, most people will have two kidneys. But did you know that the right kidney sits a little lower than the left? Because of the large liver above, it is shoved down a little!

Single organs

Whereas many organs come in pairs, there are several lone rangers too. The heart, liver, spleen and pancreas are just a few. None of them sit squarely in the middle of your body.

Diaphragm

The diaphragm is a large double domed muscle that separates your chest and lungs from your abdominal area. At rest, the right dome sits a little higher than the left. The liver underneath the diaphragm cause it to be higher on this side.

From single cell beginnings

When you were just one tiny cell, pockets of fluid within that cell started to form and multiply creating pressure and growth from within. These fluid bubbles never form symmetrically and each cell starting its journey as a human will be slightly different.

Even when structures are meant to be symmetrical the reality is different. Bones will have slightly different twists and turns to their partners, some muscles will have extra slips of tendon on one side, sinuses on one side of the face will be bigger than the other. From the moment a human being starts to grow, that growth is adaptive and responsive to internal and external forces.

With all this in mind is it any wonder we stand with one shoulder ¼ of an inch lower or with our belly button pointing very slightly to one side?!

So rather than getting too caught up in exact symmetry and textbook perfection, concentrate more on how you feel. If you are feeling great and perfect…fantastic!

If you are feeling stiff and sore or for anything from headaches and sciatica to low back pain, our Falkirk and Stirling osteopaths are ready to examine and treat you according to your individual needs.

Call 01324 670 670 or visit www.back2lifeclinic.co.uk to book online.

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It is hard to find a more friendly, professional and dedicated to wellness team than this. Helen and Dave have restored my youth...or at least my ability to move and enjoy playing with my son. I cannot thank you enough! 

Pebbles Milne

Pebbles Milne

As a musician I live with the a lot of aches and pains. I've tried many many things over the years to feel better. David McCabe has changed my life and given me relief and freedom in my body that I'd given up hope of ever feeling. David and Helen are the nicest people you could meet but are also thoroughly professional and brilliant at what they do. I have recommended them to many of my friends and colleagues. Can't thank them enough. Back2Life Clinic is the best. Thank you David and Helen. 

Kathleen Coubrough

Kathleen Coubrough

My life was on hold due to chronic back pain and I lost 4 years of my life waiting for the NHS to help/cure me. After a recommendation I visited the Back2Life clinic. After just 3 months I was able to work again and since then I finally got married and had a baby. The name says it all.... They really did help me Back2Life! 

Arlene Mcconnachie

Arlene Mcconnachie

Very professional and welcoming. Took my 12 week baby as he was having problems 'winding'. After 2 sessions with Helen he is so much better - so much happier and I don't dread feeding times and endless hours of trying to wind. Highly recommend trying if you have a wee one with colicky symptoms. 

Lynsey Graham

Lynsey Graham

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It is hard to find a more friendly, professional and dedicated to wellness team than this. Helen and Dave have restored my youth...or at least my ability to move and enjoy playing with my son. I cannot thank you enough!

Pebbles Milne, osteopathy patient

As a musician I live with the a lot of aches and pains. I've tried many many things over the years to feel better. David McCabe has changed my life and given me relief and freedom in my body that I'd given up hope of ever feeling. David and Helen are the nicest people you could meet but are also thoroughly professional and brilliant at what they do. I have recommended them to many of my friends and colleagues. Can't thank them enough. Back 2 Life Clinic is the best. Thank you David and Helen.

Kathleen Coubrough, osteopathy patient

My life was on hold due to chronic back pain and I lost 4 years of my life waiting for the NHS to help/cure me. After a recommendation I visited the Back2Life clinic. After just 3 months I was able to work again and since then I finally got married and had a baby. The name says it all.... They really did help me Back2Life!

Arlene Mcconnachie, osteopathy patient

Very professional and welcoming. Took my 12 week baby as he was having problems 'winding'. After 2 sessions with Helen he is so much better - so much happier and I don't dread feeding times and endless hours of trying to wind. Highly recommend trying if you have a wee one with colicky symptoms.

Lynsey Graham, osteopathy patient

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