We have discussed in an earlier entry how our posture can affect the position of our pelvic organs, shifting them slightly forward to sit over the top of our pubic bone when we are in neutral spine. It makes sense to recognize how the position of our pelvis can affect our pelvic floor muscles and our pelvic organs, but how can our rounded shoulders effect our pelvic floor function?
To connect these two areas of our body, we have to take a good look at our abdominal and pelvic cavities.
The areas of our pelvis and our abdomen are one continuous body cavity. This is important to realize because as we take up space within our abdomen, it directly affects our pelvic cavity and its contents. Our diaphragm is continuously descending and ascending with every breath we take, taking up space as it descends and giving it back as it ascends. When we breathe in and our diaphragm draws down within our abdomen, we normally accommodate this by expanding our chest and our lower ri...
As a kid, our family always joked about my shoulders. In elementary school, one of the requirements in physical education was climbing a rope. I could never do it. I admitted at the time that I was a wimp. I was a bit better by junior high when gym class offered a segment on tennis. I got to be pretty good, developing a great one-hand backhand although I never had a killer serve.
By middle age, I’ve found that my shoulders can still be a problem area if I’m not careful. Several years ago, I went geocaching with a friend in a wilderness area and she took us up a sharp hill to hunt for a cache. What comes up must come down, which meant I had to negotiate a steep decline after looking for the cache. I grabbed a tree to help stabilize my descent; that seemed to go well at the time, but a few days later, I was in pain. The discomfort lasted for a while and, while not formally diagnosed, it’s taken some targeted massage therapy and some focused exercises to re...
Patients with cleidocranial dysostosis have a jaw and brow area that sticks out. The middle of their nose (nasal bridge) is wide.
The collar bones may be missing or abnormally developed. This pushes the shoulders together in front of the body.
Primary teeth do not fall out at the expected time. Adult teeth may develop later than normal, and an extra set of adult teeth grow in. This causes the normal teeth to become crooked.
The condition does not affect one's intelligence.
Other symptoms can include
Ability to touch shoulders together in front of body
Delayed closure of fontanelles ("soft spots")
Prominent forehead ( frontal bossing )
Signs and tests
There is often a family history of cleidocranial dysostosis. X-rays are usually taken and may show:
Undergrowth of the collarbone
Undergrowth of the shoulder blade
Failure of the area in the front of the pelv...
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