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 👉 http://www.calgarychiro.janeapp.com 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


Treating and Managing Wrist Pain

November 11, 2020

Hand and wrist pain due to repetitive strain injury are among the most prevalent occupational hazards today due to typing and smart phones. We treat these injuries often at Encompass Sports Therapy in Calgary, using Active Release Techniques, Laser, and Shockwave.
Here are 4 tips to help you use at home to help reduce hand and wrist pain.

1. Reposition. Posture plays an important role in hand and wrist movement. Ensure you sit tall and have an ergonomically sound chair with your feet flat on the floor to make sure that you’re not slouching and placing undue stress on your hands and wrists. If you are typing adjust the keyboard so that your arms are at a 90 degreeangle at the elbow.

2. Wear a wrist brace. You can minimize pain and maintain proper wrist and arm alignment with a wrist brace that will keep from putting more stress on the impacted areas.

3. Take frequent breaks and stretch. Take a break from sitting for the sake of your neck, shoulders, and lower back, the same consideration must be afforded to your precious paws. Don’t forget to stretch your fingers!

4. Consult your physiotherapist. Don’t forget to book an appointment with your chiropractor or physiotherapist who can offer a variety of treatments that can be applied to ease your hand and wrist pain, including manual therapy, range-of-motion exercises, strengthening exercises, and potentially even acupuncture, dry needling, and more.

Guest Blogger – Keith Donaghy, Registered Psychologist

February 12, 2019

PAIN AND RECOVERY – How our beliefs about pain influence our recovery?

Unfortunately the aches and pains many of us suffer are associated with medical conditions, disability, injuries, or surgery. Pain is a source of stress and can be debilitating and emotionally hard to cope with. Why is it that some people suffering pain can maintain a high quality of life despite ongoing discomfort while others do less well physically and emotionally? Research is shedding more light on what factors mitigate pain-related impacts on day-to day life.
For a variety of reasons some of us are psychologically more resilient than others. Resilience refers to how well a person deals with and bounces back from the difficulties of life. Resilient people possess more positive beliefs and cope with stress more effectively. This resiliency is apparent in treatment as more positive beliefs and attitudes about pain and its impact upon them.
Resilient people also tend to possess a greater sense of self-efficacy. Self-efficacy a fancy term that refers to how much someone believes in her capability to influence life events. Self-efficacy beliefs determine how we feel, think, motivate ourselves and behave. People with positive beliefs and greater self-efficacy mange their physical and emotional distress in more healthy ways. They also cope better with the emotional impact many suffer after injury, surgery, or living with a chronic health condition. The loss of physical capacity, or a significant role in life, or the loss of self-esteem can be significant. The emotional impacts are significant and can result in anxiety, depression, feeling of grief, and anger. Coping with feelings like these is an additional challenge which can make it even harder to find the resiliency needed to cope well with and get through the challenges of the physical rehabilitation.

The good news is that it is possible to learn how to become more resilient. These are the top ten techniques that improve resiliency;
Find and nurture a sense of purpose
Build positive beliefs in your abilities
Develop a strong social network
Embrace change
Build optimism and positive thinking
Nurture yourself
Develop your problem-solving skills
Establish goals
Take action to solve problems
Keep working on your skills

There are many self-help books and online resources available to support anyone to work on their resiliency. Life coaches and psychologists offer expertise to support building resiliency.

Keith Donaghy, M.Sc.
Registered Psychologist


Cupping in Calgary

October 4, 2018

Cupping is a myofascial release technique that is used to relieve tension and promote circulation in the body. Sterile rubber, plastic, or glass cups are used to create a negative pressure that lifts the skin off of the underlying tissue, promoting relaxation and adhesion repair. Our massage therapists Jasmine Fleming, Jessica Schiewe, and Carmen Mandel all perform different versions of cupping, but all accomplish the same thing – the promotion of tissue repair and increased blood flow.

Cupping helps:

  • Relieve tension in muscles and fascia
  • Reduce adhesions and restrictions caused by injury or scar tissue
  • Reduce edema and swelling
  • Increase circulation and tissue repair

Our team of physiotherapists and chiropractors also perform cupping to help loosen fascia during their treatments. To book a cupping session specifically, call or book online and ask to see Jasmine Fleming, Jessica Schiewe, or Carmen Mandel.

How do I know if I’ve gotten a concussion?

July 29, 2018

Concussions are a form of mild traumatic brain injury that alters the way our brain works. It may occur from a force to the head, neck, or other areas of the body. Concussions are caused by an acceleration, followed by a rapid deceleration of the brain within the skull.

There are many symptoms that have been reported with a concussion, including, but not limited to:

  • headache
  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • mental fogginess
  • blurred vision
  • decrease in balance
  • memory loss
  • confusion
  • drowsiness

Symptoms may appear right away or some may not appear until later. Some concussions may cause you to lose consciousness; however, most do not. Impact sports increase the probability of suffering from a concussion.

If you believe you have suffered a concussion, it is important to stop the activity you are doing. You may also want to consider contacting a medical professional, especially if symptoms continue for a few days. The majority of concussions have a short recovery timeline, but for some, recovery can take months. There are many factors that play into recovery timelines, including, but not limited to, age, type of injury, number of past concussions, and symptoms.

One of our Physiotherapists, Stephanie Thumlert, is trained in the assessment and treatment of concussions. If you are in Calgary and are worried that you might have suffered a concussion, please give us a call. Stephanie also performs baseline concussion testing, so that you can determine whether you have suffered a concussion if injured in the future.

How Shockwave Therapy Works

May 27, 2018
We have been using Shockwave Therapy in SW Calgary for five years, and have seen how it can be an effective treatment for many issues. Shockwave can work on any region of the body that is lacking blood flow and has accumulated adhesions and/or calcification, but it is especially effective on tendons. Initially, Shockwave Therapy was created to treat Calcific Tendonosis of the Supraspinatus tendon. With experimentation and research, however, it was found that shockwave can work on a wide range of injuries.
We use Shockwave Therapy to treat Plantar Fasciitis, Tennis Elbow, Golfer’s Elbow, Trochanteric Bursitis, PatelloFemoral Pain Syndrome, Hamstring Tears, Achilles Tendonopathy, and several other conditions. The mechanism of action with Shockwave is twofold. The machine sends soundwaves through the damaged tissue, which helps break adhesions between muscles and smooth out calcification that might have formed in the area. In addition, because of the specific frequency used in the somewhat painful treatment, the brain is essentially tricked in to thinking that the area has just been re-injured, and begins the acute healing cascade to try and fix the new injury. This includes sending macrophages to eat the damaged tissue, cytokines and interleukins to nourish growing tissue, and fibroblasts to lay down new muscle.
Shockwave Therapy is typically performed once per week for 3-5 weeks. In most cases the patient is fully healed by the end of this timeline, however some patients aren’t fully healed until weeks later. This is because, even though we have stopped treating, the acute healing phase continues for up to 12 weeks, and in that time, repairs the remaining damage. If you are looking for Shockwave Therapy in Calgary, give us a call!

Welcome, Dr. Linsay Sunderland

May 10, 2018

We would like to welcome the newest member of our team, Dr. Linsay Sunderland. Linsay graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2009, and has been working in Calgary as a chiropractor for the past 9 years. She is trained in Active Release Techniques (ART), Graston Technique, Shockwave Therapy, and other soft tissue therapies. Linsay has worked with both athletes and non athletes alike, and has a special interest in working with dancers to limit their injuries and improve performance. To book an appointment with Dr. Linsay Sunderland, give the clinic a call, or book online!

Pain Management: Moving Away from Prescription Medication

April 26, 2018

Chronic pain, specifically lower back pain, can have a range of effects on a person – from ordered bedrest to hospital admission, the remedies for pain management are diverse and sometimes ineffective.

Traditionally, healthcare providers turn to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for the treatment of lower back pain but recent studies show that a transition towards a more holistic approach pain management is the way forward.

The American College of Physicians released new guidelines for the treatment of low back pain which specify alternatives to pills based on the duration of pain.

For new low back pain (lasting less than 12 weeks) the guidelines suggest trying:

  • Heat
  • Massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Spinal manipulation with chiropractic care

For chronic pain (lasting 12 weeks or more) the recommended practices include:

  • Stretch-focused exercise
  • Physical therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Mindfulness-based programs to cope with or reduce stress

Consult your chiropractor or physiotherapist before trying any of the listed practices, they will be able to help you in determining what’s right for you. To find out more about these studies, visit: