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-- Honestly, I feel kinda bad that my exercise e-book is not out. Between my trip to the hospital this spring (and now also this fall) as well as all of the work that comes with putting a book together (formatting, legal issues, etc). it's taking quite a bit longer than I'd anticipated! I … 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
Hi everyone! As many of you know, I love getting emails from readers because they compel me to think about SI joint concepts in different ways, and come up with better ways of phrasing things than I might otherwise. I recently heard from a man who had been very active in things like running, rock … Continue reading Advice to a reader: running, rock climbing, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Hello, hello everyone! I wanted to check in with you about an issue that's come up many times in my emails with readers recently. This time, it's about an exercise not to do. What I'm talking about, specifically, is back extension. This is the term that refers to when you're bending your spine backwards. Back extension can … Continue reading An exercise you may want to avoid