Louis Valencia, DC, CSCS uses a comprehensive therapeutic functional approach to managing spinal, pelvic, and extremity segmental dysfunction and pain syndromes in San Francisco CA. He strives in helping his patients maintain an active lifestyle, while offering a supportive and integrative approach where positive health changes can occur. His patients learn, practice, and master new skills in lifestyle choices related to exercise, good posture, injury prevention, diet, nutritional supplementation, relaxation, sleep, play, and social connectedness for overcoming underlying structural, physiological, and ecopsychosocial aspects of their illnesses and neuromusculoskeletal pain syndromes. Ultimately his patients learn to take responsibility for their own health through their daily lifestyle choices and health promotion strategies rather than by relying on physicians and/or medications to cure them.

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When one is suffering from such neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction an effective pain management strategy is needed. Dr. Valencia’s Chiropractic Sports Care practice is located inside The Yard Gym, a state-of-the-art personal training facility. This environment with supervised one on one instruction in the integrated approach of chiropractic, fitness, and ergonomics, offers individuals with neuromusculoskeletal complaints, those with multiple risk factors, and the healthy individual an opportunity to decrease their risk of injury and illness. In addition, increase their athletic performance and optimal health status by adopting such a lifestyle skill set.

The Chiropractic Sports Care continuum of ability and optimal health, which has the goal of reassurance, reactivation, and a return to your prior functional capacity status offers hope to those whose activities has been hampered by neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction and pain syndromes. The first thing that needs to happen to achieve better neuromusculoskeletal function and pain management is to get the correct functional diagnosis. While relief of pain is a major reason why health care consumers seek healthcare advice, modern scientific evidence indicates that the cause of most pain is functional in nature. This is why a functional diagnosis is made where care is customized to an individual’s goals, needs, deficits, and examination findings.

Functional sources of pain include decreased activity tolerance and fitness levels, which is why Louis Valencia, DC, CSCS emphasizes helping his patients increase their fitness status when suffering with acute and chronic neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction and pain syndromes. In addition, teaching self-care skills with a focus on increasing fitness as a rehabilitation and preventative tool, thus increasing functional capacity for all levels of athletes from the lay person to the weekend warrior to those who compete in athletic events.

The clinical management of neuromusculoskeletal conditions involves using both passive and active care services for pain relief and to restore the function of the bio-mechanical neuromusculoskeletal system responsible for locomotion. The passive care services include the clinical use of manual therapies and physiologic therapeutic modalities, while the active care services include functional rehabilitation, fitness training, and sports performance strength and conditioning. The Chiropractic Sports Care approach starts with palliative care, tissue-sparing strategies, gradual reactivation advice, and to provide assurance that the red flags of serious disease such as infection, tumor, and fracture have been ruled out, so that our patients do not imagine their injuries or illnesses as catastrophic.


Our passive care services: help to reduce inflammation, pain, adhesions, and spasms, In addition, help restore joint, myofascial, and central/peripheral nervous system nerve entrapment and dysfunction.

Chiropractic Sports Care Manual Therapy Procedures:

  • Adjustments of the spine, pelvis, and extremity joints
  • Manual traction
  • Soft tissue mobilization/manipulation: myofascial release
  • Lymphatic drainage

Chiropractic Sports Care Supervised Physiologic Therapeutic Modalities:

  • Heat and Cold pack Therapy
  • Contrast Therapy
  • Electrical muscle stimulation

Chiropractic Sports Care Active Care Services: helps to restore proper movement patterns, muscle balance, posture, and functional capacity (strength, muscular/cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, and motor control abilities such as balance and coordination).

Chiropractic Sports Care Functional Rehabilitation Procedures:

  • Therapeutic exercises: to develop strength, endurance, ROM, and flexibility.
  • Neuromuscular re-education: of movement, balance, coordination, posture, kinesthetic sense, and proprioception.
  • Group therapeutic activities: therapeutic exercises for 2 or more people.
  • Therapeutic activities: use of dynamic activities to improve functional performance.
  • Self-care/home management training: instruction in self-care at home.
  • Physical performance testing and measurements: functional capacity and body composition evaluations.

Taken together the passive and active care services facilitate the healing process by the following:

  • reducing inflammation, adhesions, muscle spasms, and pain
  • restoring the range of motion of the joints and soft tissues of the body
  • reactivating the neuromusculoskeletal system for the purpose of locomotion

Louis Valencia, DC, CSCS, serving Pacific Heights in San Francisco, CA, and the Bay Area, with chiropractic sports care and personal training services helping people attain and maintain optimal health and peak athletic performance since 1997.

If you’re ready to see how Chiropractic Sports Care can help with your optimal health status and athletic performance, call us at (415) 867-2781 for an appointment today.