Pelvic stabilization training is a popular technique for treating chronic lower back pain because it strengthens the musculature around the lumbar spine, lower back, and pelvis. Recent studies have shown that one of the most common sources of lower back pain is the gradual weakening of the muscles in the lower back. In a healthy back, these muscles support the spine and reduce the stress on the lumbar vertebrae by bearing some of the weight load of the body. When these muscles weaken, this stress leads to muscle strain and soft tissue injury, and in turn, back pain. Pelvic stabilization is designed to strengthen these critical muscles between the lumbar and sacral vertebrae at the base of the spine, helping you to prevent or recover from pain.
For patients suffering from chronic back pain, one of the most effective treatments available is for a doctor, chiropractor, or physical therapist to show patients how to strengthen and stretch the nearby muscles. These strengthening treatments alleviate pain by reducing stress on the spine and decompressing irritated nerves, and are also an excellent preventative measure because a strong, flexible back is less likely to be injured.
Pelvic stabilization is one type of strengthening technique that is utilized by physical therapists and chiropractors to improve the strength and endurance of the adjoining muscles in the lower back and pelvis. During these therapeutic sessions, the patient will be assisted in finding the neutral spine position (where the spine is in perfect alignment). From this position, the therapists will lead the patient in numerous targeted exercises, such as hamstring stretches, leg lifts, abdominal exercises, and more.
Pelvic stabilization is just one type of conservative, nonsurgical treatment that may be recommended to patients experiencing back pain from a bulging disc, spinal stenosis, bone spurs or other degenerative spine conditions. Other popular conservative treatments include:
- Heat therapy
- Pool therapy
- Massage therapy
- soft tissue manual therapy
- Pain medication
- The use of back or neck braces
If, after several weeks of pelvic stabilization treatment, you are still experiencing persistent back pain, contact Laser Spine Institute to learn about our more effective, minimally invasive procedures. These revolutionary techniques may be able to offer you the relief you require without the risks of open spine surgeries. Call today for more information and to request a review of your MRI or CT scan to see if you are a candidate for one of our procedures.