Pelvic Alignment and Neck Pain

Pelvic Alignment and Neck Pain

Neck pain and stiffness are very common chronic complaints that can plague people for life. Many studies now point to exercise, chiropractic care, and massage as three of the best approaches for gaining control over this painful and often disabling condition. However, as many healthcare practitioners know, “The pain is where it isn’t”. Often chronic neck pain can stem not directly from the neck, but from a weak pelvic base, which can be corrected with chiropractic care and corrective repatterning exercises.

A group of Physical Therapists in Brazil and Australia have been performing an exhaustive review of literature and studies to determine the benefits of stabilization exercise for spinal, neck and pelvic pain. There hard work brought to light some very good news: They found significant supporting evidence that repatterning exercises reduced pelvic pain and prevented recurrence after an episode of acute low back pain. Not only that, but the same pelvic repatterning exercises reduced headache, cervical spine, and neck pain! So why is this?

Think of your body like a house, with your pelvis as the strong foundation, your torso as the main house, and your head as the attic. The torso and head rest on the pelvic foundation and rely on it for stability. If the foundation of a house is crooked or weak, the entire structure tumbles down! By performing corrective strengthening exercises in tandem with chiropractic adjustments, you can ensure a strong foundation to build your “house” on.

Dr. Picarello will work with you to determine an individualized plan to speed healing, reduce pain, and prevent reoccurrence. This plan may include a combination of physical therapy, Spinal Manipulation (adjustments), corrective repatterning exercises, and massage therapy.

By Rachel Peterson