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What Do You do?

by Justine Calderwood, MSPT
It is a simple enough question:
“What do you do?”

Me: “I do Physical Therapy”.
Translation:

  • I help people who are in pain feel better. 
  • I help people who have limited mobility move easier (such as walking, hiking, getting out of bed, playing with kids, cycling, climbing stairs, reaching into overhead cupboards, getting out of a chair, running, walking in your home without holding onto furniture, squatting to get something off the floor, getting dressed, styling your hair….endless possibilities here).
  • I help people with poor balance get steady on their feet.  People who have come to rely on a cane or walker for walking.  People who find themselves reaching for furniture or walls to steady themselves in their house. People who simply don’t trust their balance when hiking or walking on uneven ground.
  • I help people who have painful or tight scars from surgery, trauma or injury to release the scar tissue that may be causing bizarre or seemingly-unrelated symptoms in their bodies.  Even the tiniest scar can have far-reaching effects into the body over time.  Have you ever pulled a weed from the ground, that from the surface looked small, but when you pulled it it was much longer, thicker and tougher than you expected?  
  • I help people who are tense and experiencing chronic fatigue relax deeply and increase their energy and overall well-being.  I help people who get massages, but feel that the effects don’t seem to last long for them.
  • I help people who have had past trauma, injuries, surgeries, or complex conditions learn about and understand the mind-body relationship and what they can do to help themselves.
  • I help people avoid surgery, injections and medications by using a whole-body approach to healing.  
“I also do Women’s Health Physical Therapy”

Translation:

  • I help women feel like women again; empowered, healthy and feeling great!
  • I help women who cross their legs when they sneeze, laugh or cough because they’re afraid they’ll leak.  
  • I help women who avoid jumping or running because of urinary incontinence.
  • I help women who are afraid to go out in public because they’re not sure when they’ll get the sudden urge to use the restroom….and are afraid they’ll have a urinary or fecal accident.
  • I help women who cannot have sexual intercourse because it’s too painful.
  • I help mothers after childbirth ease the pain and discomfort of painful episiotomy and C-section scars or tearing….no matter how long ago they gave birth.
  • I help women who have painful breast scars, following breast augmentation, breast reduction surgery or mastectomy.
  • I help women who have pain with sitting, lying down, or having a bowel movement because of tailbone pain (coccygeal pain).  
  • I help women with infertility problems by releasing fascial restrictions that may be present in the pelvis.
  • I help women relieve painful menstrual cycles, who may have adhesions or who suffer from endometriosis.
  • I help people with chronic back or hip pain that have tried various other treatments that have been unsuccessful or when they reach a plateau…who suspect that their pain may be stemming from the pelvic floor or other structures in the pelvis.

 
Additional Things I Do:

  • I listen to my patients.
  • I provide a private, safe and caring environment for true healing.
  • I offer guidance and education that is based on each individual’s needs.
  • I provide one-on-one, quality care.  The way I envision all healthcare providers should do.

How?  I rely on what I’ve learned in school, in continuing education courses and in specialized training, coupled with my experience over the past 15 years working as a physical therapist, meshed with my own healing journey and often in collaboration with a pool of other healing professionals. 

What I don’t do:

  • Fix people.  This means I will guide you, but everyone has a responsibility to do things to help themselves and be willing to do some work to get better, which includes using the information I offer.
  • Perform miracles.  Yes, it will take more than 1 treatment to get you all better.  Keep in mind how long it took you to get where you are, what your goals are, how complex or severe your symptoms are, and how willing you are to help yourself.  This all factors into how long it will take for you to feel better. While some people get some relief after one session, some people take a bit longer (3-6 sessions) to notice improvements.   
  • Prescribe a bunch of meaningless exercises.  
  • Judge or criticize.  
  • Expect more of my patients than I’m willing to do for myself.
  • Minimize people to labels (you are more than a diagnosis to me).
  • Force.  Treatment is gentle (yet highly effective), as I wait at soft tissue barriers for them to soften and release.  
​If you’re interested in physical therapy for yourself or a loved one, I offer individual, one-on-one treatment sessions as well as small-group self-care workshops.  Did you know that in Colorado you can see the physical therapist of your choice, without needing a referral from your doctor?  Click to inquire about cost and availability of private Physical Therapy.  To ask about the current self-care class schedule please email me at justine@healingspotpt.com or call 719.270.1123.  

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Justine Calderwood, PT, MSPT is the owner and physical therapist at The Healing Spot Physical Therapy, LLC in Woodland Park, CO.  She specializes in treating people with chronic and unresolved pain and conditions that haven’t responded to other forms of treatment.  Since 2002 she has been helping people just like you feel better and move easier, by providing hands-on therapy and educating people on what they can do at home to help themselves.  The Healing Spot Physical Therapy, LLC serves the communities of Woodland Park, Green Mountain Falls, Cascade, Manitou Springs, Colorado Springs, Divide, Florissant and Lake George, Colorado.  Call us for a free phone consultation!  719.270.1123

DISCLAIMER
The materials contained on this website are provided for general information and educational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice on any particular individual situation. Please see your Healing Spot Physical Therapist or other medical practitioner for full and individual consultation.  The information contained in this blog is not intended to diagnosis, cure, treat or prevent any disease.



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Justine Calderwood, MSPT is a holistic physical therapist who is passionate about helping women and men with chronic pain feel better and move easier to recover from trauma, injury, surgery and childbirth. She wants to help you discover the hidden clues to your physical pain, unravel the kinks, and guide you toward authentic healing, regardless of how long you’ve been suffering. Schedule a no-cost, no-obligation Discovery Session to see if Justine is the right fit for you as you strive for a happy, balanced, active life.

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