When I was at the point when my SI joints locked up every time I did the smallest little thing, I couldn’t get through a single workout without making things worse and having to rush back to the chiropractor.
My chiropractor is the one who ultimately got me to join a gym with a pool. I was hesitant for a long time, but he really put his foot down and told me it was the only way for me to build up enough muscle strength to hold my joints in place, without re-aggravating the joint every time.
He turned out to be totally right, and I now count the time I did my first pool workout as the moment I really started on the path to healing. I’m honestly not sure I would have gotten better without it.
Now, I really recommend aquatic exercise/aquatic physical therapy to just about everyone. If you are battling SI joint issues, I really believe it’s one of the best things you can do for yourself.
For more, check out:
5 myths about aquatic therapy– let’s clear them up!— This form of therapy can benefit people of all skill levels and abilities… it isn’t as awkward as you might think… and it can be fun!
One of the best things you can do for yourself in a pool: traction (letting your legs hang beneath you in the deep end).
Pool exercises for the sacroiliac joint— my first attempt at describing the exercises I do. It’s a bit rudimentary– kind of like a first draft– but you’re welcome to check it out!
A Youtube playlist I made of helpful aquatic exercise videos. Of course, not everything in all of these videos will work for everyone. However, these videos are great to give you an idea of the sorts of things aquatic therapy can involve.
The benefits of swimming in cold water— although it isn’t always super pleasant, chilly water (like a pool, not hot tub) has its own specific benefits, including reducing inflammation and increasing endorphins.