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A few years ago, I think it was the week of Thanksgiving, I was cleaning the house getting ready for company and Scott, my husband was outside, working in the yard. He was moving big log rounds, bending over to pick them up then turning and tossing them to the side.
In the middle of one of these lift, turn and toss moments, he felt a little pop and immediately had excruciating pain at his low back. He hobbled inside, nearly in tears, and explained to me what happened. Everything around the area instantly seized up, he could barely move and for the next 3 days he was almost bed ridden.
The good news, is that he’s married to me, and I know a thing or two about the body. He was able to point to exactly where he felt the pop and what movements hurt, and I could tell that he probably sprained his SI joint.
Ok, here’s a slightly different story, but they’re kind of related. I have a friend named Melinda that has always complained about hip pain. When she describes it to me, it’s sometimes throbbing, sometimes feels tingly, sometimes is just a dull ache in her entire glute area. It all started years ago when she was pregnant, and has never really gone away - 20 years later! She has just been living with it. What I think Melinda is dealing with is sciatica.
Slightly different things - both can be excruciating pain at your low back, your hip, and even down your leg.
I’ve experienced SI Joint pain, and it’s horrible. You can’t sit without being in really bad pain. Needing to ride in the car for any amount of time is awful. And it ruins your life. You’re not able to be active like you want to be. You’re scared to move sometimes. Your motivation to do anything healthy goes down the drain. And the chronic stress of being in pain all the time really takes a toll.
If you’ve been confused and desperate, well you’re not at all alone.
A lot of this hip and low back pain go hand in hand, and many women I’ve trained through this issue didn’t realize what was actually the true source of their pain. They just felt achiness at their low back and occasionally deep hip pain and thought they might have a low back issue or even disc problems.
If this is sounding familiar to you, it’s because it’s the PSF framework that I talk about a lot. Posture, strength, flexibility. If you want to get rid of this pain, it’s not enough to just fix your posture, it’s not enough to stretch, it’s not enough to do a bunch a strengthening work. You have to have it all. But when you do it all, the issue and the pain seems to almost magically resolve.
The good news is that even if the sciatica issue is stemming from a bulging or herniated disc at your low back, these methods will help with that, too. I’ve literally seen MRI’s of herniated discs that have reduced to near normal levels with the right type of training.
It might seem like it, but it’s not a miracle… it’s good training that works.
All of this reminds me of Caroline, a mom that had been experiencing deep hip socket pain and tingling down her leg for years, ever since she had babies. When she was pregnant and through labor and delivery, her SI Joint relaxed and her sciatic nerve had a lot of pressure placed on it, and it never went back. She suffered with it for years.
It had gotten so bad that she couldn’t put her pants on without sitting down, just because she couldn’t stand on one leg the pain would be so bad.
But I want you to listen to this…
That’s so awesome, right? I’m only sharing that with you to let you know that there’s hope - you don’t have to suffer any more if this is something that’s been bothering you for a long time or even a short time.
Ok, to wrap up I always like to leave you with one simple action step that you can put into place TODAY. And if you have any of the kind of deep hip pain or low back pain that I’ve been describing, I don’t want you to feel like you have to do something big, and scary and drastic to get rid of it. Just start paying attention to your pelvis as you go about the day, and start looking into ways that you can begin strengthening your core like I mentioned. If you want something that’s EASY and removes all of the guesswork, just do my 5 Day Core Tune up with me - it’s entirely free and you have nothing to lose.
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