New Release: Functional Anatomy of the Pelvis & SI Joint

Posted by – March 28, 2017
Categories: Bodywork & Somatics Excerpt New Release

Introducing the essential guide for physical therapists, bodywork practitioners, and those treating their own pain in the pelvis and sacroiliac joint: Functional Anatomy of the Pelvis and the Sacroiliac Joint. With over 350 color photographs and anatomical diagrams, this book outlines step-by-step assessments, exercises, and treatments to overcome pain in one of the most crucial yet misunderstood areas of the body.

Here’s a sneak peak at one of the hundreds of movement patterns outlined in the book:

1. Push

The first exercise I propose is very effective at utilizing the anterior oblique sling. If you look at the start position in Figure 3.17(a), you will notice that the exercise band is held with the athlete’s right hand at shoulder height, and their left arm and left leg are placed in a forward position. The exercise motion is shown in Figure 3.17(b): the athlete pushes the band forward across their body, using their stance leg adductors, internal oblique, and contralateral external oblique. At the same time, the left arm comes backward, as this induces a rotation of the trunk to the left side, subsequently working the anterior oblique sling in the transverse plane of motion.

All day-to-day movements will work this muscle sling, but particularly good examples are the actions of walking, running, and throwing.

I always say the following to my athletes and patients during the demonstrations, as I consider it to be relevant to all of the sling exercises:

“You control the movement—don’t let the movement control you.”

About John Gibbons

John Gibbons is a registered sports osteopath, author and lecturer for the Bodymaster Method®. He specializes in the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of sport-related injuries, specifically for the University of Oxford sports teams. Having lectured in the field of sports medicine and physical therapy since 1999, John delivers advanced therapy training to qualified professionals throughout the UK and internationally. He has written over 40 articles on various aspects of physical therapy, which have been published through companies like SportEx, Federation of Holistic Therapies, Massage World, Positive Health and Sports Injury Bulletin.

Functional Anatomy of the Pelvis and the Sacroiliac Joint is a step-by-step guide for assessing the pelvis and sacroiliac joint by respected bodywork specialist John Gibbons. This book explores all aspects of this crucial area of the body and how it links within the kinetic chain system. Fully illustrated with 350 color photos, this book will give practitioners, students, and anyone who wants to understand pelvic pain and what they can do about it a wealth of practical information.


About the Author

Jessica grew up in southeast Los Angeles, scraping her knees on the softball field and getting lost in the exciting realms of The Giving Tree, The Velveteen Rabbit, and Ramona the Pest. Her love of stories sparked a lifelong curiosity and love of books that led her to UC Berkeley, where she earned a BA in Comparative Literature and Spanish. Upon graduating, she has used her love of children’s books to teach reading and writing in Oakland bilingual public schools for the past ten years. During this time, she received an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College, attended the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA) writer’s workshop, and is currently at work on several children’s books and short stories.