Chronic lower back pain is a legitimate and all-too-common problem for Americans. The spine is literally your body’s central pillar. It plays a critical role in posture, support, and a myriad of other basic functions. Muscles in the lower part of the spine – the lumbar to pelvic regions – are part of this essential purpose. That’s why pelvic stabilization is recognized as a leading way to address chronic back pain.
When Seattle, WA patients come to us with complaints of ongoing lower back pain, the experienced team at Stability Health Center often looks to the pelvis during our Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) evaluations. We seek to pinpoint areas of rotation, translation, or imbalance in this critical region. In doing so, we’re able to uncover low back pain problems literally from the bottom up. Pelvic stabilization then becomes a potential solution for long-term relief.
What is pelvic stabilization?
Lower back muscles are important in bearing a great deal of the body’s weight. Their gradual weakening is liable to cause issues that include:
- Muscle strain;
- Tissue damage;
- Muscle spasms;
- Nerve damage.
In turn, vertebral discs may slip out of place or become overly stressed. Because of the vital role your spine plays in the central nervous system, this may result in problems as diverse as fibromyalgia, sciatic pain, and plantar fasciitis.
Pelvic stabilization strengthens these key muscles. Ensuring pelvic alignment means better supporting the weight of your body and mitigating the stress placed on lower back muscles. This allows for better blood circulation, transporting nutrients efficiently throughout the body. It also reduces possible overcompensation by other muscles while enhancing balance and overall health.
How can a chiropractor help?
Before a chiropractor can guide you toward proper pelvic stabilization, they need to first examine how your pelvis has shifted from the norm. This can include rotations either forward or backward, as well as imbalances that drop or raise the pelvic bones on either side of the body. These rotations and translations can be diagnosed by looking at a patient’s posture, through radiological imaging, or by feel during routine adjustments.
Depending on the movement of your pelvis, a chiropractor will develop a physical therapy program that’s right for your individual needs. Targeted exercises like leg lifts, hamstring stretches, and abdominal exercises can all help stabilize the pelvis, and in turn the spinal column. Through stretching and strengthening pelvic muscles and supporting muscle groups, you may be able to reverse the effects of nerve damage, reduce pain, and make your back more flexible.
Keeping your pelvis in alignment
As with all things chiropractic, long-term relief is the goal of pelvic stabilization. This may mean routine adjustments to keep your adjusted pelvis in place. It could also demand lifestyle changes or adaptations be made, to prevent future shifting. With a CBP plan in place, a chiropractor can advise you on what’s best for retaining the stability of your pelvis and keeping unwanted stress off of your lower back.
If you’ve had enough of chronic lower back pain, it’s time to start exploring corrective options for relief. Stability Health Center in Seattle, WA will give you the CBP treatment, which involves in-depth assessment of your total body, pelvis included. It could just be the first step on your way to pain-free living.
Contact us today to setup a free consultation or learn more about our Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) program.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.