So I have decided to say something here about my SI joint issues, and how I have managed it more or less effectively in the last couple of years: I mean, I'm still walking, and as far as I can remember, I did full primary and second up to Karandavasana this morning. So I can't be managing too badly, can I? But as usual, I think it is a good idea to issue a couple of disclaimers here:
(1) As most of you already know, I am neither a medical doctor nor a body worker. As such, I do not pretend to have any specialized knowledge of any part (or the whole) of the body. But having dedicated myself to a full-time Ashtanga practice (six-days-a-week, minus moon days and Sundays) for almost two years now, I can see and feel how the practice has made me deal with certain underlying issues with my body and mind, including my SI joint. And I think that if the reader were to keep an open mind, evaluate what I have to say on its own merits, and perhaps test out some of my views intelligently, while listening closely to his or her body at the same time, he or she may derive some benefit from my, ahem, limited wisdom of my still limited experience.
(2) Notice that I use the word "manage" rather than "treat" or "cure". This is because, at least in my case, I don't think whatever it is that is bothering my SI joint has disappeared completely. If you read my practice reports, you will know that I have days when I feel this "off" sensation in my SI joints at the beginning of practice. But by carefully working through the postures, the "off" sensation almost always goes away by the time I get through the Suryas and to standing. And although I do not have specialized knowledge, I think this probably holds true for many SI joint dysfunction sufferers as well (gosh, doesn't this sound morbid?): SI joint issues are not issues that one can expect to just "go away" overnight. (As I said, I could be wrong about this...) But if one is patient and is willing to work respectfully through the practice with one's mind and body, one can be assured of a very high quality of life even though one suffers from SI joint dysfunction.
Wow, I have written so much, and all I have done is go through the disclaimers? Gee, this is going to be a long-ass post... (You might want to think about going out to get some popcorn before resuming your reading :-)).
I'll start by sharing my personal experience.
Apparently, I bear more than a passing resemblance to my favorite comic book super-villian.
(Image taken from this website.)
Well, that was a lot of blogging for one afternoon! I hope this post will be of some help to anybody who is working with SI joint issues. Well, actually, even if you do not have SI joint issues, it's probably a good idea to keep these things in mind... I mean, who wants to be like Dr. Octopus? :-)