Healthy Perspective by Colin Kirts

Tension, part 1.

It seems as if very few people, if any, are completely free of tension. I do not know anyone, in other words, whose ability to move isn't compromised in some respect. Maybe tension is inevitable...

In my personal experience, the compromised movement appears in the right leg. My right leg, quite frankly, quite often, bugs me. For literally most of my life now, going back at least to when I was twelve, I've actually experienced chronic discomfort there.

If you know were to look, it's rather apparent that my right leg is off. There are clear distinctions between my two legs. For example, if I am still and relaxed—especially while sitting or lying down—you may be able to see my upper right leg drop to the right, and my right foot twist and lift off of the ground.

I've been exploring how to alleviate this tension for, as I suggested, quite some time. Throughout my exploration, it has been impossible to ignore the question of why these symptoms exist. Leg length inequality... My right leg was pulled awkwardly when I was born...

The femur is misaligned... My tailbone is crooked. This or that muscle is too tight... I have scoliosis, or a genetic disorder...

Perhaps, even...GLUTEN!

Please read the last possibility with a slight chuckle and a hint of sincerity. :)

Each of these theories is actually relevant, and deserving of a detailed analysis. Another time, though. This brief article is not the place to explore the hypothetical root causes. After the better part of twenty years, in short, I've yet to meet anyone who knows the answers here. If there is a cause, it remains unclear.

Despite not knowing, though, I can share with you one empowering and definitive conclusion from my learning: tension is mostly, if not completely, unnecessary. Compromised movement may not, in other words, have to happen.

Anything I say about my right leg ought not to be considered proof for such a statement. Yes, if I take care of myself in a certain way, I do not experience the discomfort. There are many helpful tools, and I shall share them with you, again, another time.

Their efficacy, though, again, of course, does not validate the suggestion that tension is unnecessary. It will take more to defend such a statement.

As a preface to such a defense, I leave you with Arthur Boorman. His story is still, not proof, yes, but it is awfully intriguing: view here

Maybe tension is, well, avoidable...
...For now, 'tis all. Until.

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