Start building core strength with exercises that are gentle on the SI joints and lower back

I received a really interesting comment over on Sunlight in Winter the other day.  It was from Maritza, who suffers from both SI joint dysfunction and lumbar spine issues (the term "lumbar spine" refers to the part of the spine that's in your lower back). Her comment inspired me to share some information with you … Continue reading Start building core strength with exercises that are gentle on the SI joints and lower back

Reader email: Kerry (“Why am I not getting better, even though I exercise?”)

Hi everyone, Here's an email from the first person to give me permission to publish our communication since I put out my request a few weeks ago: Kerry.  She's been suffering from SI joint dysfunction since she slipped on ice and fell last winter.  (She also fractured her sacrum when she landed). Kerry and I … Continue reading Reader email: Kerry (“Why am I not getting better, even though I exercise?”)

Why do some people’s SI joints get stuck, when others’ don’t?

I've had a bunch of people contact me for advice on painful SI joints recently... all of whom have said their SI joints don't lock up. I think this is so interesting, because for one thing, my recommendations to them tend to be a little bit different. But also, it really got me thinking... why, exactly, do … Continue reading Why do some people’s SI joints get stuck, when others’ don’t?

What’s the difference between a ligament sprain and a muscle/tendon strain?

I think that, as every day people, we sometimes use the words "sprain" and "strain" interchangeably.  However, this article from the Mayo Clinic made me realize this concept might be worth clarifying. SI joint injuries generally involve a sprain of the ligaments that hold the joint together.  A ligament is a "tough band of fibrous tissue" … Continue reading What’s the difference between a ligament sprain and a muscle/tendon strain?