ne of the most important steps you can
ever take to eliminate low back pain is to
unlock your sacroiliac joint with a Don Tigny
What is your sacroiliac joint and why should you even
care about it?
Your sacroiliac joints (also known as S.I.
joints) connect your sacrum and your right and left iliac
These joints are so crucial because your lumbar
vertebrae directly above your S.I. joints support about
two-thirds of your body weight.
If you sit or stand improperly, you may unknowingly
cause your S.I. joints to lock up on one or both sides,
leading you to experience low back pain.
Many people think that if they lost weight they
might experience less back pain, but I've had clients
who weigh 95 pounds dripping wet with rocks in their
pockets who still experienced chronic low back pain
because of S.I. joint dysfunction.
When I do a postural assessment to help identify
why your back has been hurting one of the first things I
check is the function of your sacroiliac joints.
If you've been suffering from back pain, ask me
to show you what precisely has been going on with your
S.I. joints I can explain your body very clearly.
You could be locked on one side or jammed on
both sides, but either way if your S.I. joint has tightened
up on one or both sides you will continue to experience
low back pain no matter how many chiropractic
adjustments, steroid injections, physical therapy
appointments or surgical operations you receive.
I've had clients leave their physical therapist's office and
drive directly to my office in pain, only to learn that their
S.I. joints were still locked up despite an hour of physical
One client even burst into tears in our first
session because she had spent two years working with a
physical therapist with no relief.
In our very first session, I taught her the Don
Tigny mobilization and other personalized exercises and
her back pain was gone in less than an hour.
She could hardly believe she had wasted two years of
her life in chronic pain and now it was suddenly gone.
Your body and the status of your S.I. joints can change
day to day and even hour to hour.
The more you learn about your body, your
posture and the way your muscles and joints work, the
better care you can take to alleviate and prevent low
back pain in the future.
The Don Tigny mobilization is one of my most important
tools in working with any client with low back pain.
This exercise is especially important if your lumbar
curve is less than 30 degrees or if you have scoliosis or
The way I like to explain this exercise is this. If I tried to
walk in a door and it was locked, I couldn't get in the
house. Practising the Don Tigny exercise is very much
like unlocking the door to relieving chronic low back
We can all thank Don Tigny, a physical therapist
and expert in S.I. joint dysfunction, for developing this