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
Hi everyone, Here's an email from the first person to give me permission to publish our communication since I put out my request a few weeks ago: Kerry. She's been suffering from SI joint dysfunction since she slipped on ice and fell last winter. (She also fractured her sacrum when she landed). Kerry and I … Continue reading Reader email: Kerry (“Why am I not getting better, even though I exercise?”)
I've had a bunch of people contact me for advice on painful SI joints recently... all of whom have said their SI joints don't lock up. I think this is so interesting, because for one thing, my recommendations to them tend to be a little bit different. But also, it really got me thinking... why, exactly, do … Continue reading Why do some people’s SI joints get stuck, when others’ don’t?
One of the questions people ask me pretty frequently is "how long did it take you to start feeling better?" The bittersweet answer to this question is that if I had known then what I know now, my recovery would not have taken nearly so long. What made it so excruciating-- and why I'm so … Continue reading My Recovery Timeline
Hi everyone-- When I started this blog a little over a year ago, I was feeling like I was in crisis mode with my SI joints. The problem had been going on for five years, and I was at the point of wondering whether I'd ever get better. When I began this blog, I was … Continue reading A way you can help my blogs (for free!).
As I mentioned in my post about developing a thorough stretching routine, part of the reason it took me so long to heal is that I didn't really have a proper space to do my land-based exercises and stretches. A lot of the exercises and stretches I knew I should be doing required me to … Continue reading My awesome stretching table
Hi everyone! The more and more I've been working on this blog, the more ideas have come to me for better ways to explain things. When I first limped into my chiropractor's office with my SI joint stuck all those years ago, I really appreciated the explanations he gave me using an anatomical model, so … Continue reading Finally, my own visual aides! (Some basic views of the SI joint).
I think that, as every day people, we sometimes use the words "sprain" and "strain" interchangeably. However, this article from the Mayo Clinic made me realize this concept might be worth clarifying. SI joint injuries generally involve a sprain of the ligaments that hold the joint together. A ligament is a "tough band of fibrous tissue" … Continue reading What’s the difference between a ligament sprain and a muscle/tendon strain?
I’ve had a few more really thought-provoking emails from readers recently. Thank you guys for sending them-- I think I get as much out of answering your questions as you do, because they really make me think!. Lately, I've been wondering how people feel when I urge them to try aquatic therapy. This is generally … Continue reading Let’s clear up some myths about aquatic therapy
So I was out and about getting ready for my Friday night, when I looked down and saw I published a post full of random emoticons by accident. SO embarrassing. Let me just say that the WordPress app makes it WAY too easy to accidentally publish from your phone. Since I can't unsend this to … Continue reading An accidental pocket post… thought I’d give you some updates!