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New Model of Assessing the Position of The Sacrum: Hesch Method

Steve Haines - Friday, October 11, 2013

I recently came across Jerry Hesch writing on alignment and treatment of the sacrum. He makes a convincing case for the most common sacral misalignments being torsion on one of the two oblique axis as shown below. The graphic is mine (I found his images a bit hard to follow). The model is really simple, feel for the most posterior quadrant of the sacrum and you can work out how the sacrum is torsioned using the graphic below. Hesch says the most common pattern is posterior low left sacrum.

Sacrum Hesch_edited-2

From my experience of holding lots of sacrums over the last 13 years, I would agree sacrums are often torsioned along these oblique axis. It feels a really simple way to assess the sacrum and has helped me quickly clarify my experience during treatment this week. He includes more testing in his full assessment of the sacrum, including springing ('springing with awareness') the 'four corners' or quadrants of the sacrum in childs pose. The most posterior corner will also be the stiffest, with no anterior posterior recoil. His treatment is really simple as well, sustained anterior posterior pressure of upto 20lbs for 2 mins. The chapter is in a new book on soft tissue work by Eric Dalton. He has commissioned chapters from most of the leading fascia researchers and practitioners around right now. I have not heard of Hesch before, but he is in very good company in Eric Dalton's book. 

Here is a video of him introducing his chapter. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DxPQylnqHo 

Reference Jerry Hesch chapter in (2013) Dalton E. (2013) Dynamic Body: Exploring Form, Expanding Function. http://erikdalton.com/products/textbook/ 

He obviously is a detailed thinker, you can access more of his writing here. (I have not explored in depth.) http://www.heschinstitute.com/hesch-method-basics.html

Lynne McKay commented on 20-Mar-2018 05:34 PM
Nice tool. To have clarity over a potential fulcrum or presentation, in awareness, especially in an area of such diverse and immense transition of forces as the pelvis is, great. If we have the understanding resonance then of course the 'being listened to and heard' gives more clarity and potential for change. My edge is as always to trust not only my own limited understanding of the potential for change but at the same time know that all things that i dont know but are there also have that potential. What i see, but dont know what i see will also have a life. And maybe that could be the biggest place of change because it is out of my intellectual parameters and limited expectation......
Steve Haines commented on 20-Mar-2018 05:34 PM
Excellent, thanks for the quick reply, good luck with spreading the model.
Jerry Hesch commented on 20-Mar-2018 05:34 PM
Hi Steve,
Very nice graphics. Thank you for sharing the work. I think the simpler language and straight-forward intervention will be well received. Thank you for introducing it in your blog. In time we should explore posterior glide sacral fixation, a very under the radar significant problem that responds very well. Best Regards, Jerry Hesch

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