SI joint pain | Why your pelvis has everything to do with your chronic low back pain

SI Joint Pain and a Wiggly Pelvis: Could This Be The Cause of Your Low Back Pain Too?

I recently had a new patient in my clinic who was experiencing pain in her lower back. “Lisa” had just leaned down to pick up her toddler son, turned to grab something and…BOOM. The searing pain stopped her in her tracks.

 

She immediately gave me a call so we could start treating the problem and she could get back to her busy life.

 

After a few evaluations, I was able to determine the cause of the problem: SI Joint Dysfunction caused by Pelvic Girdle Instability.

So, my pelvis is wiggly?!

In simple terms, Lisa’s pelvis moves all over the place when she walks and therefore is unable to support her lower back and torso. And Lisa is not alone in this.

 

An unstable Pelvic Girdle (just think wiggly pelvis) is extremely common, especially among women who have given birth OR are currently pregnant — AND HERE’S WHY…

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Hips Have Heart: The powerful connection between your hips and your emotions

Hips That Have Heart: The Powerful Connection Between Your Hips and Your Emotions

What if I told you that that tight feeling you have across your hips (better known as cranky hips!) had more to do with your feelings than your daily activities or an old injury?

 

Sure, our lifestyles these days are a contributing factor:

 

We sit a lot.

We drive in cars a lot.

We spend time hunched over tech devices…A LOT.

 

And, yes these things can all cause tightness through the front of your body, including your hips.

 

But sometimes there’s more to the story…literally.

 

What if I told you that your hips are tight because of your emotions?

 

You might think I’m crazy, but read on, and you’ll see that there’s actually a HUGE connection between our emotional wellbeing and those chronically tight spots in your hips.

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Low Tox Living | How to Reduce the Chemicals in Your Life!

Low Tox Living: Top 3 Ways To Reduce Chemicals In Your Life

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Hi, I’m Sarah!

 

As a busy mum living in Sydney, Australia, I remember when I began investigating alternative natural ways to support my two young girls.

 

It was the times when they had a cough, when they needed to relax for bedtime, or when they needed a confidence boost when they were worried.

 

You know – natural, holistic kind of Mum stuff!

 

This investigation led me to using essential oils to support my family naturally – and it just made so much sense to me.

 

I made my own household cleaning products and body products (like bath salts, body scrubs, face creams, room sprays) – all out of natural, chemical-free products. I wondered where these amazing oils had been my whole life!

 

This led me down the path of becoming a qualified Aromatherapist so that I could guide other health seekers, and promote safe, ethical essential oil usage.

 

I was thirsty to learn everything about essential oils; from the plant extracts to chemistry (including anatomy, physiology, pathology) to the effective and safe use of them. As you may know, some are not safe for use in all situations – like ingesting them!

 

Today, I thought I would share how reducing toxic chemicals from within your home and your personal environment can be beneficial to not only YOUR health & wellness – but that of your family.

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Functional Movement - lunge

Is ‘Functional Movement’ Just Another Trendy Term? (or should you be doing it?!)

We’ve only got one body — so why not treat it well in everything we do, including moving it?

 

When we walk, run, play sports, lift weights, or just sit in front of the computer (umm, all day, every day), we should be tuning in to how we use our muscles — for optimal functioning in healthy, efficient and pain-free movement.

 

Consider this: if any part of your body is experiencing pain, it’s pretty likely that some element of your body’s functional movement system (which I refer to as myofascial slings) has been compromised.

 

This may manifest as:

  • weakness/decreased strength
  • muscle imbalance
  • poor functioning joint
  • decreased flexibility

 

And it doesn’t matter whether one or more of these show up in your ankles, hips, pelvis, knees, back, shoulders, neck or the classic “pain in the butt”…the whole body has been cleverly designed like a complex chain link system that works for you to move with biomechanical efficiency.

 

(At least that’s the idea!)

 

That’s why the term ‘functional movement’ – which I prefer to expand that to holistic and functional movement isn’t just a trendy exercise term du jour.

 

It’s a body movement concept that everyone needs in their everyday repertoire!

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5 Foods That Fight Pain & Inflammation

Top 5 Pain & Inflammation Fighting Foods

You’ve probably heard chronic inflammation is the root cause of most disease. But what does that really mean?

Inflammation is the body’s natural and healthy response to injury, illness, and infection. Think about the fever, pain, redness, and swelling that can accompany a cut, burn, or the common cold – that’s acute inflammation.

It’s your body’s way of fighting viruses and promoting healing.

However, an unhealthy lifestyle stemming from things like poor diet, stress, and lack of sleep can create low-level, ongoing inflammation on the cellular level.

This type of inflammation affects all body systems and, left untreated, is believed to be the underlying cause of serious illness, such as heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and cancer.

You may not even know this kind of inflammation is occurring until you’re dealing with pain in your body or perhaps a diagnosis of a new illness.

Foods That Truly Are Like Medicine

The good news is that your diet is one of the most powerful tools you have that can boost your immune system and fight the fires of inflammation in your body.

Even better news though…if you’re currently dealing with chronic pain, such as arthritis or healing from a recent injury, the foods you eat may be able to provide some relief, naturally.

Be aware that some foods can promote inflammation in the body, and you’ll want to minimise or steer clear of those all-together.

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7 Best Stretches for Chronic Pain & Discomfort | Emma Simpson Structural Integrator

In Pain? There’s a Stretch for That – 7 of Them!

I love my job. I really do.

I love that I can help people achieve pain-free routines, and sustain active healthy lives. When a client comes to see me, I consider it a sincere privilege to help them find relief and more simply – to move better.

But I do have my limitations…

Truthbomb: as a Structural Integrator and Massage Therapist, there’s only so much I can do.

There’s only so many times I can treat each individual client each week. Not to mention that I can’t follow them around all week in between our appointments to make sure they’re watching their posture or lifting that big heavy object properly.

Pain management, especially that for long-standing, chronic pain – is a joint venture between the patient and practitioner. When my clients “do their homework”, their results are much better and long-lasting.

This is why I frequently assign clients take-home strengthening exercises and stretching routines. These exercises help them manage their discomfort in between appointments AND also minimize the likelihood of an injury recurring.

 

Some of the most common issues I treat are:

  • low back pain
  • tight neck and shoulders
  • sciatica
  • tight pectorals
  • tight hips
  • TMJ pain (jaw pain)

 

And the good news is that I have an exercise or stretch to help with each and every one of these conditions.

Ready to live with less pain and move more freely? I thought so!

Here are 7 stretches for every area of your body that you might be experiencing pain in.

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Why the “No Pain, No Gain” Concept is Complete Crap!

My client was in to see me recently and told me about some knee pain she experienced in her last run.

 

While she was running, she felt a sharp twinge toward the outside of her knee. The twinge turned into a burn and by the time she saw me — a stabbing pain.

 

“Did you stop?” I asked her.

“No way. I’m training for a marathon, so I can’t. No pain, no gain, right?” she said.

 

I hated to differ with her, but no…wrong. All wrong.

 

We’ve been conditioned to think we need to push through pain in order to be successful – in so many areas of our life and of our health.

 

And while it’s normal to experience some strain and discomfort during exercise or even in our day-to-day life, pain should never be ignored.

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Sciatica: How to Get Rid of That Pain in Your Butt!

Sciatica: How to Get Rid of The Pain in Your Butt

Carol came to see me after returning from her most recent vacation. While she looked lovely and tanned, she was also in a great deal of pain.

She and her husband had gone on a road trip and the long hours spent sitting in the car had wreaked havoc on her back.

When I asked her about the pain, she described it as being “a sharp pain that starts at the top of her butt and goes right down her leg”.

I knew what it was right away – and it’s quite literally a pain in the butt.

SCIATICA.

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What are triggers points and myofascial pain syndrome?

Trigger Points & Myofascial Pain Syndrome

TRIGGER POINTS (TrP’s) are actually very common and can occur within any muscle of the body. Patients of mine who have trigger points often report persistent, chronic pain that results in a decreased range of motion of that particular muscle.

 

The most common muscles affected are in the head and neck area, which can lead to symptoms such as headaches, jaw pain, ringing in the ear(s), and even eye pain.

 

“The daily clinical experience of thousands of massage therapists, physical therapists, and physicians strongly indicates that most of our common aches and pains — and many other puzzling physical complaints are actually caused by trigger points, or small contraction knots, in the muscles of the body.” ~ Clair Davies

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