Sports Chiropractic

cold laser therapy in denver

Cold Laser Treatment

We are still far away from hover boards, and time machines, but our advances in laser therapy to treat pain and injuries has come a long way. Our chiropractic clinic in Denver has the latest advancement in laser therapy. We utilize the MR4 Super Pulsed Laser.

This one piece of equipment utilizes a combination of 5 different therapies. It includes in one treatment, 1. A super pulsed laser, 2. Pulsed broad band infrared, 3. Pulsed red light, 4. Static Magnetic field, and 5. Electric stimulation. This is a very powerful combination, that is used to treat over 300 different conditions.

One of the coolest advances with cold laser equipment, is that it has TARGET technology. Which stands for Treatment Area Recognition and Guidance Enchanced Technology. We use the device to scan an area, and it recognizes areas of increased impedence. This is the area we treat. We pull the trigger, and therapy starts, once the impedence improves, the device stops therapy.

One of the big advantages of this type of cold laser therapy is how deep the laser can penetrate. The laser is able to reach 5 inches of tissue depth. This is amazing, and unique in that other modalities cannot achieve this reach.

Clinical effects of the 5 therapies include:

1. activation of RNA and DNA synthesis
2. increased cell metabolism in the form of ATP
3. improvement of microcirculation
4. reinforcement of collagen synthesis and reduced fibrous tissue formation
5. anti-inflammatory response
6. edema reduction
7. pain reduction
8. stimulation of T-cell production
9. increased levels of prostaglandin synthesis
10. gentle heating of surface tissue layer
11. acts upon receptors in the skin and reduces pain
12. microcirculation activation
13. stimulates epithelial cell growth and regeneration
14. reinforces laser penetration into target tissues
15. localized pain relief
16. reduction in swelling

Laser therapy can be a perfect adjunct to the visit to the chiropractor. I schedule 15-20 minute appointments that include any combination of services that we provide to ensure the most impact.

Laser therapy has over 4,000 clinical trials world wide to document the effects. It is used in over 3,000 hospitals, and used in over 10,000 private practices. It can be used on just about any part of the body, and it has relatively few contraindications.

Olympic athletes, the special forces, US major league soccer team, NBA & NFL players, National soccer team, and chronic pain sufferers all utilize the MR4 Super Pulsed Laser.

The laser can treat a multitude of conditions such as

1. acute, sub-acute, and chronic pain
2. back pain
3. neck pain
4. carpal tunnel symptoms
5. arthritis pain
6. fibromyalgia
7. ligament sprains
8. tendonitis
9. tennis elbow
10. soft tissue injuries
11. muscle strain

This is just a partial list of conditions that the cold laser treats. It is used to treat over 300 different conditions. Cold laser treatments range from 1 time per week for 5 weeks to 2-3 times per week for 6-15 weeks. The frequency of visits is determined by the magnitude of the condition. Treatment by the laser usually lasts between 5-15 minutes.

In Health,

Dr. Trent Artichoker MS, DC
Denver Chiropractic, LLC
3890 Federal Blvd Unit 1
Denver, CO 80211


chiropractor in denver who treats runners

Denver sports chiropractor, Dr. Trent Artichoker MS, DC evaluates, and treats runners using a multitude of modalities. A thorough evaluation to determine the cause will be followed up with the most appropriate healing technique. Services at Denver Chiropractic, LLC are spinal manipulation therapy, extremity manipulation therapy, electrotherapy, active release technique, ultrasound, Graston technique, dry needling, to treat soft tissue, kinesio tape (KT tape), trigger point therapy, G5 mechanical massage, moist heat, custom orthotics, muscle energy techniques, core stabilization exercises, nutrition guidance, and exercise recommendations.

Dr. Trent Artichoker MS, DC
Denver Chiropractic, LLC
3890 Federal Blvd Unit 1
Denver, CO 80211

303-455-2225 (BACK)

graston technique for back pain and neck pain

graston technique in denverOn the evolutionary time period of our healing methods, our modern day manual health solutions can actually be traced back thousands of years. From chiropractic to acupuncture, our ancestors have already paved the way of utilizing tools and hands on techniques to heal the body. For thousands of years, cultures have refined the art of manipulating the joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments with ancient tools, and now with modern day tools. One such ancient technique, such as gua sha, has been around longer than most of our family trees.

Gua sha is a Chinese term, literally meaning, “to scrape away fever”, and utilizes animal horns, ceramic spoons, and jade materials to scrape the skin. Although the Chinese used these primitive tools to combat a myriad of diseases from asthma to joint stiffness, we have now refined and evolved the technique to treat disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system.

One such technique that I commonly use in my clinic as a chiropractor in Denver, is the Graston Technique. The Graston Technique is similar to Gua Sha, as it utilizes tools to scrape the skin and tissue underneath the skin to achieve a desired clinical outcome.

The Graston Technique utilizes a set of six stainless steel tools that have been precisely machined for different areas of the body. The technique can only be applied by individuals that have gone through a formal educational certification process. Only Athletic Trainers, Sports Chiropractic Physicians, Medical Physicians, Occupational Therapists, Osteopaths, Physical Therapists, Podiatrists, licensed OT and PT assistants -who work under the auspices of previously mentioned professionals, are able to provide the Graston Technique.

The main outcome with the Graston Technique by a Denver sports chiropractor is to reduce scar tissue that has potentially built up over time. The instruments provide tactile feedback to the practitioner and patient, indicating areas of dysfunction. Treatments usually last several minutes per area, and frequency is usually 6-12 treatments, with 3-5 days between treatments.

The technique is used for a multitude of acute and chronic injuries; such as, neck pain, back pain, cervical sprain, cervical strain, lumbar sprain, lumbar strain, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, lateral epicondylitis, medial epicondylitis, rotator cuff tendinosis, patellofemoral disorder, Achilles tendonitis, fibromyalgia, scar tissue, trigger finger, shin splints, and it also helps people who have been in a Denver car accident.

Dr. Trent Artichoker MS, DC
Denver Chiropractic, LLC
3890 Federal Blvd Unit 1
Denver, CO 80211

303-455-2225 (BACK)


road bike
I would bet that Lance gets back pain at the peak of his back, which we call a spinal hinge.

I would bet that Lance gets back pain at the peak of his back, which we call a spinal hinge.

Colorado is home to some of the most amazing biking trails in the world. Our beautiful mountains, with pristine lakes and streams, create the most surreal backdrop for the avid outdoor enthusiast. Its lure is strong, and bikers know this all to well, and end up paying for it, which I call, “bikers back”.

I’m a chiropractor in Denver, and it is becoming quite easy to pick out the person who has a love for biking, just based on the shape of their back. Think about this, stay in one position for an extended period of time, and repeat the process over and over for years. What do get? You get muscle imbalances, and you get a change in normal ligament tension laxity ratios. You have created a system that is out of boundaries of the normal.

The body has an amazing capability of adapting to its circumstances. We place a high demand of strain on the back when we sustain certain postures for to long. Our Colorado bikers know this all to well. Biking for four hours straight has to have repercussions on the back. The back is literally stuck in a flexed position for far to long than it really wants. I have seen this same type of back with migrants who stand bent over in the fields for way to long. A Denver sports chiropractor can help alleviate the pain associated with this activity.

People with bikers back are easy to spot, because their upright posture looks like they are still on their bike. Biker backs loose their ability to extend the spine. Perhaps we should call this bikers syndrome, because the postural changes affect more than just their back. Some bikers do a great job of reversing this with exercise and chiropractic adjustments.

It is similar to upper cross syndrome, the head sticks out, your shoulders become rounded, the pectoral muscles become tight, psoas muscle undergoes contracture, the back extensor muscles become stretched out and weak, and many more imbalances. These imbalances not only affect muscles, but ligaments and joints as well. You can read more about this phenomenon called biomechanical creep, and hysteresis.

Once the system that surrounds the joints becomes imbalanced, the joint will not work at its optimal performance. This can lead to back pain, neck pain, head aches, predispose you to injuries, alter your breathing patterns, and even cause insomnia.

It is the yin and yang of life, your body is the currency that will pay for your habits. Want to ride a bike for four hours? If so, then you must follow the law of opposites, and do something that restores the extension in your mid back.

Sports chiropractic adjustments do wonders in this area. I have measured people’s height before and after adjustments, and they are always 3-7 mm taller after their adjustment. They also report that they can breathe easier and feel more upright.

I also like teaching people how to use the foam roll. The foam roll is a cylinder that you place on the ground, and roll around on. Foam rolls can usually be purchased at the chiropractor’s office, or at sporting good store.

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Some posture exercises will help, in particular, I like Bruggers exercise. You can do this while you are sitting. Look forward, sit tall, palms facing up resting on your thigh, externally rotate your shoulders, keep your shoulders down, and now squeeze your shoulder blades together, as if you were trying to hold a coin between the back of your shoulder blades. Hold this position for 20 seconds.

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Dr. Trent Artichoker MS, DC

Denver Chiropractic, LLC
3890 Federal Blvd Unit 1
Denver, CO 80211

303-455-2225 (BACK)

As Denver chiropractor I typically see various forms of neck and back pain. People that do come to the office for the aforementioned  usually see great results with chiropractic spinal manipulation and various forms of soft tissue therapy that allow them to function properly and eliminate the cause of their pain. Although chiropractors are known for helping with neck and back pain relief, we also play a special role in improving the performance of the athlete.

Just about every major professional sports team employs a sports chiropractor, along with the traditional staff including orthopedic surgeons, medical doctors, physical therapists, strength and conditioning specialist, athletic trainers, and massage therapists. Not only do sports teams employ chiropractors, but also elite entertainers that travel and need manual body care to help recover from performing.

I personally enjoy working with athletes, and in particular, I like being at their site of competition and provide care at their office, on the field. I have been lucky enough to work with a few elite professional athletes and see first hand how chiropractic has helped them with their performance, training, and injury recovery.

Proper and speedy injury recovery is crucial for the athlete, because without it, their competition is training to be better while they are nursing their wounds. The Denver sports chiropractor is thoroughly trained in neuromusculoskeletal evaluation and diagnosis. Besides injury evaluation, we also provide a unique role in treatment that has allowed us to maintain our niche in treating athletes, and that is chiropractic manipulative therapy.

When an injury does occur, typically more structures than just the injury site are affected. Pretend that you broke your wrist, and had to wear a cast for the bone to heal. How will use your hand without a full functioning wrist? You have to move your shoulder and elbow more to compensate for the lack of movement in the wrist. Although the injury occurred at the wrist, compensation patterns will develop that will affect the neck, upper back, and shoulder girdle that must be addressed.

Compensation patterns are no big surprise. If you stub your toe, and walk long enough, most likely your knee or your back will also start to hurt. So, ultimately, one injury could lead to other dysfunctional movement patterns. At the root of dysfunctional movement, is altered joint mechanics. This is the area that a sports chiropractor can influence and help speed the rate of recovery or improve movement performance in general.

What are joint mechanics? Have you ever had a bad strut, shock, or cv joint in your car? If not fixed, that part of your suspension will start to wear your tires unevenly, decrease gas efficiency, and other problems. The body is similar to the car. When a joint in your body is not working correctly other joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nervous tissue could be affected detrimentally. So, one of the chiropractor’s fortes is to improve joint mechanics through chiropractic manipulative therapy. With out proper joint mobility and stability, the athletes body will under perform and become inefficient.

Chiropractic adjustments improve joint motion!

Besides manipulating joints to improve mobility and stability throughout the body, I also like to evaluate the athletes overall function via a movement screen. The movement screen evaluates the overall mobility and stability of the body. In particular, I use Gray Cook’s Functional Movement Screen in combination with core stabilization exercises and key movement patterns.

So, as a Denver chiropractor, we are great fit to a team of professionals that can help the athlete stay safe, perform better, and recover from injuries faster.

Dr. Trent Artichoker MS, DC

Denver Chiropractic, LLC
3890 Federal Blvd Unit 1
Denver, CO 80211



denver sports chiropractor

Some of the most enjoyable experiences I have as a sports chiropractor are treating athletes at their competition site. It is truly an impacting moment when you are able to help the athlete perform at their maximum capacity, and even better when the athlete realizes that their improved performance was directly a result from chiropractic care.

Some of the absolute greatest athletes utilize chiropractic to improve their performance, and it is no secret that professional teams have full time doctors of chiropractic on their sidelines.

Every athlete can benefit!

Chiropractors come in many flavors, but a sports chiropractor is well versed in improving movement and stability. And of course, all athletics rely on perfected movement patterns that are grounded in stability.

Below is a link to an article about sports chiropractic and athletic performance from a former drug-free weight lifter now national author and speaker for health education.

Dr. Trent Artichoker MS, DC

Denver Chiropractic, LLC
3890 Federal Blvd Unit 1
Denver, CO 80211


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