The Pelvis Position - 01 Oct 2017
It’s all about the base:
Did you know that the trunk and hips are the powerhouse?
The importance of the pelvis in regard to walking, sitting, and moving is often overlooked.
“Stand up straight, shoulders back, head up….” do these sound familiar? These statements are all great IF you have good position of your pelvis, without that you are creating other tensions up or down the chain that are causing you pain.
Movement through our world
The pelvis is our base of movement that allows us to shift, transfer motion, and move forward through the world. The ability to truly shift from one side to the other depends on several variables: muscles, ligaments and bone position.
Let’s look up the chain at the diaphragm
This is a structure that will help drive the base…the pelvis.
The body is beautifully asymmetric, one liver and one heart which happen to be on opposite sides of the body. With the help from the liver, the right side of the diaphragm is able to become more dome-shaped. The dome-shaped side of the diaphragm RIGHT is much more efficient in stabilizing the spine…or should I say the right side of the body.
We then tend to favor our right side because it is easier to BREATHE. We easily shift and center ourselves over the right leg when we do most upright activities. By reinforcing this habit on the right side of the body, we are now functionally lengthening our left leg. Then a cascade of events…or lack of sequencing begins to happen. The body allows our left hemi-pelvis to tip anteriorly (forward), decreasing the demand on the left hamstring and left abdominal wall. Now let the compensatory patterns begin!
Our habits reinforce all of these compensatory patterns.
Our recreational activities, work duties, set up at the office, sleeping habits, handedness, computer/TV usage, even down to unloading the dishwasher will all feed into this “pattern” of the compensation that we have created.
My goal as a movement and postural restoration therapist, is to help you get adequate core position by utilizing your diaphragm properly in order to shift and move correctly. Retraining your body to move in a non-compensatory manner will allow you to improve the mechanical advantage and utilize the core chain of muscles. This will allow you to complete the tasks that you have to and want to with adequate form, decreasing pain.
Breathe yourself into alignment and OUT of pain??
Ask me how – Call for your assessment today