Physiotherapy is a profession directed at evaluating, restoring, and maintaining physical function. We want to provide you with the tools you need to repair damage and fix any pain/stiffness. Our skilled Physiotherapists are trained in various musculoskeletal injuries as well as concussion management, vestibular (vertigo) therapy, Intermuscular Stimulation (IMS), custom foot orthotics, and of course, the bread and butter of Physiotherapy, exercise prescription.
We can help you with:
Back and neck pain
Prevention and management of work-related injuries
Motor vehicle accident related injuries
Your Physiotherapist may chat with you about using different modalities, mobilizing or manipulating joints, stretching muscle or tight tissue in the area, strengthening for proper movement patterns, or breaking down scar tissue to help you work toward fixing the primary problem.
In all cases, a big part of Physiotherapy is to educate you as to how to manage what is wrong and what is needed to stretch, strengthen and/or stabilize in order to maximize your full potential.
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Fix Physio is a certified Complete Concussion Management™ clinic. We utilize a comprehensive, multi-modal approach to concussions, based on current advances in concussion research.
What is a concussion?
A concussion can be simply defined as a disruption in neurological functioning following a significant impact to the head or elsewhere on the body. This causes a biochemical imbalance within brain cells as well as decreased blood flow and temporary energy deficits within the brain.
Essentially, the acceleration/deceleration of the brain in the skull causes a stretching of the nerves. This stretch causes a molecule called ATP to be released, resulting in a bunch of nerves firing at once. This initial stage is an energy crisis and results in low ATP stores, which is an issue because ATP is what tells our nerves to fire, and we need our nerves to fire to do/comprehend everything! It is once these ATP stores are fully restored that we are able to get back to everything we would like to do. The problem is, you often feel symptom free before your ATP stores have fully recovered. If this is the case, your brain remains extremely vulnerable to re-injury. We offer both baseline tests and post-concussion testing which will allow us to determine when the time should be right to return to regular activities.
Concussions often occur with various 'peripheral' issues. Ie; neck pain, dizziness, blurred vision, cognitive difficulties, headaches, and more. These peripheral issues are where we can really jump in and help as Physiotherapists. Through various exercises and manual techniques, we have your solution to recovery!
Allow us to help you return to your sport and/or day to day life!
Our Physiotherapists use IMS/Dry Needling as a technique to treat both chronic pain and new injuries. IMS is also very effective in treating pain of neuropathic origin. Nerves can become compressed or irritated for various reasons causing their signals to become exaggerated or perceived as painful ones. The result is pain that exists despite having no signs of inflammation or tissue damage.
Another result of neuropathic pain is chronic muscle shortening. Overactivation of the muscle by an irritated nerve causes muscle spasm and chronic muscle shortening. Pain is a result of the shortened muscle pulling on the tendons, straining them as well as distressing the joints they move. Muscle shortening also increases wear and tear and contributes to degenerative changes such as 'tendonitis', 'osteoarthritis', and degenerative disc problems.
When your car is revving too high, we quickly push on the gas to 'reset' the idle. With your nerves, we can stimulate them with electroactivity and physical trauma of the needle resulting in the muscle cramping.
The result is the nerve activity being 'reset' and the muscle tone decreasing, thus relaxing into a fully lengthened position and alleviating the chronic muscle shortening and correlating symptoms. Areas that were previously “supersensitive” will regain normal sensation.
Dizzy? Lightheaded? Vertigo (ie; room spinning)? Nausea? Imbalance?
Whether your dizziness/vertigo is from BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo) or from inhibition of the system that controls dizziness and balance, there are various forms of treatment and exercise that can be done to alleviate your symptoms.
What does treatment involve? -->Depends what is wrong!
BPPV has a very specific treatment protocol where specific positioning techniques are used depending on which part of the inner ear is involved. We assess which positioning technique to use by assessing your eye movement during each test.
Other conditions may involve a combination of manual therapy and a specific exercise program. Exercises prescription is based on 3 principles: adaptation, habituation, and substitution, all based around re-training the system so that certain stimuli no longer makes you dizzy.
Psychology is a profession that focuses on intervention strategies to improve and maximize mental, cognitive, physical, and other functioning of individuals. Our psychologist utilizes an integrative theoretical approach involving Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Narrative Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy (REBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to consider each person holistically.
Our areas of focus include:
Life transitions/adjustments (career, marriage, retirement, etc)
Trauma (MVA, PTSD, abuse)
Chronic pain management
Disordered eating patterns
We strive to help our clients live in a more intentional manner by exploring unconscious patterns that may be creating these difficulties.
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Functional Rehabilitation with Shannon
Are you dealing with chronic pain that hasn't improved with traditional forms of treatment? Shannon Rogers is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist and expert on chronic pain management. With a focus on an integrated approach to patient care, she combines specialized soft tissue techniques with Pilates, clinical exercise, therapeutic movement, and postural re-education. She also specializes in the areas of chronic headache, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction, perinatal and women’s health.
Moving better means enjoying life more! Our passion is to help you do that too, no matter what stage of life you are in, the nature of your activity goals, or the limitations you currently face.
Visit her website: to learn more about what she can offer you through Functional Rehabilitation principles!
Women's Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy with Aly
Women's Health Programs are designed to help women prevent, recover from, or cope with the various health issues that can arise during their lifetime. Puberty, pregnancy, childbirth, hormonal changes and menopause are all milestones within a woman’s life and, along with additional medical illnesses like breast cancer, osteoporosis or abdominal/pelvic surgery, women need specialized attention and care during these phases of their life. All treatments are provided by Aly MacLean, a licensed Physical Therapist with training and expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of women’s health conditions.
We offer a wide range of treatments covering body dysfunction, sexual health, pre/post natal care, breast screening and pelvic floor care.
Our Women’s Health Program is designed by Aly to help empower women through use of manual therapy techniques and education. By making information and evidence-based treatments readily available, Aly's aim is to help women stay as healthy and active as possible during each life change and challenge they might face. After an initial assessment with Aly, including an internal exam, a customized treatment program is designed for each individual. This can include sessions with a Physical Therapist or another member of the Health Care Team.
Yoga / Pilates
PRE-REGISTERED CLASSES ONLY DUE TO COVID-19
Fusion Yoga is an intersection of yoga and Pilates woven together to create an hour of mindful movement. Expect these classes to be impactful in their intensity coupled with playful exploration of the body with time for rest and down regulation at the end. All bodies and levels are welcomed and encouraged. Every class will be different, come with an open mind and leave with an open heart.
Mondays 11:00am - 12:00pm
Wednesdays 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Classes will be small class sizes to accommodate social distancing.
NO DROP-INS ALLOWED. PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY.
Call to reserve your spot up to 2 hours prior (403) 282-2545
*NOTE: Due to COVID classes and drop-in options are limited.
Thanks for your patience!
FCE (Functional Capacity Evaluations)
Our Functional Capacity Evaluation protocol consists of standardized testing to measure an individual’s ability to safely perform physical demands required by their job, activities of daily living, or leisure activities. To ensure validity and accuracy, all tests are performed in a controlled setting and are designed to replicate specific job demands, or environmental factors in which people live and conduct their lives.
Functional Capacity Evaluations are an essential resource for:
- Determining safe and sustained return to work, and job-placement decisions
- Disability evaluation
- Determination of functioning in non-occupational settings
- case management and case closure
Our testing includes:
- Detailed Job Demand Analysis
- Musculoskeletal Testing
- Material Handling Testing
- Non-Material Handling Testing
- Complete Evaluation Report
This service is performed by Rochelle Panther, who is registered with the Alberta Kinesiology Association, and has completed her FCE training through Metriks Education. We are now accepting new patients on a referral and personal basis.