Chad has loved sports his whole life. This love has been instrumental in him going to college, completing a masters degree in exercise science, learning massage therapy, going to acupuncture school, and finally specializing in orthopedic and sports acupuncture. This specialization began while in acupuncture school at Southwest Acupuncture College, by starting an intense apprenticeship with Whitfield Reaves.The apprenticeship included, completing his apprenticeship program, helping him write his book (The Acupuncture Handbook of Sports Injuries and Pain), and assisting him while teaching nearly every class he taught for the next 7 years. Over the last 9 years Chad has taught at Southwest Acupuncture College, WON Institute, and Tristate College of Acupuncture, classes include; sports acupuncture, physical assessment, clinical mentorship, and palpation. He has also taught continuing education classes on orthopedic and sports injuries. Chad is also one of the founding members of the Sports Acupuncture Alliance and The PInpoint Performance Podcast. Both focused on helping to bring together and provide educational opportunities for the orthopedic and sports acupuncture community. Chad currently practices at Philadelphia Sports Acupuncture, where he tries to help his patients stay out there doing the sports that they love.
Alex Brazinski M.Ac., L.Ac., RYT, FR, FRCms Alex Brazinski is an acupuncturist specializing in sports acupuncture, pain management, and stress management. He is currently practicing at Philadelphia Sports Acupuncture. Alex has completed his masters degree in acupuncture at the WON Institute in Philadelphia. He has completed certifications in Functional Range Release Upper Extremities (FR), Functional Range Conditioning (FRCms), and has studied Tai Massage at the WON Institute. Alex is a RYT certified yoga instructor. His yoga classes are constructed to bridge the gap between mind and body through breath-work and meditative movement. Alex’s love of sports acupuncture began as a Division I cross country and track & field athlete. During his time as runner, Alex suffered from several running related injuries that forced him to seek help beyond the athletic training facility. He found that sports acupuncture was the only effective and lasting treatment modality for his injuries. Alex creates a dynamic treatment style that combines his passion for sports acupuncture, sports performance, kinesthetic development, and mental equilibrium. Alex moved from his hometown, Ridgway, in Northwest Pennsylvania to Southwest Pennsylvania in North Wales. In his free time, Alex enjoys olympic weightlifting at a local CrossFit gym, yoga, and Ido Portal inspired movement-based practices. Functional Range Release (FR) Functional Range Release (FR) is a comprehensive system of soft tissue assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation. FR is a myofascial-release technique that simultaneously assesses, expands, and strengthens the patient’s functional range of motion. The FR system was constructed out of previous scientific research on myofascial release to create the most effective and dynamic technique. FR technique influences muscle, fascia, and the nerves in order to create lasting results.
Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) Functional Range Conditioning (FRC) is a system of creating, controlling, and expanding usable range of motion, defined as mobility. FRC uses tension and isometrics to minimize neurological safeguards that inhibit mobility in the first place. It is designed to progressively overload the muscles at end range to expand mobility and build strength at the end ranges. FRC is a system that increases strength, promotes injury prevention, improves performance, and enhances proprioception.