Hi everyone! How are you all doing? On a rare trip out... don't worry, the scarf is usually up around my face! Interesting times we're living in, to say the least. I haven't been on my blogs as much recently, because I've been pretty busy volunteering for the Covid-19 effort. I've been lucky to find … Continue reading When you’re in it for the long haul: Isometric Exercises
Hi everyone, One of the topics people ask me about most is the Muscle Energy Technique. Here are some things that come up *very* often. DON'T simply try things out because you found a video up on Youtube where someone shows one form of the Muscle Energy Technique. For the life of me, I cannot figure … Continue reading Do’s and Don’ts for the Muscle Energy Technique
Hi everyone! Here's a question I've seen come up pretty often, both in our SI Joint Discussion group, as well as in my emails from readers. So I thought I'd take a moment to write up an official post to answer this question. How often should you do the Muscle Energy Technique? There are a … Continue reading How often should you use the Muscle Energy Technique?
Hi everyone! This post was inspired by a conversation I had with a reader in our SI Joint Saga Discussion group. This reader asked for my thoughts on her new exercise plan from a physical therapist. She had SI joint issues as well as sciatica, which sent pain down into her hamstrings (the muscles in … Continue reading When should you take painkillers and push through pain?
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! Okay, so here's a topic that's come up pretty often with readers... and it's also one that's affected me personally. Many of you have written to me about strange popping sensations and/or pain in the front of your pelvis. Sometimes over the hip socket, and sometimes right by the pubic symphysis, which is … Continue reading How that scary snapping feeling in the front of your pelvis can actually come from tight muscles
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
Hi everyone! Here's a new concept I haven't written about as much yet. I find it really interesting, and I hope you will too! What I wanted to talk to you about is the SI joint's role in shock absorption. The SI joint is different from a lot of other joints in the body, in … Continue reading The SI Joint and Shock Absorption
Hi everyone-- I was sorting though old papers recently when I came across the original instructions my physical therapist Paula wrote out for me on the Muscle Energy Technique, back in 2014. A lot of people have asked me about her original instructions, as I've been running this blog. I think people want to know … Continue reading Proof that healing is possible
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