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Dr. John E. Upledger Foundation

Ricky Williams CST

 





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The Mission of the Dr. John E. Upledger Foundation is to support the overall therapeutic philosophies and visions of TIME Innovator for the current millennium, Dr. John E. Upledger.

This includes: providing treatment for those in need; supporting and developing existing and new innovative therapeutic programs and research, in such areas as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Concussions, Autism, and Dolphin Assisted Therapy; supplying education to therapists either via need based or in exchange for participation in our Heal it Forward Network; and promoting community and general awareness of Dr. John E. Upledger; his life’s work, philosophies, therapeutic methods and therapies and the world wide network of practitioners who practice and promote his living legacy.  


The Intensive Therapy Programs of the Upledger Institute are unique, multi-disciplinary one or two week treatment programs designed to focus on particular issues such as autism, brain and spinal cord injuries, concussions, learning disabilities, etc. These programs, like all other Upledger Institute programs, use a mind-body-spirit approach to address the health care needs of the community. While a core group of therapists are assigned to each program, the programs also draw on the Institute’s diverse group of highly trained professionals to rotate through the programs and contribute their skills. These include physicians, physical therapists, massage therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors, doctors of oriental medicine, psychologists and counselors. Many of these professionals are cross-trained in a variety of complementary therapies as well.  


Ricky Williams, who played professional football for 12 seasons and, like all players, suffered repeated trauma to his head and body during his career, strongly supported a 2014 Intensive Therapy pilot program. In describing one of his best seasons as a player, Williams said, "During the summer before the 2009 football season, I went through the CranioSacral Intensive Program at The Upledger Institute looking to deal with some nagging physical complaints I had from past injuries. I ended up getting the relief I was looking for and much more. I credit much of my well-being and my 1000 yard season to the multi-modality manual therapy program I experienced at Upledger."  For more information, see upledger.org/programs/concussion-program.php.

Since these programs began in 1988, the Intensive Programs have utilized a wide variety of modalities, incorporating new therapies as they become available. In addition, families and/or caregivers receive psychological support and training in basic techniques which allow them to continue the work at home.

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