Pelton Racing

May 17, 2016

Peloton racing was busy in Edmonton at the Velocity Road Race this past weekend. Our physiotherapist, Stephanie Zacharuk, traveled with the team to provide treatment before and after their races. If you are a cyclist and need physiotherapy in SW Calgary, Stephanie has the tools to keep you riding!

Encompass Set to be Official Exclusive Sports Therapy Providers at the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon, Once Again!

It’s that time of year again…

On Sunday, May 29, 2016 an estimated 15 000 people will gather at Stampede Park to participate in six different events included in the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon, hosted by the Calgary Marathon Society.

Encompass Sports Therapy is pleased to announce that for the third consecutive year, members of our chiropractic and physiotherapy team will be onsite as the official sports therapy providers to participants of the Calgary Marathon. This year, however, our team has been invited to work exclusively with the events’ elite athletes; those who have qualified for elite status and will compete for a place on the podium for each of the respective events taking place on race-day. As such, the Encompass Sports Therapy team will be stationed in the Elite Runners’ Lounge, offering race-day therapies including Active Release Techniques and Graston technique to those athletes who are finishing at the front of the pack.

We are once again very excited for the opportunity to be part of the healthy and positive energy of the Scotiabank Calgary Marathon! We wish all participants a great run and a strong, healthy finish.

Clinic Donation for Adopted Family in Fort McMurray

May 9, 2016

Encompass Sports Therapy has adopted a family affected by the recent wild fires in Fort McMurray.  On Friday, May 13th, 100% of billings from chiropractic appointments will be donated to this adopted family.

Those wishing to donate independently are encouraged to adopt a family that may be known, directly or indirectly. Or, alternatively, independent donations can be made by contacting the Red Cross ( All donations made to the Red Cross are currently being matched by the Government of Canada.

Vitamin D: Its Role in Good Health and Sources to Obtain It

May 1, 2016

Vitamin D is often called the “sunshine vitamin” because of our skin’s natural ability to produce the vitamin with exposure to ultraviolet rays. However, in Canada and other northern climates, research states that sun exposure may be insufficient to produce adequate levels of vitamin D.  As a result, much attention from the research community and dieticians has recently been paid to the topic of vitamin D maintenance and supplementation.

Vitamin D is best known for its role in building and maintaining bone density by helping the body absorb calcium and phosphorous.  However, the vitamin has in recent years been in the spotlight for its additional purported protective effects that certain studies have shown against some cancers, cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and multiple sclerosis. Further research is required to confirm these possible protective effects and to determine the dose at which the effects are achieved.  A large randomized, controlled trial (the VITAL study) investigating whether a 2000 IU/day supplement is protective against heart disease, stroke and cancer is underway in the U.S. The study includes 25 875 men and women, with results due in late 2017.

Currently, Health Canada’s published Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of vitamin D states children over the age of 1 year and adults up to the age of 70 years include 600 IU/day of vitamin D in their diets. Those under the age of 1 year require only 400 IU/day and those over the age of 70 years require 800 IU/day.

Dieticians of Canada state that most people can adequately obtain the current RDAs for vitamin D through food sources, alone, and may not require supplementation. Food sources of vitamin D include egg yolks and fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines and tuna. Cow’s milk products and baby formulas are often fortified with vitamin D, as are some soy beverages, juices, and some commercially packaged foods.

If you are concerned that you may required more vitamin D than you lifestyle provides, ask your medical doctor, naturopath, or pharmacist whether you would benefit from vitamin D supplementation.