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1. Check in with your breath. There are three primary ways to breathe: 1) with your diaphragm 2) with your belly 3) with the accessory muscles of your neck and shoulders. The most natural and relaxing way to breathe is Diaphragmatic Breathing, but most of us are using the other two, less effective, ways for oxygen exchange. When you breathe with your diaphragm, the intercostal muscles between the ribs do their proper job of helping the ribcage expand. As you inhale, the respiratory and pelvic diaphragms should move downward, like a piston, and with each exhale draw upward. This way of breathing fills your lungs and keeps the nervous system calm and happy. Unless you had a traumatic birth, you were likely born breathing with your diaphragm.  Breathing patterns can be changed over time through the following: During pregnancy, the liver, stomach, and

Got jaw pain? How about clicking or popping when you eat, yawn or talk? Jaw pain can stem from the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) and may be a source of pain, clicking, popping, clenching, grinding, or changes in your bite. TMJ dysfunction can even cause pain to spread to the ear, neck and head. While direct injuries to the TMJ can cause pain in the jaw, such as those from playing sports or accidents, there are other causes that you may not have considered. The pelvis plays a role because the whole spine, including the head (and ultimately the jaw,) are stacked on top of it. Therefore, a twist or shift at the pelvis can cause a shift all the way up. Extensive dental work, whiplash car accidents, surgery, birth trauma, and even suppressed emotions can also lend themselves to pain and dysfunction

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

I was talking with a healer friend of mine this morning about all juicy things related to healing, which means inevitably we talked about our own stuff. If you aren’t aware, a healer doesn’t actually heal you; they are simply someone to guide you so that you can heal yourself. In my experience that can only happen if the “healer” has done their own work. The inner journey isn’t the most important journey

Here are four easy tips to improve mobility and ease pain in the shoulder using self-Myofascial Release. A small inflatable ball can be used to release restrictions in the soft connective tissue surrounding the shoulders, shoulder blades and chest. Coupled with some gentle myofascial stretches, these tips can help you feel better and move easier again. Remember to listen to your body; don't force anything and stop if you feel like you need to.

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

Migraine Relief by Justine Calderwood, MSPT Got Migraines? Watch this video to discover how Specialized Physical Therapy in the form of Myofascial Release can give you the relief you've been searching for! If you've been suffering for longer than 6 weeks with migraine or headache pain, and are tired of missing work, hiding away for hours or days on end, and missing out on life with those you love