About Us

At Elite Spinal & Sports Care® you will find an unparalleled combination of the most innovative treatment techniques with the basic principles and philosophy of Chiropractic. We specialize in sports injuries, functional movement assessments, specific soft tissue release techniques and complex cases.

Patients can be assured that no matter what their condition, we are committed to providing the highest level of personalized care to help you achieve your wellness objectives. We strive to identify and correct the root cause of your musculoskeletal problem, rather than simply telling you to rest, ice or make attempts to mask the symptoms. 
In fact, in most cases we want you to keep exercising and doing the sport/activity you love as motion helps with the healing process.
What sets us apart is our focus on the entire body, not just the spine. Specializing in extremity case management, we have been able to help patients not only for various spinal conditions, but also for issues involving the joints and soft tissues of the arms and legs. So whatever your personal condition, from headaches to low back pain, shin splints to carpal tunnel, you can be confident that Elite Spinal & Sports Care® is the right place for you!

Our Approach

Joint dysfunction leads to instability, degeneration and abnormal biomechanical function. Fibrosis / scar tissue can lead to mobility restrictions and altered motor control / performance. Since muscles attach onto bones to move a joint, muscle imbalance (resulting from scar tissue) can then alter movement of that joint. Without proper treatment, the cycle continues with further wear and tear on the joints, further proliferation of scar tissue, continued degradation of motor control / performance and the development of compensatory injuries.

At Elite Spinal & Sports Care, we treat ALL areas of this injury cycle to ensure the root cause of your problem is fully addressed.
Chiropractic is employed to restore proper joint mechanics.
Specific soft tissue treatment modalities are used to break up the restrictive scar tissue, fibrosis and cross fiber adhesions.
Rehabilitation / corrective exercises are used to enhance motor control, strengthen weakened muscles and restore the muscle(s) back to their full function.

Our Services


Chiropractic focuses on the relationship between STRUCTURE (primarily the spine, although fixations in the extremities are often involved) and its FUNCTION (as coordinated by the nervous system). As specialists in Sports Chiropractic, our doctors utilize specific assessment/treatment techniques to detect and correct dysfunctional spinal and extremity joints that are not moving properly.

Active Release Techniques (ART)

Elite Spinal & Sports Care has been providing Active Release Techniques (ART) to the Sacramento area since 2004. What makes ART unique is that it utilizes principles of friction and tension to “tear” adhesions formed within/between damaged muscles, fascia, tendons, nerve tracts and ligaments of the human body.

Fascial Distortion Model

The Fascial Distortion Model (FDM) is based on the assessment of six different distortions or problems that can occur within the body’s connective tissues, known as fascia. After finding the distortion within the body, the physician then applies a hands-on therapy involving pressure and movement to realign fascia.

Fascial Manipulation

Fascial Manipulation (FM) focuses on the fascia and considers that the myofascial system is a three-dimensional continuum. This method offers a complete biomechanical model that assists in deciphering the role of fascia in musculoskeletal disorders. The fascia in the body is very extensive and so it would be difficult and inappropriate to work over the entire body.

Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)

The SFMA (Selective Functional Movement Assessment) is a movement based diagnostic system composed of a series of 7 fundamental movement patterns. These tests are designed to assess patterns of movement (such as bending and squatting) in individuals with known musculoskeletal pain.

Visceral Manipulation

Your trunk and pelvis form a boney, muscular, fascial outer shell to protect and encase all of your internal organs. Your organs are not just loosely floating around in the abdomen; they are mostly supported by tissue called fascia and pleura. The whole thing is a sealed system under pressure that squishes everything tightly together; each organ is wrapped in its own pleura and bathed in a little bit of fluid so it can slide and move around or over its neighboring organs.

Graston Technique

The Graston Technique® is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables our doctors to effectively break down scar tissue and facial restrictions.

Anatomy In Motion (AiM)

Walking is a whole body movement. What we mean by that is that when you walk every joint of your body will be set in motion. The body can either walk efficiently or not efficiently, and it is the ‘not walking efficiently’ that leads to compensations in your body.

Proprioceptive Deep Tendon Reflex (P-DTR)

P-DTR® is a revolutionary technique used to diagnose and treat various issues related to dysfunction of the nervous system. Most other therapy techniques deal with the “hardware” issues of body (massage, chiropractic, joint manipulations, etc.), often failing to consider and assess how the nervous system is affecting the body.

Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Technology (EPAT)

The word “extracorporeal” comes from two latin roots: extra (outside) and corp (body). So, Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment (EPAT) is noninvasive because it happens completely outside of the body. No needles and no surgery required!

Pulsed Electromagnetic Therapy (PEMF)

The word “extracorporeal” comes from two latin roots: extra (outside) and corp (body). So, Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Treatment (EPAT) is noninvasive because it happens completely outside of the body. No needles and no surgery required!


Physiotherapy refers to a range of passive treatment modalities used in our clinic to maximize treatment efficacy. These modalities include ice packs, moist heat (hydrocollator), electrical muscle stimulation (EMS), therapeutic ultrasound, mechanical traction and spinal decompression therapy.

Spinal Decompression

Non-surgical spinal decompression therapy as performed in our office is a very high-tech form of traction. It is a highly successful, non-surgical alternative procedure for relieving low back, neck, and arm and leg pain.

Fascial Movement Taping

Fascial Movement Taping is a rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body’s natural healing process. It provides support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body’s range of motion as well as prolonging the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting.

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Our Staff

Justin Lau


Edward Chu


Kristen Teuscher


Cody Miller


Sports Massage Therapists


Functional Strength Training


The Staff of Elite Spinal & Sports Care®

The majority of our staff members are Full Body Certified ART Providers, have specialized training in sports medicine and are avid athletes themselves.


Imagine keeping a runner’s body in functioning order despite endless hundred mile training weeks. Imagine running a hundred mile ultra distance race two weeks after a head on car collision. Imagine the healing of a […]

Caren Wick :Massage Therapist & Competitive Ultramarathon Runner

Had major back issues and lasting pain. X-ray/MRI etc all showed "normal". Only after visiting with Dr Cody Miller did I experience substantial relief. Dr Cody was also the only one, until that point, to […]
I thought Chiropractors only adjusted backs--I couldn't have been more wrong! Dr. Cody Miller helped with a nagging calf strain I developed while training for a marathon. He also helped with my hips and lower […]
I was experiencing lower back and knee pain, so my wife recommended that I book an appointment with Dr. Cody Miller. After only one session with Dr. Miller, I experienced immediate results as both my […]
I came to Dr. Lau not being able to run 1 mile without pain in my knees and hips. For a runner, that is devastating! After just one session with Dr. Lau, I was able […]

Pamela Kropf : Ultramarathoner

Dr. Justin Lau is a miracle worker! After several years of Chiropractic and Physical Therapy that was going nowhere, he has fixed me. He has a unique approach to treatment that really works. I had […]
Simply the best in Sacramento. I have no words to describe their phenomenal care. From the administrative personnel to the practitioners, each employee has gone above and beyond. Dr. Lau's praise is warranted. He was […]
I used to live in severe chronic back pain from an old horseback riding injury. I saw several doctors and other chiropractors for it over the span of 6 years and nothing ever truly brought […]

Nicole B.: Paramedic and Equestrian

In our first 45 minutes together, he triangulated what was causing my calf pain, including diagnosing a nerve problem I've had for 21 years and has confounded other physical therapists. He walked me through specific […]

Jonathan K. Marathoner and IronMan

I first saw Dr. Chu in May of 2010 after having to drop from a 50-miler race due to knee pain. Through the years I have trained for and completed multiple trail ultras and have […]

Ling -Run Chu: Ultramarathon Runner and Western States Endurance Run Finisher

I am a master CrossFit athlete who gets extremely broken sleep due to my firefighter position. Recovery and consistent therapy are vital for my ability to continue to compete. Dr. Chu is amazing in his […]

Chad Augustin: 5x CrossFit Competitor, Fire Chief of the city of Pasadena

As a professional UFC fighter I have accumulated a significant amount of injuries. Still in competition it is important to me to work with knowledgable professionals. I highly recommend Elite Spinal & Sports Care. I […]

Joshua Emmett, Professional UFC Lightweight Fighter


Contact Us

Business Hours :

Monday: 8 am – 5 pm
Tuesday: 11 am – 6 pm
Wednesday: 11 am – 6 pm
Thursday: By appointment only
Friday: 8 am – 5 pm
2041 Hallmark Drive, Suite 1
Sacramento, CA 95825
Monday: 8 am - 5 pm
Tuesday: 11 am - 6 pm
Wednesday: 11 am - 6 pm
Thursday: By appointment only
Friday: 8 am - 5 pm
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