It Might be the Effects of Pelvic Torsion
If you’re experiencing chronic pain that seems to have no clear explanation, you may be suffering from the cascading muscular effects of something called pelvic torsion.
Pelvic torsion can be responsible for an array of otherwise unexplained pain in the body. Back pain, hip pain, knee pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, and more can potentially be traced back to pelvic torsion.
What is pelvic torsion? When half of the pelvis rotates in one direction, and the other half rotates in the opposite direction we call that a pelvic torsion. This puts the hip joints in a different position from one another. In other words, the hip joints are not level with one another. One hip joint is higher and the other is lower. The result is a functional leg-length difference.
How does this result in pain? When the legs are a different length, we have a balance problem whenever we’re upright in gravity. Our muscular system is not going to let us walk around like the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It’s going to do its best to try to straighten us up. It does that by contracting certain muscles to counter the force of gravity. But over time this can develop into a series of muscular contractions that become entrenched, chronic. Certain muscles become locked, fixed, and stuck and, over time, can become the source of significant pain and strain in the body.
The progression can be summarized as follows: Pelvic torsion —> Functional leg-length difference —> Upright muscular response to the force of gravity —> Compensatory muscular contractions —> Significant muscle pain and strain in the body.
Is there a solution? Yes, definitely. Because pelvic torsion is a functional pattern, it can be corrected. Again, in this pattern the bones of the legs are not a different length. This contrasts with a structural or congenital pattern in which the actual length of the leg bones is different. In such cases, it can be appropriate to place a lift in one’s shoe on the side of the short leg. But in the case of a functional pattern (95% of the cases I see), a lift only serves to reinforce the dysfunction.
Correcting pelvic torsion is accomplished by: 1) identifying the nature of the torsion, 2) lengthening muscles that have been locked short using a combination of manual therapy and assisted mobilization, and 3) regular implementation of a series of re-patterning stretches and exercises that can be done at home.
Once pelvic torsion is understood and corrected, compensatory muscular patterns — the root of much unexplained pain in the body — can lift and vanish. Often muscles that have been compensating for long periods of time do require some direct help in the form of hands-on manual therapy. But once the primary trigger of compensation is removed, our muscles can often heal quite rapidly. Once we look at the body as a whole, integrated structure, a great deal of mysterious pain in the body can be both understood and relieved.