Something I’ve been seeing in my office a LOT lately is SI joint area pain. As it gets colder outside and we’re spending more time indoors we become more sedentary. Mobility is just like anything else – if you don’t use it, you lose it. The SI joint is responsible for transferring the weight of the upper body down into the legs. As we become less active in colder weather, the joint can become stiff and radiate pain into the lower back and down the hip and leg.
There are many small muscles that affect and are affected by this joint, including some of the deep rotators of the hip, glutes, hamstrings, and the muscles in the back that help you stand up straight. Here’s an exercise I’ve learned that gets great results with relieving SI joint area pain, often with an audible “pop” near the end of the exercise!