So. I feel like I need to preface this by telling you that the first time I watched this, I actually cried.
Something about it was just so overwhelming. (This was sometime back in 2014 when I was still pretty lost, looking for answers). For some reason, this video scared me and made me feel as though I was finally being taken seriously, all at the same time.
So… here’s what I will say. Malalignment syndrome is a real thing, and it’s important for you and your treating medical professionals to be aware that having SI joint dysfunction is likely to create problems in other parts of your body. (It would be pretty shocking if it didn’t).
However, at the same time, I would like to reassure you that, in this video, Vicki is giving you an overview of the many, many different things that can go wrong as a result of SIJD. You will not develop all of these, and even if you do– the changes are more likely than not going to be reversible.
So. Be glad that someone hears you, understands you, and is taking SIJD seriously. Do not watch this video and assume everything Vicki’s describing is happening to you.
Okay. So what is malalignment syndrome?
In a nutshell, it means that if your pelvis is rotated, the rest of your body is going to have to compensate.
One major reason why this happens is something called the “righting reflex.” Your brain always wants your eyes to be level. (I don’t normally link to Wikipedia, but in this case I think it has a good explanation).
Without the righting relfex, if your pelvis was tilted, it would mean your whole spine all the way up to your neck and to your head would also be tilted, and your head would be cocked to one side.
This would be horrible on an indefinite basis. You would be dizzy and have trouble moving through the world.
So, without your conscious awareness, the righting reflex will cause you to change the way you hold your spine and neck so that your eyes are level. Basically, you will develop (reversible!) curves in your spine to compensate for the fact that your pelvis is off-kilter.
Now, please don’t freak out. I can’t tell you how many times I went to my chiropractor and he mentioned the righting reflex. But it was very matter-of-fact, just to explain what was going on. It was never permanent, and, in fact, what my spine was doing tended to change from week to week.
Now, as you may know, I have mixed feelings on chiropractic adjustments for SIJD. But I do believe my chiropractor usually knew what he was talking about, at least when it came to diagnosing what was up with my back from week to week.
So. Before I let you go, I will reiterate that I was able to heal my SI joint problems, as well as my accompanying malalignment, and it is highly likely that you can too.
About Vicki Sims
Vicki Sims is a physical therapist who specializes in SI joint dysfunction. She is co-director the physical therapy practice Gainesville Physical Therapy in Gainesville, AL, where people come from out of state for consultations on SIJD.
Vicki and Gainesville PT have a lot of interesting resources available on the Web, including:
I definitely plan to review more of her videos and articles in the future, but here this is to get you started!