Avoiding Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Other 'terminal' Diseases

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Silicon Valley: home of the computer and of the computer terminal.


A large percentage of people in Silicon Valley have at least one thing in common: they spend many hours at the keyboard of a computer terminal. They have another thing in common: tight shoulders, back pain, tendinitis, and in many cases, carpal tunnel syndrome -- "repetitive use injuries".

So let me say a few words about work hygiene -- things beyond "keyboard hygiene" that you may not have heard before -- because if you're going to avoid stress or repetitive use injuries, you're going to do something different to take care of yourself. More on that, later.

Repetitive use injuries do not come from mechanical problems of the body; they, Themselves, are mechanical problems caused by habitual action patterns, ways of working. Habitual ways of working set up habitual tension patterns in your muscles and habitual states of stress. Repetitive use injuries are one physical manifestation of stress.

Your brain is an organ of learning and the master control center for your muscles and movements. If your muscles are too tight, the problem lies not in your muscles, but in your brain, which controls them. You have conditioned yourself to maintain a state of muscular tension. The mechanical problems of the body come from how you have applied yourself to your work.

HOW PEOPLE PROGRAM THEMSELVES INTO WORK-RELATED INJURIES and STRESS

You may notice that people who work at a keyboard spend long periods sitting in one position. As they do, three things happen: they enter a heightened state of concentration, they hold relatively still during those periods of concentration (except for their hands), and their breathing and circulation decrease.

Let's look at what happens with each of those aspects of self-programming.


High Concentration for Long Periods

Usually, keyboard workers enter not merely a heightened state of concentration; they enter a state of high-speed concentration -- the race to beat the deadline or to meet the quota. To work at high speed involves a heightened state of tension.

This heightened tension affects workers in two ways: their whole body gets tense, particularly in the low back, neck and shoulders; and the muscles of their forearms, which control the movements of the hands, get especially tense, possibly leading to tendinitis in the wrists or carpal tunnel syndrome. Neck tension pulls the neck vertebrae closer together and can cause pinched nerves.

Long periods of tension, like long periods of exercise, create a kind of conditioning. As someone programs themselves (i.e., learns) to meet the demands of a job -- they get used to the tensions it entails. These tensions tax the body and form the bodily basis for job stress, burnout, and medical consequences.

This kind of self-conditioning also creates carpal tunnel syndrome. Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which involves burning sensations and numbness down the arms, has the same origins.

Lack of Movement 

Movement interrupts tension habits. Conversely, lack of movement while under tension leads to conditioning into a state of tension. Postures become set; people "set up" like jello --but without the jiggle! They get stiff on the job. Stiff jello.

The position most people adopt when working at the keyboard involves suspending their arms with bent elbows, hands over the keyboard. This position places strain on the muscles of the back and shoulders below the shoulder blades, which prevent the shoulders from rolling forward. Those muscles get tired and sore and produce mid-back pain.

The combination of intense concentration and lack of movement is a sure formula for stiffness and stagnation. It is an often unrecognized fact that muscles pump blood as they relax and contract. Muscles that stay in heightened tension produce metabolic waste products that accumulate. The effect is stagnation and fatigue.

Circulation Decreases

In addition, muscular tension blocks blood circulation (since blood must circulate through the muscles). This tension-induced blockage makes the job of the heart even harder, deprived as it already is of the pumping action of muscles in movement.

Decreased breathing leads to decreased mental clarity and decreased productivity -- not to mention decreased vitality.

Lack of good keyboard hygiene contributes to tight shoulders, to low back pain, and to Worker's Compensation costs.

WHAT TO DO TO PREVENT OR ELIMINATE WORK-RELATED INJURIES

Take "stretch breaks". A stretch break interrupts the formation of a tension habit and flushes out stagnant body fluids. There are certain movements that you can perform to prevent tension from accumulating in your back, shoulders, and forearms -- not stretches, actually, but related to yawning.

Here's a video that talks about and shows what I am talking about.



Better than a stretch break, however, is an exercise break. Five minutes of calisthenics -- windmills, side-bends, and running in place -- can make your morning break feel like a vacation (or at least highly refreshing).

Another way in which you can reverse the effects of prolonged keyboarding is with somatic exercises. These exercises reverse the conditioning that result in habitually tight muscles; they refresh your ability to relax.

So break your concentration. Interrupt your "productivity program". Take care of yourself. You'll be more productive.

WHAT HAPPENS TO MANY PEOPLE WHO DON'T PRACTICE GOOD KEYBOARD HYGIENE?


(CHRONIC PAIN, CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME, AND HEIGHTENED JOB STRESS)

Accumulated tension takes its toll. Once accumulated past a certain point, tension cannot sufficiently be eliminated by mere stretching and calisthenics. The person has lost too much bodily awareness to release the stored tensions; you can voluntarily release only the tension you can feel. So the "tension program" continues to run on automatic.

People at that point turn increasingly to massage therapists. Massage therapy produces healthful benefits, and it can be habit forming! On-site massage has become increasingly popular in recent years.

However, massage therapy has a big limitation: its benefits are temporary. Due to the need for repetition, massage therapy can become an ongoing expense of which people may tire -- at the expense of repetitive use injury. Often, by the time chronic tension has produced a Worker's Compensation claim, the person is generally beyond the help of a massage therapist. Their brain is too conditioned to let the muscles relax for long. Something else is needed.

That "something else" is control of your own muscular tension. One name for the training process that gives you back control of yourself is, "somatic education." Somatic education is a kind of self-preservation through grooming out accumulated tension.

Somatic education gives you back control of the brain conditioning that keeps you tight. Once done, you don't need to pay special attention to your muscles or state of tension; you're freed -- and you have sufficient bodily awareness to notice when you need a break -- basically, because you notice that you're not comfortable, any more. You take a break and take care of yourself.

Somatic Education improves or restores natural control of muscular tension by a short-term, physical learning process in which you participate actively, coached as necessary by a somatic educator. The somatic educator's job is to make it easy for you to regain control of your muscular tension. This approach differs from massage and chiropractic because it leaves you self-sufficient and able to manage conditions that might otherwise ultimately worsen until you require medical intervention, such as surgery. There are numerous forms of somatic education: the Alexander Technique, the Trager Approach, Feldenkrais Somatic Integration, Rolfing Movement, Hanna Somatic Education, and others. Some produce results faster than others, and some produce significant improvements nearly immediately.

Of course, if you let things go for too long, you do have a last resort: your doctor -- or his favorite surgeon.


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Lawrence Gold is a certified clinical somatic educator who has been in practice since 1990. His clients are typically people in pain who have not gotten help from standard therapies. Contact Lawrence Gold, here. Read about his background, here.

What Happens When We Ignore Pain?

The question seems to bring its own answers: "Uh-oh!" or its opposite, "No pain, no gain." But there's more to it than that, a bigger picture.

True of Everybody


People have a universal reaction to injury: we tighten up. This reaction occurs in everyone, from infants to adults, and in all animals. It is a universal reaction: to cringe, to pull away, to avoid pain. Our brain senses the pain of injury and causes muscles to contract. It guards the injured part. Everyone has experienced the guarding reaction, but the role of the brain may be new information for some.

Most injuries heal in days or weeks. When pain persists for a long period, it warrants attention. Such pain may indicate, not an injury, but the residual reaction to an old injury, and that reaction can and often does create more consequences than the original injury.

Injuries That Linger, Injuries That Mysteriously Surface


Reactions to injury often persist, sometimes for years after an injury has healed. In my experience, it is common for the muscular tension of the guarding reaction triggered by injury to persist decades after healing has occurred -- and even to surface mysteriously, decades after. The reason: the brain, the master-control organ of the muscles, has made a conditioned habit of the guarding reaction. The guarding-habit becomes part of the brain's conditioning.

Interestingly, it is also common for pain to surface long after an injury has healed. What is interesting is that the pain signals, not an injury, but the brain conditioning that keeps muscles contracted after an injury. Contracted muscles get tired and sore.

Why the pain surfaces when it does involves numerous factors. It could be nervous tension, or overuse, or poor posture has added to the muscular tension of the guarding habit.

Consequences of Unattended, Lingering Pain


Another factor: joints and soft-tissue degenerate under the unrelenting tension and pressure of contracted muscles - with consequences: arthritis, bursitis, disk problems, bone spurs, facet joint syndrome, spondylosis.

That's what may happen in the long-term when you ignore pain: pain, tissue degeneration, poor aging, loss of mobility and at last, for many, decrepitude. Even if you've tended the injury, if you haven't tended the residual muscular tensions, this may become your destiny. It's what we haven't handled that gets us.

Where Do You Go to Correct the Problem?


Having heard this explanation and recognized that it applies to themselves, some people may turn to their chiropractor, their massage therapist, their acupuncturist, their herbalist, their nutritionalist, their surgeon, not recognizing that these health professionals don't deal with the condition described: the brain conditioning that causes residual muscular tension. People sometimes choose a familiar course of action, rather than a relevant one. They act out of habit; the habitual guarding reaction persists, the pain returns.

Others may hear this explanation and do nothing. They may not believe that this explanation is correct and remain unmoved. They may adopt a wait and see attitude. They may lack the will to take action until the situation is unbearable. Sometimes, it's a matter of whether someone is interested in handling the problem or entertaining it. This solution is for handling the problem quickly and directly.

A word, to the wise, is sufficient: Somatic education typically ends the pain and can protect you from the effects of reflexive muscular contractions by easing those contractions.


Lawrence Gold was certified to practice Hanna somatic education® in 1990. For two years, he was on-staff at the Wellness and Rehabilitation Center of the Watsonville Community Hospital, in California. Click, here, for his background, credentials, published articles, and public speaking engagements. Here's his email address:  https://somatics.com/wordpress/contact.

Activation Energy | The TetraSeed

ONE OF THE PRIME CHALLENGES OF ANYONE WORKING with transformative processes, self-generated evolutionary processes, is the matter of Activation Energy.

The intensity of your impulse to change (cumulatively, to evolve) must be at least equal to the intensity of the tendency of things to stay as they are (the intensity of  their integrity).

What that means in Earth language is that the urge to move something must be at least equal to the force keeping it in place for a change to be possible. That amount of force, in any particular case, we call, its Activation Energy. This much is obvious, upon looking at it.

Working at transformation with insufficient Activation Energy makes the going slow, at best, and one never really gets to the root. So, one keeps pursuing the root more and more. This takes time, but it does eventually result in your gathering Activation Energy and you will eventually get to the root and dissolve it.

SPEEDING UP, "EVENTUALLY"

Recognizing and not being satisfied with, "eventually", practitioners of certain approaches employ a measure to "charge up" Activation Energy -- everything from Bellows Breathing (pranayama) to Holographic Breathwork, BioEnergetics, and related approaches.

Other approaches use awakening and self-grooming practices: The Avatar Course, The Lineage of Don Juan's Warrior's Way, and numerous others. These latter teachings employ practices used to gather or recover the force of one's being from ensnarement by subconscious memory patterns. They are grooming processes, preparation for personal evolutionary (and maturational) changes.

Other practices involve wisdom-contemplations that lead beyond mind, leaving a trail of "clean-up" in their wake.

For my part, what I found, when confronted with dense activation patterns in myself, that felt like they would never change, was that the way that works easiest was to confront each such dense activation pattern, as felt (as an involuntary state of tension), to find in it the four operation sets of intelligence:

INTENDING, IMAGINING, REMEMBERING, ATTENDING




nicknamed, The TetraSeed.



Upon sufficient activation of that set of four operations, the denseness of one's condition is overcome and it starts to soften. It does so without any special extra effort to make it soften -- just by virtue of finding those operations in that item, that stress pattern, whatever it may be: the operation sets of 


INTENDING, IMAGINING, REMEMBERING, ATTENDING
and their corresponding objective aspects, as shown, above (color-coded)
One might immediately wonder how one does that. There exist procedures that use those four operation sets in special patterns, patterns that produce specific kinds of changes to how one operates. In other words, they tune up your operating system, they debug you. They allow you to uncover mental viruses in yourself that are pervasive in these times, and to remove, dissolve, or tame them.

In other words, instead of them having you, you have them, and you discover the previously unconscious way you are keeping yourself that way, and then you can relax something in yourself and have those things simply dissolve away, commonly with postural shifts of shape.

The success of all of this depends upon your having sufficient Activation Energy available to match the intensity of the integrity of the item in yourself you want to change, upgrade, or dissolve. You've got to be equal to it -- and that's what the TetraSeed Transformation procedures end up doing.

That being so, these procedure would jet-assist other kinds of transformational procedures and processes from various transformational teachings.

The Bridge Between the Worlds

It was never always one or the other. That's what he found. Things were too weird, too open-ended, as it were.

He never knew when it would start, when it would happen, when what he was used to wasn't that way, anymore, and there was no sign that it ever had been.

He called it, "side-slipping", his drift between neighboring time-tracks, experienced as mysterious shifts from one world to another similar, but different.

He wasn't a time-traveler. He wasn't even a space traveler, in the usual sense. He was an "across-time traveler" -- and sometimes that looked like space travel, in the usual sense. But it wasn't.

"He" wasn't traveling. It was as if the entire universe of worlds was suddenly a different one, one that felt reminiscent of something he had known before, but which, he had learned, was likely to contain quirky differences. He was always where he was. Things changed around him. The differences were sometimes dream-like, to him, and he kept his sense of humor and his wits about him.

There is a section of universe-space called, The Jewel Belt. Seen from interstellar space, it is extraordinarily beautiful. Stars of many many sizes and colors float, there, but at the great distances of separation, they all look like points of light of varying brilliance suspended in curtains of space dust, so that the stars illuminated them faintly with a nebula-like effect and they glowed behind and around them. The stars looked like gems strewn on dark, dark-grey silk seen in twilight.

Of course, he had seen it. On one of his side-slipping occasions, he had been dreaming he was enjoying a fantastic meal at an overladen table, when suddenly, he had detected in the dream-space to his left and behind him, a disturbance like the shaking of a tree -- but, of course, no tree, just the shaking.

He turned his attention, there, to view it, and suddenly dream-space itself started quivering and shaking and fragmenting with pieces getting smaller and spinning out of sight into an awesome, dense, enclosing blackness populated with stars. A great swirl of numinous light could be seen across the face of the forever night. He had almost lost his lunch, and now he was there, feeling a bit dizzy as space seemed to rotate around him. He gazed at the field of stars in the blanket of the always night and he knew that he could perceive only light coming directly at his eyes, and he felt seen.

The silence was absorbing. He felt as if his mind was being pulled out of his head in all directions, except he had no head, into an incomprehensibility in which all he could make sense of was the feel of his shoulders or something like them.

Soon, he fell silent and peaceful, and it was then that he heard the singing of the night, as if voices that surrounded his heart exulted in the beauty of the place in an anthem of joy. And he understood.

It was the peace of space, one with The Eternal.

All of this, side-slipping in a dream.

When he woke, the world was different. Again.

He was different.

He had been absorbed out until all that was left was the anthem of joy in the stars. When he awoke, what he took of the anthem of joy was a trace of seductive memory, but what he brought to life was different: he no longer saw his home world as his native familiar; he now saw it from a kind of outside perspective. They say that travel broadens one. He was broadened.

After that, the side-slippings became more frequent. Each one tugged at his insides in a different way. Each one required a new letting go.

He found that he was becoming more and more like the space between worlds, that undefined space, that Zone of Incomprehensibility. He did not fear it. He found it as himself, his natural state, more and more. He was falling out of self, just as he had side-slipped between worlds.

One time, he was invited to a party. People were there that he knew and that he knew not. But, as he approached the doorway to the room, he leaned in and took it all in and found himself wondering, "Which one am I?" When an enthusiastic couple pushed their way past him, he came to himself.

The side-slipping most often occurred during his mental practices contemplating the four-fold nature of reality taught to him by his mentor to exercise his intelligence. A peculiar dissolution of self and mind would occur during the practices during which he would find it difficult to remember which step of the practice came next or even what the focus of the session was. He would "come back" realizing that he had been gone without realizing it.

It seemed altogether different from having dozed off. There was always an enhanced clarity, afterwards, a sense of ready refreshment unlike the heavy dopiness of rising from sleep.

Eventually, he realized that his mentor hadn't told him all. His mentor had referred to them as, "mental exercises". What they really were were training exercises for the manipulation of the reality matrix. Side-slipping was just a sign of being a novice. Synchronicities were another sign.

So, he was still side-slipping -- a bit of a rickety bridge between the worlds. He'd get better.

His mentor had recently taught him an exercise for "stabilizing intelligence". That's what his mentor had called it, with a quiet, sly smile on his face.

Now, he knew better.

That rascal.












More Detail about Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

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Understanding Sacroiliac Joint Pain | Stopping the Pain and Weird Symptoms

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WHO IS THIS ARTICLE FOR?


This article is for you if . . .

  • you have found the information provided both by medical practitioners and "alternative" medical practitioners to be "thin soup" that doesn't make you feel particularly optimistic about your recovery from sacroiliac joint dysfunction and doesn't increase your understanding, much, but only leaves you feeling faintly hopeful -- hope perhaps tinged with desperation or despair.
  • you have found pain medications inadequate to deal with the pain.
  • you have tried therapies and/or surgery and are still in pain.
  • you want lasting relief and are willing to do the work to get it.


WHO AM I, THE AUTHOR OF THIS ARTICLE?

I am a former sufferer of sacroiliac joint dysfunction and a long-time practitioner (since 1990) of a clinical discipline whose principles and techniques I applied to myself to clear up sacroiliac joint dysfunction in myself: Hanna somatic education.

ABOUT SACROILIAC JOINTS

What Do Your Sacroiliac Joints Do?

 



Your S-I joints allow the walking movements of your legs to move flexibly, through your pelvis (which flexes at the S-I joints), to your trunk. Your S-I joints lend "cushion" to your spine and pelvis, when you sit. If the joints are jammed or the muscles of your pelvis are tight, there's no cushion and sitting can be fatiguing.

These distortions affect the muscles of the trunk (primarily the back, the psoas muscles, and the quadratus lumborum ("QL").


What Happens to Your Sacrum in Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction


Your sacrum gets twisted, usually jammed one side forward, one side back. That causes your whole pelvis to twist, the opposite side forward. (More rarely, both sides are jammed forward -- more about that, later.) In addition, one side may jammed downward, causing the appearance of unequal leg length -- even though the legs are the same length -- and the appearance of one hip being higher. You may have heard all this, before, from your health practitioner; now you understand it, better.

Distortions of movement and spine shape may follow, with pain as far as the jaws and down the legs.

The pain triggers muscles of the abdomen to tighten, especially when bending forward or turning over, in bed. It's often a very delicate situation -- as you may have experienced.

Muscular pulls where the legs connect to the pelvis (the psoas muscles, the inner and front thigh muscles, the hamstrings, and buttocks) interfere with walking and add pain. Pulling forces interfere with walking and sitting and affect the S-I joints. In the healthy condition, everything is comfortable; in the unhealthy, jammed condition, there's strain and pain.

How a Twisted Sacrum Causes Sacroiliac Joint Pain


When a sacrum is twisted from its home position in the pelvis, we call that, "displacement". It's out of place. With displacement comes distortion of pelvic shape, which puts strain on ligaments of the pelvis, puts pressure on internal organs, and generates pain. The brain senses those strains and pain, and, as a reflexive response, causes muscular contractions that generate a "gripping" sensation in the pelvis that gets worse with movements such as bending forward to put on socks or flush the toilet, rolling over in bed or attempting to stand up straight. The pain triggers cringing, in which muscles tighten up, potentially anywhere.

Non-spasm pain may radiate from the S-I joints into the pelvis, lower abdomen, groin, or sex organs. One person with whom I worked had a diagnosis of interstitial cystitis (intense bladder pain) -- and a twisted sacrum from falls from horses.

Therapists unfamiliar with the bizarre symptoms of S-I Joint Dysfunction may attempt to treat symptoms as if they originate where they appear. Such treatment attempts fail. They don't address the symptoms at their origin -- the twisted sacrum.

A CONSIDERABLY MORE DETAILED UNDERSTANDING OF SACROILIAC JOINT DYSFUNCTION


In investigating sacroiliac joint dysfunction in myself, I came to understand the condition and its causes. At that point, I had an idea of what I could do to correct it: set up ongoing, symmetrical muscular forces to make my pelvis (sacral position) become symmetrical. I was the first "guinea pig"; I developed the exercises, in myself, and refined them based on the effects I felt. Remember -- I was qualified to do that, having been in clinical practice, since 1990.

As I stated, earlier, S-I joint pain comes from excessive and unbalanced forces on the S-I joints that trigger muscular reactions. Now, I'll go into more detail.

Most cases of SIJD start with an accident, such as a hard fall (athletic injury, fall from a bicycle or horse, ladder, tree, or rooftop); I told you what I think caused it, in me. Because the changes of muscular tension from an injury are asymmetrical -- meaning, the right and left sides no longer mirror each other, they keep the pelvis distorted. These muscular forces don't change in any lasting way with stretching because they're programmed into muscle/movement memory and so reappear, shortly after stretching or manipulation.

The brain recognizes the strains felt in the pelvis as an emergency situation: the integrity of the person's movement system is in crisis. Brain-triggered contraction patterns follow (as an emergency response) to reflexively stabilize the situation -- but it's a grip, not a correction to pelvic shape because the correct sense of pelvic shape has been lost in the injury. 


The term we use in clinical somatic education is, "sensory-motor amnesia" (S-MA). These muscular contractions are so strong that they hurt and trigger pain-related tightening, throughout the body, but one isn't in touch with holding them tight because the tightness is "on automatic". 

Radiating pain follows from the distortion.

Ligaments


What happens to ligaments chronically under strain? They get inflamed. Inflammation is nature's way of forcing fluids and nutrients into tissue that is strained (or injured) so it can heal. But under this kind of strain, no healing is possible -- basically because it is not a "damage" situation, but an ongoing strain-and-irritation situation. Suppressing the inflammation is of no help. The ligaments aren't the problem, anyway.

Muscles Triggered into Contraction by Injury


Isn't it true that injuries usually occur from one side, rather than exactly centered at the back or front?

What happens with any injury, then, is that a cringe response gets triggered -- a tightening centered at the injured region and radiating outward like the cracks in a damaged windshield -- but off-center, and the tightening isn't just momentary, but commonly lasts indefinitely.

The psoas muscles commonly tighten in reaction to a twisted sacrum. The video, below, tells about the psoas muscles.





It's common to misdiagnose tight psoas muscles as the problem causing the pain, when the psoas muscles are tightening in reaction to a twisted sacrum. When the sacrum straightens, psoas pain disappears.

TWO VARIATIONS OF S-I JOINT DYSFUNCTION ("SIJD")



  • Two-sided (bi-lateral) S-I Joint Pain
  • One-sided (uni-lateral) S-I Joint Pain (more common)


Two-Sided SIJD


Bi-lateral (two-sided) S-I joint pain is simpler than one-sided S-I joint pain. Bilateral S-I joint pain involves compression at both S-I joints.

One cause of bi-lateral SIJD is sitting too long, perched on the edge of a chair in a condition of high tension and stress, as at a desk doing work by phone or on a computer. That pattern of tension involves the groin, hip joint flexors and psoas muscles in front, and the back muscles. The combination produces strain on the iliosacral ligaments -- and soreness. Sometimes, it can be corrected by retraining the psoas muscles and hip joint flexors -- an easy "fix".

One-Sided SIJD


One-sided sacroiliac joint dysfunction is worse than two-sided SIJD and accounts for nearly all the chronic S-I joint pain I have seen.

Asymmetrical (off-center) muscle pulls and posture place more stress on one S-I joint than on the other.

Symptoms commonly appear at different locations on each side and people commonly mistake the locations of pain as the locations of the problems. Clinicians may also mistake groin pain as a sign of psoas muscle dysfunction, rather than as pain radiating from an S-I joint.


TO GET STARTED IN YOUR RECOVERY, FOR FREE

If you're used to exercises or therapies that produce such small changes that you can hardly tell if anything is different, this isn't that. With somatic education exercises, you can feel changes rather quickly (obvious after two practice sessions). As, your movement and posture change, the symptoms of SIJD fade out.

To get started with the program, Comforting Your S-I Joints and to see a statement of the expected result of each section of exercises, you may enter your information, below.

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A quick-response email message will come to your email address requesting permission to mail to you. Once you give permission, "Getting Started for Free" emails will come to you with bite-size steps for Unit 1 of Comforting Your S-I Joints. 


Unit 1 is preparatory for the section of the program that causes your sacrum position to straighten. Getting started will allow you to evaluate how well these exercises work, for you, in general.
 
Comforting Your S-I Joints is a system of movement-based exercises that reprograms muscle/movement memory. You'll feel changes for the better with each practice session; changes accumulate over time. The entire system extinguishes the pain and restores mobility. 



These exercises got me me back to my life with no limitations.
 

These exercises are refreshing, not tiring. If you're feeling too tired to practice the exercises, practice them and get refreshed.




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Symptoms of Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction | Sacroiliac Pain

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This is a fairly comprehensive list of symptoms.

If you've arrived at this page from a search for symptoms of sacroiliac joint dysfunction, you may read the related article that explains sacroiliac joint pain more clearly than you usually find in published articles. Click, here to see the article.

Because more than one condition can cause a symptom, we look for combinations of symptoms -- at minimum, two or more. When symptoms from a single cause appear in clusters, that's called, a "syndrome".

SYMPTOMS OF S-I JOINT PAIN SYNDROME
Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

I have grouped these symptoms in terms of

  • SENSATIONS

  • SKELETAL ALIGNMENT CHANGES

  • MUSCLE/MOVEMENT MEMORY CHANGES

  • EMOTIONAL EFFECTS


Do you have two or more of these symptoms? 

SENSATIONS

  • pain at the groin and waistline in back, same side - combination | COMBINATION OF MUSCULAR PAIN and RADIATING PAIN
  • sharp, stabbing pain at the back waist area, on one side | LIGAMENT STRAIN 
  • pain around the top rim of the pelvis, usually at one side or in back | RADIATING PAIN
  • a "deep pulling" sensation in the lower spine, like a taut wire | DEEP SPINAL MUSCLE PAIN
  • a tired feeling across the low back, both sides | MUSCLE FATIGUE, QUADRATUS LUMBORUM ("QL") and SPINAL EXTENSORS
  • buttock pain, one side, that doesn't respond to direct treatment (sometimes mistaken for piriformis syndrome) | NERVE IMPINGEMENT PAIN
  • deep pelvic/lower abdominal pain ("lightning"-like burning, or gripping pain), | UNNATURAL STRETCH OF THE LINING OF THE ABDOMINAL CAVITY FROM SACRUM DISPLACEMENT
  • pelvic floor disorder, one side more than the other, tailbone pain
  • thigh numbness in the front or side | NERVE IMPINGEMENT
  • iliotibial ("I-T") band pain or numbness (sometimes mistaken for a tight gluteus medius muscle)| NERVE IMPINGEMENT PAIN 
  • pain deep in one hip joint (sometimes mistaken for gluteus medius muscle pain) | RADIATING PAIN FROM THE S-I JOINT 
  • pain at the attachment of hamstring(s) at the "sitbones" (ischial tuberosities) | RADIATING PAIN (hamstrings often tighten reflexively, as well, but the sensation of tight hamstrings would be at the back of the thigh)
  • inner thigh pain | MUSCLES IN CONTRACTION DUE TO PELVIC DISTORTION
  • sciatica-like pain down the back of (usually) one leg at thigh, back of knee, or foot | NERVE IMPINGEMENT PAIN FROM EXCESSIVE "FOLD" AT L5/S1
  • burning bladder | RADIATING PAIN WITH POSSIBLE NERVE IMPINGEMENT 
  • pain along the thoracic (upper) spine, one side | MUSCLES IN "CRINGE" SPASM IN REACTION TO THE PELVIC PAIN 
  • rib pain | MUSCLES IN "CRINGE" SPASM IN REACTION TO THE PELVIC PAIN
  • restricted breathing or the sense that the breathing diaphragm is restricted | MUSCLES IN "CRINGE" SPASM IN REACTION TO THE PELVIC PAIN 
  • neck or jaw pain | MUSCLES IN "CRINGE" SPASM IN REACTION TO THE PELVIC PAIN 
  • a feeling of your head being jammed down onto your neck | MUSCLES IN "CRINGE" SPASM IN REACTION TO THE PELVIC PAIN
  • jaw pain | MUSCLES IN "CRINGE" SPASM IN REACTION TO THE PELVIC PAIN
  • a feeling like the pelvis is spread open, in front, jammed in back on one side
  • upper ribs and shoulders tight | MUSCULAR TENSIONS

SKELETAL ALIGNMENT CHANGES

  • pelvis rotated around a vertical axis
  • anterior pelvic tilt with twist around a horizontal axis, one side forward and the other side backward
  • twisted sacrum, one sacro-iliac joint deeper
  • pubic bone misalignment/pubic symphysis pubis separation
  • low back arched more on one side than the other
  • ribs and shoulder blade pulled down and back
    on one side
  • neck pulled to one side
  • one foot pronated ("flat arches")

MUSCLE/MOVEMENT MEMORY CHANGES

  • tight TFL (tensor fascia lata) and IT band
  • walking with legs/knees involuntarily turned out
  • inability to sit cross-legged with knees down
  • tight hamstrings
  • one knee"shaky" or weak
  • painful forward bending ("tight wire" feeling down spine into pelvis)
  • impossible to stand fully upright without "jamming" pain in the low back
  • abdominal muscles tighten protectively, when bending forward

EMOTIONAL SYMPTOMS (combined with two or more symptoms from the other two categories)

  • chronic anxiety 
  • unremitting sadness 
  • irritability 
If you have two or more of these symptoms, you may do a manual self-examination of your own S-I joints, as shown in the instructional video in this article. It takes 2 minutes, or so to learn how to do it and to do it. If you find that one S-i joint is deeper than the other, you have a twisted sacrum, sacroiliac joint dysfunction. 





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