Sacroiliac Pain: a common form of low back pain

Although back pain has a number of causes, experts from all professions agree that the SACROILIAC JOINTS (SIJs) of the pelvis are involved in many cases. Sacroiliac pain tends to be low down, often more to one side, and often extends into the buttock, the back of the thigh and sometimes the calf. It can start suddenly, but tends to persist as a dull ache, on & off, often with a feeling of pins & needles in the buttock.

In Good Health

The two sacroiliac joints (SI joints) make a strong but flexible connection between the spine and the pelvis.
They are held together by strong ligaments which surround the joints. These are helped by the muscles of the pelvic girdle, including the powerful gluteal muscles. During normal activities the sacroiliac joints act as an effective shock absorber, allowing power from the legs to be transferred to the spine smoothly and efficiently.

What goes wrong?

When the ligaments are worked too hard they become sprained. Then the muscles have to overwork (compensate) to protect the SI joints. In time the muscles themselves become strained and develop painful “trigger points”, especially where they attach to the bones of the pelvis. Sacroiliac pain can come from the ligaments or muscles, and varies from one person to another. When sacroiliac pain runs down to the buttock and thigh it often gets labelled as sciatica.

How the Serola Belt helps:

The belt assists the bracing action of the gluteals and other pelvic muscles.
The elastic wings at the back gently stabilise the SI joints but still allow normal joint movement. There`s an immediate feeling of support. Taking the strain off fatigued muscles and ligaments gives welcome pain relief, but most importantly it gives the tissues a chance to recuperate and repair.