My experience seeing an orthopedist, and why I didn’t pursue lidocaine or cortisone injections

Hi everyone! For some reason this subject has come up a lot in my emails to readers recently, so I thought it was high time I give it its own post. *** At one point into my journey– I’d say it was probably about two years into the whole five year saga– I made an … Continue reading My experience seeing an orthopedist, and why I didn’t pursue lidocaine or cortisone injections

The #1 most important stretch that I do: one leg knee-to-chest

Hi everyone! I've mentioned this stretch previously (have you seen my post on Stretching and Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction?).   However I believe this stretch so important, I decided to give it its own post. I started doing this stretch regularly about six months into my battle, and although the saga obviously did continue for quite a … Continue reading The #1 most important stretch that I do: one leg knee-to-chest

Stretches for the hamstrings, and how to protect the SI joints while stretching

Okay, so I've recently discovered the Pain Therapy Youtube channel, and I'm all about it right now. Often when I look online for resources to share, I find I can only really use about half of what the person's saying, and the other half is gibberish.  Not this channel.  I approve of everything I've seen … Continue reading Stretches for the hamstrings, and how to protect the SI joints while stretching

SI joint awareness is growing– check out this article from TIME Magazine

My God.  We have come so far from the days when I could hardly find any information on the SI joint, and felt like such a freak. I recently discovered this awesome article on the SI joint from TIME magazine: How your butt can hurt your back (what a title!).  It's kind of accurate, though. … Continue reading SI joint awareness is growing– check out this article from TIME Magazine

Ways to stabilize your ligaments: strengthening, SI joint belts, and taping techniques

One of the biggest things you need to keep in mind, in terms of stabilizing your SI joints, is allowing any potential ligament sprains in the area to heal. There are a bunch of different factors to keep in mind here: Modifying your movement patterns and daily activities to avoid re-spraining the ligaments I personally … Continue reading Ways to stabilize your ligaments: strengthening, SI joint belts, and taping techniques

Finally, a decent video of someone using the Muscle Energy Technique for the SI joint!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdA9-ilr0r8 I couldn't believe I stumbled upon this video tonight... apparently it was posted in 2012. This is only useful video of someone using the Muscle Energy Technique (MET) for the SI joint I've seen so far.  It's from Jon Schumacher. Compared to all the others I've sifted through over the years, this video actually … Continue reading Finally, a decent video of someone using the Muscle Energy Technique for the SI joint!

The goal of strengthening is to maximize your body’s own support system.

Here's another concept which I wish someone had explained to me differently back in the beginning. As I've mentioned in previously, when I first began experiencing SI joint dysfunction, the only people who really seemed to be able to understand my problem were chiropractors. I had one main chiropractor that I went to, Dr. K., … Continue reading The goal of strengthening is to maximize your body’s own support system.