Welcome to Colorado Center for Physical Therapy
2329 West Main Street, #102, Littleton, CO 80120
Fax 303-797-8011

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Our Pledge to You

We consider it our duty as specialized healthcare professionals to study the most effective rehabilitation techniques through continuing education, and to skillfully apply what we learn for the best possible outcome. We recognize that when it comes to sharing patients with the doctor, when we are successful, the doctor is successful. We pledge to keep good channels of communication open, and to follow through with any special instructions that are given.

"Patients deserve detailed one-on-one personalized care, custom tailored to their individual needs"

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Our History

The Colorado Center for Physical Therapy is a family owned business that was established in 1990. Over the course of 23 years we carefully researched and hand-picked the best possible blend of healing approaches. These methods have been skillfully combined to become the hallmark for our success today.

We have a sound reputation for employing therapists that are at the top of their field. They are trained to understand their professional & ethical boundaries and will do what the referring doctor asks them to do. Because they maintain high skill levels and professionalism, people often pay cash or travel great distances for therapy sessions or classes at our facility.

At the Colorado Center for Physical Therapy, we can combine traditional Physical Therapy applications with select, time-tested natural health approaches. For example, our application of specific deep tissue muscle therapy (neuromuscular therapy) has proven to be a dynamic adjunct to our physical therapy approach. With it, we can effectively access and work important muscles and ligaments of the body that other therapists often mistreat or overlook. For example, we know how to safely access and manipulate critical low back and pelvic floor muscles such as the iliopsoas and the deep multifidi which serve as core stabilizing muscles of the spine. We routinely palpate and treat anterior neck structures such as the longus colli and capitis, scalenes and sternocleidomastoid to help restore normal neck curvature and effectively help whiplash patients. We also can expertly palpate and treat the most difficult to access TMJ muscles and ligaments to restore normal jaw function.

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Stages of Rehabilitation

We approach our patients with a deep understanding of ischemia, myofascial trigger points, and how connective tissue imbalances relate to postural distortion, dysfunctional biomechanics, and pain. The following information has served as our guideline for skillful rehabilitation and success. To achieve the best possible clinical outcome, we follow these stages of rehabilitation in order:

1. Eliminate Spasms and Hyper-contractions
This is achieved by applying a variety of physical, neuromuscular, and massage therapy modalities including teaching the diaphragmatic breath, Travell and Simons based trigger point therapy, myofascial release, joint mobilization, muscle energy techniques, hydrotherapy, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and more. These modalities are applied with the intention of reversing ischemic conditions by:

  • Reducing the amount of metabolic waste product buildup in the soft tissues
  • Increasing circulation
  • Increasing levels of oxygen to the soft tissues
  • Increasing the distribution of vital nutrients to the cells
  • Promoting relaxation

Wall chart for injury, spasm, and pain

2. Repattern the Involved Tissues
"Re-awakening the minds control over movement, flexibility, and health". Specific movement practices are taught to the patient and given as homework to restore functional, graceful movement, flexibility, and to improve muscle tone. These repatterning practices reduce the possibility of re-injury, help discourage dependency in the therapy setting, and serve as a basis for advanced core strength and flexibility training. Home based training and consistency is strongly emphasized to the patient during the rehabilitation process.

3. Restore the Length of the Injured Tissues
A variety of lengthening and stretching practices are given to the patient which work toward promoting normal length of muscle and other connective tissues. Stretching helps improve local circulation, helps improve joint range of motion, relieves postural stress, and helps provide a beneficial environment for healing to occur. Stretching also provides a "wringing out the washcloth" effect in muscles and associated soft tissues promoting a decrease in metabolic waste product buildup, and an increase in circulation. When applied consistently, stretching combined with the diaphragmatic breath, good nutrition, and sufficient hydration will help support optimal bodily functions on all levels.

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4. Strengthen Weak Muscles
Weak muscles can be easily identified by muscle strength testing and thorough postural analysis. Posture, flexibility and strength checkpoints are consistently imparted throughout the patients program to monitor progress, and insure success. Strength training, when applied skillfully, helps to resolve muscle imbalance, restore joint stability, and helps establish good posture. Outpatient and home strengthening techniques are carefully demonstrated and applied during the therapy program. Yoga based core strengthening techniques such as Pilates and Swiss Ball practices are often shared and blended with traditional strengthening approaches. We have also implemented state of the art spine strength and rehabilitation equipment that was developed in Finland and Germany which targets the core stabilizing muscles of the spine.

5. Aerobic Conditioning
Aerobic conditioning is necessary to restore endurance and to reduce the possibility of re-injury. Instruction on a variety of custom tailored aerobic and cardiovascular fitness approaches is given to the patient based on their individual interest and need. Modalities such as pool therapy and home exercise programs can be incorporated to achieve individualized conditioning goals. At the Colorado Center for Physical Therapy, we offer community core strength & fitness classes through our in house affiliate Motion On Mainstreet.

Our distinguished approach offers medical doctors a viable adjunct to pharmaceutical medication and surgery. In our experience, the steps outlined above work toward speeding up the healing process and promote better patient education, care, and management. Our goal is to remain on the leading edge and we look forward to the opportunity of providing the best possible services to you.

If our detailed rehabilitation approach speaks to you, please call us so that we can discuss any questions or concerns (303-797-0988). We are also interested in your area of expertise and how we can best support your practice.

We Can Help You Resolve

  • Back Pain
  • Headaches
  • Whiplash and Spinal Trauma
  • Joint Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Repetitive Motion Syndromes
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Tendonitis
  • TMJ Pain
  • Sports Injuries
  • Plantar Fascitis
  • Postural Distortions
  • Dysfunctional Biomechanics
  • Neuralgia
  • Visceral Problems

and much more . . .

Manage or Resolve Pain Related To:

  • Injury
  • Pelvic floor, Hip & Low Back Pain Syndromes
  • Neuromuscular Disease
  • Scoliosis
  • Chronic Musculo-skeletal Pain
  • Degenerative Joint Conditions

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