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Meet Andrew Clarke of The Center for Corrective Exercise in Hillcrest

Today we’d like to introduce you to Andrew Clarke.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Andrew. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
After suffering a herniated disc in May 2007, my road to recovery was slow and arduous. For years, I searched for someone who could help alleviate my pain in a nontraditional method. I opted out of surgery and not to depend on medications (legal or illicit). As a person who was always physically fit and highly active, this injury changed the course of my life. Never again would I be able to run for pleasure, or do strenuous exercise such as weightlifting or ballistic style training. The lack of exercise and physical agility led me down a dark path of depression. Which subsequently led to a high level of consumption of food and alcohol. Within 2 years, I had gained over 75 lbs. and spent most of my day sitting in a chair trying to stay pain free. This behavior continued for 4 years until I sunk to an all-time low of losing my job and not being able to find work in my field.

In 2011, I was introduced to a massage therapist who specialized in helping people recover from injuries. Working with this therapist weekly, I was able to decrease my pain. This allowed me to go back into the gym and work with a personal trainer who specialized in corrective exercise. With the help of these two individuals, I was able to exercise pain free and within 4 months, had successfully lost all the weight I had gained.

So inspired by these individuals, I decided I wanted to give back and help others in the same way that I had been helped. This led to the establishment of The Center for Corrective Exercise (CCE) in May 2012. Our goal at CCE is to help people recover from injury, as well as helping patients achieve a higher level of physical agility. We do this with the use of movement based soft-tissue therapy and highly specialized chiropractic care, which also addresses soft-tissue health in addition to joint care.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The thing that I found hardest was to find a chiropractic practitioner who was like minded and also had a passion for giving back. I was not just looking for someone that was talented, I was looking for someone that was talented and also wanted to serve the community. After reviewing many resumes and interviewing several candidates, I saw the perfect resume for Dr. Jacqueline “Jacqui” Grant, and said to myself, “that’s who I want”. After the exhaustive search, “Jacqui”, had proved herself to be the best fit for the practice. She is truly a one-of-a-kind practitioner.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
In our practice, we look at the patient as a whole. In other words, we do not only consider the part of the body that is causing the patient pain. We always consider other contributing external and internal factors, which could be the root cause to the area of concern. For example, if someone came into us and said they had hip issues, we would not go directly to the hip for treatment. Rather, we would examine them from the feet up, and additionally, get a thorough understanding of their daily activities. More often than not, it is these types of activities that lead to their area of concern.

Both myself and our chiropractor have specialized training in working with people who have overuse and/or sports related injuries. We are able to assess, treat, and offer recommendations for home treatment protocols without the use of medications or invasive procedures. Because of our approach, we spend a significant amount of time providing patient education and offering specific treatment regimens. Whether seeing the chiropractor, or myself, the soft-tissue therapist, time spent with our patients’ is never less than 20 minutes in duration. We believe that in order to provide superior service and the most optimum treatment to our patients, we must spend quality time in providing our services. This is the primary reason we are a patient-paid direct office. We do not want our services to be limited or altered because we are working under the constraints of outside influences.

We are most proud of our capacity to offer patient’s alternative treatments and superior service with long lasting results. When a patient is treated in our office, he/she feels like an individual with an individualized care plan, not just another number. Unlike other forms of soft-tissue therapy or chiropractic care, our style of therapy utilizes movement while treating the soft-tissue. Movement, whether it’s passive or active, is the key component to working with muscles, tendons and ligaments to clear any nerve entrapment.

What were you like growing up?
I was always interested in health and science. I was passionate about watching shows that involved surgeries, medical documentaries and fitness programs. I was always fun loving, and very active. I have an extremely outgoing and charismatic personality. I have a contagious laugh and a smile that puts people at ease. People always feel at ease talking to me – they always want to tell me their darkest secrets. And because I’ve always been such a good listener and empathetic to the things going on in people’s lives it helps me everyday in the office.

Pricing:

  • Soft-Tissue Therapy $20 every 15 minutes
  • Chiropractic Care $20 every 15 minutes
  • Deep Muscle Stimulation $20 every 15 minutes

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Image Credit:
Photos by Sheri Clarke

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