If you’ve ever had an accident, slipped on ice, sprained an ankle, or even engaged in a one-sided activity over the years, you may have experienced the pain of sacroiliac joint dysfunction (SIJ pain).
The SI joint links the pelvis and spine and when there is uneven pressure on the sacroiliac joint you feel “jammed up” when you walk – stuck on one side, like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that don’t fit together. That free forward, back, upward and downward movement of the pelvis is severely restricted.
So what can you do for yourself? The key to restoring balance in your somatic center is what will allow your legs to swing freely forward and back and your pelvis to move gently as you walk.
- Begin at the center of the body: release the front and back of your body with gentle Somatic Movements that release both the Red Light and Green Light muscles.
- Then move on to the muscles of the waist (the Trauma Reflex muscles). Take your time with the Side Bend and notice the differences between what you sense on one side versus the other side. Because a habituated Trauma Reflex is a big contributor to SI Joint pain, try doing the Side Bend up against a couch so you can restore length evenly on both sides.
- Finish your practice with a slow and lazy Washrag. Spend time sensing the rolling of your pelvis from one side to the other. Can you find the back of your pelvis as you shorten one side of your waist and lengthen the other?
Enjoy your exploration and see how it allows your pelvis to move more freely when you walk. Let us know how it goes!