In our world of cell phones, laptops, and Netflix, many of us tend to spend a lot of our time sitting around. While it’s great to kick back and relax once in a while, a sedentary lifestyle does us a disservice. A lack of exercise not only increases the risk of diabetes, obesity and heart disease, but it can also cause back pain.
This might not make sense at first. How could sitting put enough pressure on your back to cause pain? Well, one way is by allowing your bones to shift due to weakened muscles and a lack of a strong spinal foundation. A major culprit of back pain we see a lot at Graybar Chiropractic in Wilmington, Wallace, and Clinton, NC is the pelvis, specifically an anterior pelvic tilt.
Even a slight tilt in your pelvis may lead to long-lasting symptoms like back, leg, and foot pain thanks to disc degeneration and other spinal problems. By working to correct this problem, you may be able to re-align your spine and maintain bodily strength and stability.
What is anterior pelvic tilt?
Anterior pelvic tilt is a shift in the angle of your pelvis. The front of the pelvis tilts down and the back of the pelvis rises. While a small amount of anterior pelvic tilt is normal, excessive tilt can lead to increased curvature of the lumbar spine, causing poor posture in which the lower back curves in and the abdomen bulges out.
This tilt in the pelvis is often caused by poor posture and muscle weakness due to a sedentary lifestyle. A lack of physical activity can shorten the hip flexors, which connect your pelvis, lower back, and thigh bone, and lengthen the hip extensors, causing the severe tilt forward.
Why does it need to be corrected, and how?
While a minor tilt in the pelvis may not seem like a big deal, it can lead to some painful and long-lasting consequences if it is not addressed. The pelvis is located below the spine and is attached to the spinal column and its surrounding tissues through the hip flexors. In its typical position, the pelvis provides a stable base for the spine, with nothing pulling in one direction or another.
If your pelvis begins to tilt forward, the spine may get pulled out of place just like the pelvis. Misalignment of the spine may put additional stress on your joints, vertebrae, and spinal discs, potentially leading to premature disc degeneration, bulging discs, or disc herniation. These spinal conditions are known to cause pain, tingling, or numbness in the lower back, legs, and feet. Additionally, these conditions may continue to cause more problems with the pelvic tilt, creating a vicious cycle of pain and spinal stress.
In order to correct your anterior pelvic tilt, you should make a few lifestyle changes that involve doing more physical activity and stretching. Routine exercise can help activate weakened muscles, stretch tight ones, and may begin to fix the tilt on its own.
For people suffering from severe anterior pelvic tilt, visiting a chiropractor may provide you with the resources you need to minimize symptoms of pain and correct the tilt. Spinal manipulations may be able to shift your spine back into alignment as well as your pelvis over time. Additionally, your chiropractor can work with you to teach you helpful stretches and exercises designed to help you maintain good posture and strengthen core muscles that build stability.
If you are concerned about your anterior pelvic tilt, call Graybar Chiropractic to learn more about how we serve patients in Wilmington, Wallace, and Clinton, NC. Our spinal experts use Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), a holistic approach to spinal care, to diagnose and treat the root of your pain, not just the symptom.
Chiropractic BioPhysics, or CBP, is one of the most scientific, researched, and results-oriented corrective care techniques. CBP-trained chiropractors aim to realign the spine back to health, eliminating nerve interference and addressing the source of pain, fatigue, and disease. As with all chiropractic care, CBP is gentle, painless, and non-invasive.