Meet John Elder

John Elder

A Client First

John Elder is the Clinic Owner/Director of The Egoscue Method Nashville. The Egoscue Method is the world leader in non-medical pain relief. John has been a client of The Egoscue Method since 1995. After two years of physical therapy and one cancelled surgery, John finally found relief from back pain after his first session with Egoscue and was an instant believer. John’s dedication to The Egoscue Method and his belief in his body’s ability to heal itself allowed him to realize a childhood dream, becoming a Division I baseball player while at Yale University. With his belief in the body, and his dedication to helping others become self-reliant to regain their lives and find freedom from pain, John switched from client to Egoscue Therapist in the spring of 2005.

Accomplished Speaker, Writer & Instructor

John’s motivating personality and his desire to shift the paradigm of healthcare from symptom care to client-driven care is what makes him a highly sought after speaker. John’s clientele includes the young and old, working professionals, stay-at-home moms, professional athletes, weekend warriors, politicians, and the everyday “Joe”.

Certified as a Posture Alignment Specialist (Level II) and Advanced Exercise Therapist (AET) by Egoscue, John’s focus during the therapy process is on the reduction of pain through correct joint alignment. He has been a featured columnist on this subject for Health and Wellness Magazine and the Nashville Striders’ FunRunner magazine. He has also been a keynote speaker at the National Renal Alliance annual conference in Nashville, TN, as well as a keynote speaker for the Outer Loop Education (OLE) Study Club in Charlotte, NC.

John has presented multiple seminars at the American Fitness Professionals & Associates (AFPA) National Conference covering topics ranging from “Functional Abdominal Progression” to “The Top-10 Corrective Exercises for Back Pain Relief” to “Personal Training ‘No-Nos’”.

John was also a member of the teaching faculty for Egoscue University. He was one of only six Clinic Directors worldwide selected to teach the Postural Alignment Specialist (PAS) I & II certifications. He continues to teach various workshops and seminars and prides himself on fostering an interactive class environment that covers a multitude of learning levels.

He is featured as a contributing writer and “Top HealthBlogger” for www.wellsphere.com recognizing him as one of the leading health bloggers on the web.

John is also a TPI Certified Golf Fitness Instructor through the Titleist Performance Institute. John has worked with professional golfers on the PGA, LPGA, Champions Tour, and Nationwide Tour as well as PGA coaches and swing instructors from all across the country. His approach is to change the golfer’s body coming to the swing, rather than the swing itself, allowing for not only a pain-free golf game but also a more functional swing.

Community Activist

John is considered to be one of the major contributors to the “Patch Project Initiative” through the Egoscue Foundation where the goal is to take our younger populations and help them help themselves in a fun, healthy way using The Patch. John has spearheaded several Patch “O” Course donations throughout the country, and continues to actively seek funding to ensure the “Patch Project Initiative” remains an industry leader in fighting childhood obesity.


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