I have some symptoms of chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Fomr what I have read these can stem from contracted muscles in the pelvis altering the blood flow there. A lot of people are suggesting anterior pelvic tilt is a contributing factor. Indeed when I lie on my back and bend my legs up the symptoms lessen.
i have the 8 steps book and was planning on ordering a cushion. Do you think the Gokhale Method will be effective in releasing the pelvic tension? I think I will still need some physiotherapy, but I wanted to combine the two.
2 years 3 months ago
12/15/2010 - 7:51am
In our experience, students with a myriad of issues that can cause pain in the pelvis have improved with the Gokhale Method. As far as the pelvis is concerned, when it is properly anteverted (tipped forward), the L5-S1 disc is given a proper space. This also allows the rest of the vertebrae to stack well providing a nice home for the rest of the discs. Further, chronic tension in the back and abdomen is often relieved as your bone structure holds you properly rather than excessive dependence on your joints and muscles.
Letting the pelvis tip and the front of the groin to remain soft when standing is also an excellent way to allow for better blood flow to and from your legs (rather that constricting that flow by parking the hips forward and tucking the pelvis which can block the femoral artery). Slight external rotation of the feet and legs is also helpful for circulation. I've also noticed with my students who are used to chronically "sucking" in their stomachs, as they get into a better pelvic position, they feel a nice sense of relief in their lower abdomen/pelvic region. With the ability to relax in that area, and improve the overall "plumbing," our students often see improvement in IBS, menstural cramps, constipation, digestive issues and more.
I hope this is helpful to you!
Gokhale Method Teacher, Palo Alto/San Francisco