Think of something small like stubbing your big toe.
Think of how much weight you place in that toe straight after. Not much. You are making a compensation for the toe by keep off that part of your foot. You wont roll through the foot because you don’t want weight to disperse through the big toe.
If this was your right big toe, you would probably put more weight through your left foot to compensate. Your hip might stick out to the side in doing so and then your pelvis and spine need to adjust on top of that including your ribcage, to get to the top where your neck and skull need to compensate for the spine and pelvis below.
I wish I could say it stops there but it doesn’t. Your shoulder blades will also get in on the act which will impact your arms all the way through your elbows to your fingers.
So that’s a small example & a truly valid one. But what if it was a bigger injury, a break maybe. You would have a more intense pain and a longer recovery. A longer period of immobilising the toe, more compensations required and more awareness to stay right away from pressure through it.
This is the domino effect that has to happen every time you have a painful reason to compensate. The body is a phenomenal machine that tweaks this and that to keep you going, keeping you moving AND keep your eyes level. This is key.
The reason again is quite simple and easily explained. Tilt your head to the side and see how “off” you feel. Try and walk like this or sit and watch the TV…you will have a sense of it feeling wrong and a drive to straighten back up. Level eyes are always the end goal in the domino of compensations.
What were your moments? What made you compensate?