What’s so awesome about aquatic therapy?

It’s a great way to build muscular strength without negatively impacting your SI joints. Basically, if you have an SI joint injury, you have likely sprained the ligaments that are supposed to hold the joint in place.   The only way around this is to build up enough muscle strength around the joint that yourContinue reading “What’s so awesome about aquatic therapy?”

The mattress that helped my SI joint issues

When my SI joints were at their worst, 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 hard to remember howContinue reading “The mattress that helped my SI joint issues”

So, it turns out I wasn’t crazy…

Hey everyone, I was just working on revamping the “My Story” page for this blog, and I ended up reflecting on one aspect of this saga which I really haven’t talked about as much: How totally and completely crazy I felt when I was first trying to get help for this problem. The first time one ofContinue reading “So, it turns out I wasn’t crazy…”

What is Prolotherapy? (and why I didn’t end up having it).

A reader asked me if I’d ever had prolotherapy yesterday, and since I’ve been meaning to write about it for a while, now seems like the right time to put this out there! What is prolotherapy? Prolotherapy is a relatively new form of treatment, meant to speed the healing of sprained ligaments. It involves anContinue reading “What is Prolotherapy? (and why I didn’t end up having it).”

In the Woods

So I tested my SI joints today in a way that I haven’t since I injured them: I went for a hike, not in my regular shoes, but in my actual winter boots.  They were still relatively new and had that just-out-of-the-box feeling– in other words, they were kind of stiff. And I pushed myself.Continue reading “In the Woods”

Still stable/what we can heal from.

Every time I write this, I’m afraid I’ll jinx myself. But my SI joints are still in place. They haven’t moved out of place since May (my first San Francisco trip). Since then, I have begun to do more and more. I’ve even run, at times, though it hasn’t been any more than a few strides crossingContinue reading “Still stable/what we can heal from.”

Tight muscles can mimic SI joint dysfunction

Now that my SI joints themselves are actually staying stable (thank God!) I can begin to identify other factors that may have been contributing to my pain, and causing my sense of being off-kilter, all along. What I’m referring to specifically in this post is tightness in the muscles of the lower back.   WhenContinue reading “Tight muscles can mimic SI joint dysfunction”

The SI joint is like a puzzle

For me, the process of figuring out my SI joints has had to be very intellectual.  The movement patterns of the sacroiliac joints are some of the most complex in the body.  It wasn’t a matter of simply doing my exercises and getting stronger, because this joint is like a puzzle. The SI joint remindsContinue reading “The SI joint is like a puzzle”