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Be the person on whom nothing is lost: adventures in sacro-iliac land

I was busy doing my Bugs Bunny imitation at the Buckstaff Bathhouse at the Hot Springs Arkansas National Park.

Perhaps you, too, are old enough to remember the advertisement from the ’50’s in which a woman opened a refrigerator and saw Bugs Bunny in there. She said, “What are you doing in my refrigerator??” Bugs said, “This is a Westinghouse, isn’t it?”  Woman: “Yes?!” Bugs: “Well, I’m westing.”

Anyway, I had just had my 20 minute soak in the hot mineral water and was waiting on a chaise covered with hot towels up to my chin for my massage therapist to give me a 20 minute Swedish massage. The day before Robin had been the therapist, now I was waiting for someone else. I had thought Robin was really great, and through a somewhat perverse checking out of the bathhouse massagers (are they really ALL good?) was going with someone else unknown today.

From my chaise I could hear Robin in the next room talking to her person, who had a pain down her leg. Then Robin came enthusiastically out and demonstrated a fix on a low table right next to me. Then she got the client to do the fix. I peeked out at the client. She looked a lot skeptical, unfortunately for her. Robin was demonstrating a perfect fix for her sacro-iliac problem if the woman’s tissue would accept it. Oh forget that, if the woman would accept it.  When she half-assed the exercise, Robin said, “Don’t cheat yourself.”

The woman, half turned away, said, “People have told me a lot of exercises.”

To myself I was like, “Oh I know this one.” I even had a woman come back a few months after a series and explain to me that she had done the exercise some doctors and physical therapists had told her, even though I had told her not to do that one. When I said, “Why did you do that? You were doing so well”, the woman dryly replied, “I didn’t believe you.”  At least, she was upfront.

Let me tell you, if an exercise doesn’t work for you, causes more aggravation and/or pain…it doesn’t matter who said it. In the above case, an African-American who was “called by G-d” to be a massage therapist nailed what was going on with a woman’s back which was radiating pain down her leg, and the Caucasian woman’s response was basically, I don’t believe you.

You can tell who I am identifying with here?  (Hint: Not identifying with G-d.) On the externals, Robin and I have practically nothing in common.

Here’s Robin’s exercise:  Put the hurting leg foot up on a stool about knee high. Arch your back forward a little (so your belly sticks out a little, don’t leave your back flat or arched backward) and take yourself including your waist forward so that your bent knee bends more and you go toward the stool, still upright.

This could do it for you. You will give parts that are separating that joint a bit a little stretch, and strengthen the joint, which could be too loose. That joint’s ilium could be stuck going backward and this will fix that, too.  I do the exercise on the other side, too.

There is a lot to the sacrum-ilium-lumbar vertebrae connection, the above is only one fix and that only a mechanical fix. For perhaps an additional psycho/structural fix, try checking out what you are thinking about while you sit on one of those big exercise balls and see if you can release your pelvic floor so that you can move on the ball an inch or two in all directions, easily, still upright with your back arched a little. (Please, waist/back not curved backward so that you bend forward.)



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