Dr. Carolyn Chambers Clark, Award-Winning Author and Wellness Nurse Practitioner

Sacroiliac pain

Where is your sacroiliac?

Your Sacroiliac joint is located at the base of your spine, below your lumbar vertebra and above your tailbone. It connects your sacrum with your pelvis.

What causes pain in your sacroiliac?

There are many causes of sacriliac pain, which can radiate down your leg. Some of them are

  • insufficient minerals (be sure to eat several servings of leafy, green vegetables a day, especially broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, curly kale, dandelion greens, turnip greens, arugula and collards, Chinese cabbage, bok choi, green snap beans, and okra). 1 cup of cooked dark green vegetables provides 24% of your daily requirement of calcium.

  • Other foods high in calcium include sardines (1 cup provides 57% of the calcium you need daily), and almonds (1 cup provides 38% of daily calcium.)

***Seeds and spices are extraordinarily packed with calcium, so use organic, non-irradiated formulations in your salads and in your cooking 

Eat a tablespoon or more of sesame seeds a day; 1 tablespoon contains 7% of your daily needs for calcium as do 23 almonds.

A tablespoon of ground and dried basil, thyme, rosemary, or dill provides 11% of your daily calcium needs.

One ounce of dried chia seeds provides 11% of your calcium needs.

1 ounce of tahini (sesame spread) contains 11% of your calcium needs and tastes great on celery or in your salad dressing.

Fish is also a good source of calcium. A fillet of fish provides 11% of your daily calcium needs. Sardines or salmon with bones in them provide especially high levels of calcium.

WARNING: As healthy as these foods are, drinking coffee or ingesting caffeine in foods, drinks, or medicines, or alcoholic drinks can force the calcium out of your body.

  • not drinking enough water and subsequent dehydration has been linked in studies with pain. Be sure to drink 8-10 glasses of reversed osmosed or distilled water every day; more if you exercise or sweat. If you carry drinking water with you, put it in a stainless steel container, not a plastic one, as the plastic can leach into your drink.

  • twisting your body incorrectly or stopping too quickly, lifting heavy objects without using your legs to push you up rather than using your arms, and insufficient stretching before exercising or lifting something heavy can lead to sacroiliac pain. Be sure to do stretches with your arms and legs before exercising or heavy lifting)
    ***See links below



    White Willow

    This is the aspirin-like herb that relieves pain and has been shown effective to reduce pain and inflammation, including sacroiliac pain. Unlike the synthetic copy of this herb, known as aspirin, white willow is the whole herb that is believed to be more protective and to have fewer, if any, side effects. 

    Milk thistle, also called Silymarin, is also useful for pain and can also help clear your liver and kidney of toxins and the waste products from medications and other polluting substances. It has no known side effects, and may be most useful in the glycerine, liquid form.

Black cohosh is another herb that may also be effective to reduce pain, slow heart rate and reduce inflammation

    • Talk to your health care practitioner before taking any supplement and always follow the directions on the bottle.
    • Click on the following links for exercises and menus to reduce your sacroiliac pain.

    Stretches for a Locked SI Joint

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