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Do you have a constant feeling that some of your abdominal organs might fall out? Don’t worry - you’re not crazy. You may be suffering from pelvic organ prolapse. Pelvic organ prolapse is when the organs inside of your pelvic cavity descend into the vaginal vault and may even extend to the outside of your body. These organs may be your bladder, urethra, uterus, or rectum. This may sound like something from a zombie movie but one in five women in the United States are actually suffering from pelvic organ prolapse. What is the cause of pelvic organ prolapse? There are many causes for pelvic organ prolapse. The number one cause is pregnancy (labor and delivery, included). It can also be sparked by obesity, respiratory conditions (due to chronic coughing), pelvic cancers, or hysterectomies. Another cause can be chronic constipation due

Are you suffering from lower back, SI joint, hip, pelvic, or groin pain? The pelvis may be to blame if it’s not moving adequately all the way around. Your pelvis is made up of three bones fused together: the ilium, ischium, and pubis. It sandwiches your tailbone (sacrum) in the back and meets in the front at the pubic bone. It is common to feel pain in your lower back, sacroiliac joint, or even your hips or groin after pregnancy, childbirth, falls, injuries, car accidents, sports injuries, or postural changes.   Just because this type of pain is common - doesn’t mean you have to suffer through it! Justine Calderwood, holistic physical therapist, discusses pelvic mobility in relation to common areas of pain in the low back and sacrum. This information is for you. Whether you’re a woman or a man- If you’ve had

Let’s talk about Birth Trauma. I think this discussion is really important. There are a lot of women walking around with the effects of birth trauma that don’t even know it. I’ll bet they’re just barely getting by because of what trauma does to your body, your mind, and your spirit. I was one of those women. Barely getting by and trying my hardest to keep it together.  I’m lucky I kept searching until I found the answers and the help that I needed. It wasn’t until I was doing my course work to become a Certified Birth Healing Specialist with the Institute for Birth Healing under the instruction of Lynn Schulte, PT, that I came to the FULL realization that I had suffered trauma when giving birth to my second daughter.   That was 10 years ago. I know. It seems a

May 14, 2018 Monday. This marks the last week that I planned to commit to this blog, but I’m finding this to be a fun way to stay accountable to myself. I’m hoping someone will find it interesting, but if not, it was meant to help me, so I’m fine with whatever it is. This morning I get up at 4:15 when my alarm sounds. It’s easy this morning. I slept well, waking only briefly at 2:25 and falling back to sleep easily. I get ready for the gym and go downstairs to get my meditation spot set up. Someday, when our new addition is all complete, I will have my own space that I don’t have to create each morning. For now I get my diffuser going (Peppermint + Eucalyptus), spread down two blankets on the couch and grab a pillow.

May 7, 2019 Monday morning. I tossed and turned throughout the night, waking with dreams I can’t recall. I wake at 3:35 am and can’t fall back asleep, although I lie in bed until 4:13, right before my alarm sounds. I get up and get dressed and ready for the gym. Then I settle on the couch and pick out a meditation on YouTube. Today I pick a Guided Meditation to meet my spirit guides with The Honest Guys. It’s a powerful meditation as I connect with deceased loved ones and angels. I see my great grandma, Rick, Melon, Jeremy and several large guardian angels that I can’t make out faces on. After the guided meditation I just want to lie here, on my side in the fetal position. I choose some instrumental music and just soak up more healing energy. I

April 30, 2018 Monday morning. A fresh start to another week. Some people dread Mondays. Not me, I get excited about a fresh week, after spending weekends away from doing business. Well….that’s not 100% truthful, as my family knows. I sneak to my computer on Sunday afternoons or Saturday mornings to “do something quick” and sometimes end up sitting there for longer than I intended. But I’ve been being more intentional about this lately and making a point of keeping business to the weekday. It’s my increased commitment to my family and my marriage. This week I vow to eat healthier, make a commitment to get to the gym five times and start each morning with 20 minutes of meditation or other self-care. This morning I hop out of bed when my alarm goes off at 4:15. I change into my workout clothes,

The Road to Balance: Introduction to my Personal Fitness Journal by Justine Calderwood, MSPT This is my raw and real fitness journal. A little background on me: I’m trained as a physical therapist and what I’ve learned about sports and movement has either been through PT school, observation or my own trial and error. This is my journal of getting back in shape after starting my own business.I’ve gone through various stages of fitness in my life. I didn’t grow up playing sports. It wasn’t an option when I was in elementary school and junior high. In fact, I don’t even remember there being a push to play T-Ball or soccer or volleyball. I did gymnastics for a period of time, but didn’t do the organized sport scene.My backyard

Under Construction by Justine Calderwood, MSPT Ever feel like your life is under construction? Like everything is in an uproar?  Like things aren’t going right and you just want it to get back to normal? Maybe you’ve noticed that construction is necessary for progress.  Maybe you’ve noticed it’s accompanied by growth and healing.Let me share a story or two about construction and healing. ​My house has been under construction for the past month as we add on a family room.  This means there is a huge pile of dirt where they dug the foundation sitting RIGHT by the stairs we use to get to the main part of our house.  There’s a porta-potty just beyond that for the construction crew to use.   My parking spot has shifted