Dr. Criscuolo is a graduate of Seton Hall University and New York Chiropractic College. He is a diplomate with the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians, making him one of less than 400 doctors to hold this achieved status. For diplomate status the requirements are 360 hours of classroom and workshops, 100 hours on the field at sporting events, a passing grade on three examinations – two written and one practical, and acceptance of a paper for publication in a peer reviewed journal or text. He also has over one hundred and fifty hours in spinal and extremity rehabilitation course work. Other postgraduate course work has been completed in the areas of radiology, orthopedics, risk management, and technique.
Dr. Criscuolo first met Dr. Leahy in 1991 and was treated for a chronic shoulder problem. The success of that treatment, when many other treatment approaches had failed to resolve his problem, prompted Dr. Criscuolo to learn as much as he could about Dr. Leahy’s new treatment protocols. It was through Dr. Criscuolo’s urging that Dr. Leahy began to teach ART®, and he became one of the first instructors to assist in teaching Dr. Leahy. He has been teaching for Dr. Leahy since that time and is now a senior lead instructor of ART® (1 of only 25). He has 32 years of chiropractic experience and has been a post graduate instructor of ART® for 24 years.
Dr. Criscuolo’s approach to treatment is based on the principles that optimal joint function is dependent on normal soft tissue function and optimal soft tissue function is dependent on normal joint function. To separate these two and treat them independently would not be efficient or as successful. By incorporating the principles of chiropractic for joint and nerve function and ART® for soft tissue function, we now have a synergistic approach to treatment. Emphasis is also placed on rehabilitative exercises to increase strength and/or endurance in a particular area. Dr. Criscuolo prefers to use exercises that utilize low tech, low cost equipment so that patient compliance and follow through is easier.
Dr. Derek Van Benthuysen
Dr. Derek Van Benthuysen is a life-long resident of Wall Township where he currently resides with his family. He is a graduate of Wall High School where he excelled as a Track and Field athlete.
While continuing his track career at Gettysburg College, Dr. Derek experienced first-hand the impact chiropractic care has on athletic performance enabling him to earn All-Conference Honors in three different events.
After graduating with High Honors from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1999, Dr. Derek joined the team at Active Release and Chiropractic Center.
Outside of the office, Dr. Derek enjoys spending time with his family, working out, and playing softball.
It is with great pleasure that I write this summary of Dr. Criscuolo’s work with the Princeton Women’s & Men’s Teams on the Active Release Techniques®(ART®).
The Princeton University Women’s and Men’s Teams are elite level, Division I, NCAA All Americans in swimming and diving. Many of the athletes that come to Princeton arrive with shoulder, knee or back problems caused by years of improper technique and neglectful coaching. The foundation of our swimming program has been to make these injuries “go away” by teaching proper technique and rehabilitating the injured area.
Dr. Criscuolo has worked with the Princeton team for two years now. He has seen over a dozen swimmers, male and female, each year. We have had a dramatic increase in recovery since his work with the team. Many athletes have had complete recovery from shoulder tendonitis that other doctors had said would end their careers. We have athletes training in the water without pain that were never able to train before. The visible difference in strength before and after a treatment is incredible.
I support Dr. Criscuolo’s work 110%. It’s proven to work for our athletes and is a great and easy alternative to avoiding unnecessary surgery. I find Dr. Criscuolo a great motivator for athletes distraught about injuries that have plagued them for years. His professional manner and treatment encourage athletes that they can recover over a period of treatments. I thank him for putting athletes back on the deck of our pool whose careers would be over without him.