In this lesson, we explore the significant topic of sacroiliac joints including anatomy, issues and teaching considerations.
Become familiar with sacroiliac joint anatomy and associated issues plus be prepared to support students in preventing, relieving or accommodating SI joint issues.
Explain where the sacroiliac (SI) joints are located and the significance of the ligaments surrounding them. Describe how the relationship between the sacrum and pelvis are different when standing vs. sitting and how this affects the SI joints. Describe the functions of the SI joints, how pregnancy impacts them, and the primary symptom associated with SI dysfunction. Note the populations who have increased susceptibility to SI joint problems and describe the particular way in which practicing twists can lead to SI joint instability. Explain why it’s important to differentiate SI joint issues from other types of back pain and how SI dysfunction is typically differentiated from other conditions. Explain the conditions under which the pelvis and sacrum may move in opposite directions. Provide some potential approaches to address SI joint pain and considerations when practicing asana. Name the types of poses that are often avoided in the case of SI joint issues; poses that might help; and pose adaptations to consider.
Questions Answered Here
- Where are the sacroiliac (SI) joints located?
- What is significant about the ligaments surrounding the SI joints?
- How is the relationship between the sacrum and pelvis different when standing vs. sitting? How does this affect the SI joints?
- What are the functions of the SI joints?
- How does pregnancy impact the SI joints?
- What is SI dysfunction?
- What is the primary symptom associated with SI dysfunction?
- Who has increased susceptibility to SI joint problems?
- Practicing twists in what way can lead to SI joint instability?
- Why is it important to differentiate SI joint issues from other types of back pain?
- How is SI dysfunction typically differentiated from other conditions?
- Pain from SI joint stress is generally caused by the pelvis and sacrum moving in opposite directions. For what reasons might this occur?
- In addition to an acute condition, what else may be indicated by SI pain?
- What are some potential approaches to addressing SI joint pain?
- What are some considerations when practicing asana?
- What types of poses are often avoided in the case of SI joint issues?
- What poses might help?
- What pose adaptations might you consider in the case of SI joint issues?
- Where can you find sample sequences for SI joint pain?
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