Do you have pain near the two ‘dimples’ in your lower back? This is the location of your sacroiliac (SI) joints — the points where your spine meets your pelvis. Pain in this area is common because your SI joints support the entire weight of your upper body when you’re standing, walking or doing any other upright activity.
That’s one heck of a burden to carry each and every day.
Plus, as you age this daily wear-and-tear often leads to damaged cartilage, bone rubbing on bone and, ultimately, osteoarthritis, which is one of the leading causes of sacroiliac joint dysfunction (also known as SI joint pain).
If you have SI joint pain, I cannot urge you enough to try inversion therapy, which is a form of non-drug pain relief that also helps to solve the underlying reasons why you have SI joint pain (including muscle imbalances, incorrect walking patterns and poor posture).
Inversion Therapy: Why This Quick Treatment is So Effective for SI Joint Pain
Did you know that the U.S. Army Physical Fitness School uses inversion therapy for soldiers, and reports that the technique leads to fewer joint-related injuries and back muscle pain? When I found this out, I can’t say that I was surprised — I’ve experienced it already firsthand, as well as heard from thousands of others who’ve had similar experiences.
Inversion therapy involves using an inversion table to invert your body at varying degrees of incline (not necessarily completely upside down, as you’ll see in the video below) to help compensate for the pull of gravity that compresses and wears down the discs in your back on an around-the-clock basis. Among the benefits of inversion therapy are helping to realign your spine and supporting better posture, both of which will help address your underlying causes of pain.
By hanging upside down, you increase the space between your vertebrae, relaxing the pressure on your discs, ligaments and nerve roots. Increasing intra-vertebral space means reducing pressure on the nerve roots, which means less back pain and less likelihood of nerve root damage. But, you don’t have to be completely inverted to get benefits!
Get Relief Without Hanging Upside Down — Just a Slight Tilt Needed
In the case of SI joint dysfunction, a variation of inversion therapy can help you to re-align and rebalance your joints, just by using a slight tilt! If you’ve ever had that feeling like your SI joint was out of place, preventing you from functioning as you should, using simple spinal-decompression movements (demonstrated below) can solve your problem in mere moments.
As you can see, in the case of SI joint pain (and many other types of pain), you can get the benefits of inversion for spinal decompression without actually inverting.
Instead of turning you upside down, the Back Ease – Spinal Decompression System featured in the video lets you comfortably decompress your spine by simply leaning into the device. It decompresses and stretches your spine, creating a separation in your vertebrae, relieving pressure on your spinal discs and nerves. The result is short-term (sometimes instantaneous) pain relief coupled with long-term maintenance and healing.
The Back Ease is a device I personally recommend everyone use (even those without back pain) due to its amazing ability help improve and maintain mobility, correct alignments from your shoulders down through your spine to your hip (including your SI joints) as well as heal and strengthen your spine over the long term.
Written By: Updated: March 25,2014