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Dr. Rintala - A Leader in Chiropractic Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation...


Dr. Rintala is a chiropractor in San Diego, California who specializes in chiropractic sports medicine and rehabilitation. He is committed to helping you with your rehabilitaion and chiropractic needs. Using cutting edge manual medicine, functional rehabilitation, and diagnostic techniques he strives to bring you the quality of care you deserve. 

Dr. Rintala is currenlty a member of the of the PGA Tour Sports Medicine Team.  He is also an assistant instructor for the Prague School of Rehabilitation on courses in:

 Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization According to Kolar

A Developmental Kinesiology Approach


Dr. Rintala is also certified and trained in:

1. Active Release Technique (ART): Spine, Upper extremity, Lower Extremity, Long Tract Nerve Mobilization : 

ART is a patented, state-of-the-art soft tissue system that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of overused muscles.

Over-used muscles (and other soft tissues) change in three important ways:

  • acute conditions (pulls, tears, collisions, etc),
  • accumulation of small tears (micro-trauma)
  • not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia).

Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons causes tendonitis, and nerves can become trapped. This can cause reduced range of motion, loss of strength, and pain. If a nerve is trapped you may also feel tingling, numbness, and weakness.

Every ART session is actually a combination of examination and treatment. The ART provider uses his or her hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Abnormal tissues are treated by combining precisely directed tension with very specific patient movements.

These treatment protocols - over 500 specific moves - are unique to ART. They allow providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient. ART is not a cookie-cutter approach. www.activerelease.com

2. Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (Prague School of Rehabilitation)

In September, 2009 Dr. Rintala became the first certified DNS practitioner in San Diego. He integrates this technique into his treatment protocols in order to enhance your recovery from injury and/or improve performance. For more information please go to: www.rehabps.com

The nervous system establishes programs that control human locomotion, which is comprised of posture and movement. This 'motor control' is largely established during the first critical years of life. Therefore, the "Prague School" emphasizes neurodevelopmental aspects of motor control in order to assess and restore dysfunction of the locomotor system and associated syndromes.

  The "Prague School" of Rehabilitation and Manual Medicine was established by key neurologists/physiatrists, all of whom were giants in the 20th Century rehabilitation movement: Professors' Vaclav VojtaKarel LewitVladimir Janda, and Frantisek Vele.

   Based upon the groundbreaking neurodevelopmental and rehabilitation principles described by these mentors,

Pavel Kolar has organized the next generation of clinical protocols that are designed to restore and stabilize locomotor function. This new rehabilitation approach is called Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS)


inc_about_dr_clip_image004.jpg I specialize in functional rehabilitation and sports medicine. My knowledge of golf injuries and experience rehabilitating some of the world's top golfers can help you enhance your game and avoid injury.

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