The Migas Project, Diagnostic Session #1 Dan

If you missed the post we did for Holly’s diagnostic routine click here. Just like I mentioned in regards to that post, I was so thankful that Dan was so eager to get started and it was obvious he was willing to do what was necessary to be successful. I was excited to work with Dan since I knew he had some injury issues which we had discussed.

So you can have an idea of where Dan was starting at, here are some of the basics of info we will share. Dan is 45 years old and has 2 sons. One in College, the other about to graduate High School (we hope). Just Kidding Luke. I tease Dan that he is a secret Agent but really he works as an International Corporate Pilot. Sounds like code words for James Bond but he denies it. With his job he is gone for 5-8 weeks at a time which comes at a serious cost to his muscular efficiency. There are times he has to stay in the same seated position for as much as 12 hours at a time. He spends most of his days either flying, working on the aircraft, or he stays at his hotel for the day, most of the time for his safety.

Currently his body suffers from many of the common symptoms associated with prolonged sitting. He has a bulging L-5 disk in his back. He constantly has discomfort in his hips, both joint and muscle pain. Then recently he suffered a scary lower leg strain that originally was thought to be a torn achilles tendon. He is generally very tight all over.

Here is his diagnostic photos from the first meeting:

Like we mentioned with Holly, there are several issues here to point out but we are going to focus on 2 main ones to start with. Looking first at the front and back views look at Dan’s Pelvis. Notice how the right side is significantly higher than the left? This is one area we want to really focus on. an imbalance in the height of the pelvis has some serious negative side effects throughout the body. We always say that your hips are the foundation of your body so any imbalance there will have repercussions elsewhere in the body. One of these examples is how the imbalance in the heights of the pelvis will cause lateral curvature in the spine (scoliosis). Commonly when you have someone with an elevated hip then one of the shoulders will also be elevated in relation to the pelvis. Notice how this is true in Dan’s shoulders.

The second issue is similar to what Holly was suffering from. He is not accepting weight correctly into his pelvis which creates a significant amount of stress in the lumbar spine. In the lateral views notice how far out in front of the midline his hips are. Look at this picture to to see again how the skeletal system is designed to be positioned. Holly was teasing Dan after we were going over the photos during the session that his butt has disappeared. I promised her it is still there but due to the position of his pelvis it gives the appearance that it is gone. We gave Dan his first series of exercises to begin the process of correcting his postural imbalances.

I have asked Dan and holly to give us a weekly update on how they are feeling and doing. I will post these up for you as they are ready. Then we will also go over the updated pictures each week.

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