Dr. James Gucciardi
- Bachelor of Science from C.W. Post College (1996)
- Doctorate of Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College (2002)
- Active Release Techniques (ART)
- Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)
- Functional Movement Screen (FMS)
- McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy Lumbar Spine
Full disclosure --I have a bit of an identity crisis. I didn't intend on becoming a chiropractor. In fact, I didn't care much for chiropractors at one time in my life because of an experience I had with one in high school. It was the only experience I ever had with chiropractic at the time. I was experiencing some low back pain during our grueling pre-season soccer conditioning. It didn't hurt when I was just milling around, but for sprinting and long runs it was debilitating. The chiropractor I went to took some x-rays, took me into his office and explained that some of the vertebrae in my low back were rotated and I would need several adjustments to correct the problem. No exercises, no stretches, just adjustments were part of the treatment plan. That never sat well with me. I eventually got better, but unbeknownst to my chiropractor, I started stretching on the side. In retrospect, I was a talented player, but undisciplined when it came to conditioning. I came into pre-season unprepared. I wasn't ready for the work outs and they kicked my butt. My body reacted by tightening up.
"I really wanted to be a strength and conditioning coach"
Once it was clear I wasn't going to become a professional soccer player traveling the world, hearing the crowd chanting my name and wearing my jersey, I decided to pursue a career helping others. I seriously thought about becoming a strength and conditioning coach. I also thought about applying to physical therapy school. In my senior year I took a class on injury rehabilitation. I really liked the course and excelled in it. It was taught by a chiropractor who also happened to be a power-lifter. He pulled me aside one day and told me I should consider a career in health care. The seed had been planted.
If you use me as a doctor, there's something you should know about me...
I think of myself as a trainer who also happens to be a chiropractor. I will approach your case as how can I help you function better in your daily life or sport. I know what it's like to see a healthcare provider for pain and have them tell you that there is something wrong with you, you need surgery, and you probably won't be able to this or that again. I think long and hard before telling you that you can't physically do something anymore. I try to figure out why you can't do something at the moment and then make a plan to help you reach your goals. Not my goals, your goals. So I approach patients with a heavy emphasis on restoring normal function as well as providing pain relief.