Pelvic Tilt – A Gift of Sedentary Work Style
With each passing day, the advancement in technology is increasing our sitting time on desks and computers. This has steadily been accompanied by various health problems such as backache, cervical pain, obesity and various postural problems including pelvic tilt.
Before going into the details of postural hazards, let’s see the mechanics of our back. Our vertebral column is connected below with the hip bone (or sacrum) at a certain angle.
If this angle is not proper, the pelvis (the whole hip girdle), is tilted forward or sometimes backwards.
This condition is known as Tilted Pelvis. The angular misalignment develops commonly in people who live a sedentary lifestyle, especially those who work long hours on desks and computers. The chances are further increased if a regular exercise is absent in one’s daily routine.
Pelvic tilting can be of four types:
- Right sided
- Left sided
Anterior tipping is the commonest.
Consequences of This Abnormal Tipping
- Alignment of internal organs gets disturbed. In women, uterus may get tilted posteriorly or anteriorly. A backward tilted uterus is called retroverted. It may cause painful menses. Pregnancy is sometimes affected and chances of miscarriage are there.
- Pelvic obliquity or tilt may affect various joints of the lower limb, such as knee joint or hip joint. The imbalance in weight bearing of the body leads to early wear and tear of ligaments and pull on muscles.
- The whole musculoskeletal system gets affected. Some muscles are unduly stretched, while others are shortened.
- Overall physique may be affected in extreme cases.
- The disks between the vertebrae are adversely affected.
- Early disintegration of intervertebral cushions occurs, leading to back pain.
- Low back pain is the commonest presenting symptom in pelvic tilt.
- Gait may be affected.
Most cases of tilted pelvis can be corrected by appropriate exercises, which aim towards correct postures and muscle stretching.
Here are some more details on correcting anterior pelvic tilt.