Anterior Pelvic Tilt And Massage Therapy

Lumbopelvic pain is one of the trickiest conditions to treat. One of the most common complaints we hear about lumbopelvic pain treatment is that the pain keeps coming back. After treatment, it is vital that the posture correction treatments continue without pause. But most of the time, therapeutic clinicians overlook the patients’ incorrect habits related to posture and structure. The anterior pelvic tilt is such a postural issue that tends to commonly slip out of a clinician’s radar.

Humans stand erect and locomote that way too. Therefore, it is quite hard for the pelvis to overcome the issues of biomechanical balance caused by human posture. To put it more simply, weight from the upper torso is passed to the lower extremities via the pelvis. The pelvis needs to be in proper alignment for you to feel alright. If not, the resulting biomechanical issues are going to be extremely agonizing.

This article will help you understand everything you need to know about the causes, consequences, and viable treatments of anterior pelvic tilt.

About Anterior Pelvic Tilt

Simply speaking, an anterior pelvic tilt occurs when the alignment of the two innominate (halves) of the pelvis is distorted.

In scientific terms, this condition is a result of your pelvis protruding in the sagittal plane, causing the sacrum to shift along with it. The L5 Vertebra and the vertebra next to that are connected to the sacrum. Thus, the movement of the sacrum stimulates the vertebrae to lean frontward.

What Is Anterior Pelvic Tilt

However, the pelvis usually has a natural tilt that helps the body maintain its balance and shock absorbent abilities. It is an excessively tilted pelvis that creates problems. To check whether your pelvic tilt is healthy and unproblematic, goniometers are used by responsible massage therapists. Goniometer readings are pretty hard to interpret without experience but are always precise, which is why only the best clinicians use it.

Massage Therapy Clinics like Seva Wellness in Surrey will use additional expertise to figure out whether your pain is backed up by an anterior pelvic tilt. Two fingers will be placed on your posterior superior iliac spine (PSIS) and the anterior superior iliac spine (ASIS). In situations where the latter is lower by half an inch, (could be more in women) the patient would be diagnosed to have an anteriorly tilted pelvis.

Consequences Of Pelvic Tilt

The Lordosis curve is what helps your spine absorb the shocks it receives. Excessive lordosis can invite many adverse effects.

  • Lordosis puts severe pressure in the facet joints, causing pain, discomfort, and spinal changes that can ultimately cause arthritis.
  • Hyperlordosis is both caused by and results in stiffness in lumbar extensor muscles. The stiffened muscles manifest the anterior tilt to the point that it will be established as a postural behavior. The tightening of lumbar extensor muscles can cause the development of hyperirritable spots in them.
  • Excessive tilting of the pelvis can be a potential cause of compressed nerve roots in the intervertebral foramen. The condition can also put the Sacroiliac joint (SI) in critical risk. Its motion is very limited, and the sacrum and ilia are securely wedged together due to that. The force applied by the tilt on the SI joint will make it painful for you.
  • An anterior pelvic could trigger the possibility of hamstring strains because the ischial tuberosity places heavier tensile stress on hamstring muscles. The risk of this happening would be greater if you are physically active most of the time.


Surrey now has one of the leading registered massage therapy centers that grapple the problem of pelvic tilting with true expertise. Most therapeutic clinicians usually observe the tilt and come to the conclusion that the weakened abdominal muscles need heavy exercise to regain vigor. You end up being asked to do all sorts of abs exercises such as reaches, crunches, sit-ups, and push-ups.

Fixing Anterior Pelvic Tilt

There are several problems with this approach. First off, abdominal exercises like these will keep your feet firmly immobile. This kind of closed kinetic chain exercise involves working the iliopsoas, making muscles go even stiffer. Instead of achieving the required result of loosening the tightness up, you are doing the exact opposite.

The real reason why your abdominal muscles are frail is because of the neurological restraint applied to them by the lumbar extensor muscles. If a massage therapist can get the lumbar extensors to loosen up, abdominal muscles will strengthen once again.

In a case of anterior pelvic tilt, massage therapy alone can do a miraculous job. However, the treatment will all go into waste if the postural deformations of the individual go uncorrected. Well-trained massage therapists here will always focus on both the therapeutic and behavioral aspects of your condition. Posture correction is the only way to retain the quality of life you regain after treatment.

At Seva Wellness Clinic, we seek to utilize massage therapy to cure you completely of anterior pelvic tilt.

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