Sports ChiroTherapy ™ - Our Healing Philosophy
The key to resolving chronic injury is to understand the compensations associated with the breakdown in functional movement, structural symmetry, muscle firing, and change in core communication. The Sports ChiroTherapy™ protocol allows identification and alleviation of incorrect compensations, restores structural symmetry, provides proper muscle firing, and establishes proper core communication. This enables the body to create a platform by which we can develop the patients' return to their highest level of performance.
Rhodes Walton, D.C. Rhodes completed his undergraduate studies at University California San Diego where he earned a bachelors degree in Evolution Ecology. While attending UCSD, Dr. Walton D.C. acquired 8 varsity letters over 4 complete seasons in Cross Country and Track and Field. Over that time Rhodes experienced severe low-back and hip injuries that prevented him from competing in two national competitions. After numerous cortisone shots and medical visits with no results, and after being requested for surgery, he was introduced to a sports Chiropractor that was able to get him mobile, ambulatory, and returned to top strength with great efficiency.
In his final season Dr. Walton, D.C. was able to lead his team as Team Captain and All-Conference finisher to a National competition and followed up in Track and Field by qualifying for Nationals in the 800m, 1500m, and Steeplechase, ultimately deciding to compete and finish as an All-American in the 1500m. Dr. Walton, D.C. continued his education and Athletics at UC Davis, completing his Masters in Nutrition while training with the Olympic development Nike Farm Team. It was then that Dr. Walton, D.C. knew that the combination of proper health and biomechanics were the key to optimal performance. Dr. Walton, D.C. went on to compete at the elite level for a few years before completing his doctorate at Palmer College of Chiropractic West. Dr. Walton, D.C. has received certification in Graston Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization Technique®, a system that incorporates patented tools to effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis and chronic inflammation. Also, Functional Movement Systems (FMS), a complete assessment of proper functional movement with associated exercise protocols. Hanson Muscle Therapy (HMT), an advanced manual technique using trigger and acupressure points for immediate relief of muscular pain, tension and dysfunction. It is a diversified system integrating feedback from postural evaluation, range of motion assessment and specific muscle testing to pinpoint areas of myofascial tension. Dr. Walton, D.C. has also completed the advanced level of Structural Functional Mechanical Assessment (SFMA), a dynamic assessment of pain-free movement, with associated exercise protocols to allow functional development at a fundamental level resulting in an organized progress to diversified pain-free movements.
Dr. Walton, D.C. is an avid surfer and very active runner in the community, racing multiple local events a year, and hopes to be a prominent Masters runner. Dr. Walton, D.C. is a father of 3 children, loving husband, and inspires to provide and educate the local community.
Distinctions / Certifications
- Masters Nutrition UC Davis
- Board Certified – National Board of Chiropractic Examiners
- Physiotherapy Board Certified – National Board of Chiropractic Examiners
- Graston® Technique Level 2 Certified– Graston Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization Technique®
- Hanson Muscle Therapy (HMT)- Full Body certified
Dr. Ryan Slaughter, D.C. is a proud graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic West, where he received his degree as a Doctor of Chiropractic in 2014. Prior to attending Palmer, Ryan graduated from San Diego State University in 2010 with his B.S. degree in Kinesiology with a focus on Physical Therapy. Throughout his education, Ryan has taken an interest and focused on rehabilitation and prevention of sports injuries. He was an active member of Palmer West’s Sports Council, which provided chiropractic care at various sporting events in the local community.
As a certified Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) practitioner, he looks at body movement and fundamental movement patterns to get a better understanding how to best treat the body as a whole. Using techniques including spinal manipulation, soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release, Graston, taping and exercises, he creates an individualized treatment plan for each patient to return them to their sports and activities they enjoy.
California native Dr. Ryan, D.C. enjoys the outdoors, going to the beach, snowboarding, playing volleyball, camping and playing the guitar. Participating and watching sports of all kinds has been a lifelong interest for him as well as rooting on his local Bay Area and San Diego teams.