You ever have those moments where are you come across an old college paper, journal entry, or even an old social media post that really shows you how much your thinking has changed?
Today I went to re-share one of my older blog posts. It’s about how sometimes, you can have a weird pain or tightness in your pelvis that really makes you freak out, but it turns out just to be a muscle spasm.
I went through this cycle myself, many times. The worst time was when I showed up in physical therapy crying, thinking I had developed pubic symphysis dysfunction, only to have my PT identify that my hip adductor muscles were in spasm, and that was causing my pain.
That was a huge revelation to me at the time— that sometimes, something incredibly painful doesn’t actually have to be “dangerous.” It doesn’t have to mean your body’s about to break.
I’ve shared this post many times, and it always really seems to resonate with people.
However, I felt inspired to re-share it today, and wrote out what I thought was an inspired caption (if I do say so myself!)…
But then I realized, you know what… The message of my caption is even better than the blog post.
What I said in that post was a revelation for me, at the time. And I know this message can be ground-breaking for my readers and clients– the idea that you don’t have to be afraid of your pain.
However, now I’m taking it one step further:
It’s not just that a muscle spasm is “not dangerous.”
It actually can be your body’s way of trying to protect you.
I’m in such a different place now, from when I first started my blog.
Back then, I was caught in a mindset where I was afraid of my body. I was convinced there was something wrong with it– and this message was only reinforced by the number of people who said they couldn’t help me.
Fast forward to now: Now I know what SI joint dysfunction is (and help others navigate their way!).
Knowledge is power…
I’ve also learned that I’m genetically hypermobile, which is part of why a one-size-fits-all treatment didn’t work for me.
I’ve actually come out of this so much stronger, with more faith in my body. And that’s why I can help you.
You don’t have to be afraid of your body. You don’t have to be afraid of a muscle spasm.
Now, I believe your body is designed to protect you. It’s designed to keep going.
So in an instance like the one in my blog post, you’ve had an injury to the sacroiliac joints.
This basically means the ligaments have been impacted, and are no longer able to fully stabilize the joint. As a result, your body is actually sending your adductors (or whatever muscle it is) into spasm in order to protect you.
So yes, you should definitely read my older post: I fought hard to learn the lesson there.
Maybe your nervous system senses the joint is a little unstable, and wants to create stability. Maybe it senses that some of your other muscles aren’t quite strong enough to support you, so it decides to tighten up the one that is.
There can be a lot of reasons, and when you really look at it with this view, it’s possible to make sense of them, like peeling the layers off of an onion.
This is my perspective now, and I’ve fought my way (literally!) through blood, sweat, and tears to share it with you.
But also know that the more you learn, and open yourself up to the possibilities, the more your worldview can change.