Adam Swanson, CEO
CPT, CES, PES, Neuromuscular Stretch Therapist, T.P.I CGFI
Adam is the owner/creator of Golfstretch Therapies, a Sports Performance and rehab center based in Scottsdale, Arizona. His unique combination of Neuromuscular Stretch Therapy, Corrective exercise, and Functional Training has helped his clients achieve their fitness goals, increase mobility, correct posture, and improve their everyday lifestyle. Adam has worked with a diverse range of clientele, from the humble weekend golfer to PGA Tour Professionals and NHL Hockey players. A Minnesota native, Adam attended St. Paul College and moved to Scottsdale in 2008 to broaden his study of bio-mechanics and kinesiology. Recently, he competed in the RE/MAX World Long Drive competition; his longest drive to date is 423 yards. Adam strives to continue improving his golf game and advance his professional credentials as a sports mobility and performance specialist. Together with Doctors, flexibility and postural correction experts, Adam has contributed to the development of sports-specific stretches and exercises designed to decrease muscle and joint pain, increase range of motion, improve flexibility, and promote proper body awareness. This innovative approach has attracted the attention of athletes in many different sports. He obtains certifications as a Neuromuscular Stretch Therapist, CPR, AED, and from the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a CPT (Certified Personal Trainer), CES (Corrective Exercise Specialist), PES (Performance Enhancement Specialist), and a Certified Golf Fitness Instructor from the Titleist Performance Institute.
Dr. Jordan Mackner
Chiropractic Physician, DNS, T.P.I CGFI
Dr. Mackner received his Bachelor of Arts from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. While growing up in the Midwest Dr. Mackner enjoyed playing many sports including hockey in which he competed in through his college years at Concordia. After graduation Dr. Mackner attended Chiropractic school in St. Louis, MO at Logan College of Chiropractic and focused his education on sports performance and rehabilitation. While attending LCC Dr. Mackner was a Motion Palpation Institute representative at the school and taught the world renowned adjusting technique to other students. He was also employed by the college as a tutor and anatomy lab TA and spent hours teaching the subjects of Anatomy, Neuroanatomy, Physiology, and Biochemistry to first year students while also aiding in dissections in the cadaver labs. To better prepare himself for treating patients and athletes Dr. Mackner has attended extra hours of training in rehabilitation and adjustive techniques. His extra training includes treatment of musculoskeletal pathologies and adjustments of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine, as well as, functional assessment classes of the lower and upper quarter. Dr. Mackner’s rehabilitation continuing education hours include classes in McKenzie Method, DNS, Graston Technique, Kinesiotaping procedures, and a Certified Golf Fitness Instructor from the Titleist Performance Institute.
More about us and FAQ
What do you do?
Golfstretch is a total Sports Performance and Wellness Center. We have a unique set of services in one location from people that not only have certifications in sports performance and golf fitness, but are avid athletes themselves. Having Personal Training, Sports Performance Training, Neuromuscular Stretch Therapy, Corrective exercise, Sports Chiropractic, Cold Laser, and Acupuncture services (just to name a few) in one location sets us apart from other performance/wellness centers. Clientele often say to us “this was an eye opening experience” after their first visit, and how thorough our screening protocols and stretching program is. Our primary focus is improving your “quality of movement” because it plays in to your quality of life and greatly decreases your chances of muscle imbalances or injury. We believe your experience here will be like nothing you’ve seen from other gyms, physical therapists, or chiropractors you’ve been to. No matter what sport you play, we can narrow down the exact joints or muscles that are limiting your potential, or giving you pain. While Dr. Mackner at Golfstretch Therapies has been classically trained as a chiropractor, he has extensive training and post-graduate education in the areas of functional assessment, functional rehabilitation, soft tissue methods, nutrition, and physiotherapy. This training allows him to effectively and efficiently treat almost any neuromusculoskeletal condition in the head, neck, back, arms or legs.
What can I expect on my first visit?
If you are in pain your first visit you will always receive an exam and consultation prior to any treatment. This will allow us to come to a proper diagnosis. In most cases your doctor will also perform a functional examination and watch you perform various activities such as walking, standing on one leg, reaching overhead and others. You may be asked to perform some simple exercises to test your body’s stability patterns. The doctor will also extensively assess your joints and muscles to find which ones may need treatment. After discussing what was found on the examination, treatment options will be discussed. If we do not think we can help you or that you will benefit from another specialist, we will refer you to the appropriate one.
If you want to improve performance your first visit will consist of a physical screening process followed by a videotaped swing analysis and breakdown of where you can improve mobility/stability, and strength. Last we finish with our stretching program to better show how we can improve flexibility and mobility. After discussing what was found in the screens and swing, different package options will be recommended to assist in performance improvements. Due to the type of activities during the first visit, please bring athletic attire (shorts or sweatpants, t-shirt or tank top).
How are you different from most chiropractors?
All chiropractors are not the same. In fact, there are many post-graduate specialties that you can pursue. Most chiropractors only adjust, which limits what they can effectively treat as well as their results. Dr. Mackner has extensive post graduate training which allows him to treat almost all neuromuscular conditions and obtain results faster.
Why should I go to you for my joint or muscle pain?
Our therapists and physicians have extensive training in conservative management of musculoskeletal pain and injuries. Conservative treatment options should always be pursued first before more aggressive treatment options are considered such as surgical procedures. If the diagnosis that the staff at Golfstretch Therapies reach requires a referral of care to a medical doctor, orthopedist, podiatrist, etc. They will refer you to the appropriate physician and work on co-managing your care with them.
What if I don’t want to be adjusted?
Adjusting is not essential for every patient. In fact, several of our patients are never adjusted. If poor joint movement is a contributor to your pain, there are other options besides adjusting, such as gentle mobilizations. Discuss your concerns with the doctor and he/she will discuss options and come up with a treatment plan that works for you.
Once you go to a chiropractor, do you have to go all the time or forever?
Not at Golfstretch Therapies. While several visits may be needed to correct the underlying problem, our focus is to empower the patient to have them treat their own pain, rather than relying on physician care. This allows the patient to take control of their own health and wellness.
Are X-rays required?
No, the vast majority of our patients are not x-rayed. We only send patients for an x-ray when we suspect a fracture, severe degeneration or possible pathology. We utilize local imaging centers for our x-rays and other forms of imaging such as MRI, CT, and Ultrasound.