Hey everyone! Happy 2022!
Today I just want to let you in on a really key concept I wish someone had told me sooner:
Ultimately, once you get through all this and learn to correct your alignment, your muscles are going to be what take over and stabilize you.
In the beginning, the reality is that your recovery will depend on other people. You may need to see specialists to rule out and other potential conditions. And you’ll absolutely need to work with a PT to assess your alignment, and learn how to correct it yourself.
I know this is one of the hardest parts of the journey: simply finding the right practitioners who understand the problem and take you seriously.
What I want you to know is that is that you can get through this. Your world can open up again.
These initial steps are important to go through — you want to get the right diagnosis, and you don’t want to leave anything out.
However, I want you to know that eventually, it’s possible to become so much more independent, and take matters back into your own hands. What lets you do this?
Your muscles are your body’s built in stabilization system.
They can step in, even if your SI joint ligaments have been sprained.
I’ve been there myself, where you need to go to a practitioner every week— if not multiple times a week— just to get readjusted.
But there’s something else better after that. You can get past this stage.
It may seem like an insurmountable hurdle at first, when you’re constantly going out of alignment, but you can.
Your muscles are what let you do that.
There are ways to build up your muscle strength so they can help support your SI joints.
There’s your core.
Even the tiny muscles along the back of your spine, that help to stabilize each vertebra.
You can even do exercises to help wake up your nervous system, and help strengthen the connection between your brain and your muscles.
That helps to maximize some of the built-in reflexes that help to stabilize your lumbar spine and SI joints.
You can get to a point where you no longer need frequent adjustments.
Instead, your muscles will be at the ready to help stabilize your joints when you move— or even before you move— to help ensure that things stay in the proper alignment.
I virtually never adjust myself these days… which is almost funny to say, given how much time and effort it took me to learn to self-adjust in the first place.
But that’s exactly the paradox I’m referring to when I say: this is a phase you first have to focus on, so you can eventually move past it.
Your muscles will be what let you take back your independence.
You can absolutely do it. The first step is believing that it’s possible.
I’m so excited about everything I have coming up to share with you guys!
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