• BUILD TOGETHER

    By Jessica / February 16, 2018
  • THREE SIMPLE SELF-CARE TIPS FOR RUNNERS

    By Larry / April 12, 2018
  • TEN THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE RUNNING BOLDERBOULDER

    By Jessica / April 12, 2018
  • 5 FAQS ABOUT COLD LASER TREATMENT

    By Jessica / April 2, 2018
  • BUILD TOGETHER

    By Jessica / February 16, 2018

    Jessica lives in Louisville with her husband, Jon, and their two kiddos, Liam (4), and Cora (18-months). Jessica has a deep appreciation for lifelong learning, Boulder Canyon Potato Chips, and her patients—not in that order. As someone who thrives on human connection and physical activity, her path to becoming a Doctorate of Physical Therapy was quite clear.

    INTERVIEWER: Let’s start with all the generic questions: Where did you grow up? How many siblings do you have? What’s your favorite color?

    JESS: I was born in Boulder but grew up in Nederland. I’m the oldest of four kids; all widely spaced apart. We grew up outside of town on 25-acres. It was a pretty cool experience. Oh, and my favorite colors are green and blue, equally!

    I: Awesome, me too. So, you’re a total mountain woman. What kind of trouble would you and your siblings get into? Cow-tipping?

    J: (Laughs) No, there were no cows. There were mountain lions though! We would ride our bikes in the woods, (not get eaten by mountain lions), climb trees, and we had a body of water 50 feet from our house, so we would go catch salamanders and snakes. It was ideal.

    I: Sounds ideal, for sure. Before we started this interview, you mentioned …
    that you played sports in high school. Were they a big part of your life?

    J: If you go to a small school like I did, (my graduating class was 37 people), you are pretty much required to play all the sports if you have any athletic ability whatsoever.

    I: Which ones did you get involved in? Besides all of them?

    J: I was actually a competitive gymnast down in Boulder for a long time, starting in early elementary school up until my freshman year of high school. When I got to high school I played soccer—and basketball—believe it or not!

    THESE DAYS, JESSICA ALSO ENJOYS THE CASUAL YOGA POSE IN BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPES.

    I: What was your path like after graduating?

    J: I went to Colorado University (CU), did a pre-med Integrated Physiology program, and then took a few years off. I got a job at a PT clinic mainly because I was a patient there, and started doing some shadowing of a therapist.

    I: How did that turn into a job?

    J: One day, the owner came up to me and said, “you’re here a lot, do you want a job?” I became an aide, got to know the therapy staff really well, and became a pilates instructor. During that time, I was really able to define my interests, and confirm that PT was what I wanted to do. I applied to a PT school in New York and got in.

    Oh wow, New York must’ve been quite the change.

    Yeah, it was another small town though, which was nice, especially after CU which was such a big school. It was called Clarkson University—which I had never heard of—I was actually supposed to go to Northeastern in Boston—but after accepting, I decided at the last minute that it wasn’t really the place for me. I had found this other program at Clarkson through the woman I was working for as a PT aide. She told me about the University’s hands on, problem-based learning, which appealed to me.

    It wasn’t the typical cram-your-brain-take-a-test structure?

    Exactly. Going to class from 8 – 5 and then going home to study until midnight did not sound like the right learning model for me.

    Me either. After you crushed it at Clarkson, then what did you do?

    I came back to Colorado. My boyfriend at the time, (now husband), had proposed and I missed home. I got a job at a pretty well known facility that was a high-volume clinic. We focused on the numbers and I would see a lot of people; which was great from an experience perspective. We worked very closely with an orthopedic surgery group so we saw all their patients, but it was such a burnout for me. I was miserable.

    JESSICA AND THE FAM, PICTURED DURING HAPPIER TIMES.

    Sounds like the opposite of what you were going for at Clarkson.

    Yeah, I would come home with three hours worth of notes after I’d seen 18 people, and in my mind, you just can’t develop relationships or treat effectively like that. It’s not the way I ever want to treat someone. After that, I got a job at a clinic with one-hour-visits. It was nice to slow down.

    How’d you team up with Larry?

    Larry and I are neighbors actually, and we went to the American Physical Therapy Association Meeting together. He was starting his own thing (Build Labs PT) and I said I was very interested in getting involved.

    You and Larry both have a very strong passion for knowledge; is that why there’s so much equipment for Build Labs PT?

    Yes, we are first and foremost physical therapists but we’re also a niche practice with biomechanics training. We can use electromyography (EMG), where a censor is hooked up to the muscle and reads its activity for feedback during the exercise, or, we can use these eight cameras (gestures to all eight cameras) to hone in on details that might be more in the 3D plane.

    COOL TECHNOLOGICAL STUFF

    What is this practice all about you for?

    For me, it’s about working with people. I’m a people person and I thrive on connection. I also want to empower my patients—I know what it’s like to be injured. I know it feels good to have someone on your side, saying, ‘this is going to get better.’

    How does that pertain to the people of Louisville?

    Whether someone wants to stay competitive, keep up with their kids, run in the next Louisville race and be satisfied with their results, or just maintain their active Colorado lifestyle. All of the things I want for myself, I want for everyone else: a pain free, active, passionate life.

  • 5 FAQS ABOUT COLD LASER TREATMENT

    By Jessica / April 2, 2018

    1. WAIT, IS IT COLD?
    Nope, it’s hot—but painless—and it feels pretty lovely.

    2. HOW DOES IT WORK?
    In layman’s terms: cold laser treatment (also known as light therapy laser treatment) stimulates healing on a cellular level by promoting blood flow. Think of it as a boost to your cell’s metabolism for accelerated healing.

    3. SO, WHAT TYPES OF INJURIES CAN THE LASER HELP WITH?
    Let us count the ways:

    Joint pain
    Back pain
    Migraines
    Inflammation
    Lumbar and sciatic pain
    Wrist pain
    Foot and ankle pain
    Accelerated recovery and healing
    Hamstring tear
    Arthritis
    Shinsplints
    Post-race recovery

    4. OKAY, I’M LISTENING…HOW MUCH IS IT?
    Regular price is $200 for five sessions, but we’re extending our Grand Opening Special price, which is $150 for five sessions. Insert applause here.

    5. HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE? WHEN CAN I SCHEDULE?
    Sessions typically last 6 – 10 minutes, and we recommend all five sessions for best results. You can schedule right now! Call us at (720) 710 8136. We’re usually pretty nice.

  • THREE SIMPLE SELF-CARE TIPS FOR RUNNERS

    By Larry / April 12, 2018

    1) MITIGATE INFLAMMATION
    2) SLEEP
    3) PERFECT YOUR FORM

    MITIGATE INFLAMMATION
    A common mistake among athletes in-training is going too hard for too long. We get it, we’re competitive athletes who thrive on endorphins and the challenge. But here’s the thing – rest and recovery are essential parts of performance. Ignore them at your peril. A few simple actions can help aid recovery: 1) increase your water intake and maintain your electrolyte balance; 2) eat your fruits and vegetables (can you hear Mom?); 3) turmeric – use supplements and add it in your diet; 4) Cold Laser Therapy (see the blog post on this one; it’s well worth the read.
    http://buildyou.co/2018/04/02/five-faqs-about-cold-laser-treatment/

    SLEEP
    Studies have found that your central nervous system recharges in your sleep. So, if you’re sleep deprived, your balance and coordination are likely to be off. Listen to your body (and Mom, back in the day). Get to bed! Oh, one more thing – getting up at a consistent time also helps regulate your sleep cycle and improve the quality of rest.

    Now, eat your greens … and your breakfast.

    PERFECT YOUR FORM
    Chances are, no one taught you how to run when you were a kid. As children, running is/was as intuitive as our need to climb trees and eat sweets. But, we know that not all running gaits are created equal, and many of us have imbalances we are not even aware. Moreover, these imbalances can and often do hurt runners of all kinds.

    Solution – work with a pro, and get a proper diagnosis of your stride, foot strike and running gait. If you are one of the many unfortunates an issue, some good advice based on advanced biomechanical knowledge can get back on track. For what it’s worth, Jess can help a lot in this department.

  • TEN THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE RUNNING BOLDERBOULDER

    By Jessica / April 12, 2018

    1. THIS 40-YEAR OLD TRADITION ATTRACTS RUNNERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD!

    2. LAST YEAR, THERE WERE OVER 54,000 PARTICIPANTS. IT IS CLAIMED THAT ALL 54,000 PARTICIPANTS HAVE FUN.

    3. THERE IS A GUY WHO HANDS OUT BACON. FIND HIM.

    4. IT IS THE SECOND LARGEST 10K RACE IN THE USA AND THE FIFTH LARGEST ROAD RACE IN THE WORLD. YOU COULD SAY BOLDERBOULDER IS THE COOL KID IN CLASS.

    5. IT TAKES PLACE EVERY YEAR ON MEMORIAL DAY.

    6. THERE ARE SLIP-AND-SLIDES, AND—YES —YOU SHOULD PARTAKE.

    7. IF YOU’RE NOT GETTING COMPETITIVE (OR MAYBE EVEN IF YOU ARE), IT’S BEST TO WEAR A COSTUME.

    8. IT IS ESSENTIALLY ONE, LONG, HILARIOUS PARTY. KEG STANDS MAY OR MAY NOT BE INVOLVED.

    9. THERE IS A CLEAR BAG POLICY: ATTENDEES ARE PERMITTED ONE CLEAR BAG NO LARGER THAN 12 INCHES X 6 INCHES X 6 INCHES, OR A ONE-GALLON RESEALABLE CLEAR PLASTIC BAG, INTO THE STADIUM. BAGS THAT ARE NO LONGER ALLOWED INTO FOLSOM FIELD INCLUDE BACKPACKS, CAMELBACKS, LARGE PURSES, OVERSIZED TOTE BAGS, CAMERA BAGS AND BINOCULAR CASES, DIAPER BAGS, FANNY PACKS AND PRINTED PLASTIC BAGS.

    10. THERE ARE SEPARATE WAVES OF START TIMES, WHICH YOU’LL WANT TO REGISTER FOR BY CLICKING HERE.