Our SW Calgary chiropractors employ a unique, multidisciplinary approach that allows them to treat the symptoms and source of your pain, and help prevent its return. Our Calgary chiropractic team is trained in a variety of disciplines, and is fully certified in Active Release Technique (ART), Graston technique, Shockwave therapy, Kinesiotaping, IMS/Dry Needling, acupuncture, Laser, and electrotherapeutic modalities. This extensive training allows our chiropractors to assess, diagnose, and treat symptoms and dysfunction of the joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments with the most up to date and evidence-informed techniques. This unique therapeutic approach often provides patients with immediate improvement and long lasting results!

Our chiropractors have achieved academic excellence in the areas of anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, nutrition, orthopaedics, and diagnosis. This comprehensive education allows our Calgary chiropractors to treat many conditions, but just as importantly, allows them to recognize more serious problems and determine when referral to other healthcare practitioners is necessary.

What happens on your first visit?

On your first visit, one of our SW Calgary chiropractors will conduct a thorough history and physical exam. The purpose of the history is to determine not only the cause of your pain, but what aspects of your life might re-aggravate the condition in the future. The physical examination includes range of motion testing, neurological testing, muscle palpation, orthopaedic tests, and other methods that help determine the diagnosis. If the diagnosis is something our chiropractors can treat, treatment will be performed on the first visit, time permitting. If further information is required, or our chiropractor feels that the condition requires emergency attention, the patient is sent to the proper healthcare professional for additional imaging or assessment.

What is the difference between chiropractors and physiotherapists?

A good chiropractor and a good physiotherapist often treat very similarly. This is especially true at Encompass Sports Therapy, where all of our practitioners provide hands on, one on one treatments in a private room. The majority of our chiropractors and physiotherapists have the same training in acupuncture, active release, shockwave, and class IV laser therapy. Thus, treatments can be quite similar, depending on the condition. The largest difference might be that chiropractors are able to perform adjustments, which could make them the better choice for acute, joint-related injuries, whereas our physiotherapists receive more training in rehabilitation, which might make them the best choice for more chronic issues. A lot of our patients actually seek both kinds of therapy; chiropractic for the acute injury, and then transition to physiotherapy as they can receive similar hands on therapy while learning rehab skills to keep the issue from returning.

Do you have to be adjusted if you see a chiropractor?

No! Our chiropractors treat a variety of conditions, many of which do not involve the spine at all. Even those that involve spinal joints can be resolved with many different techniques. Although adjusting can be of great benefit to certain conditions, it is not required at all. Some of our chiropractors adjust 50% of their patients, while others hardly adjust at all. It depends on the case, the practitioner, and above all else, the patient’s preference.