I totally agree with the statement made in the article recently published in Massage Magazine, that pelvic biomechanics has a role in low back pain syndrome, but I don’t agree that just treating the muscles will change the biomechanics long term.
I have been treating the misalignment of the pelvis for over ten years now to alleviate lower back pain. Only three clients during this time period did not get the relief that they were looking for and this was due in all cases to the presence of a benign tumour in the spinal region discovered after further investigations. In all other cases the lower back pain was significantly reduced or eliminated. In a few cases the alignment of the jaw and the hyoid bone was also a critical factor.
However, I only partly agree with the statement made in the article that the muscles have a significant role to play in pelvic misalignment. Yes, the muscles have a significant role in the biomechanics of the pelvis, but when it comes to treating a misaligned pelvis, exactly which muscle do you start working with? Which one is causing the problem? Does it make sense to try to isolate one link in a complicated biomechanical situation? Yes, myofascial release will often bring some relief, but if the skeleton, the bones integral to the pelvic ring, remain in their misaligned position, then the muscles will, over time, return to their tensed state, because they are effectively being pulled by the bones. Would it not make sense to work directly with the bones? Realign the bones and the whole myofascial system integral to the pelvis will also become realigned.
I have worked successfully following these principles for over ten years, helping to relieve low back pain…long term. Even in the Ecuadorian Amazon jungle on a hiking trip, working on the dining table, just following the principles of orthobionomy. I gently move the ileum, the pubic bones and the sacrum into their position of ease, where they feel most comfortable for the person suffering with lower back pain. In this position of ease and relative comfort, the body relaxes, the soft tissues, fascia and muscles relax, the self-healing mechanism of the body takes over, and the bones realign, back to their position of structural integrity. It can be so simple. In the case illustrated above his left leg was shorter and I am following this through with a posterior rotation of the left ileum. For an acute case, this one treatment may be enough, but usually another one or two treatments are recommended to ensure that the body remains aligned…long term. Once the pelvis is realigned the lower back pain significantly improves or disappears completely.
If you’re interested in finding out more then take a closer look at the method of orthobionomy: www.ortho-bionomy-uk.com and read the associated blogs below:
Back Pain and what it has to do with the Pelvis
Leg Length Difference and what this has to do with a Misaligned Pelvis