The Pelvis is actually 3 separate bones fused into one bone at puberty. The bones are the Ilium, Ishium, and Pubis
A very effective technique to adjust the Pelvis is the Gonstead Technique. This is the technique we use. There are many effective techniques, but this is the one we use.
The Pelvis has 2 main ways is subluxates (with some rotation variations):
Anterior and Superior
The Pelvis rotated forward; and in doing so, subluxated anterior and superior. We adjust this misalignment at the Ishium part of the bone (the part of the bone where you sit on)
Did you know that by stretching your Sartorius, Tensor Fasciae Latae, Psoas Major, and Latissmus Dorsi....you can reduce this type of subluxation. This type of subluxation can give rise to what is called a "Droopy Glut Syndrome"
Posterior and Inferior
The Pelvis rotated back; and in doing so, subluxated posterior and inferior. The Adductor Magnus (the 4th hamstring) can contribute to a posterior pelvis. This is a great muscle to work on, since it is involved in 100% of knee problems. If you can't flex your hips properly, we would definetely check this muscle out.
If this is subluxated, you probably have to sit on a donut cushion. Chiropractic and muscle work are great for this condition.
The Tailbone can subluxate in a number of different ways:
This means the "tail" of the Tailbone is subluxated to the left, and must go back to it's neutral position
This means that the "tail" of the Tailbone is subluxated to the right, and must go back to it's neutral position.
There are a number of ways Chiropractors can adjust this bone. One way is to adjust it internally. We don't do that, we adjust the bone externally. We use an Activator technique for this bone. This is an instrument, that cause no pain.
The muscle work involved with this case is not as extensive as a low back case. We will explain what muscles have to be worked on:
Gluteus Maximus- One of the places that this muscle starts from is the Tailbone (Coccyx), this is why we have to work on it. If you adjust the bone back in place, and this tight muscle is constantly pulling on this bone....you still got problems
Tensor Fascia Latae (TFL)- The Gluteus Maximus inserts into the Iliotibial band. The TFL inserts into the Iliotibial band. So by working on relaxing the TFL, you help relax the Iliotibial band as well.
Iliotibial Band- This is a must to work on because of the Gluteus Maximus and the TFL muscles attach to it. Did you know that people in professions that require them to wear a utility belt get Iliotibial Band problems alot?
Chiropractic and Muscle Work are excellent to get rid of your Tailbone problem, and get you from stop having to use a donut.