Hi everyone! You probably won't be surprised to hear that the question I'm asked the most is "what are your exercises?" I'm so sorry it's taken me so long to get up some of my own resources. I have been working on it, planning, and have actually shot a few practice videos at my gym … Continue reading 3 Things to Know about Pool Exercise
Hi everyone! For some reason this subject has come up a lot in my emails to readers recently, so I thought it was high time I give it its own post. *** At one point into my journey– I’d say it was probably about two years into the whole five year saga– I made an … Continue reading My experience seeing an orthopedist, and why I didn’t pursue lidocaine or cortisone injections
One of the questions people ask me pretty frequently is "how long did it take you to start feeling better?" The bittersweet answer to this question is that if I had known then what I know now, my recovery would not have taken nearly so long. What made it so excruciating-- and why I'm so … Continue reading My Recovery Timeline
Hey everyone, As you may know, I really swear by aquatic exercise. I think it can be a great way to get a workout without putting pressure on your joints, and the water also offers certain benefits that land-based exercise does not. However, I also know that a lot of people may be hesitant, or … Continue reading 5 myths about aquatic therapy: let’s clear them up!
Hi, all. As many of you know, I'm currently in the process of trying to come up with some better visual aides for you... which might possibly end up including videos...? (Gulp). As part of this process, I've been doing a little bit of research to try to figure out what's already out there, and … Continue reading How does the SI joint relate to other causes of low back pain? (Coordinated Health TV: Low Back Pain Part 1)
There are a few reasons I really enjoy getting emails from readers. For one thing, it means a lot to me to know the things I write are helping people. Additionally, when someone writes and tells me their specific situation, answering them really helps me to clarify my thoughts. Sometimes when I’m working on a … Continue reading The importance of pool exercise to my recovery
To my 11 faithful followers-- thank you so much for sticking by this blog, even though I've probably been bombarding you with far too many posts this week! Much of this blog is still a work in progress, and to an extent I'm still treating it as an open workbook where I post notes and … Continue reading The SI joint acts like a shock absorber (great article from Taylored Training and Fitness)
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 crossing … Continue reading Still stable/what we can heal from.
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. When … Continue reading Tight muscles can mimic SI joint dysfunction
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 reminds … Continue reading The SI joint is like a puzzle