If your back has been hurting lately after sitting at your game chair for hours, it could be due to sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction. The SI joint pain is most commonly felt in the low back and buttock but can also be referred to the thigh and leg. If numbness and tingling with associated leg weakness is present, an alternative diagnosis should be considered, such as sciatic nerve pain. Sacroiliac pain can be aggravated with prolonged sitting or standing, standing on one leg, stair climbing, going from sitting to stand, and running.
Your Sacroiliac Joint
You have two SI joints, one on each side of the sacrum, the lower portion of your spine, and they are formed by the union of the sacrum and iliac crest, a part of your pelvic bone. They connect your lower limb to your torso and, therefore, function to accept and transfer the weight of your upper body to your legs. Unlike other joints in your body, the SI joints are less mobile to serve its primary purpose as a shock absorber against the compressive forces moving between your upper body and your pelvis.
Understanding Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
The SI joints allow minimal movement. Dysfunction occurs if there have been too much movements (hypermobility) of the SI joints from loose ligaments or if movements become too little (hypomobility) due to tight ligaments and muscles. Gamers may experience sacroiliac joint pain from prolonged sitting, causing hypomobility issue, or from the uneven sitting posture, resulting in excessive stress on either one of the sacroiliac joints and causing malalignment of the joint surfaces. When these joints become inflamed, it results in a condition known as sacroiliitis.
Symptoms of sacroiliac joint pain include:
TREATING THE ACUTE SACROILIAC JOINT PAIN
Initial remedies for sacroiliac joint pain may include the following:
How to Use Recovapro on Sacroiliac Joint Pain
The following procedure addresses muscular imbalances of the SI joint dysfunction using a Recovapro massage gun. Use the ball-head or bullet-head attachment, whichever is appropriate for a technique. The bullet-head is ideal for stripping and trigger pointing procedures while the round-head can be used with sweeping techniques. Choose an intensity that is appropriate for each treatment and limit the application to 60-90 minutes per area.
Lower Back Muscle
Hamstring MusclesDeep longitudinal stripping of the hamstring may relieve tension in this muscle group, which contributes to sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Strip along the muscle length with added pressure. You may also perform sweeping techniques, longitudinal or cross-fiber, to warm up the muscles.