Something I've really come to notice during my time with SI joint issues is the effect of my hormonal cycle on my ligaments. I saw a female pain specialist once who put it very plainly: I have extremely healthy women come into my office-- women who are runners, women who are training for marathons-- and sometimes it … Continue reading Powerful female hormones, injuries, and pain
In my last post I outlined some ideas from Neil Pearson on how to stress our bodies in positive ways, in the hopes of re-shaping the way we process pain. I continued my experiment at the gym last night, and I think I stumbled upon the beginnings of what something like that would feel like. … Continue reading A successful experiment with acute stress
I recently discovered this super thought-provoking article article from Neil Pearson on the positive effects of acute stress on the body. We normally think of stress in as the chronic, ongoing stress that continues for weeks on end, taking a toll on our body in the process. However, there are ways in which acute stress-- … Continue reading Neil Pearson on the benefits of acute stress
Update, Jan. 2018: Hi everyone– I’ve learned a ton since I wrote this post. Be sure to check out my other site, My Sacroiliac Joint Saga! And now, the original post: I've held off on writing this post until I was absolutely sure, but the time has come for me to make my official pronouncement. In … Continue reading The end of my SI joint problems is officially in sight.
Update, Jan. 2018: Hi everyone-- I've learned a ton since I wrote this post. Be sure to check out my other site, My Sacroiliac Joint Saga! And now, the original post: Normally, I tend not to share work-in-progress type posts. I don't like to take up everyone's time talking about something I'm … Continue reading Could my frequent chiropractor visits be making my SI joint problem worse?
One of the things I really admire about Neil Pearson's approach to chronic pain treatment is his optimism about our ability to re-train our nervous systems, once they've become sensitized to pain. Chronic pain is obviously not a cheerful topic. Those of us who've struggled with it know what it's like to come home from … Continue reading Neil Pearson: Blending Optimism and Scientific Evidence
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIraNEW_gdA I know I may have mentioned this once or twice before on my blog (or in like every post), but in case you missed it: Neil Pearson's work changed my life. It all started when I met a physical therapist who had studied with Neil. This physical therapist opened my eyes to a relatively … Continue reading Neil Pearson on Building Hope and Recovery
Update, Jan. 2018: Hi everyone– I’ve learned a ton since I wrote this post. Be sure to check out my other site, My Sacroiliac Joint Saga! And now, the original post: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7zQhxoTSWw In Part 1 of this series, I explained how the learning the “muscle energy technique” from my physical therapist Paula marked a turning point … Continue reading An Update on my Sacroiliac Joint Saga, Part 2
A few days ago, I went for a walk around this beautiful historical estate that's practically next to where I live now. I've been making some big changes in my life recently, and some of them have been pretty difficult. This park feels like home to me, so I went there to clear my head. … Continue reading I only understood myself…
This is a really well-written post on an important subject from The Sports Physio. It is by a physiotherapist, intended for other physiotherapists, but it was also really meaningful to me as a patient. (For my readers in the US, physiotherapist means the same thing as physical therapist). The author, Adam Meakins, talks about how … Continue reading Everything in moderation, even the best things