The pelvis is designed to bear and distribute the body’s weight 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
Daily physical activities can become difficult when pain in the pelvis is present. Chiropractic treatment and lifestyle adjustments can relieve pain and strengthen the pelvis muscles/bones to maintain optimal function.
Causes of Pelvic Pain
When pain presents, various underlying causes can contribute 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. Contact a healthcare provider immediately if the pain is thought to be caused by an internal organ issue with nausea, fever, vomiting, or severe pain.
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 the pelvis and spine balance. Plus, the treatment help increases the body’s natural ability to heal. When the lower back or pelvis is out of alignment, the entire body and 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 managing and alleviating 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. The body can be engulfed with waste when the kidneys do not function properly. 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 the years and is not reversible. Incorporating 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 water supply 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 differ, 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 and cutting back on processed foods.
Be cautious about consuming supplements, antibiotics, and over-the-counter medications.
Regular use of common medications and supplements can cause kidney damage and disease. Consult 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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