As some of you know, I started this blog back in 2016 when I felt totally helpless. I was totally dependent on chiropractic adjustments, which I thought were the only thing that could help me, and I was beginning to think surgery was the only long-term answer.
But somehow, something magic happened when I finally put this problem on the front burner.
I’d kept this problem on the back burner for a long time. I held back from trying too many different approaches, and I hated to even talk about it, afraid no one would believe me.
Yet I reached a point where I realized that leaving this problem on the back burner wasn’t helping me at all. Taking no for an answer, and being quiet about it, only prolonged my problem.
So I moved it to the front. First and foremost. If this problem was going to make me put the rest of my life on hold, I was going to hit it with everything I’d got.
And then, the answers came, piece by piece. Some of the discoveries even happened by accident, but they also happened because I was paying full attention.
My blog is like my passport through that time.
You can see the various stamps of where I’ve been, and the places I’ve visited along the way.
- You can see when I first realized that chiropractic adjustments weren’t helping me the way I thought.
- You can see the moment when I first realized strengthening my muscles actually could work to stabilize my SI joints, the way people had been telling me it would.
I’ve left some of these older posts up, because I thought it would helpful for all of you out there, to see how I found my way out of this time.
However, there is so much else I want you to know!
I’ve been reading through some of my older posts lately, and finding that actually, my thinking has changed since I wrote them.
It’s not that what I said was wrong— it was what I knew at the time, and was based off of the best information I had.
I’ve come so far, and I’m in such a different place now— I wanted to make sure you know!
For one thing, I no longer believe aquatic therapy is the only way to get better.
I’ve got a lot of posts up where I talk about how it really was the key to my recovery, and I kind of struggle with whether to delete them or not.
Because I love my past posts… and I even, finally, love that person who wrote them. (I’ve come a long way in having self-compassion, after years of questioning myself for having these “mysterious” health problems no one else seemed to have!).
So do I delete those posts, or leave them up? That person was struggling… but she found her way out of that mess. And think it’s probably good for people to see that.
Now, I can see I thought aquatic therapy was the only way because of the limited information I had at the time. It was what my chiropractor told me, when in actuality, it would have been better if I stopped seeing him and found the right physical therapist.
I still love aquatic workouts, but now I know there’s just so much more to strengthening and recovery. And, most importantly, I don’t want anyone who can’t get to a pool to think there’s no way for them to get better. It’s so not true.
What it comes down to for one person may be different from another.
The key thing is to strengthen your muscles, and there are absolutely gentle ways to do your strengthening on land! (I just didn’t have anyone to tell me that in 2016!).
Some people might even go to PT to work on their core strength, only to discover they have dysfunctional breathing patterns, and need to actually correct that first.
I really regret working with my chiropractor for so long.
Yes, he was able to put my joints into the correct alignment, but there was just so much missing to this treatment model.
For one thing, I had an undiagnosed hypermobility condition, and now I know I never should have been receiving chiropractic adjustments in the first place!
But even if that hadn’t been the issue, it is still a very limited treatment model.
Correcting your alignment is crucial — but there is so much you can do to optimize your stability through training both your muscles as well as your nervous system. In the long run, that’s what the answer is — the goal is to become so stable that adjustments are a thing of the past.
So… what do I do, when this is what I believe now, and I still have these old posts up talking about what I learned from my chiropractor?
Some of them I’ve edited… some of them I’ve left as is.
This was my story, and I’m giving you the answers I have now because I really lived it.
I can help you, and know exactly how it feels to be lost… because I was lost.
So do I leave my past stepping stones up? Delete them?
What do you guys think?
Do you find it helpful to read the story of how someone overcame something, even if their thinking later changed?
Or would you rather just skip straight ahead to the answers?
Let me know in the comments below!