Hi everyone! I’ve noticed that a certain theme has been coming up a lot lately among some of my readers-- both in our Facebook discussion group, and right here on my blog. And that topic is how the brain can affect the SI joint-- by how it regulates things like our muscles, posture, and breathing.. … Continue reading The SI joint and…the brain?!
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?
Hello hello everyone! In this post I wanted to clarify another concept readers often ask me about. If you've read through my story, you probably know that a big turning point in my healing came in the summer of 2016. I had been struggling with SI joint dysfunction for five years at that point, and it … Continue reading Why I switched from chiropractor visits to the Muscle Energy Technique (and finally got better!).
Hi everyone! As you may know, one of the treatments people often consider for SI joint dysfunction is prolotherapy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NsgU4FVYOA Prolotherapy is a relatively new, and still somewhat experimental, treatment to try to help ligaments heal. It can be used on any injured joint, not just the SI joints. Basically, a physician injects a solution … Continue reading Julie’s success with prolotherapy 🙂
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! Wow... it's been a minute, since my last post. As some of you know, I've really been struggling a potential diagnosis of something called mast cell activation syndrome (it's too soon to say for sure whether I have it or not). It's been a pretty difficult month for me, so I'm excited to … Continue reading Reader question: Can you heal the SI joints without treating loose ligaments?
Hi everyone! So... scientific studies regarding SI joint dysfunction have really been on my mind recently. I've seen too many people on social media (and also met one doctor in person) making generalized statements about how SI joint dysfunction isn't a real thing. That the SI joint doesn't move (at all). That it's virtually … Continue reading Lumbar fusion and SI joint dysfunction
Okay, so. I'm not going to start this post out with my normal "Hi, everyone!" because I'm not feeling cheerful right now. I'm annoyed. I just went on Twitter and saw, for what feels like the hundredth time, someone claiming that SI joint dysfunction isn't a real thing. Originally, I wanted to screenshot the tweet … Continue reading When people claim SI joint dysfunction isn’t real
Hi everyone! So... my goal with this blog is to provide you guys with as much accurate information as possible. I share, from a patient perspective, the information that has helped me, across the course of my various meetings with doctors, chiropractors, and physical therapists. And I want to be clear about the fact that … Continue reading My meeting with a spine specialist who doesn’t believe in SI joint dysfunction.
Hello everyone! In this post, I wanted to follow up on a super fascinating concept that my new PT, David, and I talked about in my first appointment. It's the concept of a neurotag. Basically, a "neurotag" refers to your brain's coding language for a certain type of memory or experience. As I explained in … Continue reading Pain Neurotags: how the nervous system protects us from injury