Maybe the shoulders are just a symptom...

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Maybe the shoulders are just a symptom...

Is a posterior pelvis the cause of my shoulder and neck pain? A posterior pelvis creates whole body postural problems that can cascade up and down your skeletal system and muscle chains.

Physical Problems Include:

  • Low Energy
  • Poor respiration
  • Head Forward Posture & Upper neck tension
  • Chronic Stress in shoulders
  • Collapsed chest
  • Flat Butt (no matter how many glute exercises you do)
  • Difficulty toning low abs
  • Difficulty doing extension exercises
  • Painful Running and hiking
  • Difficulty toning inner thighs
  • Increased chance of rotator cuff injuries
  • You will look, feel, and after a long day probably ACT stressed and tired
  • Increased chance of rotator cuff injuries.

This may be the first time you’ve heard about your pelvis being the cause of your shoulder issues. For Rolfers and for VASIE practitioners these are part of our checklist. One of the greatest things about Structural Integration is that it is an excellent system! You have probably heard that Rolfing is done in a Series - typically a series of 10 -12 sessions that work to integrate all the parts of the body so that they work well together.

Structural Integration not only works to address symptoms, it also addresses root causes that seem unrelated to the symptoms. When you first start learning the system of Rolfing it seems like you are getting miracle cures. Over time the relationships start to become clear.

You may be asking

Why has literally nothing worked yet to fix my neck and shoulders? Why can’t anyone tell me what’s really causing the problem? I was in that situation 20 years ago. One of the issues is that physical medicine is complex. One of the others is that our medical system is designed to address symptom more than the cause...

Back to the problem at hand. I am still reading this article (thank you) and my shoulders and neck are still hurting... If nothing has worked so far here are a couple of tests that might help you.

The Anterior/Posterior Test

This test is easy to perform and is a good indicator of your pelvic tilt. If your answer is tucking your pelvis under is more comfortable, then it is likely you have a posterior pelvis.

There are two steps:

1 - Tilt your pelvis posterior. This is the same as tilting your tailbone down the back or tucking your butt under.

2 - Tilt your pelvis anterior. this is the same as tilting your butt up to give you a big curve in your low back

Which is more comfortable (or least uncomfortable?)?

If your answer is tucking your pelvis under then it is likely you have a posterior pelvis. This pattern gives you a higher chance of having postural stress on the neck and shoulders. To see if this is actually the case you may want to try putting a lumbar pad in your chair at work. See if this helps. If so, you will definitely want to address the muscle imbalances through specific exercise.

If your answer is that increasing the curve in your low back is more comfortable. You probably have an anterior pelvis. This shoulder pattern actually gives you more support for your neck and shoulders. What this indicates is that the problem is either directly involved with imbalances or injuries in the neck and shoulders - or at least from the spine above the lumbar vertebrae.

I’m Posterior - Now What:

If you have a posterior pelvis and unresolved shoulder and neck problems you should to start doing VASIE workouts. These workouts are designed to begin re-integrating your body through breath and movement.

If the pattern is very strong you might want to start a Rolfing Ten Series. We are confident that you will feel results. All of our Private training and Rolfing(r) packages come with a money back guarantee. The reason we can offer this is virtually everyone is very happy with their results.