How to correct an upslip

Hey everyone, So in some of my recent posts I’ve been talking about what an upslip is. An upslip essentially the most “serious” of the different patterns of misalignment you can have, as it has the ability to pull other areas out of alignment when it occurs. Although the long term fix for an upslipContinue reading “How to correct an upslip”

When you’re in it for the long haul: Isometric Exercises

Hi everyone! How are you all doing? Interesting times we’re living in, to say the least. I haven’t been on my blogs as much recently, because I’ve been pretty busy volunteering for the Covid-19 effort. I’ve been lucky to find ways to help from home (most recently, making phone calls and doing outreach for GetUsPPE—Continue reading “When you’re in it for the long haul: Isometric Exercises”

New video! Why I always tell people to keep trying PT

Okay, so I finally got up the courage to make another Youtube video. This is something that I so often end up writing in my emails and messages to people, I thought I could end up reaching more people this way. I hear from so many people who’ve been through multiple medical practitioners– doctors, osteopaths,Continue reading “New video! Why I always tell people to keep trying PT”

When should you take painkillers and push through pain?

Hi everyone! This post was inspired by a conversation I had with a reader in our SI Joint Saga Discussion group. This reader asked for my thoughts on her new exercise plan from a physical therapist.  She had SI joint issues as well as sciatica, which sent pain down into her hamstrings (the muscles inContinue reading “When should you take painkillers and push through pain?”

A great exercise to try: Isometric Glute Squeezes

Hi everyone– In this post, I want to talk about a very easy and gentle way to start strengthening the gluteus maximus. Most of us are familiar with this muscle– it’s the largest muscle that makes up our butt cheeks!  (Just calling it what it is!). This muscle is really important to stabilizing the SIContinue reading “A great exercise to try: Isometric Glute Squeezes”

Frequently asked question: can SI joint dysfunction be caused by lumbar fusion surgery?

Hi everyone! I’ve noticed that the subject of lumbar fusions has come up pretty often in my emails from readers recently.  It seems like a lot of people are wondering if their SI joint dysfunction could be related to the fact that they’ve had lumbar fusion surgery. My answer has always been yes… it’s certainlyContinue reading “Frequently asked question: can SI joint dysfunction be caused by lumbar fusion surgery?”

Cool continuing education course for PT’s on the SI joint

Hi, everyone!  Happy Monday. I hope you found my series on how to find a good physical therapist useful.  I know it isn’t necessarily an issue all of you are currently struggling with.  However, it’s a question that’s come up so often in my emails from readers recently that I thought it would be goodContinue reading “Cool continuing education course for PT’s on the SI joint”

How to find a good physical therapist, Part 5: The PT’s I observed as a student

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all been finding this series interesting.  I thought it would be good to write up all of the different experiences I had finding the right PT to help me, to encourage you not to give up if even the second, third, or the fourth person isn’t able to help you.Continue reading “How to find a good physical therapist, Part 5: The PT’s I observed as a student”

How to find a good physical therapist, Part 4: Search tips

1. Web search tips I eventually found my physical therapist Paula, who listed SI joint dysfunction as one of her specialties, through a simple Google search.  I typed in “sacroiliac joint physical therapist” and then the name of the town next to me (which was much larger and busier than the town I actually livedContinue reading “How to find a good physical therapist, Part 4: Search tips”

How to find a good physical therapist, Part 3: Find someone with experience in treating the SI joint

Well, it sounds pretty obvious when I write it now.  But back in 2011, when I first developed this problem, it wasn’t so clear. Find a PT who actually knows how to treat the SI joint.  Because most of them don’t. I didn’t understand this at the time.  I figured anyone with a PT licenseContinue reading “How to find a good physical therapist, Part 3: Find someone with experience in treating the SI joint”