Pelvic obliquity blog : aka “your hips are off”and other meaningless “diagnoses”

Kiambu DickersonDecemberLeave a Comment

In my opinion, the diagnosis of pelvic obliquity is one of the many ridiculous labels that feigns informational but actually doesn’t tell you anything helpful. What about “syndromes” like carpal tunnel and piriformis syndrome? Syndrome basically means doctors don’t know enough to define it as a diagnosis and “we” don’t have a pill or successful surgery for it. Allopathic medicine can’t define it. A diagnosis means there is a pathology that can be blamed and a source can be identified but because we don’t know how to treat it with drugs or surgery, it’s becomes a syndrome. Because of its narrow field of vision, allopathic medicine leads with chemical and surgical intervention. Most people have never heard of a physiatrist and most doctors farm out the syndromes to PT or OT’s who do manual work for doctors that simply don’t have the training or the time to do hands on work. The reason why people in my field of functional medicine get results for others tend not to just because of the extra time spent focusing on the issues but on how the body works as a whole to maintain balance. Most doctors look at symptoms and signs as and pain as separate pieces of the puzzle when in actuality they’re all related. Everyone loves to say it’s all connected but very few people understand how. Even less know how to treat it. When I show clients they have an uneven leg length or muscles that aren’t functioning properly, I always correct it before they leave the office. How irresponsible is it to instill fear or doubt in someone you’re trying to provide healthcare to? Isn’t it worse to leave them that way? I fix leg length issues every day in the office and usually resolve it in half an hour or less within the treatment (some issues return and take more time to address). My point is it matters what you say to your clients. My orthopedic massage teacher James Waslaski doesn’t like to use the word pain around clients and I know first hand from studying PDTR that negative thoughts can directly affect muscles the body neurologically increasing pain and muscle dysfunction. As healthcare practitioners, we must be responsible for our loose talk and make sure that clients feel empowered or at the very least, not leave your office worried and dismayed. I always believe that hope and optimism is the only attitude even if the situation is bleak. When you hit a wall, try something else.

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