If you're complaining about back pain and schedule an assessment with your local chiropractor, it's possible that he or she may uncover an unexpected source of the pain. For some people with back pain, the discomfort isn't necessarily coming from the back itself. Instead, the pain could be as a result of a tilted pelvis. In such a scenario, one side of your pelvis could be tilted downward, putting strain on your spine and potentially causing discomfort in other areas of your body, too. Your chiropractor will get to work adjusting your pelvis to get it in proper alignment. He or she may also implement the following additional solutions.
Arch Support On One Side
One of the common ways to notice that a patient's pelvis is tilted is that one of the patient's legs appears longer than the other. In actuality, the legs are likely the same length, but the tilt of the pelvis results in one foot being slightly lower than the other. This lack of side-to-side symmetry can compound the back pain, so the chiropractor may advocate that you wear an arch support in one shoe. This simple device will help to essentially raise that foot to help push the pelvis into its proper position.
Frequent Massage Appointments
Adjusting the pelvis so that it's back in its natural position isn't something that will likely happen immediately. The size of the pelvis and the amount of tissue around it means that several adjustments are often necessary. In order to make the area easier to work with, your chiropractor may advocate that you get regular massage therapy appointments — and, in some cases, book massages immediately before your chiropractic adjustments. When the massage therapist can loosen up the muscles around the pelvis, the chiropractor will have greater success adjusting it.
Stretches To Try At Home
When it comes to adjusting your pelvis, one of your chiropractor's chief goals is to prevent the pelvis from shifting back into its unnatural position between adjustments. To lessen this risk, you can expect the chiropractor to give you a regimen of stretches to perform in the days between your visits to the clinic. The stretches, which could be simple enough to perform on your own or complex enough that they require the use of a stretching band to provide resistance, can be a valuable step toward eliminating your pain by getting your pelvis back into position.