Active Release Technique (ART) is a patented, state of the art soft tissue system/movement based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART.

Soft tissue conditions often do not show up in radiographic studies. When soft tissue has been injured, or even chronically tight, it forms scar tissue. While necessary for healing, scar tissue may stick to adjacent structures restricting the range of motion and may cause compression over nerves or blood vessels. These conditions alter the texture of soft tissue structures, which an experienced ART provider can diagnose and treat.

ART is successful for professional and amateur athletes, people injured in auto accidents or at work, and people who work hard and have discomfort. Symptoms vary from aches and pains to burning muscles, numbness, and tingling.
Once an injury has been assessed and accurately diagnosed, our doctors use hands-on treatment to "free up" the problem areas. Treatment duration and frequency may vary depending on the severity and complexity of the injury. However, most patients experience rapid recovery.

Meet the Doctors!

Our doctors are committed to bringing you better health and a better way of life by teaching and practicing the true principles, art, philosophy, and science of chiropractic and physical rehabilitation. 

Dr. Brad Hubbard

(D.C., A.R.T.)

ART: Full Body Certified, Long Nerve Entrapment, Masters Course, Complex Protocols and IronMan Provider.

Dr. Hubbard uses a variety of techniques in his practice, Diversified, Flex/Ext Table, Drop Table, SLI Adjusting, Rapid Release, and ART (Active Release Technique). ART is the gold standard of soft tissue management and is used to diagnose and treat problems with muscles, ligaments, fascia and nerves.

Dr. Hubbard graduated from Life Chiropractic College West, in Hayward, Ca. Dr. Hubbard has always enjoyed being involved in the education of others and has made that a large focus of his practice.

The human body is dynamic and complex. There are many choices that one must make in the decision of their personal health care. It is the focus of Dr. Hubbard to empower his clients to take charge of their health. Through care in the office, Dr. Hubbard will make systemic changes by focusing on the nervous and musculo-skeletal systems in your body, these changes help to restore health and especially maintain health.

Dr. Rudy Gutierrez

(D.C., A.R.T., C.S.C.S., A.T.C.)

Soon after discovering this passion, Rudy relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area to attend massage therapy school at the National Holistic Institute (NHI), specializing in deep tissue, myofascial release, and trigger point therapy. After earning his massage therapy certification (C.M.T.), Rudy began his own massage therapy business. For two years, he ran his business while concurrently studying kinesiology at the University of California, Berkeley and Cal State University, East Bay.

Rudy earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and became eligible to sit for the National Athletic Trainer's Association Board of Certification Examination. He exceeded his supervision requirements while working with USA Volleyball Junior Olympics, the Cal Berkeley Football Program, and preseason training camps with the San Francisco 49ers. After earning his Athletic Training Certification (A.T.C.), he continued to pursue his passion by earning his Certified Strength-training and Conditioning Specialist credential (C.S.C.S.)--the most prestigious credential in the field of exercise physiology.

Soon after, Rudy found himself embarking on his journey into the field of chiropractic at Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, California. Rudy dedicated the next 4 years to learning the art, philosophy, and science of chiropractic. Once Rudy earned his Doctorate of Chiropractic (D.C.) he was able to completely immerse himself in patient care. Now, whether the aim is personal or professional, Rudy applies a comprehensive approach to every patient's unique musculoskeletal conditions and individual health goals. These approaches include, but are not limited to, chiropractic care, physical therapy, nutritional counseling, and personalized strength training programs. Rudy's vision is that his patients each take ownership of their personal health and wellness, allowing for positive changes in not only their lives but in the lives of those around them.

Dr. Gutierrez & his family reside in Lamorinda where they continue to be actively involved in several East Bay Area charities & local community outreach programs.

Dr. Gutierrez is a member of the UC Berkeley Sports Medicine Dept., where he serves as a Chiropractic Team Physician & offers Active Release Muscle Therapy & Athletic Training expertise.


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Dr. Chad Bell

(D.C., A.R.T.)

Dr. Bell graduated Summa Cum Laude and valedictorian from Life Chiropractic College West in 2022. He is originally from a small town in Alberta, Canada where he graduated from the University of Alberta with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, with an emphasis in sports performance. Upon graduation, he immediately moved to California to pursue his doctorate degree in Chiropractic.

Dr. Bell’s passion for learning about the human body has evolved into a passion for helping people with their musculoskeletal health. He enjoys developing individualized treatment plans for his patients that includes several techniques with an emphasis on education, manual therapy and active rehabilitation. Dr. Bell takes an evidence based, patient centered approach to provide a positive environment that allows his patients to reach their goals and live life to the fullest. You will never be told to stop or give up the activities that you love, instead you’ll work together to develop a plan to get you back to doing those activities, pain and limit free.

Outside of the clinic, Dr. Bell enjoys playing hockey, weight training, watching basketball, spending time with friends and family and exploring the Bay. He also enjoys reading and listening to podcasts to stay up to date on the latest research.

We have seen a huge clinical impact on the patients that we have treated using both Chiropractic and ART together. We will assess the area(s) of concern and treat each with care and detail.