Hi everyone– occasionally I’m going to revert back to the “open workbook” style of post, which is how I originally began this blog. It’s part of my process to figure out what I want to say– to sort of build a “skeleton” of concepts before filling it in.
Here is a preliminary list that links to everything I eventually want to say about what made my recovery possible. I’ll be updating this with a more detailed narrative in the future!
Developing muscle strength:
- Turning Point #4: Muscle strength vs. endurance
- When muscle strength finally takes over for weak ligaments
Along with a thorough stretching routine:
Finally finding a knowledgeable PT who was able to think flexibly:
My physical therapist Paula, who the fourth physical therapist I saw over the course of this problem, was able to think flexibly and come up with alternate ways for me to exercise, instead of insisting I do things one way. (Same for stretches). Having an open-minded and knowledgeable PT made all the difference.
Pool exercise was a big component— it numbed things that hurt, flushed out toxins, gave my muscles a recharge… letting my legs hang beneath me in the deep end used gravity to try to create space in joints. (Turning Point #2: Pool Workouts).
Paula taught me how to adjust my own SI joints (Turning Point #7).
Eventually realized frequent chiropractor visits were making things worse and stopped going.