The pelvis is designed to bear and distribute the weight of the body along with regular everyday movement. It is built to properly distribute weight between the upper and lower body that utilizes the core muscles, ligaments, and joints creating a complex pelvic girdle that helps the body function properly. The bones of the pelvis house and protect organs like the:
- Reproductive system
- Below the digestive tract
When pain in the pelvis presents, daily physical activities can become difficult to get through. Chiropractic treatment combined with lifestyle adjustments can bring pain relief and strengthen the pelvis muscles/bones to maintain optimal function.
Causes of Pelvic Pain
When pain presents there can be a variety of underlying causes contributing to it. Certain causes are more serious than others. This is why seeking professional medical guidance is highly recommended for the best outcomes. Possible causes include:
- Core weakness
- Spinal misalignment
- Injury from falls, automobile accidents, sports, work
- Urinary tract infection/s
- Female reproductive conditions like pelvic inflammatory disease, ovarian cysts, endometriosis, or fibroids
- Pubic symphysis dysfunction
- Sacroiliac/SI dysfunction
These are a few causes that can contribute to mechanical changes and imbalances within the pelvis anatomy. If the pain is thought to be caused by an internal organ issue with nausea, fever, vomiting, or severe pain contact a healthcare provider immediately.
The pelvis can be thought of as a direct continuation of the spine. The lowest fused five vertebrae are known as the sacrum and are part of the pelvic girdle complex. Individuals dealing with pelvic pain typically experience the sensation within the joints themselves. These are the pubic symphysis and/or sacroiliac joints. These joints interact with the entire skeletal system. Learning how they operate can help bring relief and recovery. This is where a chiropractor can help.
Chiropractors are experts in total body alignment, restoring balance to the pelvis and spine. Plus through the treatment, they help increase the body’s natural ability to heal itself. When the lower back or pelvis is out of alignment the entire body along with its systems can be thrown off balance causing dysfunction. Chiropractic promotes and increases balance with pelvic adjustments and diverse therapies that include:
- Manual adjustments
- Therapeutic Massage
- Physical activity/exercise training
- Neutral spine training
- Health coaching
- Body Composition Analysis
Restoring Pelvic Balance
A professional chiropractor is one of the best options for the management and alleviation of pelvis pain. Pelvis misalignment can impede nerve energy and adequate blood flow. Chiropractic restoration strengthens and maintains optimal long-lasting results. Whether the pelvic pain comes from an injury, pregnancy, or pelvic shift/imbalance, a chiropractic provider can help address and alleviate the pain.
Lifestyle Adjustments for Optimal Kidney Health
The kidneys are small organs that work twenty-four-seven to filter blood and flush waste. In one day the kidneys pump more than 400 gallons of recycled blood throughout the body. When the kidneys do not function properly the body can be engulfed with waste. This is why it is vital to keep them healthy. Individuals usually don’t realize how an unhealthy lifestyle can harm/injure the kidneys. Chronic kidney disease slowly progresses over years, and it is not reversible. Incorporating some basic healthy lifestyle adjustments can lower the risk of developing kidney-related diseases. Here are a few lifestyle adjustments that can keep the kidneys healthy.
Drinking plenty of water
An adequate supply of water in the kidneys flushes out sodium, urea, and toxins helping avoid kidney stones. The goal is to drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day. Everyone’s water levels are different but body composition analysis can calculate what a normal level should be.
Healthy foods maintain a healthy body
Poor diet and visceral fat gain have been linked to chronic kidney disease. Reducing visceral fat can be achieved by eating a restricted caloric diet of vegetables, fruit, and lean protein, as well as cutting back on processed foods.
Be cautious consuming supplements, antibiotics, and over the counter medications
Regular use of common medications and supplements can cause kidney damage and disease. Consult with a doctor before taking medications and supplements if there is kidney function impairment.
Fitness and activity
Individuals need to participate in regular cardiovascular and weight-resistance physical activity/exercise. High blood sugar levels have been shown to stress the kidneys. Building adequate muscle mass helps control blood sugar.
Smoking and kidney health issues
Smoking narrows the blood vessels in the kidneys. This reduces proper blood flow and accelerates kidney malfunction.
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Dr. Alex Jimenez DC, MSACP, CCST, IFMCP, CIFM, CTG*
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