Besides Peak Athletic Performance . . .
We Also Help Teen Athletes with
Injuries, Pain & Bad Body Mechanics

Did you know?
INJURY & PAIN are the main reasons teen athletes stop playing and ultimately give up their sport! 

. . . and TRUathletes can change that!

The MAIN GOALS for our Injured Athletes are Complete Injury Recovery & Peak Athletic Performance!

Our Tested & Proven Solution Incorporates: THE 8 SUCCESS FACTORS FOR PEAK PERFORMANCE

We know that “Peak Performance” is the goal, but sometimes sports-related injuries occur and at TRUathletes we address them by combining expert hands-on therapy with tailored full-body athletic development education & training.

TRUathletes Delivers:

Injury Recovery, Injury Prevention & Enhanced Athletic Performance!

The founder of TRUathletes, Jeffrey Johnson, DC., has been the go-to solution for athletic injuries in the Bay Area since 1998.  Over the past 20 years he has helped thousands of athletes recover from injuries and return to the field of play.  From major leaguers to little leaguers he has found that there are 8 Success Factors for Peak Performance that EVERY athlete must address to perform at their best.

If you are an athlete who would like to return from injury or stay injury free to make a team, become a starter, or take your game to the next level, if you’ve got specific goals you’re willing to be held accountable to, if you’d like to perform at your absolute best, moving ballistically with quickness, speed, agility and power, then TRUathletes is for you!

If you’re a parent who wants to greatly diminish your athlete’s risk of injury and increase their opportunity for advancement in their sport, if you’d like to see your child learn goal setting, accountability and time-management skills, if you’d like them to learn how to train, eat, sleep, and recover for peak performance now and for a lifetime, then TRUathletes is definitely for you!

When injuries strike, TRUathletes is here to help with complete recovery.

Athletic Injuries we often work with:

Neck PainRotator Cuff StrainPatellar Tendonitis
HeadachesSwimmer's ShoulderOsgood-Schlatter’s Disease
Shoulder PainLittle League ElbowShin Splints
Low Back PainTennis/Golfer's ElbowAchilles Tendonitis
Hip/Knee PainIT Band SyndromeSever’s Disease
Hip Flexor SyndromePlantar FasciitisAnkle Strain

The Dynamic Treatment Combination:
Chiropractic Care, NMR & Exercise Therapy

The combination of Chiropractic Care, NMR (Neuromuscular Re-Education), and Exercise Therapy is a powerful tool in treating sports related injuries and pain. While patients may experience immediate relief from a single chiropractic adjustment, most sports injuries require supportive soft tissue therapy and specific exercises to fully recover and heal. Combining chiropractic care with NMR (Neuromuscular Re-education) and rehabilitative exercises greatly reduces the frequency and duration of treatment needed to fully recover from most athletic injuries.

Chiropractic Care

The term “adjustment” refers to the specific manipulation chiropractors apply to the joints of the spine and extremities that have abnormal movement patterns or fail to function normally. The objective of chiropractic treatment is to release joint restrictions, improve range of motion, decrease pain and optimize neurological function.

If left untreated, spinal and extremity joint restrictions may cause friction, inflammation and a progressive breakdown of cartilage, also known as Osteoarthritis. Joint cartilage is a very thin layer of tissue inside the joint. Thus, it becomes very important to remove stress from the joint in order to prevent complete degeneration of the cartilage.

The adjustments made by Dr. Johnson consist of high velocity, short lever arm thrusts applied to vertebra and extremity joints, which is often accompanied by an audible release. This sound is caused by the release of oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide which releases joint pressure.  Research shows that chiropractic care is significantly safer than comparable pharmaceutical and surgical treatments and produces far fewer (4,000 times fewer) negative side effects.

NMR (Neuromuscular Re-education)


Neuromuscular Re-education is a dynamic technique focused on soft tissue rehabilitation. It is a non-invasive treatment designed to restore proper muscle function and movement to enable the body to heal and perform at its most efficient level. NMR treatments involve the use of specific protocols that deal directly with the patient’s dysfunction. These protocols combine the use of pressure, tension, and motion to force the layers of muscle and tissue to work together properly.

There are very few Chiropractors who incorporate a focus on soft tissue injuries into their practice, however, many injuries to the spine, extremities, and nervous system should not be immediately treated with Chiropractic adjustments until the adhesions (see Understanding Adhesions below) in the soft tissues (muscles, tendons, etc.) have been treated.

Chiropractors who are trained in Neuromuscular Re-education have an extensive knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics. They are also experts in soft tissue adhesions issues and can treat these injuries with amazing results.

Understanding Adhesions

Soft tissue injuries are created when muscles and tendons become torn as a result of repeated physical movement or overuse. Your body repairs these microscopic tears through the build-up of scar tissue also known as adhesions. Muscles and tendons initially heal with weak, haphazard adhesions, which not only bind the torn tissues but also the healthy tissues in the surrounding area. As these adhesions form, they may restrict the normal movement of muscles, tendons, and nerves. This creates inflammation and irritation. Other common symptoms include:

  • Aching / Pain
  • Tingling and Numbness
  • Tenderness
  • Stiffness / Burning
  • Loss of Strength
  • Immobility

Soft tissue injuries may happen abruptly as a result of a sports injury or they may come on slowly, over a greater period of time, as with carpal tunnel or tendonitis. Too often, people only feel slight burning or stiffness and do not realize how much damage is really being done.

The Problems with Treating the Symptoms Only. . .

Many doctors prescribe pain medication, anti-inflammatories, cortisone, bracing and surgery to address the symptoms. Although these remedies do provide some relief, they do not break up the adhesions that have formed around the muscles, tendons, and nerves.

The truth about…

  • Anti-inflammatories – Inflammation is a natural part of the healing process. Anti-inflammatories may mask the injury by suppressing the signs and symptoms of inflammation, but do not address the mechanism of injury. Your injury may become more severe without the symptoms to warn you. Other side effects include gastrointestinal problems, ulcers and liver dysfunction.
  • Cortisone/Steroids – Are extremely powerful anti-inflammatories. Cortisone has been found to degrade and weaken muscle tissue and tendons. Other potential side effects include: thinning of the skin and bones (Osteoporosis), easy bruising, suppressed immune system response, weight gain, elevation of blood pressure and cataract formation.
  • Bracing/Taping – restricting the muscles and tendons while they are trying to heal may encourage the formation of excessive scar tissue. It can also result in poor healing and a higher risk of re-injury. Proper movement is required to reshape the adhesions.
  • Exercise Therapy – mobilizing, strengthening, and conditioning exercises are also prescribed to rehabilitate injured muscles and tendons, however, the increased load of many exercises may lead to more injury and pain or cause new tearing unless the injury has been healed first. Exercise therapy should be initiated after the injury has been treated with NMR.
  • Surgery – surgery uses invasive techniques in an attempt to resolve soft-tissue dysfunction. Surgery, though sometimes necessary, often results in numerous physical complications, sometimes with adverse reactions to medication, and extended time away from school or play.

There is only one way to permanently eliminate the pain and inflammation from an injury: Completely HEAL the injury!

Treating the Injury (and not “just” the symptoms)

The Neuromuscular Re-education technique focuses on locating and breaking up the cross-fiber adhesions in the injured areas. A chiropractor who is skilled in this technique is taught methods for:

  • Feeling the location and direction of all restrictions
  • Locating the restrictive adhesions and physically working the soft tissues back to their normal texture, tension, and length by using various hand positions and manipulation methods

The goal of NMR is to:

  • Release soft tissue restrictions and entrapped nerves
  • Restore optimal tissue texture, tension, and movement
  • Restore the strength, flexibility, and function of the muscles and tendons

The Final Step: Active Rehabilitation with Exercise Therapy

Freeing adhesions is only part of the battle. When you have pain and limited range of motion due to an injury, you adapt your body mechanics to fit that limitation. This unconscious mental adaptation often persists long after the injury has been resolved, leading you to continue moving in an improper and limited fashion. To appropriately heal an injured area, you must fully restore mobility to that region and re-train yourself to move the injured area through its full range of motion, both consciously and unconsciously. If you do not take the time to retrain yourself to utilize appropriate movement patterns, improper movement patterns will encourage the tissues to become re-aggravated and re-injured.

TRUmobility: Optimal Pain-Free Movement

Our dynamic mobility curriculum restores and maintains optimal, pain-free movement by challenging the body from every angle.  Our focus is to lengthen tight muscles and fascia, educate individuals on proper body alignment, and activation of core muscles to maximize flexibility.  This class has been designed to eliminate accumulated stress from the body and return you to the physical activities you enjoy.

TRUstrength: Safe & Balanced Strength Training

This class will gives the ultimate strength boost; a total body workout designed to take your base strength to the next level.  Body weight exercises are performed against gravity with additional stress coming from scaled gymnastics and TRX protocols. Moving with controlled tempo will be stressed to maintain proper balance and posture during all movements.

TRUbootcamp: Max Cardio Fitness & Caloric Burn

Improve your cardiovascular conditioning and “get your sweat on” in this high energy class. Each session begins with a full body warm up and quickly transitions into a series of up-tempo movements designed to challenge your mobility, tone your muscles, and maximize your caloric burn.

TRUcore: Core Control for Optimal Stability

TRUcore is our mat-based Pilates class that emphasizes essential core stabilization and postural control through various movement and techniques essential for developing strong and functional body movement.


Register now for a free injury and pain assessment
and learn how TRUathletes can help you
achieve Peak Performance!