SI and Back Pain - Complex Patterns and Simple Solutions

Saturday, March 27, 2021, 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Session Description 

Low back pain can range from slightly bothersome to downright debilitating and whether we directly target it or not with our work, its a phenomena that shows up quite often for our clients. The more we can understand about complex back pain patterns, the better we can use SI’s unique and powerful potential to address and improve them, without risking harm. Low back pain can have both wildly diverse driving components as well as equally varied impacts on our clients’ lives. This presentation will cover some of latest findings in the world of back pain research and reveal some simple approaches as to how the goals and strategies of SI can improve recovery times and bring relief to the stubborn postural and movement patterns that are often related to low back pain. We will dive in to hands-on, movement, embodiment, and integration oriented approaches that can be added to the classic SI skill set and as time permits, we will explore topics like stretching, core stability, strength training and back pain rehab trends as well.




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Michael Polon
The Rolf Institute

I have been teaching classes and presenting SI related material in a variety of settings for close to 20 years. My experience with presenting this info started back in 2001 as a regular classroom assistant as DIRI. I have taught there since in several different capacities; in addition to teaching a fairly consistent class-load, some of those duties included making regular presentation to the full DIRI faculty and Board as well. In 2011 I had the pleasure of being invited to do the Opening Address at DIRI’s 40th-anniversary membership meeting yet perhaps the presentation I enjoyed the most was at the 2018 IASI Symposium where I had the opportunity to lead one of the breakout sessions. There have been several local PT/Pilates clinics/gyms that have brought me in to either teach hands-on material or to lecture about the art, science and practice of SI as well.



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