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NW3Chiropractic’s Body Symmetry Series: “Pelvic Asymmetry and back pain”

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NW3Chiropractic’s Body Symmetry Series: “Pelvic Asymmetry and back pain”Belsize NW3 Chiropractic

Ever feel you’re walking crookedly or running with less power? Perhaps your feet don’t seem to land on the pavement as they used to? Runners developing new pains? Joggers wearing out differently?
We at NW3 Chiropractic see a lot of patients who complain of such signs in conjunction with mild to severe low back pain. Whilst no RCTs or proven clinical trials have yet been completed on this topic to our knowledge, we notice a correlation between pelvic asymmetry and low back pain with the many patients we see.
Such pelvic asymmetry could lead to mild spinal curvatures further up the spine, which come with their own issues. We will touch on that later but for now, try a simple test at home. Lie on your back on a completely flat floor and make sure you are as ‘straight’ as you can be. Ask an observer to photograph your feet with a camera on the floor below your feet. Then ask them to photograph you from above. It helps if there are symmetrical patterns or lines in the floor for the photograph to highlight asymmetries in your ‘straight’ position on the floor. From above, we often notice that patients align themselves in a crooked manner. This then is often associated with one foot rolling outward more than the other. If one foot does rotate outward more than the other, it could reflect a pelvic asymmetry which has translated to the legs. Obviously there could be other causes which would need to be discussed with your chiropractor but this exercise begins to build an awareness of your body which can help the situation; regardless of whether you seek professional treatment as well.

We will talk about other ways to measure and observe signs and symptoms of skeletal asymmetry over the coming months but if you are interested and would like a more immediate answer to a similar question, don’t hesitate to email nw3chiropractic@gmail.com and we will attempt to offer an answer.

All the best,

Michael H Smith

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