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So, you’re pregnant and you’re wondering if physical therapy is safe during pregnancy? The simple answer - yes! I know you’re probably thinking physical therapy is only for people that have sport or accident-related injuries. That is totally not true. Physical therapy can really be for anyone who’s just trying to figure out and learn how their body moves and functions. So, preparing for one of the biggest physical tolls that can be done to a woman’s body (aka birth) is a great opportunity to prep, stretch, and strengthen all the muscles that will be involved in the birthing process. But how exactly can physical therapy help you while you're pregnant? https://youtu.be/2IL4LHvgTDY 1. It can help with pregnancy-related pain You got it. We’re talking low back pain, SI joint pain, pelvic pain, and any symphysis pubic dysfunction. This also includes neck and head pain like migraines

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

Want to know my secret to easing chronic pain?   It’s this: a simple, 4” inflatable ball. It is the tool I recommend most often to release those tight, tense areas of the body. The real secret isn’t the ball itself, though. It’s what you DO when you’re using the ball that makes all the difference in the world.   As a holistic physical therapist, I give a small inflatable ball to every one of my patients day one when I see them. We’ve just finished with a through assessment of the strain patterns in their body and gentle hands-on Myofascial Release to address the tight, painful and tense areas. All this is accompanied by educating my new patient on what I see and feel in their body and why I’m doing what I’m doing.   While the ball is a tool to take care

  It’s that time of year when you may be gearing up to spend the holidays with family and friends. But what do you do if you’re in pain, either from a chronic condition or recently injured, and you need to travel?   Two things come to mind when I think about traveling for the holidays. One is getting to and from your destination, which may involve a long car drive, airplane travel or other public transportation. The other thing is what to consider when you arrive, since you may be staying with family, friends, or even in a hotel or rental home.   At the holidays, we pack up our car to head back to the Midwest to visit family. It’s a 15 hour drive to Iowa from our home in Colorado, and we usually make the trek in one day. I have

Easy Tips to Relieve Neck ​ ​and Upper Back Tension by Justine Calderwood, MSPT If you suffer from neck, shoulder or upper back pain or tension, try these tips and let me know what you think by leaving a comment below.  Use these easy tips to open up the chest, pectoral muscles and front of the neck, which are common culprits of neck and upper back tension, due to their role in maintaining an upright posture.     Shown is how to use a 4" diameter, small inflatable ball placed in the mid-thoracic spine, near the shoulder blade muscles, to perform a self-Myofascial Release to the chest, front of neck and shoulders.  After placing the ball in position, simply open your arms into a "T" or "Y" position to target different fibers of the pectoral muscles and fascia of the shoulders and chest.  Allow your body

             Self-Treatment for Lower Back Pain                                             By Justine Calderwood, PT, MSPTWhen it comes to low back pain, many people falsely believe that it stems solely from tight back muscles and/or tight hamstrings.  I have seen many people suffering from low back pain come into the clinic, and after checking their motion, find that they can bend forward and place their hands on the floor and their hamstring flexibility is normal.  These are people that have tried back stretches (such as hugging their knees to their chest, and/or stretching their hamstrings) without relief from their pain.​What is often over-looked is the role that the hips play in contributing to low back pain.  Tightness and soft-tissue