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Board certification shows a level of devotion and proven abilities that cannot be matched by a simple chiropractic degree. When a chiropractor becomes board-certified in their sports medicine specialty, they have proven to a panel of their peers that they are capable of performing various therapies and providing a level of service that exceeds their patient’s expectations.

In order to become certified as a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician® (CCSP®), each candidate must satisfy all educational eligibility requirements established by the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians™ (ACBSP™), and must demonstrate an acceptable and appropriate level of understanding and knowledge in all subject areas tested by the CCSP® Certification Examination. All individuals certified by the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians™ (ACBSP™) Certification Program must also demonstrate an ongoing professional commitment to the field of chiropractic sports medicine.

10 Things You Should Know About Certified Sports Chiropractors 

  1. Possess specialized knowledge of sports injuries and physical fitness

  2. Are experts in the function of the body during movement, from high-level athletics to everyday activities

  3. Can help optimize athletic performance by applying an advanced understanding of musculoskeletal function and performance enhancement

  4. Offer individualized care that extends beyond spinal adjustment to include direct treatment of muscles, joints and connective tissues

  5. Focus on total body wellness and reaching optimal functioning, not just reducing pain

  6. Are immersed in the latest sports medicine research, trends and treatment techniques

  7. Can integrate seamlessly with other healthcare practitioners to optimize your medical care

  8. Are passionate proponents of physical fitness and skilled sports medicine practitioners

  9. Will help you achieve YOUR peak performance with a breadth and depth of knowledge found only with their specific training

  10. Comprise the top tier of the chiropractic profession 

What is a Diplomate of Acupuncture?  

A Diplomate of Acupuncture is an acupuncturist who is certified by the NCCAOM. It is a considerable professional achievement to earn the designation Diplomate of Acupuncture (NCCAOM). NCCAOM certification indicates to employers, patients, and peers that one has met national standards for the safe and competent practice of acupuncture as defined by the acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) profession. National board certification in acupuncture has been the mark of excellence in AOM since the inception of the Commission in 1982. Every certified NCCAOM Diplomate must abide by the NCCAOM® Code of Ethics.

What is the difference between a Diplomate of Acupuncture and other healthcare practitioners who practice acupuncture?

The Diplomate of Acupuncture (NCCAOM) training and competency verification is in sharp contrast to the acupuncture training of other healthcare professionals such as chiropractors or registered nurses or even medical doctors who typically receive 100-300 hours of abbreviated training. These other healthcare professionals only treat a limited number of points. NCCAOM certified acupuncturists are also trained in standard medical history gathering, safety, and ethics, and recognition of when to refer patients to other health care professionals or consult with other medical practitioners.



What is the Graston Technique®?

The Graston Technique® incorporates a patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively detect and treat scar tissue and restrictions that affect normal function.

The Technique:

  • Separates and breaks down collagen cross-links, and splays and stretches connective tissue and muscle fibers
  • Increases skin temperature
  • Facilitates reflex changes in the chronic muscle holding pattern
  • Alters spinal reflux activity (facilitated segment)
  • Increases the rate and amount of blood flow to and from the area
  • Increases cellular activity in the region, including fibroblasts and mast cells
  • Increases histamine response secondary to mast cell activity 

What is Active Release Techniques (ART) to individuals, Athletes, and Patients?

ART is a Patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fascists, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.

What is TPI?

The Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) is the world’s leading educational organization and research facility dedicated to the study of how the human body functions in relation to the golf swing.

Since its inception in 2003, TPI has studied thousands of golfers ranging from the top professional tour players to weekend enthusiasts. An incredible amount of data on players of all shapes, sizes, ages, and fitness levels has been gathered during this time. Using this data, TPI discovered how a properly functioning body allows a player to swing a golf club in the most efficient way possible. Additionally, TPI has analyzed how physical limitations in a player’s body can adversely affect the golf swing and potentially lead to injury.

What is Rocktape?

RockTape is a special kind of tape known as kinesiology tape. First used by acupuncturists and chiropractors in Japan, today kinesiology tape is used by practitioners throughout the world to treat injuries and improve sports performance.

While the use of kinesiology is often associated with athletes such as Serena Williams, Kerri Walsh and Lance Armstrong, the reality is that RockTape is effective for the treatment of a wide variety of problems, not just sports injuries.

What is Rocktape used for?

• Achilles tendonitis
• Plantar fasciitis
• Jumpers knee (PFS)
• ACL/MCL issues
• Rotator cuff
• Groin and hamstring pulls
• Lower back issues
• Shin splints
• Tennis and golf elbow
• Pain associated with pregnancy
• Postural correction