Intro to the pelvis
Updated: Dec 11, 2021
The pelvis is meant to move in all 3 dimensions. The 3 main pelvic segments--left and right hemi-pelvis and sacrum--move together to create forward and backward movements (i.e. to reach down and touch your toes), and separately--but in coordination--to create more complex movements like walking, running, and dancing.
The pelvis influences the spine via the sacrum. Thus, pelvic position impacts spinal position and movement, and vice versa. They are intricately connected.
The pelvis influences the leg via the hip socket (acetabulum). Thus, pelvic position impacts the position and movement of the leg. They are intricately connected.
The pelvic diaphragm is at the bottom of the pelvis. It is more commonly referred to as pelvic floor, but "floor" is an inadequate description for the dynamic soft tissues of the pelvis, as it functions in large part as a pumping mechanism in conjunction with the respiratory diaphragm. Thus, pelvic position impacts the pelvic diaphragm. They are intricately connected.
The pelvis influences the ribs via the spine and numerous soft tissues that connect the two. Thus, pelvic position impacts the position and movement of the ribs.
The respiratory diaphragm is connected to the spine and ribs. Thus, pelvic position impacts respiration via the spine, ribs, and numerous soft tissue interconnections.
The Delta Rhythm Boys were onto something. Everything in the human body is truly interconnected.
Below is a video introduction to the pelvis: