Tips & Techniques to Get You Back to Full Strength

Do you have back pain? Check out one of our tools to help out at home!

Abby Schenk 
March 10, 2020
Do you have back pain?  Check out one of our tools to help out at home!

Sacroiliac joint dysfunction is a common dysfunction associated with low back pain.  Sacroiliac joint dysfunction is improper movement of the joints at the bottom of the spine that connects the sacrum also known as the tailbone to the pelvis.  This bone is a triangle shaped bone that sits right in the middle of the pelvis.  When the sacrum does not move properly it can lead to low back pain, hip pain, piriformis pain, and sciatica to name a few.  This bony structure acts as a shock absorber to the spine.  Pain usually stems from lack of symmetrical movement.  Since this structure is essentially one bone but with joints on both sides of the pelvis often one side creates too much movement and too little of movement on the opposite side.  Pain can be appreciated in the low back (small of low back), buttock, and can even spread to the hips.  The known cause is often times muscle imbalance of the surrounding soft tissue that attaches to the sacrum or tailbone.

I have found a tool that has proven to help me personally and many clients to help the imbalance and create decreased tension throughout.

The Sacral Wedge was created as a mold to mimic the size and structure of the sacrum.  This wedge isolates the borders of the sacrum to allow gravity to help re-align, relax, and release the muscle surrounding.  I often recommend clients whose sacrum tends to live in misalignment to have the sacral wedge handy at home to help re-balance the hips to decrease strain to the surrounding tissues in the hips and low back before this could lead to irritation on the sciatic nerve.  The wedge comes with instructions on release exercises and use of the wedge. I will typically instruct my patients in clinic on various use of the wedge.  Sometimes even just laying on the wedge for 15-20 minutes is the trick with gravity doing all the work.  This is definitely a fan favorite piece of equipment I like to have on hand for myself and clients to use for the chronic low back and sacroiliac joint dysfunctions.

You can find the Wedge on Amazon (note, this is an affiliate link, but we only post about products we strongly believe can help our clients).

Abby Schenk
Meet the Author
Abby graduated with her doctorate in Physical Therapy from the St. Francis University in 2013. Since graduation she has been spending her time advancing her manual and professional skills through additional certifications. Her vision is to be able to offer elite services to her patients through spending quality one on one time in order to education, specify individualized therapy sessions, and make a greater long-term impact by creating adaptable changes. Her mission is to refine the physical therapy experience by creating a path of recovery unique to each and above the standard of care. Abby ran cross-country, track, and was on the high school swim team. She went on to run cross-country and track in college and was All- American, and captain. She loves working with the fitness athlete, the collegiate athlete, and the active adult population because she understands personally what it feels like to be both on the injury and recovery side. Abby understands life happens and the body gets tired of our daily poor movement habits, however her intention is to prevent injuries from interfering with your health and fitness goals. Her mission is to empower her patients to be their very best self and move freely without pain or restraints. The outcome is accelerated healing by providing the highest level of skilled services for each patient’s needs. Combining a patient’s dedication, higher level sport-specific conditioning, and movement re-training, the result will be the best you. Some of Abby’s advanced training includes: Rock tape and Certified Rock Blades Technique Specialist, Blood Flow Restriction Certified, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, Myofascial Decompression, Myofascial Release, Pose Certified Running Technique Specialist, amongst other advanced education.