by Michael Greenspan
What Does My Pelvis Have To Do With My Pain?
Are you ready for lesson 3? Fantastic, here we go…
Now that you understand the basics, you are ready to do some self-assessments and analyze your own posture. There’s many ways to look at posture and identify the cause of pain and quite honestly the most accurate is by a trained professional. Let’s do some basic self-assessment tests and see if you discover anything out of alignment that may be contributing to your pain. But first…
Where do we start and why? Okay, here’s the answer: YOUR PELVIS…Why? Keep reading!
No matter where your pain is, ALWAYS start with your pelvis. Listen closely because this is a REVOLUTIONARY new concept in finally getting rid of pain once and for all that may just change your life forever.
You may have back, neck, or shoulder pain, headaches, TMJ, hip, or foot pain yet if your pelvis is not properly balanced and stable you may never lose your pain. That may be a harsh reality check for you yet you need to hear the truth. I feel the least I can do for you is honestly share my years of eliminating peoples’ pain and suffering and what separates the pain-free from the painful.
What Does My Pelvis Have To Do With My Back, Neck, Shoulder Pain, Headaches, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome…?
Experts don’t call this your CORE for nothing as research proves that with ANY movement you perform, from lifting an object or picking up your children, to smashing a tennis ball and putting on your shoes, it is your CORE that must stabilize FIRST and be in proper alignment for your body to function properly.
Let’s take a quick 30 second break and reread this last paragraph
Okay, I’m glad you read this again. As this concept sinks in you finally learn that when your pelvis is out of alignment and rotated, tilted, or pulled up higher or down lower on one side, the rest of your body compromises and works overtime. Your muscles WILL slave away and work extra hard for you when your pelvis is out of alignment. It’s like an eighty hour work week compared to forty.
So let’s give your muscles a much needed vacation and make sure your pelvis is in proper alignment.
Test #1: Height of Hips Test
Stand normal and relaxed in front of a full length mirror with as little clothing as possible. Do you notice one of your hips higher or lower than the other? Place your index fingers on top of your pelvis to compare the two sides.
A high or low pelvis often is the root CAUSE of many of your pains.
If you have a high hip it is typically caused by tight muscles in your pelvis “pulling” it out of alignment. The good news is it’s relatively easy to improve and correct.
Most of the time, the hip is being pulled up by tight muscles connecting above your pelvis on that leg.
The bad news is, with your hips and pelvis in this position, your spine (vertabrae and discs) are forced to work or function unevenly which leads to uneven wear and tear and the potential for major problems.
If you find that one hip is higher or lower than the other, make a note of it. Then begin lightly stretching the following areas:
-Iliopsoas (hip flexor)
If you are not familiar with these stretches, you need to consult a qualified professional.
Within days you should begin to notice a difference and remember, this information is very general for a reason. It is impossible to know exactly what is going to be best for you without knowing more about you.
Test #2: Wall Test
Stand against a wall with your heels, back, and butt touching the wall. If this feels uncomfortable it’s a sign that your pelvis is pulling you away from proper vertical alignment. Go ahead and feel behind your lower back. If it feels like you have way too much space between the wall and your lower back, like your whole hand and arm easily slides through, then you many have too much curve in your lower back.
Or, maybe you hardly have any space between your lower back and the wall. Does it feel difficult to even fit your hand in the space? If so, you could have a loss of lower back curve or a “flat back.”
What’s important for you to understand is BOTH too much or too little curve in your lower back means that you have a muscle imbalance (some muscles are too tight and some are too weak). This could be why you’ve suffered so long with a nagging back pain and nothing has gotten rid of it. Why? Again, you must release those tight muscles first and treat the muscle imbalance.
It’s really important you understand from just these two simple tests above that you must treat and correct the muscle imbalances in your pelvis in order to get rid of ANY pain you have once and for all.
Wishing You Excellent Health,
Michael Greenspan, CNMT
“…and committed to eliminating your pain without drugs or surgery”
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