Sacroiliac Joint

Sacroiliac joint updates.

Hi everyone!

I’m honored to say that these days, people follow my blogs for many different reasons– the main ones being, of course, chronic pain and sacroiliac joint dysfunction.

Sunlight in Winter is, of course, the site I began first, and it’s my more personal site, where I first began to talk about my story with chronic pain.

About a year ago, I started My Sacroiliac Joint Saga, mostly as a place for myself to take notes in a way that was open for anyone else who wanted to read them.  Over time, I realized I was actually getting a significant amount of search engine traffic, so I decided to make it more reader-friendly, and actually begin to produce some of my own resources.  It’s a place where I get into some of the more technical details about the sacroiliac joint, which I don’t necessarily want to bombard my readers with here.

However, I know there are a bunch of people here who originally found Sunlight in Winter while they were looking for info on the SI joint.  So, with that in mind, I just wanted to share a few of the SI joint-related things I’ve been working on recently.

I really love creating these resources because it’s a great way for me to crystallize everything I’ve learned in my mind.  I also find it interesting to put up different types of resources, and seeing which posts seem to really catch on.  I have a dream of someday creating some sort of comprehensive e-book on the SI joint, so it’s been a really good learning experience for me.

So, here are some of the things I’ve been working on recently.   Several readers have asked for information on the exercises I do for my SI joints over the years, so I thought these would be good to share with you:

The importance of pool exercise to my recovery

Three major muscle groups to strengthen for SI joint dysfunction

The most important place to start strengthening: the core & transverse abdominis

One of the best things you can do for yourself in the pool: traction

Additionally, here are some of my most popular posts to date.  Somewhat disappointingly (to me, anyway), you can’t necessarily tell by looking at them that they’ve been viewed often.  However, WordPress tells me the number of views for each post, so these are the ones that have seemed to catch on the most so far:

Tight muscles can mimic SI joint dysfunction

SI Joint Concepts: Form Closure and Force Closure

SI Joint Concepts: Hypomobility and Hypermobility

What happens when an SI joint gets stuck?

Labral Tears

Turning Point #7: Learning to Adjust my own SI Joints

If you are struggling with SI joint dysfunction yourself (or just want to learn more about it) you may be interested in reading these.

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Thank you all so much for following my sites!  Your support and feedback mean the world to me.  I really enjoy hearing from you, and am definitely open to hearing what sorts of posts you would like in the future.  And, as always, feel free to let me know if you have any questions!

 

2 thoughts on “Sacroiliac joint updates.”

  1. I used to be a massage therapist (in one of my many lives).

    Disfunctions in the lower back and sacroiliac joints (where the joints become hypermobile from trauma or repetitive strains, can result in overly compressed, hypertonic muscles (they act as a secondary support to stop the joint moving more than it should). This results in chronic aches.

    Any sort of trauma will start as acute and sharp pain, accompanied by inflammation. It takes at least three days of rest to let this stage settle and then work can begin to release muscles like ‘iliacus’ (on the inside surface of the pelvic bone), ‘ilopsoas’ (the deep main hip flexors), all the gluteus muscle group, iliacus and adductor muscles. Then the back muscles can be addressed (erector muscles).

    I would advise anyone with ongoing pain in low back and sacral problems to consult a good sports or injury massage therapist (not relaxation or spa treatment) who can properly release the hypertonicity in these muscles using pain-gate theory and the 90 second rule (to full muscle fibre contraction and then its opposite number, relaxation). Combined with a good Osteopath (to work on bone structure) if you can afford it, will produce excellent, and lasting results. A good therapist will also show you techniques that you can use yourself when pain hits, as well as correct strengthening techniques (only for when you are pain free)!

    Relaxation massage parlour people just give you a nice rub down that feels, well relaxing, but won’t help you much. Don’t waste your money!

    1. Of course, Physiotherapy is an obvious first step to treatment (often through doctor’s referral), but do make enquiries and find out if the referred PT has a good reputation. There are good and bad therapists out there… If you are not improving… find a new therapist!

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