Chuck Renner, O.T.R., C.H.T.


I am a Licensed Occupational Therapist and have been in practice since 1984. I began my practice specializing in hand and upper extremity rehabilitation. In 1991, I was the first therapist in Springfield, MO that attained the designation of Certified Hand Therapist from the Hand Therapy Certification Committee.

As I continued to work with patients and people with musculoskeletal problems, I became interested in learning specialized treatments and advanced training. In 2004, I earned certification in Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Complete Decongestive Therapy from the Academy of Lymphatic Studies.

Around that same time I became more interested in the treatment of chronic pain. As I looked at what conventional conservative management of chronic pain looked like, I was disillusioned. That began my quest to learn more about how the body, mind, and spirit are affected by chronic pain. I am passionate about learning natural/manual therapy techniques to help patients escape out of what seems like a never ending cycle of pain-depression-fear-anxiety, including limited activities and poor sleep.

Since beginning my chronic pain education journey, I have been trained/hold certifications in the following techniques & treatments; ASTYM (Augmented Soft Tissue Management), PRRT (Primal Reflex Release Technique), ART (Active Release Technique), MET (Muscle Energy Technique), PNT (Pain Neutralization Technique), NKT (Neurokinetic Therapy), MKT (Myokinetic Therapy), neuro frequency therapy, Craniosacral Therapy, Total Motion Release, Emotional Freedom Technique, Mindfulness training, and more.

I have been a featured speaker on several occasions at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Pain Management, teaching manual therapy techniques to physicians to treat low back pain, neck pain, etc.

I believe in exercise and staying active. I enjoy running, hiking, and practicing martial arts. I have advanced black belts in Tenshi Goju Ryu Karate and am the Chief Instructor for the Springfield Aikido School. I am married, with 6 grown children and 4 grandchildren.

In August 2017, I wrote my first e-book for people with nagging back pain. You can download it for free by clicking here.