Over the past year, since my post on lateral pelvic tilt got picked up by Google, I’ve gotten quite a few comments and e-mails asking for more information.
Unfortunately, everything I know about lateral pelvic tilt, and how I rid myself of it, has already been written about in those past posts. I’ve looked around for more information, but I haven’t come up with anything new to report.
Recently, one commenter told me to look up the Egoscue Tower, something I had never heard of. The video is below.
The guy in the video doesn’t explain what is going on inside your body, but it seems to me that the point of the exercise is to relax your psoas muscle. Notice in the video how he explains that your lower back should settle into the ground. This seems consistent with a relaxing psoas as a tight psoas can produce excessive lower back arch.
Since I don’t have the equipment that is shown in the video, I tried putting myself in a similar setup using a foam roller and stability ball.
In the video, the woman starts with her leg much higher than mine. When I do this at home, I do start with my leg on something higher than the foam roller. I find random household objects of varying heights upon which I can rest my leg.
As you lay still on the ground, you will feel your lower back eventually start to flatten towards the ground. At that point you can put your leg onto something lower to start the process over again.
I’ve only done the exercises a few times, but I have noticed that my psoas agitation has been less in the past two weeks or so. I’m going to continue doing this exercise a few times a week and see how it goes.
If you suffer from lower back pain, particularly related to a lateral pelvic tilt, you might want to give this a try.