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By mountainhick
From Black Hawk, CO
Aug 4, 2013
I have had a back problem for 20-25 years, had PT a couple times, but never got resolved. I feel it has compromised my movement ability, and is sometimes just a literal pain. For other reasons my health insurance deductible has been met for the year and I'd like to take the opportunity to see someone who really can help a back such as mine. Looking for recommendations for PT/bodyworker in the Golden/Evergreen/Boulder/Denver area.

And, anyone gotten through seized up scarified muscle and postural imbalances through such work? What worked for you?

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By Erik W
From Bay Area, CA
Aug 4, 2013
North face of Ama Dablam - taken on approach to Kongma La.
Steve Melis @ Pro-Active does outstanding bodywork. He's over in Gunbarrel, which might be a bit far for you, but I definitely can say he rocks at fixing things via bodywork. Get ready for the pain.


pro-active-chiro.com/

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By BGreen
From Del Norte, CO
Aug 4, 2013
I have recently discovered the benefits of Rolfing. Nothing else was helping my problem and after one session it had shifted and changed for the better. Going for session 2 this week. Theory involves the entire connective tissue system as opposed to targeting the injured area. I would imagine there are a few good ones on the front range. However, its most likely not covered by insurance.

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By R P Finney
From Boulder, Colorado
Aug 4, 2013
Chris Downing - emeraldbodywise.com

He fixes athletes.

Be careful of PTs they are out for money first.

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By mountainhick
From Black Hawk, CO
Aug 4, 2013
Thanks for recommendations! websites for these providers say nothing about accepting health insurance, so I think they are out of the running. Advantage of PT, is covered by insurance and my deductible is already paid for 2013. In network PT provider won't cost me a cent.

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By ErikaNW
Aug 4, 2013
Rapping off the Matron October, 2010
R P Finney wrote:
Be careful of PTs they are out for money first.


Wow. Um...No. My average insurance reimbursement for a 60-minute visit (that is 60 minutes of hands on skilled therapy) is around $70. And a large percentage of that is going to clinic overhead. So, no, not exactly in it for the money. I spend most of my time teaching future PTs now at Regis University, and can tell you I have yet to meet a PT student (or a PT) who is out for money first. You must have had a bad (and unusual) experience.

As far as recommendations.....

Check out Patty McCord at Evergreen PT - she has a fellowship in manual therapy and is great.

evergreenptspecialists.com/hom...

Kim Bozich at Cactus Sport & Spine (Littleton) is also fantastic and teaches as an affiliate faculty at Regis.

cactussportandspine.com/staff....

All of the PTs at Waldron's Peak in Boulder are also top notch (looks like they also own Sirona PT in Golden - I do not have experience with them).

waldronspt.com/

Keep in mind that chronic LBP can be difficult to treat/manage, and you are not likely to find an overnight solution/cure for something you have struggled with for 20+ years. However, you should notice changes in a positive direction within 3 sessions, and if not, need to have a serious conversation with your health care provider (PT, DC, or whoever) about whether you are on the right path (they might need to change their working hypothesis).

Good luck!

Erika

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By Jeff G.
From Fort Collins
Aug 4, 2013
Nearing the end of Thank God Ledge.
bodywisept.com/

Laura at Body Wise in Boulder is amazing. She is a very skilled PT and she's a 5.12 climber and understands athletes and especially climbers.

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By mountainhick
From Black Hawk, CO
Aug 5, 2013
Thanks Erika and Jeff!

I had a disappointing experience with Sirona, I think I'll avoid that connection. Others look like potentially good leads


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By Jeff G.
From Fort Collins
Aug 7, 2013
Nearing the end of Thank God Ledge.
Hey Ben, I saw on your profile that you were with NOLS. Laura worked for NOLS for many years and was also a guide with Jackson Hole Mountain Guides in the Tetons. You probably know a lot of the same people.

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By mountainhick
From Black Hawk, CO
Aug 7, 2013
Jeff G. wrote:
Hey Ben, I saw on your profile that you were with NOLS. Laura worked for NOLS for many years and was also a guide with Jackson Hole Mountain Guides in the Tetons. You probably know a lot of the same people.


Sure enough! I saw her profile and figured it would be a good match. Have an appointment for next week

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