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
Pregnancy can be painful - duh! No one needed to tell you that. Not only are you prepping for your new little one, but you have pregnancy pain to deal with. There are some pains that come with pregnancy that can be annoying. For example, those migraines that won’t go away or that heartburn - let’s not even talk about it! Other pains are located in your lower back, SI joint, tailbone, and/or pubic symphysis. Not to mention the overlying anxiety about delivery itself. Well, some of these pains can be subdued or even avoided altogether! 1. Pay attention to your day-to-day body movements Bend at the waist, avoid twisting, and evenly distribute your weight. How you move your body throughout the day should be something you pay close attention to. Picking up miscellaneous items around the house? Make sure you are using
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
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
Are you a mom who’s experienced the dreadful peeing accident during a workout? When simply coughing or sneezing? Or have you ever had a sudden loss of urine when trying to get to the restroom in time? I remember the first time this happened to me, shortly after giving birth to my first daughter more than 13 years ago. I was ashamed that I couldn’t even stop the flow of urine and peed my pants, right inside my home. My husband was sympathetic but I was so ashamed, and even worse, I was worried that it would happen again. What if it happened when I was out getting groceries or at a friend’s house? I started packing a change of clothes for baby AND ME inside the diaper bag. Things improved as my postpartum body healed, but the incontinence lingered long after
Winter is just around the corner here in Colorado. With that, you may be gearing up for all the fun winter sports, like skiing, snowboarding, hockey, and ice skating. Even if you’re not an avid winter sports fan, you will likely encounter ice sometime in your life. This is true whether you’re living in beautiful Colorado or somewhere else blessed with the changing of the seasons. With winter comes the chance of falling, even for those of us who play it safe and don’t partake in these types of winter sports. Chances are at some point in your life you’ve experienced a fall, whether it be missing a few steps on your stairs at home, stepping wrong off a curb, wiping out on your bike as a child (or on your mountain bike as an adult), a slip down a river
3 Tips to Relieve the Pain in Your Butt By Justine Calderwood, MSPT No, this isn’t a blog post on how to get rid of that irritating person that causes you so much grief in your life. This is a post about how to relieve that nagging, grating pain in your rump. You know, that one that aches when you are sitting, working at your computer. The one that causes a hot, poker sensation in your tush when you’re going up stairs. Or the ache that you get when you try to increase your running mileage. The one you just can’t ignore when you’re picking something up off the floor, standing in line at the grocery store, or trying to get comfortable so you can [finally] drift off to sleep. That’s the one.