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chiropractic sports physician

exercise physiologist


Vail, Colorado

Helping people feel better,
move better and perform better

After Hours:

Chiropractor  Vail


Official Sports Chiropractors for:

Mark J Pitcher DC, MSc, EMT, CCSP

Dr. Mark Pitcher is a board-certified sports chiropractor, exercise physiologist, and EMT in Vail, Colorado with Vail Integrative Medical Group, one of the country's top multidisciplinary groups.


He holds a Masters of Science in Exercise Physiology from Memorial University of Newfoundland where his research focus was applied muscle physiology in the lumbar spine. He has published his research in the journals "Applied Physiology Nutrition and Metabolism" and 'Journal of Sports Science and Medicine '", 


Dr. Pitcher lectures on health and fitness. He has lectured locally, nationally,  and internationally teaching workshops, and seminars. He has taught college and university level courses in joint mechanics, human factors, occupational ergonomics, and sports biomechanics. He currently teaches professional education courses for TRX all over the country. 

In addition to over 20 years of experience in chiropractic practice, Dr. Pitcher has learned from some of the best in rehabilitative medicine,


Dr. Pitcher treats patients both on and off the field. He treats all level athletes: high school and college athletes, weekend warriors, and Olympic and Pro athletes.


Dr. Pitcher was the medical director for USA climbing at the 2013 World Youth Climbing Championships and has been the chiropractor for athletic events such as the Mountain Dew Action Sports Tour, Honda Sessions, and Gravity Games. Vail Integrative Medical Group is currently the official sports chiropractors for the Vail International Dance Festival, and Ski and Snowboard Club Vail.



How can we help you?

Excellent treatment and great results are only possible when we start with a thorough history and evaluation that leads to an accurate and functional diagnosis.


Even as a chiropractic student at Palmer College of Chiropractic, Dr. Pitcher worked as a teaching assistant in the Department of Diagnosis and Protocol. For the last 20 years, he has continued to seek out and learn from the leaders in the field. He now uses the best diagnostic and assessment tools from medicine, chiropractic, and fitness to not just diagnose the condition, but get to the underlying root of the problem. 


Evaluation and Treatment options:

Functional Movement Screen

Selective Functional Movement Assessment

Comprehensive Low Back Assessment


Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy (CMT)

Trigger Point Dry Needling, (TPDN)

Active Release Technique (ART),

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Massage (IASTM) / Graston,

Cupping (Traditional and Dynamic)

Therapeutic and Corrective Exercises.

Myofascial and Performance Taping techniques. Kinesiotape/Rocktape.

and other adjunctive therapies as needed. 


ART vail

Comprehensive Back Assessment

an evidence-based approach to evaluating complicated lower back pain

All back pain has a cause. This comprehensive low back assessment is an in-depth 3-hour consultation and evaluation to identify what causes your pain so we can develop a plan to get you relief. 


This specialized assessment is meant for more challenging low back pain cases. Typically, these patients will have already tried other approaches to get relief for their back pain without success.


Through this problem-solving process, you will learn what is the root cause of your pain, how to avoid it, desensitize it and begin to rebuild a more resilient back. You will receive a copy of the book “Back Mechanic The step by step method to fix back pain as well as a detailed report with a precise description of your pain triggers, methods to avoid them and a blueprint for developing good spinal hygiene and a rehabilitation program.


We will also be available for follow up and to answer questions you may have as you recover as well as be available for additional coaching to work through progressions or transition from rehabilitation to performance enhancement as needed,

If you think this approach may benefit you, visit the contact page and send us a message directly, outlining your back pain trouble, and Dr. Pitcher will review your case and contact you personally to discuss your problem to see if you are a good candidate for this type of approach.


"Movement never lies. It is a barometer telling the state of the soul's weather to all who can read it"

- Martha Graham

Stu McGill and Mark Pitcher
Kelly Starrett and Juliet Starrett
USA climbing World Championship 2013
Felix Coudouy
Wendy Whelan
File Jan 19, 10 19 47 AM
Issac Ho, Charlie Weingroff.
Athletes Performance, Frisco, Texas
New York City Ballet
Dance Chiropractor
World Youth Climbing Championships
Jarrell Williams Indianapolis Colts
face melting deadlift
Luczkow, Matt
Ron (Prime Time) Myles
Fang Yi Shue, Mark Pitcher
Jimmy Juan, Mark Pitcher, Josh Funk
Joshua Beemish, Mark Pitcher
Akram Kahn, Mark Pitcher, Fang Yi
Mark Pitcher, Vail Chiropractor
Dallas Ballet, Anne
Brent Myer. Pro Snowboarder
Dew Tour Mark Pitcher, Joel Dekanich
Ara Keshishian
Wendy Whelan, Tyler Angle.

What people are saying

Wendy Whelan
New York City Ballet

I had the good fortune recently of putting myself into the healing hands of Dr. Mark Pitcher. His incredible knowledge and focus proved most beneficial to me. He helped to diagnose and explain to me issues that I had been struggling with in my back and hip for most of this past year. Upon seeing him, my body has finally begun to unravel and unlock its deep holding pattern, and I have found tremendous relief. I trust his instincts completely and regard him among the top chiropractic body workers I've had the good fortune to work with over my nearly 30-year career as a leading dancer with the New York City Ballet.

Celeste Callahan - Board of Directors for USA Trialthlon

Thank you for the excellent, comprehensive and thorough care you gave me this week. My 10K run on Thursday went very well. I feel good, for a change. See you when I am back in town. 

Dana Cohan
New York, New York

Mark: you saved my trip!! Thanks a million for making skiing possible and for working with me. I hope you enjoy the spring and get some days in at the mountain. Warmest regards and thank you for the follow up.

Let's talk

Vail Integrative Medical Group 


Vail Mountain Lodge

352 East Meadow Drive

Vail, Colorado 81632

Office: 970-926-4600

mobile: 970-331-1199


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