Allen Manison

Allen Manison

DC, DACBSP, CCEP, CSCS


Dr. Manison owns and operates Columbia Advanced Chiropractic, LLC in Columbia, Maryland (Howard County). He has received certifications in Chiropractic Adjunctive Physiotherapy from New York Chiropractic College and Advanced Chiropractic Adjunctive Physiotherapy from the National University of Health Sciences. Dr. Manison is also certified (and re-certified) in Cox flexion/distraction from the National University of Health Sciences. Dr. Manison has been published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, one of only two medically indexed journals. His case study was on the topic of Cox Flexion/Distraction and its success with cervical disc herniations. Please click HERE to read the abstract of the study. Dr. Manison also wrote a chapter in the third edition of the RockTape Manual.

Dr. Manison currently holds licenses to practice chiropractic in Maryland and Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Maryland Chiropractic Association and American Chiropractic Association.

Dr. Manison is a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians® (DACBSP®)  This is the highest level of sports training a chiropractor can receive in the field and he is one of only 390 in the country.  Before being able to pursue the Diplomate curriculum, Dr. Manison first had to become a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician® (CCSP®).  Dr. Manison has also undergone extensive training and has earned the designate of Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner (CCEP) from the Council on Extremity Adjusting. He was certified in Applied Kinesiology from the International College of Applied Kinesiology in 1998.

Dr. Manison has obtained a certification as a Golf Rehabilitation Specialist through the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic. This was an 84 hour program. He has continued his golf education and is now a Titleist Performance Institute TPI Medical Level 3 Certified Professional. Dr. Manison intends on continuing his education with TPI as it is the authority on golf movement assessments and rehabilitation. Dr. Manison was one of the wellness team doctors for the USGA U.S. Open for two years (2013 and 2014).  Dr. Manison is also a Level 2 certified Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA) practitioner.

As one of only a handful of professionals in Maryland, Dr. Manison has achieved the title of Low Speed Rear Impact Crash Reconstruction Specialist from the Spine Research Institute of San Diego, as well as a certificate for advanced training for diagnosis, treatment, and management of motor vehicular cervical acceleration/deceleration (CAD) trauma. Dr. Manison is one of only two people in the state of Maryland who has attended actual crash studies. The information obtained from this cannot be learned in any other form.

Dr. Manison has achieved Advanced Certification in the Graston Instrument Assisted Soft-Tissue Mobilization (GISTM) technique (or Graston Technique), a highly advanced and efficient technique developed for treating soft tissue pathology.  Dr. Manison is also a full body licensed provider of Active Release Techniques (ART).  This technique is highly effective for treating a whole host of soft tissue and nerve entrapment issues.   Dr. Manison was the first licensed Active Release practitioner in the Columbia/ Ellicott City/ Southern Baltimore/ Howard County, Maryland region.  He has most experience with this technique in the area. The technique is sought after for triathlon participants, volleyball players, Crossfitters, marathon runners, and athletes of all sports. Dr. Manison is proud to be an ART Ironman Provider.

Dr. Manison is also a Certified Kinesio® Taping Practitioner (CKTP®). TheKinesio® Taping Method is one of the most sophisticated taping techniques in the world.  It allows for facilitation, inhibition, and functional corrections of the musculoskeletal system. Dr. Manison is also a ‘Rock Doc’. This means he is a certified FMT level 1 and 2 (Fascial Movement Taping) practitioner from RockTape. This advanced form of taping is unique in the industry and works with the principles of Anatomy Trains® to help patients restore function and improve sports performance. (Dr. Mansion wrote a chapter for the 3rd edition of the RockTape manual).

Dr. Manison is certified in Dry Needling by the Dry Needling Institute, LLC. This powerful soft tissue technique adds another treatment approach for Dr. Manison to utilize. He is the first certified chiropractor in the Columbia / Ellicott City / Howard County, MD area in Dry Needling.  Dr. Manison also has advanced training in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (MSK) that he will be utilizing in the office soon.  Diagnostic Ultrasound is a cutting edge and amazing diagnostic tool for assessment of soft tissue pathology.  It allows for real-time assessments and Dry Needling can be performed under the view of Diagnostic Ultrasound.  Dr. Manison was part of the first group of chiropractors trained in the nation.

Dr. Manison also holds the certification as a CSCS® (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist®).  This certification requires that those passing have a high level of knowledge in the assessment and design of exercise and nutrition programs for athletes of all levels.  Dr. Manison is also a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) and Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) as certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine® (NASM®). These specialization programs, which can only be taken by those candidates with at least a bachelors degree in a sports-related field, involve material ranging from assessment of injury/imbalance patterns tested with functional activities and ways to correct such issues to in-depth material about exercise science, nutrition, psychology, and conditioning and sports performance enhancement for athletes of all levels.

Dr. Manison is a cum laude graduate of Life University (a chiropractic professional graduate school) in Marietta, Georgia. He was one of only two students in his graduating class of 242 to receive the Clinical Excellence Award for performing more than 500 adjustments during his clinical internship. He was also selected as one of 12 students out of 4000 to be a Senior Assistant, a position that also included an academic scholarship. This job enabled him to supervise and educate students in a clinical setting about the proper application of chiropractic technique and proper diagnosis as well as assist the clinic doctors in the day-to-day clinic operations. Dr. Manison was also active in several technique clubs and held a supervisory position and instructed for the Motion Palpation club.

Prior to his doctorate education at Life University, Dr. Manison attended the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Society with a minor in Spanish and a concentration in pre-medicine.

Dr. Manison was the official chiropractor for the Baltimore Marathon for 12 years.  He was also the medical director for Corrigan Sports Enterprises (CSE) for this time period. He also has the experience of being the east coast sports chiropractor for the , NVL/CSE Pro Beach Volleyball circuit.

He also has extensive experience working with CrossFitters and at CrossFit events. He works the Mid Atlantic Affiliate Challenge (MAAC) and organizes a staff of about 10 other healthcare providers.

In his free time (which isn’t that much these days), Dr. Manison enjoys weightlifting, golfing, skiing, hiking, reading, studying, playing with his dog, spending time with his wife and daughters, cooking, and participating in any activity that involves the outdoors, sports, and nutrition. His wife is currently an attending pediatrician at Walter Reed Medical Hospital Center.  She is also an associate professor at USUHS and an assistant program director of Pediatrics at Walter Reed.

Dr. Manison has also been selected to answer questions on chiroweb.com, the largest chiropractic website in the world. View Chiroweb’s ‘Ask A Doctor of Chiropractic’ forum.