Aquatic therapy and exercise can be a really great option for people with SI joint issues.
You may find that, although it’s painful to move around and walk on land, you can do a lot more in the water.
That’s because, in the water, there’s so much less force on your joints. That’s why it can be such a great way to get started exercising– or to get a really intense workout in– even if you find land-based exercise painful.
I personally found pool exercise to be really helpful throughout my recovery, and am excited to share what I learned with you!
3 things to know about pool exercise
The importance of pool exercise to my recovery
Reader question: Is it okay to work out in a pool if your SI joints are out of alignment? My take on this important question!
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.