Updated: Feb 12
PELVIS & ALIGNMENT
The main job of your pelvis is to support the weight of the upper body, connecting the torso with the spine and lower limbs. It also supports and protects the intestines, bladder and reproductive organs, as well as the hip joints.
When our body is aligned in an upright position, the pelvis is balanced onto our thighbones, and the torso is balanced on top of the pelvis. This allows the pelvis to perform its many functions. A lack of balance and alignment can lead to uneven strain distribution, less support and protection. Read on to find out more about common pelvic problems.
1 in 3 women and 1 in 10 men experience pelvic dysfunction. Because the pelvic floor regulates bladder and bowel movements and sexual function, common symptoms of pelvic problems are:
Bladder and bowel issues like constipation, urgency, incontinence, or prolapses
Pelvic pain, and/or coccyx and lower back pain
If you’re experiencing pelvic dysfunction, a Pelvic Health Physiotherapy Specialist will be able to assess what is going on and give recommendations.
THE PELVIS & THE NERVOUS SYSTEM
It might surprise you to know that our nervous system helps us to maintain alignment. It does this by passing signalling messages around the body through our connective tissue. If the nervous system is compromised or over-stressed, this hinders information flow and can effect our posture, mobility, and the ability of the pelvic floor to do its job.