In honor of international women’s day, I wrote an article precisely for you ladies! And what subject have I chosen? The PELVIS, the part of our bodies that causes us so many issues and plays a huge role in pregnancy and birth.
Most women who have lower back pain, especially on one side, or have symptoms in one leg, have a pelvic misalignment. The pelvis is composed of the iliac bones and the sacrum, joined together by 2 large joints at the back (sacroiliac joints) and one small one at the front (the symphysis pubis). Several muscles have a very important role to play in the pelvis, more specifically the psoas and perineal muscles.
Sacroiliac joints: In general, these joints are much more mobile in women than in men. This means that bad posture (standing with your weight on one leg, sitting with your legs crossed) will have a larger impact on a women’s pelvis. Add the fact that we wear our purses on the same side and hold our children on the same hip. All these little habits will add up; for some women the discomfort comes about rather quickly, others can accumulate for years before lower back pain or sciatica presents itself. This is why it is so important to have preventive care, especially the years we are carrying our kids around!
Symphysis pubis: This joint often becomes problematic during pregnancy. The little joint finds itself supporting much of the extra weight while becoming more and more mobile. This laxity is due to the hormone relaxin, which loosens our ligaments creating a passage for our child. It is important to understand that the process is normal, even though it can create discomfort. Your chiropractor will be able to control the pain, but not stop this necessary process!
Psoas: The psoas muscles take up a lot of space in the pelvic inlet. Coming down from the lumbar vertebrae, they pass next to the ovaries and attach onto each hip. When this muscle becomes tense or a nerve irritation occurs, it can create pelvic pain, often aggravated during menses and even create referred pain to the pelvic organs. This means that treating the psoas and vertebral dysfunction can have a major impact on menstrual pain!
Perineum: The perineum is the group of muscles at the base of the pelvis; the pelvic floor that supports the reproductive organs. The muscles are often forgotten, but they are as essential as the diaphragm and the abdominals in the maintenance of function and posture! Also, we ask a lot of the perineum in a women’s life and many will find themselves with incontinence or prolapse problems. These muscles attach themselves on the sacrum and can easily be affected by muscular tension or pelvic misalignement. This is why it is important to have a well balanced pelvis and to do the famous Kegel exercises. Do not hesitate to ask your chiropractor how and when these need to be done!
Women have considered these « feminine » problems to be part of their life for too long. But with good habits and chiropractic on your side, you will realise that life is better without them!