What my SI joint saga has taught me

Hey everyone, you may have noticed I haven’t been posting on here as much recently. A lot of life stuff has come up for me recently that I’ve had to deal with…

And I realized, my SI joint saga has taught me so much. 

For so long, I felt something no one else could feel, and no one else seemed to believe…

  • “What if you just decided to exercise anyway, even if it hurts? What’s the worst that could happen?”
  • “The SI joint can’t really move… the ligaments are way too strong.”
  • “I have other patients with the same issues as you… they don’t seem to have as much trouble as you.”

These are all thing people said to me over the course of my saga.  And now, they’re all things my coaching clients have heard. 

People aren’t trying to be mean when they say these things. But this is what they say, when they don’t understand.

I had to chart a course when no one other person could provide me with the answers. 

When so many other people— friends, family, medical professionals— just didn’t get it. 

Of course, I did meet some really great people along the way, who I couldn’t have done it without. 

But I’m the one who had to chart a course, and put various strategies and techniques together, when no one else seemed to understand or believe me.

If anything, I wish I’d done it sooner.  I had so much self-doubt at the time, it kept me from pursuing answers at full speed.

Now I know I was right.  The self-doubt was only slowing me down. 

This isn’t to say it’s easy, of course, or that you should expect to be able to figure it overnight.

It’s a process.  Be methodical, be scientific.  But never stop believing in yourself.

I’m sharing my roadmap here, to help you get to this place faster.

Always believe it’s possible.

2 thoughts on “What my SI joint saga has taught me

  1. David says:

    Hi Christy, thank you so much for this site and everything you have put here.

    I have a question:

    What are some of the ways that someone can test if they have sacral ligament laxity? Are there a few different signs or movements that one can do at home to test?

    Also, are there typical pain referral patterns? I saw this recently, and I wonder if you’ve seen it too! It’s a chart of the pain referral points for sacral ligament injuries.

    Thank you!

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    • Christy Collins says:

      Hi David, this is a really interesting question. I would say there are different schools of thought on this.

      Many PT’s and other practitioners would say it isn’t necessarily possible (or necessary) to identify specific areas of ligament laxity. The reason being that there are SO many ligaments in that area, and they’re all interconnected. My personal focus has been more on the alignment of the joint itself, and how to strengthen the surrounding muscles to compensate for the ligament laxity— that’s what worked for me.

      However, there are those out there who do focus on the ligaments more specifically. I would say that generally, a practitioner who uses prolotherapy or other types of regenerative injections would be more interested in diagnosing specific areas of laxity, and may have some more pinpointed techniques to attempt this type diagnosis. (Unfortunately we need so much more research on ALL of this!).

      Although I personally didn’t try any regenerative injections, I have supported my coaching clients through this process, and I’ve seen firsthand that sometimes it really does seem to make a difference.

      Ultimately, I think it’s a question of which approach resonates with you, and needing to try new things until you find the thing that works for you.

      Great question!

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