The Sanctuary Chiropractic
and Wellness Spa



Sports, Chiropractic & You!

At The Sanctuary Chiropractic & Wellness Spa we utilize chiropractic techniques to mobilize the bones/joints of the spine. Equally important as the spine, are the joints that make up the knee, ankle, elbow, shoulder; and we adjust these joints when indicated. It is imperative that muscles are responding appropriately allowing the joints to move accordingly. We utilize soft tissue techniques to inhibit overactive muscles and corrective exercises to activate muscles. This means you get better faster!

We also have only licensed massage therapists (LMT) with multiple years of experience. Soft tissue therapies may include trigger point therapy, pin and release or positional release, myofascial release as well as work to break up scar tissue and adhesions.

In addition to injury care, we offer sports performance enhancement services. We will evaluate your body’s kinetic chain, the “whole machine," by assessing posture, functional movement and proprioception (your body’s ability to sense its environment and determine an effective response). If one part of the machine is weak or "off," the entire body will not be able to perform at an optimal level. We want you firing on all cylinders to get you back to your peak performance level.

Whether you goal is playing catch in the back yard or being competitive in your next event, our focus is to optimize your next opportunity.



 Use by amateur and professional sports teams

In 2002, 31% of National Football League teams used a chiropractor in an official capacity on their medical staff.[8] In 2006, a study analyzing Division I NCAA college athletes at inter-college sporting events in Hawaii found that chiropractic usage within the last 12 months was reported by 39% of respondents.[9]


Chiropractic sports medicine specialists first began treating Olympic athletes at the Olympic Games in Mexico City, in 1976, when Dr. Leroy Perry arranged a relationship with the Aruba team. The first official appointment of a chiropractor to the US team began with the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Montreal, when Dr. George Goodheart's name was given to Irving Dardik, MD, then chairman of the USOC Sports Medicine Committee by Dr. Stephen J. Press.[10] Subsequently a program was developed to screen Chiropractic Doctors at the USOTC in Colo. Spngs., CO. And, at each subsequent games chiropractors were included with the US team, and other national teams as well. In the 2008 Games in Beijing, the US team sent four chiropractors,[11] and, in another US first, i.e., they appointed Dr. Mike Reed, DC medical director of the US team. As part of a demonstration project under the aegis of the IOC for the first time in Olympic history, chiropractic care will be fully integrated and in treating athletes in the polyclinic in 2010 at the Winter Olympics games in Vancouver.[12][13]

Outside of the United States, Life University has developed relationships with the Costa Rican, Guatemalan, and Honduran Olympic Committees. Dr. John Downes of Life University participated in the Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000 Olympic Games as Costa Rica's Chiropractor. In 2000, Life University opened a 4500 sq. ft. Chiropractic Clinic in the Costa Rican Olympic Committee Compound under the supervision of Dr. Trace Palmer with the focus of supporting the country's athletic federations.[14]

 Just a few, of the many, notable athletes receiving chiropractic care: