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Pelvic lock - Cause, treatment and measures.

Pelvic lock is a term used frequently, especially among pregnant women, and rightfully so.

This indicates that the pelvic joints, also known as the iliosacral joints, have a dysfunction / impaired movement, and as shown in Griffiths' SPD report (2004), we know that if we have a joint that does not move then this will affect the other two the joints that make up the pelvis. The iliosacral joints have very small range of motion, but the joints are so essential that even minor restrictions can cause dysfunction in nearby muscles or joints (eg lower back or hip). It can be difficult to distinguish between pelvic lock and pelvic pain without an assessment by a musculoskeletal expert.


- Also read: Pain in the pelvis?


Pregnant and sore in the back? - Photo Wikimedia Commons

Pregnant and sore back? - Wikimedia Commons Photos


What can I do even for muscle and joint pain?

1. General exercise, specific exercise, stretching and activity are recommended, but stay within the pain limit. Two walks a day of 20-40 minutes make good for the whole body and sore muscles.

2. Trigger point / massage balls we strongly recommend - they come in different sizes so you can hit well even on all parts of the body. There is no better self help than this! We recommend the following (click the image below) - which is a complete set of 5 trigger point / massage balls in different sizes:

trigger point balls

3. Training: Specific training with training tricks of various opponents (such as this complete set of 6 knits of different resistance) can help you train strength and function. Knit training often involves more specific training, which in turn can lead to more effective injury prevention and pain reduction.

4. Pain Relief - Cooling: Biofreeze is a natural product that can relieve pain by cooling the area gently. Cooling is especially recommended when the pain is very severe. When they have calmed down then heat treatment is recommended - it is therefore advisable to have both cooling and heating available.

5. Pain Relief - Heating: Warming up tight muscles can increase blood circulation and reduce pain. We recommend the following reusable hot / cold gasket (click here to read more about it) - which can be used both for cooling (can be frozen) and for heating (can be heated in the microwave).


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- Lumbar spine and pelvis = Two good friends and partners

The link to the lumbar spine is obvious if we think from a biomechanical scene - the lower vertebrae are the closest neighbor to the iliosacral joints and can be affected by musculoskeletal problems in the pelvis. This is illustrated by the fact that joint treatment aimed at both the lower back and pelvis is more effective than just joint treatment aimed at the pelvic joint, as shown in a recent study in  Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies.


In the study, they examined two different manual adjustments (as performed by chiropractors and manual therapists) and compared their effect on patients with sacroiliac joint dysfunction - also known as pelvic joint dysfunction, pelvic lock, ileosacral dysfunction or pelvic joint lock in the vernacular and vernacular.
The study (Shokri et al, 2012), a randomized controlled trial, wanted to gain clarity in the difference between adjusting only the pelvic joint compared to adjusting both the pelvic joint and the lower back, in the treatment of pelvic joint locking.


To jump straight to the treat, so be it konklusjonen as follows:

… «A single session of SIJ and lumbar manipulation was more effective for improving functional disability than SIJ manipulation alone in patients with SIJ syndrome. Spinal HVLA manipulation may be a beneficial addition to treatment for patients with SIJ syndrome. » …


So it turned out that it adjusting both pelvic and lower back was significantly more effective when it came to pain relief and functional improvement in patients who had been diagnosed with pelvic dysfunction.


- Also read: Why did I have so much back pain after pregnancy?



Some of the most common causes of such ailments are natural changes throughout pregnancy (changes in posture, gait, and change in muscular load), sudden overloads, repeated failure over time, and little physical activity. Often it is a combination of causes that cause pelvic pain, so it is important to treat the problem in a holistic way, taking into account all factors; muscles, joints, movement patterns and possible ergonomic fit.



Anatomy of the pelvis

What we call the pelvis, also known as pelvis (ref: large medical lexicon), consists of three joints; the pubic symphysis, as well as two iliosacral joints (often called pelvic joints). These are supported by very strong ligaments, which give the pelvis a high load capacity. In the 2004 SPD (symphysis pubic dysfunction) report, obstetrician Malcolm Griffiths writes that neither of these three joints can move independently of the other two - in other words, movement in one of the joints will always lead to a counter-movement from the other two joints.


If there is uneven movement in these three joints we can get a combined joint and muscular torment. This can become so problematic that it will require musculoskeletal treatment to be corrected, e.g. physiotherapy, chiropractic or manual therapy.


Pelvic Anatomy - Photo Wikimedia

Pelvic anatomy - Photo Wikimedia

What can you do yourself?

  • General exercise and activity is recommended, but stay within the pain limit. Walking in rough terrain with good footwear is usually recommended.
  • A good start is walking, with or without spells. Walking with sticks has proven benefits through several studies (Takeshima et al, 2013); including increased upper body strength, better cardiovascular health and flexibility. You do not have to go for long walks either, try it out, but take it very calmly in the beginning - for example with walks of around 20 minutes on rough terrain (for example land and forest terrain). If you have had a caesarean section, you must remember that you must wait for approval from your doctor before doing specific exercises / training.

Buy nordic walking stick?

We recommend Chinook Nordic Strider 3 Anti-Shock Hiking Pole, as it has shock absorption, as well as 3 different tips that allow you to adapt to normal ground, rough terrain or icy terrain.


  • One so called foam roll or foam roller can also provide good symptomatic relief for musculoskeletal causes of pelvic pain. Click on the link to learn more about how a foam roller works - in short, it helps you to loosen up tight muscles and improve blood circulation in the area involved. Recommended.


Difficulty finding a good lying position? Tried ergonomic pregnancy pillow?

Some think that a so-called pregnancy pillow can provide good relief for sore back and pelvic pain. In that case, we recommend unique Leachco Snoogle, which is the best seller on Amazon and has over 2600 (!) positive feedback.


Next page: Pain in the pelvis? (Learn more about various causes of pelvic pain, as well as the difference between pelvic locking and pelvic pain, etc.)


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