Genu varum, also known as bow legs, is a condition in which human legs have developed in a shape of a bow or an arch. The bowing is normal part of the development if it’s physiologic, but when it comes to pathologic bowing – it’s a condition which unfortunately worsens over time if it’s left untreated. Bow legged adults may often suffer from poor posture and back pain, but there are ways of treatment. Some fitness and yoga techniques can strengthen the skeletal system and the muscles and achieve a better balance of the body’s weight.
Causes of the bow legged condition
Various health problems may cause the bow legged condition of the human body. The most commonly known reason for such leg development has to do with the way of folding of the legs in the mother’s uterus. In most of the cases the legs straighten out eventually, after the child gets into its third year. Some disorders in the development can also cause genu varum. There is a disease caused by deficiency of Vitamin D called rickets, which can often be the culprit. When we are talking about adults, the condition of bow legs can develop after a fracture or as a result of a joint disease which is degenerative. Adults are often affected in the spine alignment because of the bowed legs, which can cause unpleasant pain and discomfort.
Exercising for bow legged adults
The discomfort and back pain which results from the bow legged condition can sometimes be alleviated by specific in-soles which help the body’s weight achieve better balance and straighten the spine that has been misaligned. Exercise is very important for adults who suffer from this condition. The right exercises strengthen the muscles of the back and keep the spine well-aligned. Yoga is highly recommended because it can repair the problems with posture by strengthening the main abdominal muscles, but also with relaxing the muscles in the legs and back which are overly tight. Asanas that are recommended for alleviating back pain are: bhujangasana (the cobra posture); salabhasana (the locust pose) and matsya-asana (the fish posture).
Treatment and posture techniques for bow legged people
If the cause of the bow legged condition is rickets, the position of the legs can be restored as the disease is properly treated with supplementation of Vitamin D and sunlight exposure. For cases of bowing which are more severe, a surgery may be recommended. Orthopedic braces may help for the misalignment and discomfort of the spine caused by bow legs. For adults with this condition, it is very important to maintain proper posture in order to reduce the pain in the back which is caused by genu varum. People with bowed legs should always try to maintain a straight standing position with their chest up and the head balanced. Sitting and standing for longer periods of time should be avoided. The work surface should have the adequate height in order to prevent the straining of the back or the neck. The sleeping position is also very important. People with this condition are recommended to sleep on their backs, with proper support under their necks.