Helping Yourself to Pain Management – No Drugs Needed!

Posted: June 22, 2013 in Pain, Pain Management Techniques
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(NOTE: no compensation was received from any of the companies mentioned in this post. I am just sharing what helps ME with others.)

I’ve been having a particularly difficult time with my SI (sacroiliac) joint dysfunction pain.

I spend many sleepless nights laying on tennis balls (yes, you read that right) and a creation I made of dog toys – these separate the joint and ease the pinching of the nerves, or whatever is going on when the SI is out of whack. The pressure also temporarily turns off the nerve signals to the brain – or that’s what I ve been told by the therapists that introduced me to this technique.

But, telling you this is not my reason for the post.

This link is!!!  The guy, Gary Crowley, of is a GENIUS.

The info he has on his website is more valuable than paying for one massage (but not a replacement for a massage therapist, of course, IF you can afford it), far better than trekking to PT 3 times a week (his videos had me accomplishing FAR more than ANY PT ever had me do in the 16 yrs I’ve had my SI pain), and best of all, all the techniques can be done at 3 a.m.! All by yourself (or a really understanding and empathetic friend)! Anywhere!

Please – if you have muscular or joint pain – check out his site!!

He describes all the anatomy in easy-to-understand detail in short videos – and for those that don’t want to watch the videos, the text and pictures are there on the pages under the videos.

He covers many pain maladies from migraines to jaw pain,  SI joint pain (YAY! – even uses a tennis ball!!),  to testicle pain and toe pain.

All you need is a computer (which you have if you are reading this)

and your hands (I use a small ball as I have hand pain issues),

and a tennis ball , or TennisBall


dog toy ball/soft ball (like these






or heck,

even a rolled up pair of socks will help!!




I also use one of these TheraCane   — a TheraCane — to help me with some of the techniques.I just happened to have this in my closet for many years and figured that it would be a perfect adjunct for Gary’s pain relief maneuvers. And, it is!

The best of all  – Gary’s techniques – THEY WORK.

And, I get to get some sleep.

Hope this information helps even one person just a little bit!









  1. mum6kids says:

    Done this – it does work!
    Still need meds though.

    • Lori says:

      Yup – me too. When I just can’t get any relief with ice, Tiger Balm patches, my IF (interferential) unit or my meds, and I can’t sleep, I use these exercises.
      I do other exercises daily, but I have a genetic goof-up that causes my pain that all the “non-medical” interventions in the world just don’t take the pain away. I need to find an SI specialist – but, believe it or not, I can’t find a single doc that will take this problem seriously in the entire Boston area…
      Thanks for reading my blog and commenting!!

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