Your pelvis is located at the center of your musculo-skeletal system. It is the largest bone of your body and surrounded by the strongest muscles groups. It therefore serves as the base of support for practically all body movement – up-down, forward-backward and side-to-side.
This is why it is crucial that the pelvis is properly positioned within your body and within the line of gravity.
“Everything Hurts! Syndrome” / Dr. Skokan Martin/
Extended periods of sitting or standing mixed with one-sided activity such as can be found at most worksites in the office, in the medical practice, in the car, etc. quickly cause the large muscle groups around the pelvis to stop functioning symmetrically. As a result the pelvis is no longer maintained level from left to right as seen from the front and no longer properly angled from front to back when viewed from the side. The pelvis becomes twisted out of alignment resulting in a chain reaction of instability going out in all directions.
Upward, the vertebrae, shoulders, elbows, wrists and fingers are all forced to function out of alignment.
Downward, the hip sockets, knees, ankles, and toes likewise stop functioning within their ranges of motion. The resulting twisting, grinding, churning quickly is why so many people say that “Everything hurts!”n all directions during each movement.
“Short leg syndrome” /Dr. Skokan Martin/
Many people believe that their one leg is actually shorter than the other. There is even a name for this condition termed “short leg syndrome.” What is actually happening is that the large muscle groups around the pelvis are no longer functioning symmetrically. If one or more muscle groups are stronger on one side than the other or tighter and more restrictive than on the other, this will cause the entire pelvis to start twisting out of position in a multiple of ways. Structurally the individual’s entire musculo-skeletal system becomes a house of cards.
The arches of the back /Dr. Skokan Martin/
The angle of pelvis tilt from front to back is also very important. For men the acceptable range of tilt is 0-5 degrees and for women 5-10 degrees.
It is the angle of pelvis tilt that basically defines the shape of the spinal column. If forward tilt is excessive, the arches of spine become exaggerated. Not only is the shock-absorbing function of the spine compromised, but stress points develop at the peak points of the arches (show back with commonly occuring stress points).
On the other hand if the pelvis starts tilting backward the arches disappear causing the shock-absorbing system of the spine to totally fail. Every steps sends jarring shock waves which the vertebrae and cartilage must absorb rather than the surrounding muscular system.
The angle of pelvis tilt is basically defined by the 4 major muscle groups found in the front and back: stomach, back, flexors, and extensors.
The proper balance of tension must be re-established among these groups in order to restore proper pelvis tilt.