Press-Republican

November 10, 2013

Local chiropractor returns to Plattsburgh

DAN HEATH
Press-Republican

PLATTSBURGH — He’s back for your back and other chiropractic needs.

Dr. Jonathan Mulholland opened his new chiropractic practice, The Ideal Athlete, on Oct. 7. It is located at 42 U.S. Oval, just south of the City of Plattsburgh Recreation Center.

The practice is in the former chaplain’s residence at Plattsburgh Air Force Base. Renovations of the two-story brick building with hardwood floors took a couple months.

“It’s got character,” he said.

Location an asset

It’s an ideal location next to the Rec Center, and also has great views of the youth soccer and football fields on the interior of the Oval.

While Mulholland specializes in care for athletes, he said any patient is welcome. He is also offering running-analysis sessions and high-end personal-training services for a limited number of clients, a kind of triathlon of athletic care.

“I’m trying to do something unique to the North Country,” he said. “I think I bring a unique skill set to the table.” 

Mulholland had a practice in Plattsburgh until 2009. He later spent two years working as the Sports Medicine and Performance Enhancement consultant for the New Zealand Olympic Cycling Team, including at the London Olympics. 

“I’ve really picked up some new skills the last few years,” he said.

The running analysis is ideal for recreational runners, children and high-school-age runners, triathletes and competitive runners and even walkers. Based on the client, it could involve high-definition video analysis, running-technique drills, three-dimensional foot scans, movement screening, personalized exercises, custom strength and mobility drills and more.  

That contract ended shortly after the games, and he then took a year off to search for the ideal location for the new practice.

“I spent the time to find an office location that fit my personality,” Mulholland said.

Many treatments offered

Among the treatments available are Active Release Technique and Graston Technique.

The former is a specialized soft-tissue therapy for treatment of repetitive-strain sports injuries and cumulative trauma disorders, while the latter is a patented method of soft-tissue mobilization using specialized instruments to treat scar tissue and fascia injuries. 

Mulholland also provides kinesio-taping, which uses specially designed tape to support the body without restricting movement. It also helps manipulate soft tissues to extend the benefits of manual therapy.

At The Ideal Athlete, patients will receive a thorough, personalized session that lasts about 30 minutes. Mulholland is the only practitioner in the office.

“I really focus on personalized, one-on-one care,” he said.

Treatment at The Ideal Athlete doesn’t require a physician’s referral, which can save the patient a lot of time. Appointments can be made online by the patient or by calling the office.

Mulholland graduated from Plattsburgh High School in 1992. He received a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Ithaca College in 1996 and a doctor of chiropractic degree from Northwestern Health Services in Minneapolis in 2000. 

He spent time as the chief of staff and as an assistant professor at the Bloomington Natural Care Center in Bloomington, Minn., and also served as a chiropractic consultant at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid.

Working with international athletes enabled him to visit about 15 countries in the last couple years. Traveling the world as a team chiropractor for the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Team and New Zealand Cycling Team was a wonderful experience, Mulholland said, but it’s nice to be home.

“I’m just excited to be back in my home town and helping people get better,” he said.

Insurance accepted

Mulholland said he accepts all major insurance plans, including Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield, New York State Empire Plan, Excellus Blue Cross/Blue Shield, American Specialized Health, Medicare, workers compensation, Blue Shield of Northeastern New York and United Health Care.

For more information, visit www.theidealathlete.com or call 324-5000.

Email Dan Heath:dheath@pressrepublican.com