I have been thinking a lot recently about different ways to classify different types of SI joint dysfunctions. Based on all the reading I've done, learning from other people who've struggled with this issue, and talking with various medical professionals, I'm starting to think there are 3 main types. The following types refer both to … Continue reading Are there 3 main types of SI joint dysfunction?
One of the craziest things about the SI joint is that even though it’s only meant to move a few millimeters, when those few millimeters of motion become restricted, it can really wreak havoc on the rest of your body. Although this joint is meant to move a ton compared to other joints in the … Continue reading How SI joint dysfunction can affect the rest of your body
I recently heard from a reader who’d been struggling with SI joint dysfunction for several years. One of the things she she mentioned is that she’d previously seen a physical therapist who was certified in the muscle energy technique, yet hadn’t experienced any benefit from her sessions. Her email brought a few things to mind, … Continue reading Clarifying the Muscle Energy Technique
So. I've spent the last week thinking a lot about exercises for the SI joint. I've been thinking of all the exercises my PT Paula gave me, as well as a few I came up with on my own. And it's funny, I don't think I ever thought about this consciously before, but it dawned … Continue reading The most important place to start strengthening: the core & transverse abdominis
Hi everyone! I've had multiple requests recently to make a post about the exercises I do for my SI joint. I’m definitely planning to put something up in the future-- it’s just taking me a little while to figure out the best way to explain things, and also what sort of visual aids I might … Continue reading Three major muscle groups to strengthen for SI joint dysfunction
I had a pretty interesting experience yesterday that I thought I’d share with you all-- the good and the bad. I saw a physiatrist at Mass General Hospital who was actually familiar with treating the SIJ. (A physiatrist is a type of doctor that treats physical dysfunction, similar to an orthopedist or a pain specialist. … Continue reading What I learned from seeing my second physiatrist
In my last post, I talked about how pool exercise/aquatic physical therapy has been so central to my recovery-- both in getting me to the point I'm at now, and also helping me to maintain my recovery. The really great thing about water exercise, and why I believe it is superior to pretty much any … Continue reading One of the best things you can do for yourself in the pool: traction (letting your legs hang beneath you in the deep end)