FAQ & Why we're different

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.