In part 1 and part 2 we talked about muscular causes of hip pain. Today it’s time to talk about anterior pelvic tilt, a more or less static structural problem. This is an incredibly common adult and teenage problem. We have a natural 5 degree tilt angle on the pelvis, but in many adults it’s common to see a tilt of 8, 10, 15, even 20 degrees or more! Worse than that, there’s usually an uneven amount of tilt from right to left. And worse even than that, there can be a lateral tilt as well from right to left. This creates all sorts of sacroilliac joint pain, low back pain, and other things in the region which can move up to the mid back and neck, out to the shoulders, or down to the knees and feet.
The knee problems can be valgus, ACL issues, and long term cartilage grinding and eventually osteoarthritis, including DDD and spinal stenosis. The long term ramifications of unfixed tilt are heavy for athletes, and destructive in terms of arthritis for anyone over 50 years of age.
Fixing the Problem
The best thing to fix this tilt is motor point acupuncture and hand releasing the illiacus and psoas muscles. This kind of work is easy, but it’s a little painful, yet nothing works better. Cupping can also be used, but usually people are too tender for illiacus, instead there’d be a cupping protocol on the back/gluteal side.
If you are worried about your pelvic tilt issues, just ask for a measurement on your first and followup visits. For sure one thing you might do proactively is check your shoes, and of course do not wear high heels/platform shoes, etc. Work on slouching, work posture, your work chair, and not driving with a wallet etc.
I hope that you will consider the long term ramifications of overly tight lumbar vertebra, knee grinding, and compression in the neck caused by reaction from the anterior pelvic tilt and posture related issues. Come and get motor point needling and find your original balance… which for you will be a new normal, which is more anatomically correct. Call 859.533.0914 now, or book online.