If you have scoliosis, one hip higher than the other, or one leg longer than the other, heel lifts make a lot of sense. By evening out the legs or hip heights, your body could start to relax some of the muscles that are firing constantly when the hip is higher.
One of the latest strategies the health professionals are using for scoliosis or conditions where one hip is higher than the other is muscle balancing. This is where a series of specific exercises are given to someone for the purpose of strengthening the weak muscles. The theory is that if the weak muscles are strengthened, then the legs will eventually even out and the hip won’t be high anymore. If the person has scoliosis, then it’s possible that the primary curve of the spine is being held in place by the stronger muscles, and strengthening the weaker ones will remove part of the scoliosis.
By wearing heel lifts of exactly the right height, you can remove some of the excess electrical activity of the muscles that are firing and holding the hip higher or holding the curve of scoliosis in place.
But the one thing that’s a little disconcerting about this type of muscle balancing treatment is that the health practitioners don’t believe heel lifts should be worn except as a last resort. Although this may be true for those patients they are working with, the vast majority of people who have a leg length discrepancy or scoliosis need something in their shoes to balance them out. That’s where the heel lifts become super important for them.