When Clay Gasparovich dove off the starting block at the US Olympic trials in 2004, he knew that his back wouldn’t prevent him from giving it his all. The All-American Division 1 swimmer was able to participate in one of the more memorable races of his life largely because of his day job as a sports-oriented chiropractor.
When he isn’t keeping himself in peak physical shape, Doctor of Chiropractic Clay tends to his patients’ spinal woes with holistic services that treat the body as a complex, interconnected organism. Manual adjustments and active-release techniques, for example, relieve tension in tendons, nerves, and muscles to improve strength and range of motion. Whichever methods he deems appropriate for individual ailments, Dr. Clay maintains a focus on managing and eliminating pain. Among the advanced tools he uses in his rehabilitation sessions, wobble boards strengthen balancing muscles, and vibration plates tickle stubborn muscles into acquiescence.