I am currently following Continuance Professional Development (CPD) courses at the Oxford University.
The Bodymaster method has been developed by John Gibbons (osteopath) and is a fusion between osteopathy, muscle energy techniques, sport medicine and fascias treatments.
This holistic method approaches the body as a complex unit where pain can be explained by the interconnection of many different regions and mechanisms in the human body.
I followed a course with this specific title in February 2020 at the University of Oxford.
From a holistic point of view, the pelvis is one of the most important regions to assess. It supports the spinal chord and ´connects´ it to the ground, via the legs.
Any dysfunctions or misalignment of the pelvis can have many repercussions in the body.
The pelvis is composed of three bones: the sacrum and the two ilium.
Our every days habits, sports, postures, old or recent trauma can affect these bones and their positions.
A very common problem is when the ilium starts rotating forward or backward which has an impact on the length of the legs.
If this happens, our gravity center starts moving sideways and our spine will have to compensate for this phenomenon. This means that the pressure in the disc, in the articulations, in the ligaments and in the muscles will not be balanced anymore and various muscular or articular pains can occur.
I come across these cases every day and very often I need to realign the pelvis so the body can start its healing process.
For example, a patient comes for a pain in his/her foot which keeps on coming back after massage treatments but it might actually be their pelvis that needs to be realigned to diminish the pressure in the foot.
Following the treatments I always give advise to my patients on specific (and simple) exercises that they can do at home to help stabilizing their pelvis.
It is important to emphasize that, in some cases, correcting the pelvis would not be beneficial. On patients with scoliosis or when there is a significant difference in the lengths of the leg bones, the pelvis is doing its job of compensation and therefore, should not be moved. A well-educated osteopath will be able to determine such cases and can in general help you understand the bio-mechanics of your body.