I have SI joint dysfunction which presents as extreme lower back pain and radiating to my left side including the buttocks, hip and crease at the thigh. Its so painful that I have trouble walking. It hurts to maintain any position for long, standing, sitting or lying down. I am going to PT twice a week hoping to stabilize by SI Joint. For the last 4 months I have been attending yoga classes every day including yin yoga, hatha yoga and vinyasa yoga. I started attending yoga to increase my flexibility and core strength. Unfortunately, I think that all this yoga has actually caused my SI joint misalignment. This is so upsetting because I really enjoyed yoga.
I am noticing some serious 'hip pain' as well. I have SI issues in my left hip, which were diagnosed by a chiropractor a year ago but it seems to be progressively affecting my yoga - which I do at least 3X a week. I can hardly do any of the hip openers - 'thread the needle' or 'pigeon': it's pretty much unberable but it feels like the tension is deep in my hip and leg socket. I sit on a foam block at home to try and 'push' it till it gets to that 'pass out pain level' since I'm assuming I just need to open it: does this sounds like SI issues or something worse...? Thank you so much, greatly appreciate any help :) L&L
I have had great success with something called Prolotherapy. Not that many doctors do it or want to know about it. I found a doctor in Escondido, CA and it has been wonderful to help "thicken" my lax ligaments. My ligaments can now do their job and my pain has diminished exponentially. I heard about it through a stranger and borrowed her book called Prolo Your Pain Away. Good luck and good health to all. Thanks.
I know that I have problems with both of my si joints. The left is worse than the right.My pain has crippled me for 5 years.Now that I am seeing doctors about it, I realize that they keep sending me somewhere else none want to help and it is clear there is no cure once it has been damaged so much. I am hoping to find the info to balance my pelvic. I will do everything I can to try to heal it myself. Any other suffers,dont give up even when you cant walk and have been in bed for weeks and it continues for years.
brilliant article clearly written, easy to read and understand thank you.
I just found out that my joint is out by my massage therapist who then referred me to a chiropractor that confirmed it. My pelvic bone is rotated back and not forward, most likely due to a high velocity injury from a car accident where my knee and leg took the brunt of the impact. But I am also a longtime yoga practitioner who may have been more susceptible. My two "bumps" on the back are noticeably uneven. I am working with the chiropractor on getting things back in and hope this will alleviate some of my hip/back pain.
A very interesting article. Some diagrams would have helped make it clearer.
@ daifu: good points, bad motives. Ahimsa. Namaste`.
@ all: As a mother, rape survivor, and back pain sufferer, I can attest that if a spinal joint is really "out," it hurts no matter what the movement. In my self and my students, excessive sitting, often in very poor postures, tends to overstrain the entire area -- exacerbating anything that's already there. Often the overstrained soft tissue mimics a sublux, or brings attention to an old injury that never really healed properly.
I do commend Yogi Roger for his emphasis on balance. A misaligned practitioner is hurting his body, and really messing up his prana flow! In my beginners' class, I hear from students that other teachers have said, "check your alignment," but these newbies have no idea how to do that. It's a bit like teaching ABC's, but a little guidance goes a long way. Get the prana flowing in balance, and over time, the body heals itself.
Even with back pain.
This is an intersting article, however it implies that only forward bending poses (with hips abducted) cause this condition of the SI joint being "out". Roger, as a scientist, should have no difficulty with a bit of "peer review". Even orthopedic surgeons know about nutation and counternutation. Some resist the notion that the joint subluxes (as implied in this article) because the only time they see the joint really "out" is following high velocity trauma.
Nevertheless, if indeed the joint becomes mobile enough in the "advanced" yoga practitioner to sublux, then the pathological movement should manifest in both forward and back bends--unless said practitioner does not practice back bends. Consider that the hypermobilty is likely a result of stretching of the stout ligaments that stabilize the SI joint. The ligaments supporting the SI joint prevent excessive movement in both directions. This article only addresses the joint coming out in forward bends (with the remedy being back bends). This makes me question the validity Roger's conclusions here--i.e. is the joint really "out"?
I came across this article & am not sure of the date, but was astounded at finding the first actual description of my problem! I am mostly curious if Jacquie Jone got any info re: any professionals in No. Ca who understand ths issue, as I live north of the Bay Area & found the article while trying to locate an MD who has some expertise. I came to yoga with an already existing, significant SI problem & I will certainly discuss this article with my yoga teacher, who has tried to be very helpful with my limitations.