Physical Therapy & Chiropractic Blog


S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Jan 23, 2020
Starting a new year (a new decade!) is a great time to reassess and make plans. What do you want to accomplish this year? More importantly, how do you ensure that your momentum towards a goal doesn’t fizzle out February 1st ? Instead of making a general resolution like “This year I am going to be healthier” make a SMART goal! Here’s how:Specific: Clear and concise. What do I want to accomplish? When do I want to accomplish this? Why do I want to accomplish this? Examples: I will get a gym member… Read More

What are the differences between acupuncture and trigger point dry needling, or are they the same thing? This is a question that we at our clinic are often asked.AcupunctureAcupuncture is an ancient science and healing art that most authorities agree has been around about 5,000 to 7000 years. Acupuncture principles have been used successfully to treat both pain and dysfunction in the body by utilizing very slender needles placed in the skin in various locations that are known to affect a body pa… Read More

Have you ever thought about the wear and tear your body goes through on a daily basis? To me, being a chiropractic practitioner, this is an interesting thought. Like many of you, nearly every day my body experiences varying degrees of stress and strain, over and above the normal forces that our body must deal with, like gravity, for example. Even if you sit at a desk all day, there are still stresses and forces at work on a continual basis that our bodies must react to and withstand in order for… Read More

With our recent increase in winter weather the majority of the ski resorts have opened early this year! Before you hit the slopes let’s chat about a few of the most common winter sport injuries and how we can attempt to prevent them.KneesWe all have a friend (or are that friend) that has had a crazy fall that has resulted in a knee injury. Most commonly we see ACL, MCL or meniscus tears. Usually due to a fall from an awkward landing or your body going in a different direction than your boots. Al… Read More

Budgeting Our Calories

Nov 01, 2019
Just like with money we can become much more efficient by making decisions beforehand and then sticking with our plan the same can be done with our calories.When working to be as efficient with our money as possible we will often receive the recommendation to use a budget. For many this is a tedious, reactive process where they feel like they have to write down all of their expenses throughout the month so that they are able to track their expenditures and then report them to someone else. When … Read More

We see many patients in our practice at Arvada Sport and Spine Group who have communicated to us about things that they have attempted to do in order to help make their symptoms bearable. Some of these “self-help” methods used to address symptoms include things such as stretching, heat, ice, topical analgesics and others. These can be effective in a limited way if only to help the individual make the pain more tolerable until they can get to the chiropractor or physical therapist who can figure … Read More

Demand for alternative approaches to healthcare in the US is at the forefront of everyone’s mind these days. Between being the most expensive healthcare in the world, and dealing with things like the opioid crisis and how to navigate the Patient Protection and Affordable Car Act (PPACA), most people believe that we, as a nation, need to rethink how we do healthcare. The healthcare environment is beginning to change in the US. There are several reasons for the changes including addressing increa… Read More

Is stretching always the answer? We know there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for all our aches and pains, but how do we know if stretching will do more harm than good? First situation to consider is hypermobility. If we continue to stretch a joint that has increased laxity, we are creating more instability. The reason it may feel like tension is due to the body’s natural reaction to create stability by creating trigger points in the muscle. So really, if we have this hypermobility, we wil… Read More

Before the book bags and backpacks get heavy there are a few things to consider. The heaviness and position of a backpack matter! It can make or break your posture and health of your spine and shoulders.We live in a society with excessive smart phone use and too much sitting. We’re looking down in hunched positions all of the time (unless corrected). A heavy or poor backpack placement will only add to this problem. Wearing a loose backpack that sits near your low back can increase pressure on th… Read More

First of all what are NSAIDs? NSAIDs are Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs and are the most prescribed medication for treating pain and conditions like arthritis. Most people are familiar with over the counter NSAIDs such as Ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, and Motrin but there are many others. We meet new patients that use them so often that they refer to Ibuprofen as their “Vitamin I”. Many medical guidelines for treating acute injuries involve taking NSAIDs. Some NSAIDs you can buy over the co… Read More