Dr. Peter Scher, DC, CCEP
“Strive to do the things that you love for as long as you live”
Dr. Peter Scher, D.C. truly believes that structure dictates function. His goal as a chiropractor in Aspen really is quite simple – to restore proper biomechanics, helping the body to heal effciently and correctly – getting you back out there in optimal form. He prides himself on his ability to help athletes and non-athletes achieve and maintain their functional goals. He believes no two bodies are the same and that’s reflected in his individually customized treatment plans.
Practicing in Boulder for the last 9 years has given him the opportunity to care for athletes of all levels and ages as well as the general population of weekend warriors, couch potatoes and “desk” jockeys.
As a Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner, Dr. Scher, D.C. treats the whole person structurally from head to toe with an emphasis on detecting and correcting both the global and local kinetic chain dysfunction(s). His areas of expertise include Full Spine Diversified adjusting, CCEP extremity adjusting, soft tissue manipulation/adhesion release, proprioceptive and core stabilization rehabilitation, orthotic design, ergonomic training, patient education, and cold laser therapy. He makes custom corrective orthotics using a unique system where the feet are adjusted and rehabilitated prior to casting the orthotic, making for a true functional correction.
Additionally, he has had great success treating rotator cuff syndromes, plantar fasciitis, lumbar and cervical disc herniation, TMJ syndrome, ankle sprains, back/neck pain, TOS, carpal tunnel syndrome, acute and chronic hip pain, knee pain, rib fixation and instability, lateral and medial epicondylitis, shin splints, and pelvic instability.
As an avid telemark skier, snowboarder, and cyclist, Dr. Scher is empathetic to the needs of Aspen’s athletic community. “I want to continue doing the things that I love for as long as I live. I never want to miss a day. My patients feel the same way about their passions. I am dedicated to keeping people doing what they love to do for as long as they want to do it.”
Dr. Scher excels at helping people return quickly to their chosen activity levels through biomechanical and structural changes that improve functionality.
Dr. Pete Scher, D.C. makes custom functional corrective orthotics using a unique rehabilitative and casting protocol. Prior to casting the foot, Dr Scher rehabilitates the foot utilizing soft tissue manipulation, adjustments and exercise to maximize the natural foot mechanics and minimizing foot pathology. Foot flexibility, body weight and activity level are factored in when designing the orthotic and the orthotics are individually calibrated based on those measurements. This evidence–based protocol was created with the intent to design the most functional corrective orthotic possible. Orthotics may be recommended as an adjunct for the treatment of numerous structural imbalances, weaknesses and symptoms including: plantar fasciitis, foot pain, back pain, knee pain, hip pain, ankle instability, Morton’s Neuorma, bunions, heel pain, hammer toes, shin splints, Achilles tendonitis, metatarsalgia, sesamoiditis and many other conditions affecting the foot and the structural foundation.
Dry needling is a technique used to stimulate the body’s natural healing response for repairing injured soft tissue. Soft tissue injuries include muscle spasm, muscle strains, ligament sprains, and nerve irritation.
Dry needling is also excellent for managing pain without the use of pharmaceuticals such as nsaids, pain killers, steroids and muscle relaxants.
Dry needling is an excellent complement to Chiropractic and Physical Therapy. By reducing pain, controlling inflammation and speeding up the body’s natural tissue repair process, a patient will heal faster from their injury and be able to participate in rehabilitative exercise sooner and more effectively. The goal is always to get a patient to stability as quickly as possible and get them back out there doing what they love. Dry Needling is one more tool in the bag used to help speed this process up.
Why adjust the foot prior to casting an orthotic?
Why would you cast a foot in it’s pathological state? Most foot problems are a result of either an old traumatic injury that didn’t have the chance to heal correctly or a muscle imbalance. By correcting the foot mechanics as well as addressing the muscle imbalances prior to casting, we get a more accurate functional correction, better results and better patient satisfaction than with other orthotic protocols.
Hard plastic vs soft flexible orthotics…which is better?
Every orthotic lab has a different opinion on this question. Your foot is your body’s primary shock absorber. A hard plastic inflexible shell functions poorly as a shock absorber. Soft flexible orthotics may not provide enough support. The majority of orthotic labs that make plastic shell orthotics, use the same piece of plastic regardless of foot flexibility, body weight and activity level. A 300 lb linebacker and a 90 lb ping pong player require different amounts of support. Does it make sense to use the same plastic shell for both people? We take into consideration these variables and calibrate the shell specifically not only to the person but to each foot.
Once I have an orthotic, will I become dependent on them? Will I always need them?
Not necessarily. Rehabiltation should never stop. The human body is dynamic and adaptive by nature. Your foot is always adapting to the terrain. An orthotic should be used as an adjunct to managing your injuries.