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Inspiring Conversations with David Abookire of Boulder Therapeutics

Today we’d like to introduce you to David Abookire.  

Hi David, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.

I have always been intrigued by helping people but it took me many years to find my path. I started after college with a career in corporate banking. And while I enjoyed learning about business and how to be responsible with money, I found that I wasn’t helping people in the way I envisioned, so I left to pursue something that was more fulfilling.

I traveled a lot, played in the outdoors (a lot), and did some backcountry guiding. Many of my friends, although young, were getting injured from their activities. I found myself curious about why this was happening so often, even with strong, fit individuals in their 20s. A few of my friends were massage therapists and I remember receiving treatment and learning a lot about my body and how it had some imbalances. I was fascinated, so I decided to attend the Boulder College of Massage Therapy, that was back in 1999.

I was blown away by how medically-based my massage training was. We dove deep into anatomy, physiology, posture, and alignment along with advanced hands-on techniques. I loved it. I took internships with physical therapists, and chiropractors, and worked with runners, the CU football team, and any active or injured person that I could. I studied yoga, movement, biomechanics and advanced soft-tissue techniques. I wanted to learn everything I could to help people. And I found that I was getting good results, which made me happy.

I was hired by the Colorado Rapids, after an internship, and continued working with the team, and at games, for 12 seasons. I worked closely with the athletic trainers, doctors, strength trainers, chiropractors and coaches. We communicated about difficult injuries and how to get our players back on the field fast and without recurrence of injuries. All along, I had a small private practice in Boulder and I realized the high-level of care that professional athletes receive, and how that advanced their recovery time, reduced their likelihood of injury and increased their performance. I wanted to bring that expertise to the “community” and create a space for athletes and anyone suffering from an injury. I also started yoga anatomy training and traveled the country for 11 years teaching yoga instructors how to keep their students safe.

In 2005, I created Boulder Therapeutics, Inc, as a place for the community to get results and learn how to perform better. We have had locations in gyms, and medical spaces, with CrossFit athletes, and in PT clinics. And I was always searching for a space where I could collaborate with like-minded practitioners to triage patients and allow for a healthy collaborative process. Today we have that in our locations in Boulder and Superior.

I have a team of Massage Therapists and Acupuncturists who work closely together at our clinics to help support our athletic community, injured clients, and anyone in physical pain. My specialty is working with advanced injuries and pain patterns. You know, the ones where people have seen “everyone” and they have not gotten a result…and have lost hope. I feel very lucky that I have found a career where I can help those who are most injured and I typically get a result when others have not. My team of Massage Therapists performs Sports Massage, Deep Tissue work, and Injury Rehab treatments. We use advanced techniques like Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular Massage, Trigger Point Therapy and Active and Passive Mobility work. We also offer Sports Acupuncture, Wellness Acupuncture, and Dry Needling. We’re all very passionate about helping our clients heal fast and learn about their bodies.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Boulder has many massage therapists, so finding a steady clientele took some time. And many clients prefer female therapists, so that’s a difficult hurdle to overcome. I worked hard to get my name out there while continuing to learn more advanced techniques. This helped me get results faster and that was a big driver for client referrals. Clients just needed to feel the work, and then it’s up to me to demonstrate skill and proficiency.

The biggest obstacle I found was that massage therapists often aren’t highly regarded in the medical community. Our work is often overlooked as a treatment modality and many medical professionals just don’t know the value of a skilled manual therapist. And because many of us don’t accept medical insurance, we aren’t referred to as often as other treatment modalities. So, I had to work hard to get results when others haven’t and that helped us build the strong reputation we have today.

We’ve been impressed with Boulder Therapeutics, Inc, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
At Boulder Therapeutics, we get results! Our focus is to offer advanced, therapeutic modalities to help athletes, injured clients and those in physical pain. We help everyone perform better.  Whether that’s on the field, the court, in the backcountry or just with your daily activities.  We believe in helping you feel the best you can so you can fully enjoy life.  We’ve been a locally-owned business since 1999 and our owner is a full-time working massage therapist who focuses on advanced injuries and athletes.

We specialize in Sports Massage, Therapeutic Deep Tissue Massage, and Injury Rehab sessions and also offer Acupuncture and Dry Needling. We are a collaborative clinic that listens to your needs, designs programs specific to you, and educates our clients with home care to empower them to heal on their own. If you call the Boulder location, you will reach our owner who can help find the right fit at our offices.

We have locally-owned locations in Boulder & Superior. Our clinics offer a higher level of care to our local community. We have over 170 5-star Google reviews and were nominated as CU & Boulder’s Best Massage Clinic in the 2020 Colorado Daily.

So maybe we end by discussing what matters most to you and why?
I am here to help clients heal fast, learn about their bodies, and give them hope that they can live with less pain. I treat my clients like I would my family and friends. And I truly believe that we should all stay active and as pain-free as possible.

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