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-- 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 SI … Continue reading A great exercise to try: Isometric Glute Squeezes
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsMK6HPcln4 Hi everyone! I've just stumbled upon a great group of videos on the core, from the Aurora Sports Medicine Institute in Aurora, CO. I wanted to make sure I shared them with you because I thought they presented some really useful information in a way that's easy to understand. In the first video, above, … Continue reading The muscles of the core
Hello, hello everyone! I wanted to check in with you about an issue that's come up many times in my emails with readers 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 … Continue reading Use caution with back extensions and the SI joint
Hi everyone! You probably won't be surprised to hear that the question I'm asked the most is "what are your exercises?" I'm so sorry it's taken me so long to get up some of my own resources. I have been working on it, planning, and have actually shot a few practice videos at my gym … Continue reading Pool Exercises: A Basic Overview
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?
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.
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