The most powerful core exercises can be subtle

Hey everyone, Here’s a topic that comes up sooo often in my coaching sessions— I wanted to be sure to address it on the blog! Today I wanted to talk to you about core strengthening. What a lot of people don’t know is that there’s a huge mind-body component to core strengthening (at least, whenContinue reading “The most powerful core exercises can be subtle”

Having enough muscle strength can change everything

Hey everyone, Every so often, I’ll get a few different people asking me the same question, in a short period of time.   Whenever that happens, and a lot of my readers seem to all be experiencing the same issue, I figure it’s time to get something up on the blog!  In the past weekContinue reading “Having enough muscle strength can change everything”

When it comes to exercise, start where you are.

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 startedContinue reading “When it comes to exercise, start where you are.”

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”

The muscles of the core (and why we focus on the transverse abdominis!).

Hi everyone! Generally, when people think of the core, they think of doing sit-ups, and crunches, and building up a 6-pack.  All of that has to do with the first muscle I’m going to mention here: the rectus abdominis.  However, there is so much more to the core than that. 1) The rectus abdominis: The “6-pack”Continue reading “The muscles of the core (and why we focus on the transverse abdominis!).”

Use caution with back extensions and the SI joint

Hello, hello everyone! I wanted to check in with you about an issue I’ve heard a lot of people mentioning recently.  This time, it’s about an exercise that you may want to be careful with, if you have SI joint issues. What I’m talking about, specifically, is back extension.  This is the term that refersContinue reading “Use caution with back extensions and the SI joint”

3 Things to Know about Pool Exercise

Hi everyone! You probably won’t be surprised to hear that the question I’m asked the most is “what are your exercises?” However, I know many of you out there are coming from different starting points, with different levels of what you are physically able to do without pain. So, before I go into a listContinue reading “3 Things to Know about Pool Exercise”

Reader question: Is it okay to work out in a pool if your SI joints are out of alignment?

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. *** I recently heard from G., who was wondering it was okay to perform aquatic exercise when her SI joints and sacrum were out of alignment.   (She goesContinue reading “Reader question: Is it okay to work out in a pool if your SI joints are out of alignment?”

Why do “perfectly good” exercises sometimes not help?

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 ultimatelyContinue reading “Why do “perfectly good” exercises sometimes not help?”

The goal of strengthening is to maximize your body’s own support system.

Here’s another concept which I wish someone had explained to me differently back in the beginning. As I’ve mentioned in previously, when I first began experiencing SI joint dysfunction, the only people who really seemed to be able to understand my problem were chiropractors. I had one main chiropractor that I went to, Dr. K.,Continue reading “The goal of strengthening is to maximize your body’s own support system.”