have two hip bones, one on each side. In infancy these bones
are separated, the ilium, the ischium and the pubis. They
begin uniting during the infancy period and are completely fused
by puberty. Once they are fused they all make up what we
call the hip bones.
The sacrum and coccyx join
the hip bones from behind and the symphysis pubus connects the
hip bones in front. Collectively,
the hip bones, sacrum, coccyx and the symphysis pubus make up what
is termed the pelvis.
Male and Female Pelvis
The male pelvis has a greater
height and is more massive and narrow than the female pelvic. These
differences are attributed to the larger size of a man and the
of a woman.
The Hip Joint
The head of the thigh bone (femur) and the acetabulum
(socket) of the hip bone both form the hip joint.
The Sacroiliac Joint
The sacrum and the ilium
form the sacroiliac joint. This
joint has many surface irregularities and interlocking irregularities
that limit movement.
The joint in front where
the pubic bones meet is the symphysis pubis. It has a disc called the interpubic
disc, which is similar to the intervertebral discs of the spine. This
joint can separate during pregnancy so that the cavity may become
large enough for childbirth.
Lower Back, Buttock and Thigh Pain
Sacroiliac problems are
usually felt first in the hip, buttock or thigh. The range of motion of this area
is small and when it is restricted even further it may become extremely
painful. Studies have indicated that 50 to 70 percent of adults
with low back pain have sacroiliac subluxations. Some of the
causes of sacroiliac pain are sprain, strain, uneven weight distribution,
organ disease, fixation of the joint and ligament disease.
Sacroiliac movement, increased flexibility of
the ligaments, and increased instability of the joints all occur
during pregnancy. This
is why chiropractic examination and care is necessary during this
time. A healthy and subluxation free body will ensure a more
comfortable pregnancy and delivery.
Children are in need of
chiropractic care, as their sacroiliac joints are not fully fused
and are subject to all
types of trauma. Studies indicate alarming numbers of children
with sacroiliac problems that, without treatment, may lead to a lifetime
of disorder and disease.
The Medical Approach
In the medical field, sacroiliac
pain symptoms are controlled by drug therapy, however the medical
on the sacroiliac joint is controversial. The medical field,
despite more than 50years of documentation, does not believe that
the sacroiliac joints can move. If there is not an accurate
understanding of the body part, there is not accurate way to treat
any condition or disease that affects it.
Spinal Nerve Stress
You may suffer from spinal
nerve stress for years before a symptom appears, but while symptoms
are absent the damage
to the body is being done over time. This is why a chiropractic
check-up and maintenance is very important. A vertebral subluxation,
diagnosed in its early stage is easier to correct than a subluxation
that has progressed to the point of actual symptoms. Just as
we should see our dentist regularly, we should see our chiropractor
regularly. Like dental care, if a cavity is located when it
is small it may be filled, but if one waits until pain is noticed
that cavity may have already damaged the tooth beyond repair, the
same holds true for vertebral subluxation.
The Chiropractic Approach
Your Chiropractors goal is to relieve your body
of vertebral subluxations so that your body may function properly. Uncorrected
vertebral subluxations can cause a weakening of the spinal muscles,
stretch and deform the spinal column, cartilage, discs and vertebrae. This
causes a lack of energy,
early aging and fatigue. But
the most prevalent result of spinal nerve stress is the irritation
of the nervous system and brain stem. This irritation
is an interference that interrupts the information and energy flow
to the various parts of the body and lowers our natural resistance
to sickness and disease. Chiropractors are trained to locate
and correct vertebral subluxation through examination and spinal
adjustment. The adjustments relieve the nerve stress and assist
in restoration of body function. Proper functioning of the
nervous system through chiropractic treatment is one of the best
defenses against conditions and diseases that one would normally
not be susceptible to.
Although chiropractic does
not treat the disorder or disease, it does treat the person with
the disorder or disease,
strengthening their body and relieving spinal nerves stress, which
enables their body to function more properly and heal. This
is the reason for the great number of people who have found relief
through chiropractic care.