Your sacrum anatomy contribute to it being one of the hardest working bones in your body. It’s a triangle-shaped bone that sits between your pelvic bones. Together with your pelvic bones, your sacrum carries the bulk of your body’s weight, while ensuring that you maintain an erect and proper posture.
Your sacrum is a vital connecting bone within your body, linking the spine to the pelvis and the lower half of your skeletal bones.
It also connects directly to the skull through your body’s meninges, a/k/a dural membranes, which protect your brain and spine, thus giving your sacrum a role in the overall communication system between your brain and your entire body.
Your sacrum is so strong that you could fracture it and not even be aware of the break. The sacrum derives its strength from its five fused, immovable vertebrae. While it is very strong, the sacrum requires special attention to keep it functioning and healthy so that it can fully support your body’s overall health. A CranioSacral Therapist specializes in resolving dysfunctions and pain related to the sacrum.
A woman’s sacrum anatomy is different than that of a man’s. The female sacrum is wider and shorter than the male sacrum. The female sacrum also has a greater curvature than the male sacrum, which presents as flatter, narrower, and longer. As such, women are more likely than men to suffer from dysfunction of their sacrum.
Your sacrum may become dysfunctional for a number of reasons. Osteoporosis and arthritis are common culprits in weakness and dysfunction of the sacrum. Because the sacrum works overtime to support your body’s physical movements, its cartilage can wear down and eventually cause great dysfunction.
Additionally, pregnancy can cause wear and tear to the sacrum due to the body’s increased hormonal levels and changes in walking patterns to accommodate the growing fetus. Other conditions, injuries, or surgeries that alter your leg length and change your walking pattern are known to cause pain and dysfunction related to the sacrum.
Not surprisingly, stress and worry are also known to cause potentially extreme pain due to the tightening of back muscles around the spine and sacrum.
When your sacrum is not functioning optimally, a number of symptoms can develop, including but not limited to:
- Lower back pain
- Hip Pain
- Buttocks pain
- Groin or thigh pain
- Pain down the leg(s)
- Limited movement of the body
- Muscle spasms
- Altered mental state
- Neurological issues
- Digestive issues
The dysfunction of your sacrum and the sacrum anatomy may have evolved over an extended period of time, and you may notice it only when it has caused you great pain and distress. It may be inconsistent in its comings and goings, and, therefore, seeking treatment before the symptoms grow into a more permanent nature is recommended.
If you suffer pain or dysfunction of the sacrum, or any of the related health challenges listed above, conventional treatment typically involves prescription medications, topical analgesics, and steroids, which only serve to mask the symptoms, and can cause serious side effects, all without relieving the underlying causes of your symptoms.
If you are experiencing any of the above health challenges, and you would like a more permanent resolve, consider CranioSacral Therapy as an effective healing alternative to prescription medications and steroids.