Leg Length Discrepancyaccording to TCM

What is Leg Length Discrepancy?

Leg length discrepancy is a condition characterized by the inequality of the length of the legs. This imbalance can manifest as a subtle or obvious difference that may affect a person's gait and posture, potentially leading to secondary issues such as joint pain, scoliosis, or muscle strain.

Though discrepancies can stem from congenital factors, they can also result from injury, wear and tear, or surgeries affecting the legs. Determining the precise nature and impact of a leg length discrepancy is critical for effective treatment and management.

How does TCM view Leg Length Discrepancy?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offers a unique interpretation of leg length discrepancy. Rather than focusing solely on the physical difference in leg length, TCM considers the symptom as a manifestation of underlying disharmonies within the body's energy system, or Qi.

It is believed that a disruption in the flow of Qi and Blood can lead to imbalances, manifesting physically as discrepancies in leg length. TCM emphasizes the importance of identifying the specific pattern of disharmony underlying the condition, as this knowledge is essential to restoring balance and symmetry through holistic treatment strategies.

Acupoints for Leg Length Discrepancy

TCM addresses leg length discrepancy by employing specific acupoints that are believed to harmonize imbalances and facilitate the proper flow of Qi and blood. One such point is Shenmai BL-62, located below the lateral malleolus of the ankle. This point is traditionally used to remove obstructions from the channel, ease pain, and regulate the Yang Stepping Vessel.

It is also associated with pacifying Interior Wind and expelling Exterior Wind, which in TCM terminology refers to addressing disruptions in the body's energy that can lead to physical manifestations such as leg length discrepancy. Acupuncture at this point, along with others, may contribute to a holistic healing process, aiming to correct imbalances that contribute to the condition.

See more details below about Shenmai BL-62, an acupoint used to address leg length discrepancy.

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Shenmai BL-62

Shenmai BL-62

In the depression directly below the lateral malleolus tip.