Hi everyone! Many of you reach out to ask me how I'm doing now, and what I'm able to do for exercise these days. So I thought I'd give you a little peek into one of the best workouts I've had for a long time. This was me yesterday, wearing a tank top in 30 … Continue reading What my life is like now: an awesome workout
Hi everyone! Someone asked recently, over in our SI Joint Discussion Forum, how often to start out doing pool exercise. I answered her about the pool, but the same concept is true for any form of exercise, when you're coming back from a long-term injury. Start small. Start wherever you are. When I first started … Continue reading When it comes to exercise, start where you are.
Hi everyone! Today I wanted to talk to you about another concept I find really interesting, which is how the alignment of our SI joints affects the efficiency of our movements. What is movement efficiency? When you move efficiently, this means you're performing various motions in a smooth, coordinated way, which allows you to achieve … Continue reading How the SI Joint affects Movement Efficiency
Hi everyone! Hope you're all enjoying the holidays. I've been getting some really great questions from readers recently that I think are worth sharing with you all. *** As I've mentioned before, although obviously all of my posts for this blog are perfect, sometimes I feel like my explanations come out a little bit better … Continue reading Should you exercise when your SI joints are out of alignment?
I haven't written a ton on my multiple physical therapy failures yet, because unfortunately there are so many. For now, let me just say that my physical therapist Paula, who finally helped me, was actually the fifth physical therapist I saw over the course of this journey. The first four offered varying degrees of helpfulness vs. unhelpfulness, but ultimately … Continue reading Why do “perfectly good” exercises sometimes not help?
Okay, so I've recently discovered the Pain Therapy Youtube channel, and I'm all about it right now. Often when I look online for resources to share, I find I can only really use about half of what the person's saying, and the other half is gibberish. Not this channel. I approve of everything I've seen … Continue reading Stretches for the hamstrings, and how to protect the SI joints while stretching
I received a really interesting comment over on Sunlight in Winter the other day. It was from Maritza, who suffers from both SI joint dysfunction and lumbar spine issues (the term "lumbar spine" refers to the part of the spine that's in your lower back). Her comment inspired me to share some information with you … Continue reading Start building core strength with exercises that are gentle on the SI joints and lower back
As I mentioned in my post about developing a thorough stretching routine, part of the reason it took me so long to heal is that I didn't really have a proper space to do my land-based exercises and stretches. A lot of the exercises and stretches I knew I should be doing required me to … Continue reading My awesome stretching table
I realized yesterday that everything I've written about my own road to healing really comes down to two factors: Letting sprained ligaments heal Building muscle strength These two factors make up two equally important sides of the same coin. You need both for healing. Unfortunately, you'll also have to balance one against the other. Why? … Continue reading How I healed my SI joints without surgery
Hi everyone! I've had a lot of requests recently for exercises for the SI joint. I've been thinking of all the exercises my PT Paula gave me, as well as a few I came up with on my own. And as I've been coming up with my list, it dawned on me that the most … Continue reading The core muscles & transverse abdominis: the most important place to start strengthening