Hi everyone, So first of all, please accept my apologies for the accidental post on Friday. Let me just say that the WordPress app makes it WAY too easy to post from your phone without knowing it. It's actually a miracle that I don't do it more often. I did edit the post and add … Continue reading Let’s clear up some myths about aquatic therapy
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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMLdVf-d_zo Hi everyone-- happy Monday! In my last post, I shared a great video from Coordinated Health that provided a great overview of the different causes of low back pain, and how SI joint dysfunction fits in to that bigger picture. Here is one of the later videos in that series; this one focusing exclusively … Continue reading A physiatrist explains SI joint dysfunction (Coordinated Health TV: Low Back Pain, Part 4)
Hi, all. As many of you know, I'm currently in the process of trying to come up with some better visual aides for you... which might possibly end up including videos...? (Gulp). As part of this process, I've been doing a little bit of research to try to figure out what's already out there, and … Continue reading How does the SI joint relate to other causes of low back pain? (Coordinated Health TV: Low Back Pain Part 1)
A huge part of my recovery, in addition to learning which exercises to do and which specific interventions to use, was learning what not to do. As I wrote in a previous post, the SI joint is like a puzzle. For me, the process of understanding my own joints had to be very intellectual. As … Continue reading Positions where the SI joint is more or less stable
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUpruiKb-S8 In the video above, Dr. Ty, a spine surgeon who operates on the SI joint using the Zyga implant, describes a very important concept for people suffering from SI joint dysfunction to understand. SI Joint Dysfunction vs. Inflammation SI Joint Dysfunction is "an umbrella term for an abnormality within the joint." Although this umbrella term … Continue reading What is the difference between SI Joint inflammation and dysfunction?
I have been thinking a lot recently about different ways to classify different types of SI joint dysfunctions. Based on all the reading I've done, learning from other people who've struggled with this issue, and talking with various medical professionals, I'm starting to think there are 3 main types. The following types refer both to … Continue reading Are there 3 main types of SI joint dysfunction?
One of the craziest things about the SI joint is that even though it’s only meant to move a few millimeters, when those few millimeters of motion become restricted, it can really wreak havoc on the rest of your body. Although this joint is meant to move a ton compared to other joints in the … Continue reading How SI joint dysfunction can affect the rest of your body
I recently heard from a reader who’d been struggling with SI joint dysfunction for several years. One of the things she she mentioned is that she’d previously seen a physical therapist who was certified in the muscle energy technique, yet hadn’t experienced any benefit from her sessions. Her email brought a few things to mind, … Continue reading Clarifying the Muscle Energy Technique
So. I've spent the last week thinking a lot about 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 it's funny, I don't think I ever thought about this consciously before, but it dawned … Continue reading The most important place to start strengthening: the core & transverse abdominis