You are not alone: A Framework for SI Joint Recovery

Hey everyone,

If you’re going through your own SI joint saga, I want you to know that you’re not alone.

When I first started my blog, I placed an emphasis on the fact that everyone’s journey is different. And in some ways, that’s totally true.

However, the longer I’ve been doing this, the more I can see that some aspects of everyone’s experience are universal.

Everyone going through this feels like they’re alone at some points–but you’re not.

Everyone has people in their lives (and medical professionals) who make them feel not believed… but your saga is real. Your story is true.

My goal for my site and my coaching program is to create a place where you can always feel heard… where you can always come and, no matter what’s going on, know what you’ll find an answer.

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I don’t know who needs to hear this right now, but I can tell you that I’ve worked with clients from all over the world.

People from different backgrounds, whose SI joint dysfunction began in different ways. And somehow, with the more people I talk to, the commonalities actually become way more clear.

The common threads

When I first started blogging, I encouraged my readers to “just keep trying new things,” until they found the right combination of things to help them.

And while I do think some aspects of this journey will always be very individual, I can also tell you that I’ve talked to so many people from all over the world, who all think they’re the only one going through the same things.

People struggle with:

  • Getting a diagnosis, when so many medical professionals are trained to focus only on the spine
  • Explaining their situation to family and friends
  • Finding the right exercises, when so many of the things they’ve tried — even physical therapy— didn’t help

When so many people— even medical professionals— have still never heard of SI joint dysfunction, it can really feel like you’re all alone facing these challenges.

But you’re not. All of my clients have gone through the same experiences— and I went through them, too.

So, I’m putting together everything I’ve learned.

While I’ll always want my work with clients to have that personal touch, and focus on any particular areas the person is really interested in, I also want to help you guys see that you are going through something that’s almost universal, in some ways.

I want you to see the connections that I see.

To know that, with the right strategies, this can get better.

That’s why I created a Framework for SI Joint Recovery.

I know that this framework works because I’ve already been using it with my clients. I leapt in and started developing it directly in response to the things I found people kept asking me for help with.

I started to get the idea for an official framework because I’d have days with back to back coaching calls, and find all my clients were saying the same thing.

I’d get off the call with one person, and find that the next person was going through the exact same issues.

I started feeling like I knew exactly what to say—or could even anticipate how the person was feeling— because I’d already seen the impact of working through the situation with the person before them.

Some of the common themes we work on:

  • Getting a clear diagnosis, so you can stop wasting time on treatments that don’t work and focus on the strategies that will actually move you forward
  • Strengthening the muscles you need to stabilize the SI joints, while being gentle enough to allow the joint to heal
  • Designing an exercise and movement plan so that you know how to move in a way that supports your recovery

I’ve seen people go through these universal challenges over and over now, so I’ve specifically designed the program to fit the process I know to be true.

Coming up

I’m so excited to tell you guys more about my recovery framework coming up— stay tuned!

Be sure you’re also following me on Facebook and Instagram— I share a lot of cool tips and updates there, too!

And if you know you’re ready to get started, go here to book a session with me!

Talk to you soon!!

Published by Christy Collins

Hi, I'm Christy! I'm a health coach who helps people overcome SI joint dysfunction and chronic pain.

4 thoughts on “You are not alone: A Framework for SI Joint Recovery

  1. Looking forward to you “coming ups!!”

    I wanted to ask you.. if you have helped older people ( im 68)? Because i m finding the pains i get are very different from what I went through in my 50 s! I would love to see if in this group, I can find the similarities or not.

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    1. Hi Laura,

      Totally! I’ve actually had a lot of clients come to me in their late 60’s and early 70’s.

      This goes back to how some aspects of SIJD are individual, while others are universal.

      For a lot of people, when they first find my site, they’re really starting to learn about SI joint dysfunction for the first time. Unfortunately, this often is after already consulting numerous medical professionals.

      However, the good news is that there’s still a lot we can do to get that person on track. First, we look at some common other conditions that could be causing their symptoms, and make sure we get those ruled out.

      Then, as we progress through the framework it gets a little more targeted in terms of strengthening and exercises.

      For people recovering from from SIJD, all of the strengthening I recommend is very gentle and low-impact, because that’s how I myself bounced back after my SI ligament sprain.

      So actually, my framework for strengthening after the initial injury has actually been working well for people of all ages, because it’s designed to minimize impact on the joints.

      I hope that helps to explain!

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  2. Hi Christy. Did you have piriformis symptoms? My two piriformis are super sore but it doesn’t radiate to
    behind my leg and I don’t have sciatica. Symptoms a little different from what I see out there. Will my sacred
    is it twisted? After having done physiotherapy in a clinic I got worse and now I’m feeling my knees
    out of place. Is the first step of treatment to align the joint? Your blog has helped me understand all
    this mess. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Thais, so sorry you had this experience in physiotherapy. Unfortunately, it’s very common for people to feel this way if their symptoms weren’t properly addressed.

      In my framework, the first step is actually to clarify your diagnosis. Sometimes you can have SIJD and piriformis syndrome at the same time, but you really do want to clearly know exactly what you’re dealing with, before starting any treatments.

      And then yes, if it is confirmed SIJD, step 2 is making sure you learn how to correct your SI alignment. I really believe that’s the best way to build a proper foundation. Then you can move forward with all the things to help you stabilize in the long term 🙂

      Hope that helps!

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