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Tai Chi for Health The practice of Tai Chi, and particularly the Tai Chi form, can offer many benefits for both body and mind.  The slower pace encourages the practitioner to be deliberate and precise in their movement, gently and slowly building muscle strength and control.  Whether one is looking to add a healthy practice to their routine, or actively looking to regain normal function after injury, Tai Chi is something that just about anybody can do.   Tai Chi Chuan translates as “grand ultimate fist,” and is an effective martial art.  This aspect of the practice is not attractive to every practitioner, but there are plenty of places offering a softer, modified approach that focuses primarily on the form, breathing exercises, and methods for achieving mental and bodily relaxation.  The practice of the form will gently work just about every part of your body through both small and large movements, varied stances, and rotational transitions.  One goal of the form is to find a sense of physical relaxation in the midst of movement.  Whether caused by stress or lack of awareness, the tension we hold in our bodies can lead to physical discomfort in many forms. Through mental awareness and consistent practice, one may hopefully achieve the ability to relax their bodies throughout their day, and therefore find a reduction in pain and discomfort. Initially, the most challenging aspect of the practice is learning and memorizing the proper movements of the form.  This intensely focuses the mind and is a good practice of concentration.  Students may find this period to be the most challenging, but the rewards of consistent practice are very rewarding.  Eventually, you don’t need to think your way through the movements, but let your body lead through muscle memory.  This is the point at which the Read More ..

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Click on the link to read Dr. St.Pierre’s input regarding Cupping Therapy for the Boulder Camera. http://www.dailycamera.com/top-sports/ci_30259705/cupping-method-not-painful-it-looks

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TREATMENTS Athletes Go For Gold With Red Spots Blazing August 8, 20164:31 PM ET CAROLYN BEANS Michael Phelps shows signs of cupping on his way to another gold medal in Rio de Janeiro. Al Bello/Getty Images Swimmer Michael Phelps won Olympic gold again Sunday while covered in red — red spots, roughly medal-size, all over his shoulders and back. The marks were the result of an ancient Eastern medicinal therapy known as cupping that is achieving new popularity among some athletes in the United States, including numerous Olympians. Cupping typically involves treating muscle pain and other ailments with cups that apply suction to skin. Cupping is often combined with other forms of alternative medicine, such as acupuncture and massage. “The practice itself is very old,” says Karyn Farrar, a physical therapist at Rehab 2 Perform in Frederick, Md. “In the past five to 10 years it’s becoming prominent in terms of physical therapists, athletic trainers and massage therapists [in the United States] using it more and more.” Farrar’s office treats five to 10 athletes — mostly high school and college students — with cupping each day. Farrar says cupping is like a reverse form of massage. Instead of applying pressure downward onto muscles, she says, “you’re using negative pressure to pull soft tissues apart” from the suction of the cup. “As you’re pulling, you’re also getting increased blood flow to the tissues.” She claims the practice decreases swelling in acute injuries and speeds up healing. The large red spots are caused by the bursting of small blood vessels near the skin. Farrar says she expects more athletes to ask about the treatment after seeing the very visible signs of its aftermath on some of this year’s Olympians. According to Ted Kaptchuk, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School who Read More ..

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August 1, 2016 ESP Sports Medicine Announces Mary Finck, PT, DPT Joins the Team As of July 19th, 2016 Dr. Eric St Pierre and the team at ESP Sports Medicine added physical therapist, Mary Finck, PT, DPT to staff. Dr. Finck has been a PT for seven years and is very passionate about working with individuals who have suffered trauma brain injury, and other neurological condition, strive toward achieving functional goals and improving quality of life.  She has five years of experience in the rehabilitation setting, including two years she spent at Craig Hospital working with individuals with brain and spinal cord injuries. Dr. Finck’s approach to physical therapy is to address functional limitations affect the individual’s life, with an emphasis on motor control and movement dysfunctions.  This approach allows patients to focus on individual goals and address issues that will benefit them for a lifetime. Dr. Finck has also worked with many patients who have had traumatic life altering events and is familiar with community resources to help these individuals. She has worked with several attorneys collaborating care for patients who have been in motor vehicle accidents.   Her speciality services include manual therapy, dry needling, vestibular & oculomotor therapy, neuromuscular facilitation techniques, balance and gait training. We welcome Dr. Finck to the team. Sincerely. Dr. Eric St Pierre, D.C.

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  Boulder has long been a hub of training, living and competing for triathletes of all levels, but until now it has not held an officially sanctioned Full Distance Ironman event. On August 3rd, Boulder will essentially shut down to accommodate the crowds, athletes and volunteers which will be a part of the Ironman experience. Boulder is home to many professional triathlete residents who take advantage of the altitude, sunny climate and athletic lifestyle we have here. The Boulder Ironman now becomes only the 10th full distance Ironman in the United States. I am a medical volunteer within the Main Medical Tent located downtown where we will assist anyone who is suffering or in need of medical treatment, regardless if they are an athlete, spectator, etc. Holding a full distance Ironman is a massive undertaking, especially within the city limits of a small location such as Boulder. Athletes will begin at the Boulder Reservoir, proceed to the riding portion throughout the Front Range and finish in downtown Boulder with the run. A full distance Ironman is a special event, showcasing some our most highly trained and quite honestly, “crazy” athletes. The commitment to their sport is unreal and absolutely pushes the human body to the edge. It’s an honor for me to be apart of the Medical Team and I anticipate an exciting, but very long day. My friends at Newton Running Company are main sponsors for the Ironman series. This past Thursday I met a good friend and athlete Apolo Ohno at the Boulder Running Company for a fundraiser in which participants ran in their “UNDIES”. We literally all ran in our underwear down Pearl St. for a 1.5 light run. Apolo is sponsored by Newton and Chocolate Milk and was making an appearance in support of the event. Read More ..

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USA HOUSE CHEERING ON THE MENS BOBSLED TEAM

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Locker Room Tour to the Iceberg Olympic Competition Ice Bike Tour from USA Housing to the Olympic Cafeteria