3 Steps to Permanent Relief for SI Joint and Pelvic Pain
Today we are going to cover the 3 steps topermanent relief for pelvic and SI joint pain. Now what is SI joint painé The SI joint, ifyou do have SI joint pain, is pain on either side of the tailbone where the tailbone connectsto the pelvis. So this is a drawing of the pelvis. This is your tailbone. This isyour lumbar spine or your lower back, the bones in your lower back called vertebraesitting on top of your tailbone. Then on either side of that you have your right hip or yourleft hip if we are looking at a person from the front. When we see somebody with SI jointpain, they will typically have pain on that given side. 70% of the time, it is on theright side. Don't ask me why that is but
70% of the time we know it is on the right. You canalso get shooting groin pain, buttocks pain and symptoms down the outside of the leg thatis affected. It might be pain, numbness, tingling, burning. Typically, that personsuffers from a heaviness as well. It can also cause some incontinence and leaking issuesas along to effect sexual performance as well. It can be absolutely devastating ifthe pelvic problem is bad enough. Fortunately, most people just have pain on one side. Sowhat can you do about ité That person who has SI joint problems typically has troublerolling over in bed, getting in and out of a car, crossing one leg over the other. Usuallythey have trouble sitting for long periods
of time especially if it is on a couch or a softsurface. So it can be absolutely devastating. Now what are the steps to permanent relieffor thaté Number 1 is this. Most people when we seethem if they are going to try exercises on their own and they only have a little bitof SI joint pain or pelvic pain, they are doing stretches. Yes, there is a very basic stretchwhich most people show me on Day 1. It is a piriformis stretch which is where you grabthe knee and pull it up and across to the opposite shoulder. It will give the personwho suffers pelvic or SI joint problems and pain temporary relief. However, long termwe don't want to stretch. We want to
strengthen or stabilize. Why is thaté Whensomebody has an SI joint problem, so the center of gravity of your entire body is inthe center of your pelvis. That needs to move the right way and it needs to be stable whenyou are doing day to day activities. If it is not stable enough, what will happen is thejoint will move so far that it becomes stuck. So if we are looking at the tailbone, we havethe tailbone and we have the pelvis and you get a normal gliding day to day. If morestress, more force is put through the pelvis than the pelvis itself can handle, that SIjoint can handle, what will happen is you actually become stuck. Now that creates allsorts of problems for the muscle around it.
What most people do is try to stretch theirway out of it. The problem is not stretching and it is not flexibility. It is actuallya stability issue. If we want to stabilize, we need to do strengthening exercises. If you go on ourYouTube channel, on the Madden PT official YouTube channel, there is a tutorialcalled Top 3 Exercises for SI Joint and Pelvic Stability. They are very low grade, kindergartenlevelexercises where you can at least begin stabilizing the muscles that controlyour pelvis. But we don't want to stretch, we want to think stabilize. Step 2 is we want to take a look at our habits.So what are some habits that lead to
pelvic instability and problemsé Number oneis standing with the weight shifted. So if I'm standing like this with my weight shiftedside to side for long periods of time, what that does is over years and years and yearsit weakens the ligaments which are tissue that hold joints together that we can't control.Think about somebody with an ankle sprain. They sprained a ligament. They stretchedthe ligament but it is not a muscle. It is different than a muscle. There are littlehabits that we do. If I stand like this and let's say I weigh 175 pounds and if I'm standinglike this, I have 150 pounds on one side and 25 pounds on the other. Where if I'm standingbalanced, I have 87 Â½ pounds on each
Hand Wrist Stretches for Arthritis Pain Relief Ask Jo
Hey everybody, it's Jo. Don't worry,I wasn't hunting Bambi, but here in the south, hunting is a really big deal, and sometimesyour hand can start hurting. So I'm gonna show you some stretches for your hands andyour fingers today. Alright, let's start with some wrist exercises. First you can keep yourelbow bent, that's fine, and you're going to bring your fist downward so you're gettinga stretch up here. You can either hold it for 30 seconds, if it's not too tight, oryou can just do a slow motion going up and down, and do that just 10 times repeatedly.So either 30 seconds holding it down, 30 seconds holding it up. Or rotating back and forth.And that's gonna get that wrist loosened up
for you a little bit. Then you can turn yourfist to the side and go down and up that way. So, same kind of thing, you can either holdit down for 30 seconds, hold it up for 30 seconds, or just do a slow movement back andforth about 10 times. Once you get your wrist loosened up, then you're gonna start workingon your fingers. So first usually what I'll do is I'll start closest to the hand and thenmove my way to the end. So bending at your joints on the outside here, you're going tojust bring them down. If you want to push a little bit more with your other hand youcan. Stretching those joints out a little bit. Same kind of thing, you can go 10 timesjust back and forth, a little pop in there,
or you can hold it for 30 seconds. Then you'regonna move up to the next joint where you're gonna curl your fingers down. You'll be ableto see them all right there, and there getting those joints in the middle right there. Samekind of thing, you can hold it for 30 seconds, or you can just curl your fingers up and downto get them moving. And then the last joint on the end is usually the hardest. Sometimespeople can just bend them without holding on to them with their fingers. I have to holdon to mine. Mine don't bend on their own. And just kind of curling them down and comingup. So, same thing, you can hold them for 30 seconds, or you can do 10 just nice andslow moving back and forth. Then the last
once to get your thumb involved a little bit,is just to touch each finger with your thumb. Get that moving back and forth. You can circlearound, or you can go back the other way, or you can alternate. And there you have it,that should loosen up your wrist and your fingers. So all you hunters out there, oranybody who has arthritis in their hands and wrists in general, those are some good stretchesto get you loosened up and get you going. If you have a question, please leave it inthe comments section. And if you'd like to check out some more tutorials, please go to AskJo .Have fun, be safe, and I hope you feel better soon.