Hi everyone, So this post picks up where my last post left off... where a doctor told me, at age 19, that I needed to "always keep your muscles strong... or else you're going to have a very difficult life." I didn't understand what he meant, didn't understand that sorrowful, grave look on his face. … Continue reading Strengthening, hypermobility, and “why you need to always keep your muscles strong”
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! So... our SI Joint Discussion Group has been going really well (be sure to check it out, if you haven't already!). However, a few of our recent conversations have made me realize I really need to write one of the posts I've been meaning to write for a while, on some of the genetic conditions … Continue reading Genetic conditions that can cause SIJD
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
Hi everyone! So... this is really cool. You know how I've been saying for a while that I think the chiropractic profession has something to offer, but I wish they were more closely aligned with mainstream medicine? Well... here is a great example of exactly that. (This is another post that's for me and for you, as … Continue reading Integrative Spinal Research (a collaboration between chiropractors and mainstream medicine!).
Hi everyone! I've just discovered the most moving and informative story of one woman's four-year quest to resolve debilitating pelvic pain. It's from Megan McGorry, and her blog is Mermaid's Reel. There are SO many reasons why I wanted to share this with you. Really, her post speaks for herself. But for the purposes of … Continue reading Megan’s Story: “Not Interstitial Cystitis, PNE, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, or Vulvodynia, but an Orthopedic Hip Injury?”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWS1DFOZvWg Hi everyone! I just discovered Dr. Chris Sovey's Youtube channel. He is a physical therapist who owns his own practice, Healthy Consumer Physical Therapy. This is a really interesting video on what happens to the SI joints when you sit. As he points out, the advice in his video is for educational purposes only. … Continue reading A physical therapist explains how to minimize SI joint pain while sitting
Hi everyone! Today I wanted to talk to you about another concept I find really interesting, which is how the alignment of our SI joints affects the efficiency of our movements. What is movement efficiency? When you move efficiently, this means you're performing various motions in a smooth, coordinated way, which allows you to achieve … Continue reading How the SI Joint affects Movement Efficiency
I love this photo so much. I first found it a few years ago, and used it in one of my posts about pain neurophysiology education (which I hope to eventually talk about on this blog, as well!). And it's really speaking to me now, in the aftermath of what happened a week and a … Continue reading Moving forward//where do I go from here?