Movement is Medicine: Dr. Callie Lance Empowers the Athlete Within

By Callie Lance

Dr. Callie Lance, owner of Chattanooga Sports Chiropractic Institute, is changing the way Chattanoogans think about chiropractic. How? First of all, Dr. Lance says, “Chiropractic is a profession, not a treatment.” 

While different chiropractors approach patients and treatments in a variety of ways, she strives to restore better body motion and function through spinal manipulation, but also works with the soft tissues of the body and focuses on restoring mobility and balance to improve overall performance.

The definition of chiropractic is “a system of integrative medicine based on the diagnosis and manipulative treatment of joint dysfunctions, especially those of the spinal column.” This indicates a philosophy and approach of treating the body as a whole system, rather than focusing on the pain area.

Pain is the last symptom to arise and the first symptom to subside, but Dr.  Lance feels that approaching the cause of the pain is more valuable in overcoming the problem while also being more effective in preventing its return. Chiropractic care can be used to treat a wide range of problems and is often viewed as the treatment of choice for musculoskeletal conditions.

Why should an athlete or active individual visit a chiropractor, even if they don’t have pain? Evaluating the body as a whole, since different areas are dependent on each other for proper movement, balance and function, is the most effective way to determine areas of accommodation or compensation that can lead to discomfort or poor performance over time. Recognizing why these imbalances are occurring leads to a more effective management of them before they affect the body negatively.

For instance, you may be able learn a different breathing technique that increases your core stability which, in turn, leads to a faster run pace or more efficient weightlifting effort. Better workstation ergonomics and posture may take the tension off your shoulders while you work on your computer, leading to less stress, strain and discomfort. A muscular dysfunction in your lower spine and hip area can be the beginning of a compensation pattern leading to pain in the shoulder area.

Dr. Lance takes pride in her ability to “play detective” in her efforts to get to the source of existing complaints and prevent other problems from occurring while helping to maximize endurance, coordination and performance. You can find Dr. Lance at her business, Chattanooga Sports Chiropractic Institute

The practice focuses on integrating chiropractic, dry needling, soft tissue techniques and functional rehabilitation into one successful treatment approach individualized to each patient. Dr. Lance works with surrounding gyms, wellness centers and other physicians to make sure that Chattanooga receives the best care possible. ​

Dr. Lance is an Ohio native who chose to launch her practice in Chattanooga due to her love of outdoor activities in the region. ​In her spare time she loves being outside trying new hiking trails or running the riverwalk, meeting new people, exploring Chattanooga restaurants and volunteering with the Chamber's North Chattanooga Council