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Dr. Justin Lau is the Clinic Director and founder of Elite Spinal & Sports Care. He has established himself as an elite provider of chiropractic care and sport therapy. He has become a specialist in the treatment of pain in the joints and soft tissues of the extremities as well as that of the spine through the restoration of proper biomechanics and function.


Background
Dr. Lau entered into the chiropractic health care field after a personal experience he had with extreme low back pain. While training for a full contact kickboxing tournament, he suffered a severe strain to his low back. After physical therapy and medical interventions did not resolve his pain or his condition, one of his students recommended Chiropractic. He was amazed to find that within a few treatments, he was out of pain and training again. It was the first time he was out of pain in over 6 months. From that point, he immediately made a career change. Originally on the academic route towards becoming a Physical Therapist, he was motivated by the power of the human body and the amazing level of healing the body can perform when allowed to do so without interference from outside sources.


Education
Dr. Lau completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California in Davis, where he earned a bachelor's degree in Exercise Physiology. He then completed his doctoral studies at Palmer College of Chiropractic West where he graduated with Cum Laude honors. During his studies, he performed a 1-year internship with a well-recognized sports chiropractor, Nick Athens (chiropractor for the SF Giants currently and most of the 49ers from the 80's-early 90's) and continued onto a 9-month preceptorship with Dr's Matthew and Michael Janzen (chiropractors for Ultimate Fighting Champions, professional triathletes and Olympic medallists). Both of these clinics gave him the opportunity to work with high-level and elite athletes of all types.

Special Education
After graduating from U.C. Davis, Dr. Lau earned the Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist credential through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA). Like most strength and conditioning coaches for college and pro teams, with this certification he was able to more efficiently train high-level athletes to further excel in their athletic endeavors.

During his Chiropractic studies, he already began taking post-doctorate level courses that emphasized on sports injuries. In early 2002, he became Full Body Certified in Active Release Techniques® (ART®) , a complete soft tissue injury management system developed and taught by Dr. Mike Leahy of Colorado Springs. Next, he began the Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner (CCEP) courses taught by Dr. Kevin Hearon of Idaho, the foremost leader in Chiropractic extremity diagnosis, technique and management.

In addition, he is in the process of completing the Whiplash and Brain Injury Traumatology program held by the Spine Research Institute of San Diego, one of the leaders of research in the area of whiplash and motor vehicle crashes. This allows him to successfully treat injuries associated with motor vehicle crashes as well as provide testimony in court as an expert witness. Dr. Lau has already successfully treated many auto accident injuries where prior interventions failed to do so.

Dr. Lau has been fully trained in the Cox Flexion-Distraction technique, a procedure that specializes on the treatment and reduction of lumbar disc bulges/herniations. In 2004, Dr. Lau became a LEVEL 3 Biomechanics Certified ART® Provider (the highest level attainable to Active Release providers) and continued to complete coursework for the ART® Long Tract Nerve Entrapment course which allows Dr. Lau to actually glide the entrapped nerve through the soft tissues to the maximum extent possible through moving every joint and body part that the nerve crosses to physically "unstick it". With this new nerve gliding treatment, symptoms such as numbness, tingling and burning in the hands, arms, legs and feet can easily be resolved in a very short period of time.

In 2005, Dr. Lau earned the credential of Certified Kinesio-Taping Practitioner , a perfect adjunct to Chiropractic and Active Release Therapy which helps to stabilize the affected area after treatment and speed up recovery time. This unique therapy enables his patients to return to their activities sooner without impeding function or flexibility. Patients will feel as if the Kinesiotape is a " second skin ," supporting them while they move and exercise in air or water.

Most recently, Dr. Lau completed the 120 hour post graduate course and written examination to earn the designation of Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner (CCSP) by the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (ACBSP). This certification specializes in the on-field management of athletes of all levels and disciplines. Additionally, Dr. Lau is also a Certified ChiRunning® / ChiWalking® Instructor where he blends his clinical knowledge and experience with this revolutionary running/walking technique to offer athletes of all levels workshops on how to run and walk with less energy expenditure and injury.

Community Work and Sports Medicine Experience

  • Volunteer - Chiropractic Mission trip to Nicaragua - 2003
  • Provided complimentary care to:
    1. CityTeam, San Jose, CA - 2003
    2. The Salvation Army Rehab Center, San Jose, CA - 2003
  • Sea Otter Mountain Bike Classic - Monterey, CA - 2004
  • Stockton Soccer, Stockton, CA - 2003
  • Hoop it Up Basketball Tournament, San Jose, CA - 2002/3
  • Total Body Fitness 2004 Tri-For-Fun / Tri-For-Real series
  • 2004 California Man Triathlon .
  • 2004 Ironman Triathlon World Championship , Kona, Hawaii - 2004
  • 2004 TJ MAXX Olympic Gymnastics Tour , Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA - 2004 (providing Chiropractic care and Active Release treatments for the SILVER MEDAL United States Men's & Women's Olympic Gymnastics Team )
  • Nutrition Fitness Fuels Fitness 5K, 10K - Elk Grove, CA - 2005
  • St. Patrick's Day Half Marathon, West Sacramento, CA - 2005
  • Women's Fitness Festival, Sacramento, CA - 2005
  • Nutrition Fuels Fitness 5-A-Day 5K/10K, Elk Grove, CA - 2005
  • Fair Oaks Fiesta Run 5-mile Run/Walk, Fair Oaks, CA - 2005
  • 4th of July 5-Miler, Sacramento, CA - 2005
  • Fleet Feet Mile, Davis, CA - 2005
  • Sacramento Zoo Zoom 5K/10K Run
  • Paul Reese Memorial Clarksburg Country Run 30 km, Half-marathon and 5k - Clarksburg, CA - 2005
  • USTA Sutter Lawns Tennis Tournament Sacramento, CA 2006
  • Sacramento Valentine Run Sacramento, CA 2006
  • Fleet Feet Shamrock'n Half Marathon & 5K Sacramento, CA 2006
  • Onsite Doctor - Fleet Feet Sports and Capitol Road Race Management Current (providing pre and post race care to our local athletes at both the larger and smaller racing venues here in Sacramento county)
  • Zoo Zoom 5K/10K - Sacramento, CA 2006
  • Fair Oaks Fiesta Sun Run 5 mi. Run / Walk - Sacramento, CA 2006

Professional Associations

  • National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Diplomat
  • California Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Diplomat
  • American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians
  • American Chiropractic Association
  • Member Palmer West Student ACA Sports Council
  • Pi Tau Delta (Chiropractic Honor Society)
  • American Red Cross
  • National Strength & Conditioning Association
  • United States Kinesiotaping Association
  • Fleet Feet Sports - Sacramento
  • Capital Road Race Management
  • River City Rebels Running Club
  • Team-in Training (Lymphoma and Leukemia Society)
  • ChiRunning® / ChiWalking®

Sports and Interests
Dr. Lau has always tried to maintain a healthy lifestyle and sports has definitely been an integral part in keeping that up. He began competitively running in high school, competing in both varsity track and cross-country. In 1990, he began studying Chinese Kenpo and earned his black belt in 1997. He competed in numerous martial arts tournaments both nationally and internationally. Today, his passions include weight training, volleyball, tennis, rollerblading, snowboarding and running. He just finished his first triathlon in July 2004 and plans on competing in many more in the future.


 

Background
Dr. Edward Chu was born and raised in the Washington D.C. area. During those years he was an avid sports participant, playing in many organized sports teams including football, wrestling, and rugby. Due to the impact of these sports he sustained many injuries that nagged him throughout the years. One day a family friend saw that Dr. Chu was hurt and recommended his chiropractor. Dr. Chu was amazed! Years of injuries were taken care with three weeks of chiropractic adjustments and soft tissue therapy.

Dr. Chu always knew that he wanted to be involved in the health profession. Throughout his schooling, he always excelled and favored classes that dealt with life and its function. Throughout his undergraduate schooling, he attained internships at the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the Washington National Children's Hospital so that he could continue to learn the aspect of healthcare. Due to his life experiences and after completing his undergraduate studies, Dr. Chu picked up and moved to sunny California, to pursue his goal to become a Chiropractor.

Education
After 4 years at University of Maryland, College Park as a pre-med/combined sciences major, Dr. Chu received his B.S. in 1999. He graduated from Palmer West College of Chiropractic in 2004. During his final year in Chiropractic school, he began working with Dr. Steve Hickey (Chiropractor for the Pan Am Games and the Official Chiropractor for the U.S. Olympic Team). Afterwards, he continued his career with Dr. Matthew and Michael Janzen (Chiropractors for Fighters of Ultimate Fighting Champion, professional athletes/tri-athletes and Olympic medallists). With these experiences, Dr Chu was able to hone his clinical chiropractic and medical knowledge and technique in sports injuries and their treatment/rehabilitation.

Special Education
Dr. Chu became certified in Active Release Techniques taught by Dr. Mike Leahy of Colorado Springs, attended seminars on Cox Flexion-Distractions technique (a procedure specializing in low back bulges/ herniations), and also participated in spinal rehabilitation seminars. He is currently working on his certification for his Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner (C.C.E.P.) and hopes to attain it within the year.

Community Work and Sports Medicine Experience

  • Internship at the NIH and Washington National Children's Hospital (1997-1999)
  • Provided complimentary care to:
    1. CityTeam, San Jose, CA - 2003
    2. The Salvation Army Rehab Center, San Jose, CA - 2003
  • Sea Otter Mountain Bike Classic - Monterey, CA - 2004
  • Hoop it Up Basketball Tournament, San Jose, CA - 2002/3
  • Cupertino Tennis Tournament for United States Tennis Association (U.S.T.A.), Cupertino, CA-2005
  • San Jose Body Building Competition, San Jose, CA-2005
  • Jubilee Christian Golf Tournament at Silver Creek, San Jose, CA-2005
  • Fleet Feet Shamrock'n Half Marathon & 5K Sacramento, CA 2006
  • Onsite Doctor - Fleet Feet Sports and Capitol Road Race Management Current (providing pre and post race care to our local athletes at both the larger and smaller racing venues here in Sacramento county)
  • Zoo Zoom 5K/10K - Sacramento, CA 2006
  • Fair Oaks Fiesta Sun Run 5 mi. Run / Walk - Sacramento, CA 2006

Professional Associations

  • National Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Diplomat
  • California Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Diplomat
  • American Chiropractic Association
  • Member Palmer West Student ACA Sports Council
  • American Red Cross
  • Team-in Training (Lymphoma and Leukemia Society)

Sports and Interests
Dr. Chu has always tried to maintain a healthy lifestyle and sports has definitely been an integral part in keeping that up. He began competitively playing sports at the age of six, competing in all the sports listed above. He currently maintains his health through running, weightlifting and playing various sports with clubs and the occasional pick-up games. He is current training for the Kaiser Half-Marathon in San Francisco on February 2006 and plans on competing in many races in the near future.