Helpers need Helpers

So, who takes care of me when I’m broken? Well, recently I strained my SI joints, pretty badly. Being pregnant produces a hormone called ‘relaxin‘ {we could all use more of that, don’t you think?} which helps loosen ligaments and soft tissue in preparation for birth. It makes over-stretching easier to do, which is exactly what I suspect happened.

I was already feeling my SI joints were off kilter, so in a recent yoga class, requested some focus there. And, boy did we focus! Tons of hip openers, in all directions, and direct pressure on the sacrum, made a bad thing worse. I over did it. A couple days later, I was barely walking,  unable to change positions, climb stairs, or  roll over in bed without severe pain. A bit of internet research revealed that indeed, pregnant women commonly experience either pelvic discomfort, or in my case, posterior pelvic pain/SI joint dysfunction.

Normally, I alternate between receiving either massage, acupuncture, and cranio-sacral therapy at least every other week {when I’m on top of it}  along with regular yoga, to keep my body happy. Now in a state of WTF, I wasn’t really sure what to do. Ironic, isn’t it? I’m regularly advocating for pain relief via  hydrotherapy [hot/cold therapy], arnica, epsom salt baths, and rest,  which take care of most injuries quite beautifully, yet none of which were giving me relief. So, I tried something different, because as they say, continuing to do the same thing and expect a different result is the definition of insanity!

I remembered a chiropractic colleague who specializes in pregnancy, so I gave her a call. Luckily she was able to see me the next day.  Her work is gentle and wise, and having also experienced this predicament herself, I felt like I was in the perfect hands.  I also got in for acupuncture that day. The next day {today!} I am about 85% better, meaning I can walk, roll over in bed, get up and down stairs and in general, perform my daily activities with much greater ease. I will get another CST treatment from Dr. Kaplan tomorrow, at her recommendation,  and I’m going to try ‘floating’ on Friday. I am so excited about that because I can’t for the life of me find a saline swimming pool in town, so this will give me the water experience I’m craving, plus it just sounds incredible.   Next week, another chiropractic visit, this time with my friend and colleague, Danielle Cornelius {since Jess is now on maternity leave}.

So, all of that being said and done, I am feeling so overwhelmingly blessed to have such gifted and giving practitioners in my circle, who really came through when I needed them! Normally I operate under the credo “Healer, Heal Thyself”, and in this case, my wise inner healer said, ‘You don’t know what your doing or what to do, go find someone who does!’ .  Hence, ‘helpers need helpers’!  Especially when in a new space {pregnancy, for me} or a time of transition, it is wise to listen to others recommendations and experiences. It builds trust in the ability to receive support, both internally and externally. Otherwise, how will we ever know of other possibilities for growth and healing if we don’t step outside ourselves every once in awhile? Bottom line, acute conditions require acute [extra] care!

For a list of my other helper-healers, visit my resources page.  Thank you helpers!!!



About Jamie Smith
doTERRA Wellness Advocate + OR LMT #16341+ CHHC


  1. Zia McCabe
    February 27, 2012 at 8:26 pm Reply

    I’m so glad you found the support and healing you needed.
    My gym in NW, LA fitness has a saltwater pool, for future reference.
    be well,

    • Jamie Smith
      February 27, 2012 at 8:31 pm Reply

      thanks, that is so good to know! i’ll check into it 🙂

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