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Fixing Bowed Legs??

wanabelle1002010-07-05 00:01:58 +0000 #1

I've been concerned about my leg shapes changing over the years. I am 23 years old and I've noticed that my knees were changing shapes since high school. Now they're kind of noticeable.

I've been doing some research to find out about this condition and came across few terminologies: Inward collapsing knee, bowed legs, knock knees....

Mine is not as severe as this, but you get the idea:

My knees DO touch but my knees are still shaped that way.

Is there a yoga pose that would help correcting this problem? I hear that this not a birth defect and that it can be corrected easily (well, relatively) by certain exercises. I've been trying to sleep with my legs tied together too! Desperate situations call for desperate measures...
InnerAthlete2010-07-05 00:10:15 +0000 #2
A therapeutic asana protocol (in conjunction with lifestyle and nutrition changes, meditation, and pranayama) can reverse bow legs over a span of several (perhaps 10) years.

There is no yoga pose that will do this in and of itself.
Willem2010-07-05 00:17:19 +0000 #3

First of all, let us make sure that we understand the problem. You mention both bowed legs and knock knees but these are different things. In a standing position, if your ankles touch but your knees don't, this is bowed legs. Knock knees means that knees touch while the ankles are separated.

Assuming that we are talking about bowed legs, then structural yoga therapy (by Mukunda Stiles) would recommend strengthening the hip adductors (inside of the thigh) and stretching the tensor fascia lata (outside thigh). Recommended asanas would be virabhadrasana and parsvottanasana and gomukhasana. This is best done under supervision of a yoga therapist. And yes, it does take a long time.





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