I had a moment on a coaching call last night, where I found myself explaining something totally perfectly.
Sometimes these one-on-one calls are magic. Writing is one skill set (that I like to think I’m good at!) but sometimes in the course of explaining something to someone where it all comes together, it all clicks, I feel like I know exactly what that person needs to hear — and that’s where some of my best ideas come from. 🙂
So, to my client last night, I was explaining the basics of my recovery philosophy.
As you guys may have seen, in the past few months I’ve been talking a lot about SI joint alignment. That’s because I find the alignment piece is really the first major piece that gets left out of most people’s treatment plans. That happened to me too, back in the day.
Correcting your SI joint alignment is like making sure the foundation of your house is level. You really have to get the foundation right, before you can start effectively building on top of it.
Once you have the alignment piece down pat, that’s when everything else starts to come together.
That’s what I did. Since I first learned how to correct my own SI joint alignment using the Muscle Energy Technique, everything else I’ve done has been to build upon that foundation, and make my “house” more and more stable.
When I first learned MET, I had to correct my alignment 10, sometimes 20 times a day. That’s because my joint was still so inflamed, and my ligaments had been sprained.
So then, I built upon that.
I put together various techniques and strategies I learned along the way. Looking back, sometimes when I worked with a PT wasn’t able to help me (because they didn’t know about SI joint alignment) they still had taught me other things that were useful.
So, I put it all together:
✨ I discovered a “safety zone” of basic exercises that let me build up my muscle strength, without constantly re-inflaming the joint and its ligaments.
✨I identified which movement patterns worked for me, and which ones to avoid– and then saw that I was able to start doing more and more of the “bad” ones, as I became stable over time.
✨Then, I built on top of that by learning about certain exercise techniques that are specifically designed to tap into your nervous system. We all have built-in stabilization reflexes that are meant to stabilize our spine and pelvis, and sometimes they can get interrupted following an injury.
So, one of the most powerful things you can do is train those systems, and learn how to turn them back on.
These are just some of the basics of my recovery philosophy.
As I told my client last night, I identified every possible strategy that I could, and put it all together.
👉 Strengthening my muscles
👉 Healing ligaments by reducing inflammation
👉 Optimizing my nervous system’s stabilization mechanisms
I’m so excited that I get to share my strategies with you!
Please stay tuned, don’t give up, and keep going!!!
4 thoughts on “All systems are go :)”
Thank you Laura 🙂
Rick Serola on his website says that after stabilizing the joint, decrease the posterior lumbosacral compression, increase the cervical and lumbar A/P curves, unrotate the externally rotated lower extremities and internally rotated upper extremities, and join the surfaces of the sacroiliac syndesmosis to that the ligaments can reattach themselves to the joint surfaces. My question is: Did you do all this? Do you really have to do all that to feel good again?
Hi Marlene, such a great question! I would say that Dr. Serola has his own recovery framework, which he developed based on his own experience.
My personal journey followed a different course (as everyone’s does), so I have my own set of techniques and strategies that I used.
Reading through his framework, I would say that a lot of the strategies that helped me probably *did* accomplish many of the goals he’s recommending – even if I came about it from a different angle.
Hope that helps!