People suffering from bow legs can tend to panic… which is perfectly understandable, when one considers the fact that many doctors even today assure a sufferer that there is no treatment for bow legs other than surgery! To combat this, what is really needed is a clear understanding of what bow legs as a condition are all about. Once you have that understanding about bow legs, you can move ahead with trying to find a solution to the condition. You will surely have people tell you that the only remedy for bow legs is surgery. But, there is no harm in trying to treat your bow legs the natural way, especially if your condition is not critical and you are still able to walk with reasonable comfort.
A natural phenomenon
Bow legs are something that every child experiences right through the age of around four years, and it almost always fades away naturally. However, due to a deficiency of vitamins and minerals resulting from malnutrition or inadequate exposure to sunlight, or due to diseases that affect the bones and joints, bow legs can become a long-term problem. Disorders like Blount’s disease and Rickets are very common ailments causing bow legs.
The good news is that treating bow legs does not have to necessarily involve surgical intervention. There are certain exercises that you can perform that will help strengthen the muscles of your body. This muscular strength, in turn, will not only provide greater support to the joints, especially your knee joint, but also help maintain correct posture and balance.
Exercising at home
The main idea here is to try stretching those limitations your bow legs are putting on your body. By doing so, your body will automatically try to re-align your bow legs in order to cope up with what’s being thrown at it in the form of exercise.
The first exercise involves you raising your leg sideways as high as you can, while you remain comfortable enough and your knees don’t start to hurt too much. To perform this routine, you will need to stand with your feet together and use a static and steady object such as a chair or table for support. Taking the support of this object with, say, your left hand, start slowly raising your right leg sideways, without bending your knee. Repeat this around 5 times and then try doing exactly the same with the other leg. Do this around 2 to 3 times daily.
The second exercise aims at loosening up your spine, hips and shoulders and also helps with activating the lymphatic system. All you need to do is stand with your feet at a distance equal to the width of your shoulder. Then, start continuously rotating your hip in both directions – left and right – in immediate and alternating succession, such that your hips rotates at a 45° angle each time. Perform 25 such alternating left and right rotations of your hip, ensuring you don’t overdo the rotating for it to become too rapid to cause injury to your joints. Repeat this 2-3 times daily.