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Hi, I wondered if anyone can help me -
I have had a sore left knee for several years, and decided to pursue the matter more than a year and a half ago. Since then I have seen a Doctor, two surgeons, a physiotherapist (for seven or eight sessions) and also a chiropodist/biomechanical specialist.
The first surgeon informed me (through physical assessment and X Ray) that I have ‘Patellofemoral Dysfunction’ (poor tracking of the kneecap). The physiotherapist determined that my right foot has a poor arch (for which the chiropodist supplied me with foot supports – which I wear). A surgeon commented that I have a ‘slight curve’ of the spine (my left shoulder is slightly higher than the right). The chiro agreed that my hip and knee are higher on my left side side. Also, both surgeons confirmed that I do not have a leg length discrepancy! Frommy ownobservations – I feel that I have a twisted pelvis (my left hip and knee are higher than the right when I am lying down, and I have noticed that when I stop walking and stand still with my feet together, the left foot is slightly further back than the right).
When I walk, my centre of gravity is always over my left leg, and I have concluded that my twisted hip is making this so – thus causing the pain in my left knee.
I am thinking of eventually going to another physiotherapist, and have being trying to find whatever I could on the internet about correcting a twisted pelvis, but there really isn’t much. [sm=banghead.gif]
I am doing exercises to strengthen the deep, small muscles under the pelvis, also the inner quadriceps and the abdominals. I am also stretching the small muscles under the pelvis, as well as the legs. The stretching eased the soreness quite a lot, and I have found that since I began walking by forcing my left leg outwards more, rather than directly underneath me (forcing it out does feel a little uncomfortable) – my knee has been better still, but soreness is still there.
Iwould really appreciate any advice on how to correct a twisted pelvis – on any exercises, muscle release techniques, etc that I could do at home.
Thanks.

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(@jetblack)
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RE: any exercises for a twisted pelvis?

I would recommend seeing an osteopath. I am a registered osteopath and deal with "twisted" pelvis all the time, although osteopaths do vary a lot among themselves and not all consider the pelvis to be important, so check with them before you book. Osteopathy is usually a very gentle and effective method of treatment. Where are you located? Perhaps I might know someone in your area.

It is difficult to recommend exercises without knowing exactly how the pelvis is torsioned so I would advise treatment first off.

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(@biggazfromlincoln)
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RE: any exercises for a twisted pelvis?

hi,
by strenghtening and stretching the same muscles you mention you will not be addressing the muscular imbalance your symptoms are indicative of, please feel free to PM me for advice, I am sports therapist and exercise therapy lecturer. Your condition is fairly common but would need more info before prescribing exercise as everyone will have different levels of dysfunction. Where do you live? What is your job?
Regards
Gaz

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jbarry
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RE: any exercises for a twisted pelvis?

Muscle balance may be helpful, what is your sport and injury history and how old are you.

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(@wrills)
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RE: any exercises for a twisted pelvis?

hi, i have had a twisted pelvis for 12yrs now and its been a nightmare. it can be operated on but the odds on it being successful are very low[30%] with a 70% chance of making it worse. think carefully before you visit an oesteopath because the oesteopath that tried to correct my injury made things worse, your case maybe different to mine but think carefully about a visit to the oesteopath.

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(@expatient)
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Search for Richard DonTigny's or Marc Hellner's excercises...

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(@jamesjoyce)
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Do everything different, starting by doing nothing for a while. It took you years to get into your present state. I'll take some time to get out of your present state. AT and rolfing. Good start.

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jbarry
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You didn't mention on what you did to correct the knee tracking, that should be corrected and may effect the pelvis like the leg of a table.

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(@schmidta1981)
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Hi!
I think I have the same problem as you.. My pelvis is twisted and I have consequently scoliosis. I would appreciate if you could send me information, if something helps. I am trying with joga, Alexander-technic - this one is good. Chiropractic did not help..
Thanks in advance and get well!!

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please try this
it may not work but it cannot do any harm

lay on your back as if you were about to do a sit up (psoas position)
get a partner to hug your knees (ie hold your legs together)
STARTING OFF GRADUALLY build up in strength, trying to pull your knees apart (partners grip should stop you though)
Repeat 3-4 times with a 30 sec rest
ANY PAIN STOP IMMEDIATELY

This is most effective after a deep tissue massage of lower back (esp QL)

I have never failed to have success using this method (although admittedly some follow up treatments are sometimes necessary to make changes 'take')

You should follow this up with regular McKenzies exercises, spinal rotation, 'humping and dumping pelvis', 'nice cat' / 'angry cat' etc

The 'theory' behind how this works is that muscles pull equally from either end so if the end of the muscle nearest your knee cannot move (because your partner is stopping it) the other end (connected to your pelvis) has to. So you are you are effectively using your own strength to pull your pelvis back into alignment
(I was taught this method by Leon Chaitow if you want to Google credentials)

I've simplified this for the purpose of explaining 'to the public' however should anyone want a more technical explaination (and a more precise way of of adapting this to correct anterior / posterior tilt and inflare and outflare of the pelvis please feel free to PM
best of luck

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lele72
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The Bowen Technique is a good modalities that help to re-align and correct imbalances in pelvic area and referred pain elsewhere. It's very gentle yet the effect are very profound.

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(@bodyengineer)
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Hi Wingc

Like others who have posted on here, it depends on why your pelvis is twisted in the first place. You could have a respiratory issue, jaw issue, vision dysfunction or even an Atlas subluxation! The Atlas is the first vertebrae on the cervical spine from the skull. It is very immoveable and can be subluxed via trauma (fall, birth) or pulled out of alignment due to immbalances in the system.

I have found that many therapists tend to focus on the problem at hand too much instead of identifying the etiology of the problem. These reflexive factors explained above can distort the system like a cascade effect. You can do all the exercises in the world and never correct the issue.

I would suggest you contact a cranial osteopath, Heidi Grant who is a NUCCA Chiropractor or a CHEK level 3 or higher such as Scott Byrant (Active Byrant Systems), Matthew Wallden (Primal Lifestyle) or Steve Bessant (Bowskill Clinic).

Feel free to contact me if your still having issues.

In Health,

Tom Smith
Neuromuscular Therapist (NMT)
CHEK Exercise Coach

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