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Each year well-constructed, talent laden sports teams will lose their opportunity to successfully compete in their respective markets due to an overabundance of preventable sports injuries.

These injuries and diagnoses (listed below) would benefit from, interventions outside of the current Sports Medicine model:

Hamstring muscle strain/pull, tear, tendonitis

Groin muscle strain/pull, tear, tendonitis

Quadriceps muscle strain/pull, tear, tendonitis

Abdominal/oblique muscle strain/pull, tear, tendonitis

Achilles tendon, Gastroc/Soleus muscles strain/pull, tear, tendonitis

Plantar muscles strain/pull, tear, tendonitis

Rotator cuff muscles strain/tear, tendonitis

Ulnar collateral ligament strain/tear

Plantar fasciitis

Foot strain, arthritis, tendonitis and bursitis

Knee strain, arthritis, tendonitis and bursitis

Hip strain, arthritis, tendonitis and bursitis

Shoulder strain, arthritis, tendonitis, and bursitis

Elbow strain, arthritis, tendonitis and bursitis

Wrist strain, arthritis, tendonitis and bursitis

Hip flexor strain, tendonitis and bursitis

Neck strain

Mid-back strain 

Low back strain

Turf toe

John Mennel MD, author of the book Joint Pain reiterates the three basic truisms worthy of our attention:

(1) When a joint is not free to move, the muscles which move it cannot be free to

move. (1)

(2) Muscles cannot be restored to normal if the joints which they move are not free to

move. (1)

(3) Normal muscle function is dependent on normal joint movement. (1)

In essence we have “put the cart before the horse.” As Dr. Mennel describes we have put emphasis on retraining and redeveloping muscles with sparse attention given in treatment to the joint itself. If the prime fault can be corrected, the secondary abnormalities resulting from it can usually be corrected too. (1)

These joint play movements are very small but precise in range. (1)

Athletic trainers do not have the training to determine the presence or absence of the precise normal functions within a particular joint. As a result the primary component of the musculoskeletal system has been overlooked. This is where the current Sports Medicine model falls short in the assessment and treatment of sports injuries.

What is needed in sports are trained practitioners proficient in the palpation of joint function and the restoration of normal function when needed, limiting unnecessary sports injuries.


  1. Mennell, J. McM. (1964). Joint Pain Diagnosis and Treatment Using Manipulative Techniques. Boston, Massachusetts: Little, Brown and Company.


Dr. Swanson has extensive experience treating sports related injuries. He has used the Gaitlink protocol in the following sports programs:

  • National Basketball Association (NBA)
  • National Football League (NFL)
  • Collegiate Sports
  • United States Olympic Athletes
  • Australian Olympic Athletes
  • Local School Athletes
  • Local Recreational Athletes

Do you have more questions on the Gaitlink Chiropractic Method?

The Info page explains the Gaitlink Chiropractic technique in-depth and provides detailed information on Dr. Andrew Swanson’s qualifications & experience. For detailed information on the Gaitlink treatment procedure, visit the Gaitlink Services page. The Gaitlink Services page gives payment and insurance information and lists upcoming events.

Gaitlink Chiropractic Method Videos

On the right side bar, you will find informational videos of Dr. Andrew Swanson discussing his theories regarding the Gaitlink technique as it relates to specific areas of the body. These videos explain the ways in which the Gaitlink chiropractic method can unlock problem areas in the body leading to better function and optimal health.

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If you have a sports related injury and would like to discuss the ways in which the Gaitlink method can help to restore your athletic performance, contact Gaitlink Chiropractic Center today. We look forward to hearing from you.

The Gaitlink Contact page has detailed driving directions and contact information. Please call Gaitlink at our Port Gamble, WA office location at (360)297-4544. You may also e-mail our practice with any questions you may have about our chiropractic method at [email protected].

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Gaitlink Chiropractic Center
32279 Rainier Ave NE
Port Gamble, Washington

Phone: (360) 297-4544
E-mail: [email protected]

Monday: 9am-12:30pm; 2:30-5:30pm
Tuesday: 9am-1pm; 2:30-5:30pm
Wednesday: 9am-1pm; 2:30-5:30pm
Closed Thursday-Sunday