There are a few reasons I really enjoy getting emails from readers. For one thing, it means a lot to me to know the things I write are helping people. Additionally, when someone writes and tells me their specific situation, answering them really helps me to clarify my thoughts. Sometimes when I’m working on a … Continue reading The importance of pool exercise to my recovery
When my SI joints were at their worst-- aka their most hypermobile-- they were extremely sensitive to the kind of surface I was resting on. Of course, in the midst of my problem, the mattress I'd loved for about 10 years finally wore out. And it wore out bad. Now that I'm doing better, it's almost … Continue reading Let’s talk about mattresses.
Something I've really come to notice during my time with SI joint issues is the effect of my menstrual cycle on my SI joints. Basically, one of the hormones a woman's body releases in the days leading up to her period is a hormone called relaxin. As the names suggests, relaxin acts as a chemical messenger … Continue reading Powerful female hormones, injuries & back pain
I was just working on revamping the "My Story" page for this blog (trying to make it a little more personal), and I ended up reflecting on one aspect of this saga which I really haven't talked about as much: Which is how totally and completely crazy I felt when I was first trying to get help … Continue reading So, it turns out I wasn’t crazy…
Dean Somerset is a really interesting exercise physiologist/personal trainer based out of Canada. He has a website where he offers a lot of cool resources on the body, training, and, of course, the SI joint. He has two articles: SI joint dysfunction Stuff You Should Read: SI Joint Edition Now, the thing about the SI … Continue reading Dean Somerset on SI joint dysfunctions
As a follow-up to my last post, I just stumbled upon this interesting blog post: http://feruzimwero.com/blog/2010/12/physical-therapy-reveals-my-rotated-sacrum/ It's from a patient who went through physical therapy to correct a rotated sacrum. Reading this post, I was a little bit skeptical about whether or not stretching alone would able to fix this problem. However, judging by Feruzi's follow-up post, … Continue reading Feruzi Mwero’s blog: A rotated sacrum
Over the years, something my chiropractors mentioned to me from time to time was that my sacrum was rotated. It was rotated in relation to the lumbar spine above it: This is something I had trouble believing, or taking that seriously. I never really noticed myself having additional pain on the days they said my … Continue reading Rotation of the sacrum (aka sacral torsion)