A common cause of sacroiliac joint dysfunction is a lack of movement and one of the most powerful, yet overlooked tools for relieving back and SI (sacroiliac) joint pain is your breath. A common cause of sacroiliac joint dysfunction is a lack of movement. When you inhale and exhale, this innate action ideally sets off a series of events inside your body that mobilizes and nourishes your spine and keeps your back flexible.
In our culture, shallow breathing has become an all-too-common habit for many and is the real source of many types of common pains, including neck pain, back pain, headaches, anxiety, and SI joint pain, to name just a few.
A few years back, I posted a series of training videos demonstrating some of the best breathing exercises for fine-tuning larger movements of the body, for example, Pilates roll-downs and bridges, and this was how I focused the series. The exercises taught in this series also happen to be fantastic for relieving SI joint pain.
I could show you a hundred different stretches for your back and hips, but I can’t reiterate enough how important it is for the health of your spine to learn and practice basic, foundational breathing. Learning how to breathe better is critical to basic spinal health.
The following two videos demonstrate the most powerful exercise I learned from Marie-José Blom for maintaining and regaining the health of your spine and SI joint.
This is my go-to exercise for folks who come into the studio with sacral and low-back pain.
It may seem subtle at first, but I encourage you to give it a try. And, if you’re currently experiencing SI discomfort and/or back pain, I really encourage you to try this exercise daily for the next two weeks and see what happens.
(Note that, in the first video, the actual exercise starts at around 2:35 so feel free to jump ahead.)
If you have any questions or feedback I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
See you in the studio,