Pelvic mis-alignment and instability is a major cause of back, hip and knee pain as well as numerous other musculo-skeletal problems.

"The pelvis is the key to man's well-being, as wise men have taught from time immemorial ...."
Dr. Ida Rolf

Few people escape back pain and discomfort from the various musculo-skeletal problems evident in modern day living. Many of these problems result from pelvic mis-alignment.

The pelvis is the very foundation of the skeletal system. The pelvis and spine form one basic central structure. Any strain which occurs in this structure will peak in the weakest area - commonly the lower lumbar spine. Pelvic mis-alignment will cause both ascending and descending dysfunctions - upwards through the spinal column (causing strain on spinal vertebrae segments in the lower, middle and upper back, and also affecting neck, shoulders and arms), and downwards, through the legs (affecting knees, ankles and feet).

Guru Ram Kaur

My approach is to treat and teach individuals how to maintain pelvic alignment themselves, through straightforward exercises performed daily. This is not to say that total structural alignment and balance can be achieved by so doing, nor that every single problem in the body can be erased. But it is true to say that much pain and discomfort can be alleviated, and sometimes removed completely, by individuals following an exercise routine designed for their particular needs.

APPARENT LEG LENGTH DIFFERENTIAL AND THE (OVER)USE OF ORTHOTICS
Pelvic mis-alignment is determined when certain points on the body are carefully examined by a trained practitioner. An apparent leg length differential is a key indicator. I have treated many people who have been told they have one leg longer than the other and who have been prescribed some form of orthotic to correct the problem. However, in the vast majority of cases there is no true leg length differential and, as such, the use of orthotics does more harm than good. Many clients, having learned how to keep their pelves in correct alignment, no longer display a leg length differential, and as a result they have removed their orthotics with excellent results.

PROBLEMS RESULTING FROM PELVIC MIS-ALIGNMENT
When a pelvis is out of alignment, the spine is out of alignment. When the spine is out of alignment, there are adverse effects on the neurological system. For example - nerves entering and exiting the spine may be compressed and thus unable to perform their function of ennervating the major organs to the full extent. The body will not be served energetically as it should. Circulation and metabolism will be affected, and digestion and elimination can suffer. Legs will be out of alignment, causing knee and ankle problems. More weight will be placed on one hip than the other, causing more wear and tear which can result in the need for hip replacement. And so the list goes on....

The skeletal system is pulled out of alignment by the myofascia of the body (soft tissue) - thus, our bony structure can be maintained in correct alignment ONLY when our muscles and fascia are balanced and operating in the correct way. This point cannot be over emphasised. It is a common misconception that we are held up by our bones, in fact our bones are held up by our soft tissue. Tension or weakness in one area of the body will inevitably affect the entire structure. In short, and to quote Dr. Rolf "BONES ARE WHERE THEY ARE BECAUSE OF THE RELATED MYOFASCIAL STRUCTURES".

DEALING WITH THE PROBLEMS AND MAINTAINING GOOD HEALTH
Treatment from a Chiropractor, Osteopath, or many other practitioners can correct a mis-aligned pelvis but, as mentioned above, the whole musculature adjusts to accommodate misalignment so the correction will not be a lasting one; the individual therefore becomes dependent upon continuing and frequent treatment to gain relief. TO ACHIEVE AND MAINTAIN PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH, IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT PEOPLE EXERCISE THEIR BODIES DAILY. A healthy diet is another essential, as is the ability to de-stress through deep relaxation/meditation.

Our bodies are designed for movement but in today's society few of us are exercising sufficiently and appropriately to maintain optimum health. And it is not just a matter of the amount of exercise - it is very much a matter of the right kind of exercise which each individual requires to strengthen, open and balance the body.

WHAT A CONSULTATION INCLUDES

  • Discussion of problems, areas of pain/discomfort, etc.
  • Identifying the nature of pelvic mis-alignment.
  • Physical correction of the mis-alignment - done by the client under instruction.
  • Re-examination to ensure the corrective exercise is 100% effective.
  • Checking overall alignment of the body and major muscle groups.
If an individual is very physically fit, the corrective exercise to remove pain and discomfort may be all that s/he requires. However, this is unusual and for the vast majority of people the corrective exercise needs to be supplemented with an exercise program to take into account the body as a whole. Each client decides the time available for this daily discipline and the program is designed accordingly.

Following a consultation, details of the corrective exercise and the exercise program are e-mailed to each client and telephone support is available.

It is important to point out that while the exercise program will prove a valuable and essential first step toward physical well-being and will encourage each client to become more body-aware, it is not something which is a total "fix it all forever". Firstly, this would not be possible as a result of one consultation; secondly, bodies change and develop over time, and an exercise program needs to reflect this.

FINALLY, REMEMBER THAT GOOD HEALTH DEPENDS UPON PLENTY OF EXERCISE, A HEALTHY DIET AND REGULAR RELAXATION

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