Dr. Michael Rintala, D.C

A Leader in Chiropractic and Functional Rehabilitation

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Dr. Rintala's Approach To Treatment & Training

Enjoy a short summary on how Dr. Rintala integrates DNS with fascial manipulation techniques.

This video was produced by a DNS student from Australia, Ryan Craig.

The Prague School of Rehabilitation has been an important influence on Dr. Rintala’s approach to patient care. He has been studying the principles and techniques of Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization with Prof. Pavel Kolar since 2004.

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

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

As a Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Rintala has years of training and experience in rehabilitation and sports medicine. We provide advanced spinal and extremity care utilizing “state of the art” chiropractic and rehabilitation techniques. Never in the history of chiropractic have we been able to provide the level of help and expertise that now exists. These newer methods are even safer, more comfortable and more effective than ever before. 

Michael Rintala, D.C. is in private practice in San Diego, California specializing in sports medicine and rehabilitation. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California at San Diego. He graduated with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic in 1997.

Dr. Rintala has been part of the Professional Golf Association (PGA) Tour Sports Medicine Team since 2004. He is also a treating doctor for the World Surf League (WSL), and part of the USA Surfing Performance Committee. He has been involved with a wide variety of other organizations ranging from Dance to Action Sports.

Dr. Rintala is one of the Prague School of Rehabilitation Primary Instructors teaching Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) in the United States. He is also a DNS Certified Exercise Trainer (DNSET).