Why the core is your home base

Hey everyone, You may notice that I mention core strengthening in a lot of my posts. And I’m willing to bet that anyone out there who’s struggled with back pain has heard the term “core” a million times. But what are we really talking about here? There are a lot of different schools of thoughtContinue reading “Why the core is your home base”

Working the “foot core”

Hey everyone, Today I wanted to share with you a new concept I recently learned — that is, that the foot has a “core” group of muscles, just like our body overall has a core. And, just like you can increase the stability of your trunk by working the regular core, you can actually increaseContinue reading “Working the “foot core””

What hypermobile people can teach you

Hey everyone, So here’s a subject that’s been on my mind for a while.   As you may know, in the past year I’ve been learning, for the first time in my life, what it means to have a hypermobility spectrum disorder (also known as a connective tissue disorder).  If you have a hypermobility disorder, itContinue reading “What hypermobile people can teach you”

Let’s talk about SI Belts.

Hey everyone, A topic people ask me about pretty frequently is SI joint belts. These belts are meant to help stabilize the SI joints in place, so the ligaments and other tissues can heal. It’s important to remember that SI joint recovery is really individualized– what works for one person may not work for another.Continue reading “Let’s talk about SI Belts.”

Having enough muscle strength can change everything

Hey everyone, Every so often, I’ll get a few different people asking me the same question, in a short period of time.   Whenever that happens, and a lot of my readers seem to all be experiencing the same issue, I figure it’s time to get something up on the blog!  In the past weekContinue reading “Having enough muscle strength can change everything”

The function of a muscle spasm

Hey everyone, So now that my SI joints are stable, it’s letting me observe different patterns within my body that I wasn’t able to see sooner. When your SI joints are going out of alignment all the time, it’s hard to really see a pattern to it, or discern what your muscles might be doing.Continue reading “The function of a muscle spasm”

How walking on softer surfaces can reduce joint pain

Hi everyone! Today I wanted to talk to you about a little trick that I learned from my high-school running days. That trick is, in order to heal an injury (and also to prevent future injuries), try to do your exercise on a softer surface. I know that a lot of you might in painContinue reading “How walking on softer surfaces can reduce joint pain”

When you’re in it for the long haul: Isometric Exercises

Hi everyone! How are you all doing? 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 ways to help from home (most recently, making phone calls and doing outreach for GetUsPPE—Continue reading “When you’re in it for the long haul: Isometric Exercises”

Do’s and Don’ts for the Muscle Energy Technique

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 figureContinue reading “Do’s and Don’ts for the Muscle Energy Technique”

How often should you use 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 aContinue reading “How often should you use the Muscle Energy Technique?”