Integrative Spinal Research (a collaboration between chiropractors and mainstream medicine!).

Hi everyone!  So… this is really cool. You know how I’ve been saying for a while that I think the chiropractic profession has something to offer, but I wish they were more closely aligned with mainstream medicine? Well… here is a great example of exactly that.  (This is another post that’s for me and for you, asContinue reading “Integrative Spinal Research (a collaboration between chiropractors and mainstream medicine!).”

Moving forward//where do I go from here?

I love this photo so much.  I first found it a few years ago, and used it in one of my posts about pain neurophysiology education (which I hope to eventually talk about on this blog, as well!). And it’s really speaking to me now, in the aftermath of what happened a week and aContinue reading “Moving forward//where do I go from here?”

SI Joint Injections, Part 1: Lidocaine

Hi everyone! Here’s a subject that’s been coming up a lot recently, which I always take as a sign it’s time to get an official post up! What I wanted to talk to you about today is the topic of lidocaine and cortisone injections for the SI joints. These are the injections that a specialist,Continue reading “SI Joint Injections, Part 1: Lidocaine”

Creating my own visual aides! (Some basic views of the SI joint).

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, soContinue reading “Creating my own visual aides! (Some basic views of the SI joint).”

How I healed my SI joints without surgery

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”

How SI joint dysfunction can affect the rest of your body

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 isn’t meant to move a ton compared to other joints in theContinue reading “How SI joint dysfunction can affect the rest of your body”

Key Point #7: Learning to Adjust My Own SI Joints

Another major way my physical therapist Paula helped me was by teaching me to adjust my own SI joints. The general name for the type of adjustment she taught me to use is called Muscle Energy Technique, or MET. Essentially, the Muscle Energy Technique allows you to correct a forward or backward rotation of theContinue reading “Key Point #7: Learning to Adjust My Own SI Joints”

Key Point #6: When someone finally told me only one SI joint could lock up at a time

This is probably one of the most frustrating parts of this whole journey to look back on. The first time one of my SI joints ever locked up, it was a terrifying experience.  All of a sudden, for no reason I could understand, I could barely lift one of my legs.  It was as thoughContinue reading “Key Point #6: When someone finally told me only one SI joint could lock up at a time”