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How to Fix SI Joint Pain for Good!

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How to Unlock Your Sacroiliac Joint: Tips and Exercises

Are you suffering from persistent lower back pain that seems to radiate into your hips and legs? If so, you might be dealing with sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction. This condition can cause significant discomfort and disrupt your daily activities. In this article, we’ll explore what the SI joint is, why it can become fixated and painful, and provide a three-step approach to fixing SI joint dysfunction for good. Let’s dive in and learn how to alleviate SI joint pain and restore your mobility.

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Understanding the Sacroiliac Joint

The sacroiliac (SI) joint is located at the base of your spine, where the sacrum (the triangular bone at the bottom of your spine) meets the iliac bones of your pelvis. You have two SI joints, one on each side of your sacrum. These joints play a crucial role in transferring weight and forces between your upper body and legs, providing stability and support during movement.

Why SI Joint Dysfunction Occurs

SI joint dysfunction occurs when the joint becomes either too stiff or too loose, leading to pain and restricted movement. Several factors can contribute to SI joint dysfunction:

    • Muscle Imbalances: Tight or weak muscles around the pelvis and lower back can put undue stress on the SI joint, leading to dysfunction.
    • Injury: Trauma from a fall, car accident, or sports injury can damage the SI joint, causing inflammation and pain.
    • Repetitive Stress: Activities that involve repetitive movements, such as running or lifting, can strain the SI joint over time. Also, inactive can lead to stress, such as prolonged sitting and driving.
    • Pregnancy: Hormonal changes and increased weight during pregnancy can affect the stability of the SI joint, leading to pain and discomfort.

A Three-Step Approach to Fixing SI Joint Dysfunction

1. Reduce Tension

Reducing muscle tension around the SI joint is the first step in alleviating pain and restoring function. Tight muscles can pull on the SI joint, exacerbating pain and limiting movement. By relaxing these muscles, you can decrease the stress on the joint and create a more balanced environment for healing.

  • Hip Flexor Stretch: Stand in a lunge position with one knee on the ground and the other foot forward. Push your hips forward slightly while keeping your back straight until you feel a stretch in the front of your hip. Hold for 30 seconds and switch sides. Repeat 2-3 times per side. This stretch helps release tight hip flexors, which can contribute to SI joint tension.
  • Piriformis Stretch: Lie on your back with your knees bent. Cross one ankle over the opposite knee and gently pull the bottom knee toward your chest until you feel a stretch in your buttock. Hold for 30 seconds and switch sides. Repeat 2-3 times per side. Stretching the piriformis muscle can alleviate pressure on the SI joint and sciatic nerve.

*Watch the video above to see an effective exercise to reduce tension around the SI joint.

2. Restore Motion

Once muscle tension is reduced, it is crucial to restore proper movement in the SI joint. Joint stiffness can restrict your range of motion, leading to compensatory movements that place additional stress on surrounding tissues. Restoring motion helps to re-establish normal joint function and promotes healthier movement patterns.

  • Pelvic Tilts: Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Gently rock your pelvis forward and backward, flattening your lower back against the floor and then arching it. Perform 2-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions. Pelvic tilts help to mobilize the SI joint and improve its range of motion.
  • SI Joint Mobilization: Stand with one foot forward and one foot back. Place your hands on your hips and gently rotate your pelvis forward and backward, focusing on movement in the SI joint. Perform 2-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions. This exercise helps to loosen the joint and restore its natural mobility.

*Watch the video above to see an effective exercise to restore motion to the SI joint.

3. Reinforce with Specific Stability Exercises

To maintain SI joint health and prevent future dysfunction, it is crucial to strengthen the muscles that support and stabilize the joint. Stability exercises help to build resilience and endurance in these muscles, ensuring that the SI joint remains properly aligned and functional during daily activities and physical exertion.

  • Glute Bridges: Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Lift your hips toward the ceiling, squeezing your glutes at the top. Hold for a few seconds and lower back down. Perform 2-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions. Strong glutes provide essential support for the SI joint, helping to stabilize it and prevent misalignment.
  • Bird Dogs: Start on your hands and knees. Extend one arm forward and the opposite leg back, keeping your back straight. Hold for a few seconds and return to the starting position. Repeat on the other side. Perform 2-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions per side. This exercise enhances core stability and promotes better coordination of the muscles around the SI joint.
  • Plank: Lie face down and lift your body onto your toes and forearms, keeping your body in a straight line from head to heels. Hold for 20-30 seconds, gradually increasing the time as your strength improves. Perform 2-3 sets. Planks strengthen the core muscles, which play a crucial role in maintaining proper SI joint alignment and function.

*Watch the video above to see an effective stability exercise to hold onto these changes for longer periods.


Fixing SI joint dysfunction requires a comprehensive approach that addresses muscle tension, joint mobility, and stability. By following this three-step plan—reducing tension, restoring motion, and reinforcing stability with specific exercises—you can alleviate SI joint pain and improve your overall mobility. Each step is critical for long-term success, ensuring that you address the root causes of dysfunction and build a resilient, well-supported SI joint.

Incorporate these strategies into your daily routine and consult with a healthcare professional if your symptoms persist. With consistent effort and the right approach, you can fix your SI joint dysfunction for good and enjoy a pain-free, active lifestyle. Remember, the key to long-term relief is a balanced approach that prioritizes both mobility and stability, ensuring your SI joint remains healthy and functional.

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