Have you been in an automobile accident?

November 27, 2017

Being in an automobile accident can be a very traumatic and stressful event.  Additional stress can also be caused if your accident requires time off work, the damage to your car results in it needing to go to a mechanic and all the complications of dealing with the insurance company afterwards.

Whiplash is a relatively common injury caused in automobile incidents can lead to chronic psychosocial symptoms including depression and anxiety.

What is whiplash?

Whip lash is a very common injury caused during automobile accidents when the neck and head are suddenly forced in a backward and forward motion.  It is not life threatening but can be very uncomfortable and can lead to a prolonged period of partial disability.

If you have been in an automobile accident and have any of the symptoms below book in at encompasscalgary.com.  We are specialists in dealing with all soft and hard tissues issues that are the result of an automobile incident.

  • Neck pain and stiffness.
  • Worsening of pain with neck movement.
  • Loss of range of motion in the neck.
  • Headaches, most often starting at the base of the skull.
  • Tenderness or pain in shoulder, upper back or arms



Do you have bad posture?

Chances are if you are reading this article you are doing so because you are suffering from some kind of neck or back issue and are looking to find out if it is your posture that is causing the issue.

Good posture is essential for a healthy neck and back but with us spending so many more hours in a seated position in today’s world it is easy to start falling into the bad habit of slouching.

How to test

Step 1:  Stand with your feet six inches from the wall and put your back flat against the wall, you can use your hand to make sure it is flat against the wall.  Then put your head against the wall and push your chin in.

Step 2:  Lift your arms up to parallel with your shoulders.  Your triceps (the back portion of your arms should be against the wall with your hands pointing away from the wall and down.  Rotate your arms backwards up against the wall so that they touch the wall.  Try to have you wrists touch the wall.

Step 3: If your back arches or you cannot touch the wall with your wrists you have failed the test and have bad posture.

If you failed be sure to check out our article on correcting bad posture


Do you suffer from shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain is a very common issue affecting many people on a daily basis.  It is easy to see why as the shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body and is also one of the most unstable joints in the body with nerves, tendons and ligaments surrounding it that can easily be injured and damaged.

Some of the most common shoulder pain causes are as follows:

  • Bursitis or tendonitis
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Dislocated shoulder
  • Ligament injury
  • Calcium deposits in the tendons (Calcific tendonitis)
  • Arthritis (Inflammation in the joint)
  • Frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis (stiffness in the shoulder)
  • Referred pain (Pain coming from an issue somewhere else such as the neck)

If you suffer from any of the above then you could benefit from seeing a qualified chiropractor.

To determine if you need to see a chiropractor about your condition take a look at the following symptom list below.

  1. Difficulty holding objects
  2. Reduced mobility in the shoulder area making it hard to raise your arms.
  3. Swelling in the shoulder area
  4. Dull ache in the shoulder even when in a restful state and lasts for days.
  5. Noticeable deformities to the shoulder area.

How Coach Hill Calgary Chiropractic can help with shoulder pain

If you suffer from any of the symptoms above there are a variety of different treatment options that we offer to help treat shoulder pain.  It is important to first book an appointment so we can assess you and then we can advise the best treatment available to treat your condition.


Sitting – the new smoking!

Sitting is the new smoking! Many of us now have desk jobs, commute to and from work via a car, train or bus and spend our leisure time sitting on the couch on our smart phones or watching TV.
Sitting in an office chair for prolonged hours each day will have an incredibly adverse effect on our bodies.  This prolonged seating can lead to lower back pain, cause neck issues and one study has even linked it to other such issues such as cardiovascular disease. What is worse is that studies have found that it doesn’t matter how much you exercise – it does not negate the damage caused by sitting.

Walk to work or stand on the train/bus

If you can walk to work instead of drive do it! If you catch the bus and or a train stand instead of sit during your journey

Replace Your Desk for a sit-stand work station

If possible switch your desk out for a stand up desk.

Take stretch breaks

If it is just not possible to switch your desk then try standing and stretching every 30mins or whatever time periods you can manage based on your job. Also try going for a walk during your work breaks.

Switch your office chair

The trend right now is to switch your chair for a swiss ball style chair but the science has shown this causes more problems.  Folks do not change their seating styles they just end up in more discomfort.  If you have to continue sitting try switching your chair out for an ergonomic chair.

5 Exercises to correct bad posture

Exercise 1 : Chin Tuck

Start by sitting with a neutral posture.  Proceed by pulling your head backwards.  Try doing it in the mirror and you will see you make a double chin. Place two fingers from your right or left hand on your chin to help guide your neck and be sure to keep your eyes level looking straight ahead.  Hold the movement for 1-2 second and repeat.

Exercises 2:  Planks

Start by lying down so your body is parallel with the floor.  The toes should point straight down and be supporting your body and your arms should be bent at 90 degree angle with your forearms parallel to the floor.  Keep your back straight and hold for as long as possible.  If you can only manage 20 seconds the first time of trying try 30 the next time.

Exercise 3 : Doorway Stretch

Standing in a doorway lift your arm so it’s parallel with the floor and slightly bend the elbow.  Place your arm on the doorjamb.  Lean against the doorjamb for 10 seconds then relax and repeat

Exercises 4 : Supermans

Lie on your stomach.  Raise both your arms and feet off the ground at the same time as if you are flying (hence the name).  Hold the position for five seconds and repeat 5-10 times.

Exercises 5 : Pelvic Tilt

Lie on your back with your knees bent on the floor.  In this position your lower back should not be touching the floor.  Tighten your abdominals (stomach muscles)so that the lower back now presses flat against the floor.  Hold for 3-5second and repeat 5 times.

Exercises 6: Back Extensions

Lie down on your stomach.  Using your arms push your upper body of the floor and hold this position for 3-5 seconds.  Repeat 10 times.

Do you suffer from Arthritis?

What is arthritis?

“Arth” means joint and “itits” means inflammation.  That sums up exactly what this condition is (An inflammation of the joints. The pain can range from dull to very severe and can be very debilitating.

Although most common in over 65’s this condition can affect people of all ages and gender but women are most commonly affected by this condition.  There are many types of arthritis and each can have different symptoms but here are some common symptoms linked with arthritis.

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Decreased range of motion

How to treat arthritis?

Numerous studies and random controlled trials have shown that chiropractic therapy is great for helping treat the symptoms of Arthritis.
As chiropractors we work with the joints of the spine and extremities.  When there is inflammation in the body chemicals are released by the body that starts to deposit calcium in the join causing bone spurs and other problems.  Arthritis cannot be cured but it can be managed.
Time is crucial in the treatment of arthritis. Creating safe mobility within joints allows them to carry the body’s weight without changing shape to cope with the stress. As joints are stressed beyond their physical capabilities, they alter themselves to deal with the stresses. By keeping joints mobile and strengthening surrounding muscles, you can delay or prevent the advancement of the condition. If you suffer from arthritis then contact us today to book and appointment at encompasscalgary.com

Physiotherapy as an Alternative for Knee Surgery

New research suggesting that an arthroscopic knee surgery – a surgery designed to alleviate a patient’s chronic knee pain – is a useless solution means Canadians have spent over $31m health-care dollars for limited or no results.

The surgery, seen to only be effective in a small subset of patients, costs approximately $1,300 per procedure. One of the most effective treatments for pain management, however – before a knee replacement surgery – is frequent physical therapy.

Dr. Moin Khan, a research fellow in Mcmaster’s division of orthopedic surgery, suggests that physiotherapy is a great option for middle-age osteoarthritic patients. Khan encourages seeking physiotherapy for at least three months before considering any surgical options.

For more information on the research, or pain management alternatives, visit:

Forget the Opioids – Try Chiropractic Care

Dr. Jason Busse DC, Ph.D., Associate professor in the Department of Anesthesia at McMaster University, recently published a guideline in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) recommending chiropractic therapy as a remedy for non-cancer pain. The guideline, developed by professionals across the health sector, advocates for using multidisciplinary care options, such as chiropractic, in addition to lower doses of opioids as an option for treating chronic non-cancer pain (CNCP).

With a growing number of opioid overdoses resulting in an Alberta-wide public health crisis, a transition to alternative, non-pharmacological therapy for pain is essential in reducing this issue. As many opioid users suffer from primarily back or musculoskeletal disorders, the encouragement of non-opioid medications is essential in increasing the number of patients utilizing chiropractic care.

For more information on the guideline and its potential impact on Canadian patients, visit:

The ART of Active Release Techniques

November 20, 2017

Active Release Technique (ART) is a massage technique used for the treatment of soft tissue injuries, nerve entrapment and limited range of motion and flexibility. The primary goal of ART is to release scar tissue surrounding the muscle; however, it can be used to treat a variety of problems, including IT band and hip flexor strains, shin splints and tendonitis.

Although ART can be used for most people experiencing the above issues; there has been an increase in the number of runners incorporating the therapy as an injury prevention technique, with growing evidence pointing to ART’s ability to help improve performance and reduce recovery time in athletes.

The benefits of ART have been the topic of many research studies since the early 2000s, with one demonstrating a relationship between ART and the rapid restoration of flexibility in adults.

For more information on ART, or to find out if this technique is right for you, visit https://encompasscalgary.com/.

Graston Technique: what is it and how does it work?

November 16, 2017

An article posted by Spine Health in 2013 outlines the uses and benefits for Graston technique, a manual therapy used on soft tissue to assist a chiropractic practitioner to “identify areas of restriction and attempt to break up scar tissue”.  Healthcare practitioners use the Graston Technique to ultimately reduce a patient’s pain through

  • Breaking down scar tissue
  • Stretching connective tissue
  • Promoting the healing of injured soft tissue

The article also states that there is a correlation between Graston Technique and neurological benefits, showing that instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) therapy activates certain nerve fibers. To read the article, visit https://www.spine-health.com/treatment/chiropractic/graston-technique-instrument-assisted-soft-tissue-manual-therapy-back-pain.

Encompass offers Graston Technique therapy for its clients, visit https://encompasscalgary.com/ for more information and to book an appointment.