While my primary care panel of patients is closed, I continue to provide medical consultations to help my patients understand and coordinate their medical care. To treat the whole person, my personal approach to medicine is a three part process incorporating comprehensive medical knowledge, palpatory diagnostic skills and diverse osteopathic techniques. My practice honors the patient-physician relationship to develop a holistic approach for comprehensive health care. I provide medical consultations combined with musculoskeletal therapies not offered by traditional medical practitioners. This approach of treating the mind and body helps remove barriers to healing and promote good health.
Osteopathic medicine uses a hands-on approach to medical diagnosis and treatment. Many medical conditions manifest themselves with palpable changes within the body. By combining palpatory skills with medical knowledge, I can help remove the barriers to healing using Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy (OMT). Specific examples include softening neuromuscular entrapments which subsequently improve circulation and function, fascial release techniques for strain/sprain injuries, and other techniques to decrease muscle tone/spasm that cause torsions and inhibited function.
My holistic approach emphasizes health promotion and disease prevention. It provides all the benefits of modern medicine including prescription drugs, and the use of technology to diagnose disease and evaluate injury while focusing on the individual.
” Normal is a sense of peace and harmony “
– Dr Sutherland
Meet Dr Vanzura
Dr. Eric Vanzura graduated from the venerable Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (2000). During residency, Dr. Vanzura was drawn to the scope and complexity of hospital medicine. He enjoys providing medical care for complex maladies and frequently does osteopathic manipulative therapies (OMT) for hospitalized patients in addition to internal medicine.
Dr. Eric Vanzura is a long-time Boulder resident who graduated CU-Boulder, majoring in Engineering Physics (1990). This led Dr. Vanzura to a career as an electromagnetic engineer and instrument designer for NIST measuring the electromagnetic properties of materials. It was a great first career and was a catalyst to his interests in all the sciences as a part of human experience; known and unknown. This journey evolved into the study of human medical science and deep appreciation of the art of being human.
In his spare time Dr. Vanzura leads an active and healthy lifestyle. Great pleasure and relaxation are realized by sharing time with family and friends. Much enjoyment comes from being outdoors, including traveling, skiing, hiking, camping under the stars and organic gardening.
Find your path to optimal health…
I believe in making healing a partnership between a doctor and patient. During your appointment I perform an in-depth exploration to understand your injury. Together we can plan your course of treatment in an effective and efficient way. I welcome the opportunity to discuss how I can assist you in achieving your health goals. Call my office to make an appointment.
My own journey navigating a serious injury
After a serious automobile accident, I found that my regular medical practitioners (neurologists, orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists) had minimal success with improving the health of my sacroiliac injury. This sparked my intense interest in human sciences and medicine. While healing my injury my own investigations led to yoga and movement therapies. As a result, the natural consequence was to become an osteopathic physician.
I stay current with the medical literature by reading JAMA, The New England Journal of Medicine, JAOA, Up-to-Date, and a few other journals every week. I am also studying the latest techniques in osteopathy, integrating traditional medicine with osteopathic methods, movement therapies and other techniques.
How will I benefit your health?
The human body has the amazing ability to heal itself. My job as an osteopathic physician is to facilitate your body to open the restrictions, enabling self-healing to occur. This requires looking at the whole, in addition to understanding the parts. As a board certified and fully licensed physician, my goal is to provide hands-on healing by providing sound medical assessment and advice. I specialize in musculoskeletal and medical consultations for patients suffering from injuries, as well as, longstanding complex conditions. I help you interpret your medical data and keep you informed on the best available practices specific to you. My experience with medicine leads me to recommend that patients adhere to evidence-based practices, when available.
In our first appointment, to determine your base level of movement, I will examine: your shoulder and hip heights: shifting and flexion tests; and palpate the tissues. Two-way communication between us is very important as it helps me find areas of concern and gain an integrated understanding of the patterns affecting you. The manual procedures and methods of unlocking injured tissue usually feels great, but sometimes pain can be experienced. If you find it uncomfortable please let me know.
When should I make an appointment?
Acute injuries often self-perpetuate into chronic patterns; layer after layer. The best time to treat an injury is after the initial trauma starts to heal and the tenderness is resolving (about 3-7 days). Some injuries can be fixed in 2 or 3 visits. Joint replacements and spinal fusions are often approached gently at first to improved drainage, then 4-6 weeks post-op become more amenable to deeper tissue structure treatments.
Chronic injuries often have a harder and cooler feel because remodeling have become fixed and stagnated. Immobilized holding patterns waste metabolic energy and change the way we naturally move. The first step is to “unzip and rezip” the soft tissues to smooth out kinks in the fascia. This opens the tissues to bring in circulation and healing. Neurovascular bundles that become entrapped as they pierce through fascia layers are painful, but can be released. Misaligned joints can then regain alignment, ease and range of motion, because the supporting muscles and ligaments aren’t causing guarding and splinting.
Congenital and developmental issues can also be addressed, balanced and optimized. These include leg-length discrepancy, scoliosis, connective tissue disorders, arthritis and other joint issues, old scars and remote trauma. Sometimes issues cannot be completely fixed, but they can become unlocked and smoothed out improving function. Building body intelligence keeps things moving and helps to avoid bad habits leading to exaggerated wear and tear.
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