Chiropractic Treatment for Headaches

October 22, 2021

There are many types of headaches, and some are very amenable to chiropractic treatment!

Headaches can be a sign of an underlying condition, so our chiropractors first take a thorough history for any patient presenting with a headache. Questions like “do you have any dizziness” and “do you have any numbness” can help the chiropractor determine if the headache might warrant further investigation from an MD or a referral to the emergency room. A complete neurological exam is always performed, including cranial nerves. Cranial nerve testing, and motor/sensory testing can help rule out more sinister causes of headache.

Once more serious causes are ruled out, our Calgary chiropractors look for causes that they are able to help. Often times, patients present with tension headaches, where upper back and neck muscles are causing referral pain into the head. Treatment on these muscles can include active release techniques, class 4 laser, and joint mobilizations. Treatment usually provides immediate relief, and patients are often headache-free at the completion of treatment. For more chronic headaches, several treatments may be required to reduce the scar tissue in the muscles and reduce the risk of future headaches.

Migraines are another type of headache that our Calgary Chiropractors often treat. Everyone’s migraine symptoms are different, and some less common symptoms mimic the onset of a stroke. For this reason, all of the testing mentioned above is performed before proceeding with treatment. Migraines often cause tension in the sub occipitals, so patients end up with a tension headache on top of their migraine pain. Migraines can also cause visual disturbances called visual auras, as well as numbness, and difficulty with speech. If these symptoms are happening for the first time, the patient is sent to the hospital for further testing.

Acupuncture can help reduce the frequency and intensity of migraine headaches. Several of our chiropractors are trained in acupuncture, and can use thin, single use needles to activate specific points on the body that help with headaches. Eastern medicine suggests the blockage of Chi as the cause for these issues, while western medicine also encourages acupuncture for migraines, but points to hormone regulation as the method of action. Either way, acupuncture can be a very effective treatment with both migraines and tension headaches.

Lifestyle changes often help prevent future headaches. Poor posture, stress, and dehydration all cause headaches to some degree.



Encompass Sports Therapy Offers Physiotherapy in Cranston

October 19, 2021

Our second location, Encompass Sports Therapy SE, now offers physiotherapy services. Our Cranston physiotherapist will offer the same services that we do at our Coach Hill location. This includes shockwave, class 4 laser, active release, graston, taping, needling, and other techniques.

Our Cranston physiotherapist will offer one on one treatments in private rooms. We never double book, and we have all in one pricing, meaning no matter how many modalities are used, the patient’s price is always the same!

We direct bill to almost all insurance plans for our SE Calgary physiotherapist services.

The community of Cranston is located in the Southeast of Calgary, near the communities of Auburn Bay, McKenzie Towne, Mahogany, New Brighton, and Copperfield. If you live close to our clinic and would like to book an appointment with one of our physiotherapists, give the clinic a call or book online at!

Online Booking for all services

October 15, 2021

Did you know you are now able to create an account, book appointments and cancel appointments if you need to reschedule, all online!

Do you have multiple appointments? Take a look at the calendar on your account with Encompass Sports Therapy, and you can see at a glance the dates and times for your appointments!

Sign up today for your account at to create your account and book your appointment today!

Fall Yardwork Tips

September 29, 2021

By Colin Hillson

Like an elite athlete getting ready for the start of the competition season, you too should be thinking about getting ready for the fall yard work season. After the easy breezy summer full of push-assist lawn mowers and light electric trimmers, we are about to enter the toughest part of the yard work cycle. Mother nature eases us in with raking the never ending leaves that fall from Calgary’s mirad of poplar trees, but before too long we will have a fall snowstorm that leaves us with a soggy mess in our yard. Before you go out there and dive into raking or shoveling and throw something out, let’s think about one of the major muscle groups involved during the shoulder season, your shoulders.

While shoveling and raking, our shoulders take a considerable amount of strain. The muscles hurt most often in the shoulder are the four muscles of the rotator cuff. To reduce rotator cuff injuries, the muscles around our shoulder should be strengthened so that they can hold the shoulder in a safe position during exercise. When our shoulder is held in a safe position, the rotator cuff is left to do its job of moving the shoulder, and not have to take the load of lifting a wet pile of leaves. The most secure position for the shoulder to rest “back and down” (called retraction and depression of the shoulder blades), when the shoulders are lowered away from your ears, and your shoulder blades moved together as if puffing out your chest. Muscles such as the lower trapezius, latissimus dorsi, and rear deltoid will do the bulk of this work.

Exercises such as face pulls with a band, rowing movements, and lat pull downs are great for teaching our shoulders to be held in a secure position. To strengthen the rotator cuff muscles themselves, working through your shoulder’s rotation against a light resistance band would be a great quick warm up to do before heading out to keep your yard as beautiful as you’ve kept it all summer.

If you have any questions or concerns about current shoulder issues, please contact the clinic to book with one of our SE Calgary or SW Calgary physiotherapists!

Biking & Your Hips

September 21, 2021

Biking & Your Hips

By Colin Hillson, B.Sc. (Hons), R.Kin, CPT

Kinesiologist & Bike Fitter

For many people a barrier for riding bikes, especially ones that are more aggressive like road and mountain bikes, is back pain. Everyone should experience the joy of riding bikes, so how do we let you ride that super flashy road bike you’ve had your eye on without needing to lay in bed for the rest of the week?

The answer… Hip Mobility! When you have tight hamstrings and hip flexors, your pelvis will sit very vertical on the bike seat. This will cause you to need to round through your spine to get your hands down to the bars. This causes your spinal erector muscles to work very hard to keep your back from collapsing, as they have been stretched out of their natural position. However, if you have the mobility to let your pelvis rotate back on the saddle, your back will remain in a much straighter position, and your spinal erectors don’t have to work as hard to keep your back stable. Giving your back muscles less work to do while riding will reduce muscular fatigue, and therefore the pain you feel at the end of the ride!

There are two easy stretches to increase your hip mobility for riding your speed machine (or any other bike for that matter). The elevated foot hamstring stretch will isolate your hamstring muscles from your back, and allow you to stretch the hamstring even if your low back is tight. Secondly, the couch stretch has been a classic for increasing hip flexor mobility. It can be modified by changing the height of your back foot, as well as how close or far you are away from the couch or chair. Remember, stretches only cause long-term changes if you hold them for long enough! Holding the stretches for 30-60 seconds at least twice on each side will have you riding with less pain in no time.

Welcoming our Newest Physiotherapist, Mike Herman

September 13, 2021

We would like to welcome our newest therapist, Mike Herman. Mike is a Calgary physiotherapist who works with all kinds of patients. He specializes in rehabilitation from sports injuries.

Mike graduated from the University of Alberta with his degree in Physiotherapy in 2017, and has been working in Calgary ever since. He has a special interest in running related injuries, and employs an exercise-based approach to get his patients better.

Mike will be offering his physiotherapy services at our SW Calgary location in Coach Hill on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. As with all of our physiotherapists, he is trained in Class 4 laser, shockwave, soft tissue therapies, and other modalities that are evidence based and effective.

To book an appointment with Mike or any of our other Calgary physiotherapists, please book online or call the clinic at 403-149-4544.

The Best Physiotherapy Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis

August 27, 2021

Physiotherapy for Plantar Fasciitis

If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, your best bet is to see a physiotherapist that has shockwave therapy. Our SE Calgary Physiotherapist offers shockwave therapy, which is the best treatment for a variety of issues, including Plantar Fasciitis!

Studies show that 91% of plantar fasciitis cases resolve after 3-5 treatments with shockwave therapy. 

Most of the time, plantar fasciitis is an overuse injury, and can be the result of tight calves or a flattened arch. In either case, the plantar fascia is put under duress and is stretched too much. Mircrotears begin to form at the origin of the fascia, on the anterior aspect of the heel.
These injuries can be especially difficult to resolve as you are walking on the injury.
Shockwave therapy sends acoustic waves through the tissue, breaking up adhesions, but more importantly, augmenting pain signals to the brain from the region. These signals are the best way to enhance the acute healing cascade. Our SE Calgary Physiotherapists use the shockwave in conjunction with other treatments, which might include active release techniques, graston, cupping, taping, or needling. The combination of these therapies often leads to full resolution within a few weeks, even when the patient has had pain for years!
If you have questions about shockwave therapy, or are wondering about how to get a proper diagnosis for your foot pain, please give the clinic a call, and our physiotherapist or chiropractor can do an assessment, and determine the best course of treatment.

Encompass Sports Therapy Adds 5th Physiotherapist

June 28, 2021

Physiotherapist Calgary: Five Physiotherapists Now at Encompass

Our SW Calgary Physiotherapists are expertly trained in correcting pain and dysfunction in the muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments that keep us moving. Injuries and imbalances caused by every day stresses can be fixed with the unique approach of our physiotherapy team.

On your first visit, our physiotherapist will ask questions about your condition, and perform a complete biomechanical, functional, and neurological assessment to determine the cause of your pain, limitation, or dysfunction.

Once the condition has been diagnosed, they will design a treatment plan to improve mobility, strength, and decrease pain. Our Calgary physiotherapists offer one on one, personalized sessions using a variety of techniques. All of our therapists are fully certified in IMS/Dry Needling, acupuncture, Shockwave therapy, Kinesiotaping, manual therapies, Laser therapy, and home care. By combining these skills, they are able to get fast, effective results for their patients, and help educate them to prevent future injury.
Take a peek online at 👉 to see a full schedule of available appointments.

Calgary Shockwave for Plantar Fasciitis

June 7, 2021

Do you have chronic foot pain? It might be plantar fasciitis.

The plantar fascia is a thick web-like connective tissue that runs from your heel to the front of your foot, and supports the arch of your heal and helps you walk. When the fascia is inflamed it is quite painful and difficult to walk! Symptoms occur in the first few steps in the morning, or anytime after sitting for prolonged periods. The most painful spot is typically on the bottom of the foot, on the inside of the heel.

At Encompass Sports Therapy we use shockwave therapy to treat plantar fasciitis with a 91% success rate in 3-5 treatments.

Book an appointment today!

Guest Blogger – Mike Mongeau, Certified Health Coach

November 25, 2020

What is Health Coaching? Should you try it?

A health coach can help people with a broad variety of health issues, such as weight loss, stress reduction, sleep, management of chronic conditions, improving diet and exercise, tobacco cessation, and adjusting to a life-altering health event, such as a heart attack.


Unlike traditional psychology that may focus on what is wrong or what needs to be fixed, health coaching focuses on what has worked, and what can work for a person by harnessing & utilizing their individual strengths. Health coaching assists people in overcoming & breaking complacency in their daily routines, replacing bad habits with good ones. You will be empowered to play an active role in your own health and well- being because after all, You are the expert in your own life.

A health coach doesn’t prescribe the same ‘blanket plan’ for everyone. People are very different from one another, and have different lifestyles, goals & values.

My friends are on Keto, should I be too?

A landmark study conducted by the National Institute of Health found that most dieters had regained 1/3 to 2/3 of the weight lost within 1 year, and within 5 years regained almost all of the weight lost (Mann et al., 2007)

There is an abundance of information out there, with thousands of ‘health experts,’ especially on your Facebook & Instagram feeds. A health coach can help you sift through all the ‘white noise’ of health tips, focus on evidence based research, and most importantly, focus on yourself. In particular, changing YOUR habits and focusing on lasting behaviour change. The problem isn’t a lack of information, it’s that people can lack the strategy and support necessary to change habits.

“Unlike health fads that come and go, health coaching has strong evidence behind it backing its effectiveness for improving health and well-being. Becoming a health coach has been deeply rewarding to me, because it is rare in life that you get to promote happiness, build resiliency, save people money, and help people live longer and more fulfilling lives at the same time.” Peter Grinspoon, MD – Harvard Medical School

Develop a road map for success and reinvent yourself! Working with a health coach can help you tap into your innate ability to change.

Mike Mongeau