So a question I get asked pretty frequently is “how are you doing now?”.
I’ve been sharing a few of my breakthroughs in some of my recent entries, but I thought that, in this post, I’d tie everything together.
So… how am I doing now?
I’ve come a long way from what I would call the acute phase of this injury.
When I started my blog in 2016, I’d been dealing with SI joint dysfunction for 5 years. I’d frequently get a posterior rotation of the hip bone on one side that would cause a really sharp pain, and also make it really difficult to walk.
Most of what I’ve written about on my blog has to do with the steps I took to get out of this acute phase. You can find all of these steps on the Key Points of My Recovery page.
Now, I’m a lot stronger, and my pelvis is more stable. I no longer get that persistent posterior rotation, which quite frankly used to dominate my life. Between arranging my schedule around chiropractic adjustments (which I no longer recommend!) and not wanting to do anything over the weekend in case I went out of alignment, when his office would be closed, it was just… not good.
Since I discovered the strategies I talk about in the My Recovery series, I’ve became much more stable. Once I put all of these pieces together in 2016, I’ve had periods of time, for up to a year at a time, when I barely think about my SI joints at all.
Learning how to correct my own alignment was a huge piece of this. It gave me so much freedom to be able to realign my SI joints myself, compared to the days when everything revolved around my chiropractor’s schedule.
Because the self-adjustments were so much more gentle than the chiropractic adjustments, they also also really helped me to stabilize even further. When I first learned MET, I had to use it 10-15 times a day to correct my posterior rotation… now I never get a posterior rotation, at all.
I’ve gone hiking, I’ve run very short distances (not so much running for exercise, so much as running when my dog got loose!).
You can read my post about how excited I was when I accidentally overdid it hiking… but I just ended up sore, rather than moving out of alignment.
I feel much stronger now, and like I’m beginning to return to my old, athletic self.
There have still been times when I’ve had setbacks, or found things that don’t work for me.
The weird thing is, it’s not necessarily the things you’d expect. We tend to think of anything related to exercise as “hard” and anything that involves rest as “easy.”
But sometimes, with the SI joint, it can be backwards. I can walk in the woods for an hour or two and have no pain. But no matter how stable I get, it probably won’t be a good idea for me to sit or lie on a foam roller.
In general, I’ve found that anything that puts pressure on my pelvis asymmetrically isn’t a good idea. Even though I’m much stronger now, something like that can still potentially push me back out of alignment.
I haven’t necessarily put each of those setbacks on here. But each time I have bounced back, however, using the strategies I talk about on my blog.
Because here’s the thing, guys:
To me, it isn’t about finding ONE thing that’s a miracle cure. It’s about figuring out all the pieces that work for you, and putting the larger puzzle together.
Learning even more
Of course, a really big development for me in the last year has been learning, for the first time in my life, what it means to be genetically hypermobile.
Learning this has been the missing piece for me, not just in terms of why my SI joint dysfunction was so extreme compared to other people, but also in terms of some of the mysterious symptoms I’ve had my whole life.
I’m learning so, so much you guys– about things like fascia, and the foot core.
I’m taking my strengthening– particularly my core strength– to the next level.
My goal now is to be working toward the next phase in my recovery, which is going to incorporate all of the concepts above, but with even more of a focus on how muscles work together as a group, and neuromuscular coordination.
I have a new doctor, who’s hypermobile herself, who has really been pushing me to expand my ideas on what is possible.
I’ll be explaining more in my next post– stay tuned!