Sacroiliac pain; Here’s why chiropractic is the best option and 3 big ideas to help you get out of pain.

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Sacroiliac pain; Here’s why chiropractic is the best option and 3 big ideas to help you get out of pain.

Many people have been diagnosed with sacroiliac pain syndrome, and many have been disappointed with the results of treatment regimens from their doctor.

Scientists have evaluated different treatment approaches to the problem of sacroiliac problems which results in leg pain, worse when sitting and even upper back problems which are often misinterpreted by patients as stress in their neck and shoulders.

As taken from Chiropractic News from Chironexus “In a recent study, researchers compared three treatment options: physical therapy, chiropractic manual therapy, and intra-articular injections of corticosteroids. Patients included 51 adults with leg pain associated with the sacroiliac joint. Researchers analyzed the effectiveness of each method after 6 weeks of selected treatments, and again after 12 weeks. The results for each patient was categorized as either a success or failure, based on relief or worsening of symptoms and average pain scores.

The study’s findings revealed that manual therapy is the superior choice for treating leg pain associated with the SIJ. The success rate for chiropractic manual therapy was 72%, compared to just 20% for physiotherapy and 50% for corticosteroid injections. Researchers also found that neither physical therapy nor injections resulted in significant pain relief, whereas manual therapy resulted in a significant improvement on pain scores.”

The question you may be asking is why did the chiropractic approach do so well when other traditional medical approaches were less effective? The answer is that chiropractic, by using manipulation to restore proper pelvic function reduced the strain in the sacro iliac joints.

As you see in the diagram above, the condition also known as tortipelvis will distort the hips. This distortion causes pain throughout other parts of the body because the core, which affects greatly how the pelvis sits in the body is where a great deal of motion occurs. When we walk, we stabilize and generate force and leverage for walking and moving through the pelvis. If the pelvis is distorted, it is likely due to other issues such as our body style (symmetrical or asymmetrical), the accommodation to our walking style in the abdominal, gluteal and quadratus lumborum in the lower back region with secondary accommodation in the upper body. Since the myofascia which surrounds all our muscles and other organ systems will mold according to forces we place upon it, if those forces are asymmetrical, the core will distort, causing the pelvis to do the same as seen in the diagram, and impair the persons body mechanics causing pelvic distortion. While the chiropractic adjustment helps the most in reducing this distortion, to make care much more effective, we need to change the rules of how we work against gravity.

In the book Cheating Mother Nature, what you need to know to beat chronic pain, it talks about the need to cheat the system and then reeducate the body to work as if the person is built more symmetrically, which helps the body function more effectively, reducing sacroiliac strain and improving our body mechanics with the result being much less pain throughout our lives.

Some basic recommendations based on the book are

1. People who are built asymmetrically can benefit from foot orthotics which are proven to improve body mechanics, and help protect the joints in the leg and improve function in the upper body.

2. A health care provider who specializes in myofascial release, Active Release Techniques (a style of myofascial release) or Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue can remold the myofascia using these methods, and help the body function better than with just orthotics or even chiropractic manipulation alone. Many sports chiropractors are now using a combination of these methods for maximal effect.

3. Exercises after the body has been loosened with myofascial release help improve muscular strength and coordination which allows the body to work more efficiently and can help reduce or eliminate the likelihood of future pain.

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Visser L, Woudenberg N, et al. Treatment of the sacroiliac joint in patients with leg pain: a randomized-controlled trial. European Spine Journal 2013 [online]. doi: 10.1007/s00586-013-2833-2.