The sacroiliac (SI) joints are a common source of pelvic pain.
The weight of the upper body is transferred through to the pelvis via the two SI joints. When there is abnormal motion in these joints it can often lead to pain and inflammation, becoming a condition known as sacroiliac joint dysfunction.
An SI joint is highly reliant on the surrounding ligament structures for support, therefore anything that comprises these soft tissues can lead to the joint becoming dysfunctional. Pregnancy/childbirth, bad posture habits, sudden movements and forceful impacts are common causes of ligament injury leading to hypermobility of the SI joint. Chiropractic treatment aims to restore normal motion to the SI joint and allow the area to heal.
A recent study found that manipulation therapy appeared to be effective in reducing pain and disability in patients with sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Although there are weakness in this study design (e.g. no control group) it adds weight to what chiropractors claim to see in practice.
Another study showed that manipulation of the SI joint lead to an improvement in the feed-forward activation of the core abdominal muscles. This other study found that people with delayed abdominal activation were more likely to experience a lower back injury.
If you want thorough treatment for your sacroiliac joint pain, try out Karori Chiropractic – Wellington’s evidence-based chiropractor.