About a week ago, I went to physiotherapy. My lower back is really weak and I tend to have a lot of problems all over because of it. I went to physiotherapy for her to show me some exercises to strengthen my lower back. Well turns out I was indeed correct, that my lower back is weak, but so are my abdominal muscles and butt muscles, which all support the back, so overall my body is weak. What a way to boost confidence, huh? I knew my body wasn’t in its best shape, but I didn’t expect it to be that bad. Anyhow, those were the results.
Besides me getting confirmation on being a weakling, something else came up from my visit, so it turns out my right side is extremely more dominant than the left side. I mean almost everyone is a little more dominant on one side, but apparently my left side is significantly weaker. Due to my physiotherapists great concern I got a little curious and did some research on this topic. When I started my research I figured it couldn’t be that bad and would probably find some easy solutions on becoming balanced again. I found some interesting fact and remedies on this topic, which I’d like to share with you guys today.
Turns out being out of balance goes a lot deeper than just one side being weaker. As you probably already know, we are born with a more dominant side. Over time we usually favour and therefore strengthen this side as we grow. The result of this is an imbalance in both strength and coordination, which can be holding you back in a lot of ways actually. A lot of this imbalance has more to do with your neurological system rather than your muscular system though. Being imbalanced can actually have many side effects, some which actually really surprised me. As a result of being imbalanced one can have back and hip problems, bad posture, poor circulation, lack of blood flow, spinal misalignment, headaches and more. And these symptoms can come from simple things like sitting with the same leg crossed all the time. Over time this can lead to ‘stretch-weakness’ on one side and shortening on the other. Reading these facts was actually quite concerning, as I was feeling a lot of these symptoms, but then it got worse.
The brain, a very important and complex organ. The brain is separated into two side, left and right. Each side is said to be responsible for different things. The left hemisphere is considered to be the logical side. This side is generally more sequential, linear, logical, practical, mathematical, analytic, scientific and time oriented. All things I am not the greatest at. The right hemisphere is seen as the creative side. It is more non-linear, intuitive, abstract, big-picture focused, creative and space-oriented. When people have a left side imbalance their creative abilities are usually repressed or dormant and these people usually have very little or no creative life. On the other hand, people with right side imbalance often have blocks related to learning, and are actually more likely to drop out of school. They also tend to have strong faith and tend to believe things more easily without conducting their research first. And I thought I was just kind hearted with a dash of innocent or naive. And even your personality isn’t untouched by the imbalance. People with strong left brain imbalances tend to be more of a controller-type personality, who are drawn to being in positions of power above others. On the contrary, people with right brain imbalances are more likely to be submissive. These people tend to also be more self-conscious and insecure. Interesting right?
Gathering from all the research I found, it is pretty clear to me I have a right side imbalance, which results in my left side being significantly weaker over all. Now that we figured that out, what to do? I found a few tips to help become more balanced again.
Tips or Remedies
So balancing the brain hemispheres can be accomplished in varies ways. Here are just some of them:
- Listening to and creating Music
- Sports and Exercise
- Creating or/and appreciating Art
- Creative Writing
- Socialising with others
Meditation is said to be one of the most effective ways of balancing the brain and body, as both sides need to work together as one in order for a meditation to really be effective. If you’re imbalanced and new to mediation, you’re likely to struggle a bit at the beginning, but it all pays off in the long run.
If you need to strengthen your left side physically, try incorporating unilateral strength exercises like single armed rows, single legged glutei bridges or similar. When you’re exercising, try starting with your weaker side first, try using weights that feel right for your weaker side until both sides are about the same strength level and lastly keep the numbers of reps the same on each side. If you’re starting with your weaker side, then your right side might find the amount reps easy, but it is a way for your left side to catch up.
That concludes my little research essay on imbalanced brains and bodies. I hope you found that as interesting as I did. Of course I covered the topic only on the surface, but I would have to write a book, if I wanted to cover everything. Either way I hope this was interesting for you and maybe even a little helpful 🙂 I sure know what I’m going to start introducing back into my life again to become more balanced and more pain-free again.