Effective Sports Therapy in Calgary

Conditions & Injuries We Treat

Recent Injuries - Generally, we recommend using the “two day rule”- if the pain doesn’t go away or reduce significantly in two days, it’s probably best to be evaluated by a health professional. Usually, the sooner therapy begins, the simpler the overall treatment plan. If you have pain that is severe or seems unusual, forget the two day rule and get help right away.

Chronic (Long Term) Injuries - Maybe you’ve had multiple car accidents, or multiple sports injuries. Maybe you keep injuring the same spot over a gain and it’s never really healed completely. Chronic injuries can result in the formation of scar tissue throughout ligaments, tendons and muscles. Therapies such as Shockwave, Graston, ART, and IMS have been shown to be very effective for these types of injuries.

Back Pain - Sources suggest that somewhere between fifty and eighty percent of the population will experience back pain during their lifetime. We offer multiple solutions for back pain including treatments directed at muscle, joint, or nerve tissue. Our treatment protocols involve strategies for lifestyle and exercise to help you prevent back pain from recurring.

Neck Pain - Car accidents. Sports injuries. A career spent sitting in front of a computer. Similar to back pain, most causes of neck pain are not serious. Neck pain can be, however, very distracting during your day. Major studies show that most acute neck pain can be resolved in sixty to ninety days once treatment is initiated. Incorporating our preventative strategies into your life will minimize the need for future treatment.

TMJ Dysfunction - Pain in the jaw while chewing or talking can lead to headaches and dental problems. Our clinic uses an advanced physiotherapy approach to the rehabilitation of jaw pain. Early intervention will minimize the need for future treatment.

X-Rays - During your clinical examination (first visit), we will determine whether x-ray images are necessary in determining the source of your problem. X-rays are covered by Alberta Health Care and can be performed at number of different locations according to what is most convenient for you.

Rotator Cuff Syndrome - Shoulder injuries can be complicated. Fortunately, the most common problems respond quickly to therapy. If it hurts to raise your arm overhead, reach behind you, or throw a ball, then you very likely have a rotator cuff problem. Mild cases generally require three weeks of treatment. More severe cases require diligent attention to a home exercise program along with a blended therapy approach. The benefits of Active Release, Graston, physiotherapy and acupuncture are combined to resolve stubborn problems.

Golfer’s Elbow - Elbow pain at the bony prominence on the inside of the elbow is known as Golfer’s elbow or medial epicondylosis. It results from trauma or overuse injuries that cause microscopic muscle and tendon tears that lead to inflammation. Anti-inflammatory medication of cortisone injections only decrease the inflammation but do not correct the root cause of the problem. A combination of therapy and strengthening is usually sufficient to resolve this condition. Therapies such as Shockwave, Graston, ART, and IMS have been shown to be very effective for this type of condition. If you have unresolved elbow pain, see Dr. Hankins Article “Golf Related Injuries”

Tennis Elbow - Elbow pain at the bony prominence at the outside of the elbow is known as Tennis elbow or lateral epicondylosis. It results from trauma or overuse injuries that cause microscopic muscle and tendon tears that lead to inflammation. Anti-inflammatory medication of cortisone injections only decrease the inflammation but do not correct the root cause of the problem. A combination of therapy and strengthening is usually sufficient to resolve this condition. Therapies such as Graston, ART, and IMS have been shown to be very effective for this type of condition.

IT Band Syndrome - Pain on the side of the knee, especially during or after exercising often results from adhesions or scar tissue in the IT band. Many runners already know that self treatment with a foam roller can help this condition. However, there are usually deeper biomechanical malfunctions that started the problem in the first place. Those suffering from IT band syndrome should have their gait analyzed for imbalance. Corrective exercises and stretching can help correct these imbalances. Graston and Active Release therapies will reduce prior scar tissue build up so that home exercise with a foam roller will be effective in the future.

Patellofemoral Pain - A.K.A “knee pain”: Pain under the knee cap, especially when going up or down stairs is most commonly diagnosed as patellofemoral pain. This condition can be caused by a sports injury trauma or develop slowly over time due to something as simple as wearing the wrong shoes. Treatments usually focus on reducing scar tissue around the knee ligaments using the Graston treatment combined with specific exercises aimed at strengthening the muscles around the knee cap.

Wrist and Hand Pain - Various sports injuries and prolonged computer use are the most common causes of wrist and hand pain. Activities such as racket sports, golfing, and data entry can contribute to conditions such as tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome. Often people try to use over the counter braces to stop the problem. This strategy, however, can cause the area to become weakened and make the problem worse. Specific identification of problematic tissues followed by treatment, stretches and strengthening will help avoid the need for drugs and surgery.

Motor Vehicle Accidents and Whiplash - New Alberta Minor Injury legislation allows clients immediate, direct access to our clinic, regardless of who was at fault in the accident. No medical referral is necessary. If you've been experiencing pain after a motor vehicle accident, give us a call as soon as possible because there are specific limits in the time allowed to report injuries. There are no out of pocket expenses for the first 21 treatments.

Our clinic is a WCB Alberta Authorized provider. In most cases, immediate direct billing is available so no out of pocket expenses are incurred. WCB has made several positive changes in the past few years. Most work injuries qualify for immediate coverage and treatment. Minor strains and sprains don't end up counting against your employer's WCB record, so claims are processed without incident. If you think you've been injured on the job, give us a call to discuss your claim.

Health Insurance Coverage - Many workplaces today offer some type of secondary health benefits. We are pleased to offer direct billing for a number of benefits providers for all or part of your treatments. If we cannot direct bill your benefits provider, we will issue a receipt that can then be submitted to your provider for reimbursement. Specific coverage amounts vary from plan to plan, so it's best to contact your human resources department to find out amounts for chiropractic, physiotherapy, massage therapy, and orthotics.

Your First Visit To Bridgeland Sport & Spine

When you arrive at the clinic please feel free to take advantage of the parking lot behind the building. Trucks and larger vehicles should take advantage of the 2 hour free parking available in front of the clinic on 8A street. The clinic entrance is the door off the parking lot. After entering the clinic you will be asked to fill out a multi-page questionnaire surrounding your current condition and overall health history. We must have the appropriate paperwork completed by your appointment time in order to ensure you receive the full attention your injury may require. If you are unable to complete the paperwork ahead of time via e-mail, please arrive 15 minutes early to your appointment.

Once the forms are completed, you will be shown to a consultation room where a therapist will review the forms with you and discuss your problem in detail. Based on the results of that discussion, and with your permission, we will perform a physical examination of the area in question. Although the clinic does provide athletic shorts and a treatment top where required, many clients are more comfortable bringing in their own shorts and tops to be used during the examination. Please be aware that physical examination standards require that the area to be examined is exposed to the skin. Be assured, however, that the utmost care is taken to assure your privacy throughout this process.

Depending on the findings from your physical examination, there are several possibilities as to the next step. In all cases, the therapist will share opinions and insights gained during the examination. When indicated, patients requiring x-rays will be sent to the radiology clinic across the street. There will be a discussion of treatment options and recommendations. There will be an opportunity for you to ask questions about those recommendations. In most cases where treatment is indicated, and, only with your permission, an initial treatment will be administered. In some cases, we prefer for clinical reasons to separate the initial examination from the initial treatment. In such cases the initial treatment session will be scheduled at your next availability. 

If you have never had similar injuries or treatment in the past, the initial treatment session will tend to be less aggressive in nature. The main goal of this initial session will be to establish your response to the type of treatment being provided as well as achieve a small, short term improvement to your condition. If you are familiar with and have had prior experience with the recommended type of therapy then a full treatment will be administered. If treatment at our clinic is not recommended, there will be a discussion of further examination or treatment options outside of our facility.

Bridgeland Sport & Spine Clinic
Bridgeland Sport & Spine Clinic

Hours of Operation


  • Monday | 08:00 – 20:00
  • Tuesday | 08:00 – 20:00
  • Wednesday | 08:00 – 20:00
  • Thursday | 08:00 – 20:00
  • Friday | 08:00 – 20:00
  • Saturday | 08:30 – 15:00
  • Sunday | Closed


What is Shockwave Therapy?

Shockwave therapy is medically known as Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ECSWT) or Extracorporeal Pulse Activation Therapy (EPAT).  Shockwave is a new, effective treatment for severe cases of tendonitis, tendonosis, and scar tissue build-up.

This cutting edge device is changing the way chronic injuries are treated.  It offers a solution for stubborn injuries even when traditional therapy approaches have failed.

Using a wand-like device, high amplitude pulses of mechanical energy are generated and transmitted through the skin. These “Shock Waves” stimulate the production of new blood & nerve cells, thereby aiding the recovery process.

Soft Tissue Injury (STI)

Most patients needing physiotherapy are probably afflicted by a soft tissue injury. These injuries are often caused by an acute blow or impact damaging one or more of the following things:

  • Ligaments
  • Muscles
  • Tendons

Treating an STI at home can be a long and painful process. Often seeing a professional physiotherapist can speed up your recovery and get you back into the activities you previously participated in. Many people mention the R.I.C.E treatment method when recovering from a Soft Tissue Injury(STI).

During the first 24 hours after an injury:


  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

48 – 72 hours after an injury:

No H.A.R.M

  • Heat
  • Alcohol
  • Re-Injury
  • Massage

By using the R.I.C.E method you can decrease inflammation and help your body start on the road to recovery. By avoiding the H.A.R.M’s you can ensure that your affected soft tissues continue to heal at the optimal rate. In later posts we will go more in-depth into the R.I.C.E method & H.A.R.M.

Dr.Hankins performing Active Release technique

Active Release Technique

This article will review the history and therapeutic applications of Active Release Technique commonly referred to as A.R.T. We hope that with a better understanding of ART our patients will know when to ask for it and what to expect when it is used.

Although we see a wide variety of sports, recreational, and occupational injuries, there tends to be a unifying theme in our treatment approach:

  • Calm the tissue down
  • get it loose
  • normalize joint mobility
  • then strengthen

This idea is simple in concept but complex in application. Active Release plays a role in both restoring normal soft tissue health and restoring joint mobility.

Why do we use A.R.T.? 

The answer is simple. Our experience has shown that ART can be one of the most efficient modalities in treating the soft tissue component of injuries. We find that it offers rapid progress to the majority of injuries while causing relatively low discomfort to patients.

Where did A.R.T. come from? 

Active Release Technique was invented by Dr. Mike Leahy almost 2 decades ago. Dr. Leahy was a former US Air Force aeronautical engineer who had retrained to become a chiropractor. Back then in his clinical practice Dr. Leahy was dissatisfied with outcomes using what were “standard” treatments for carpal tunnel syndrome and other similar repetitive strain disorders. His search for a better treatment method lead him to write a new formula to explain how this type of injury occurs.

Dr. Leahy showed that activities requiring repeated small movements lead to decreased oxygenation of muscles, tendons, and ligaments and the eventual development of fibrosis (commonly referred to as “scar tissue”) in these areas. Typing for five minutes does not cause tendonitis, however small movements with your mouse for 8 hours straight over weeks at a time certainly can. Dr. Leahy theorized that by using specific types of therapy movements with counter pressure from the therapists’ thumb or hand we could break down or reverse this scar tissue accumulation. From that theory he developed, patented and began teaching what has become over 400 protocols for identifying and releasing scar tissue adhesions from various muscles, ligaments, and nerve pathways in the body.

Therapy Review Active Release Therapy 

How is it used? 

Currently at Bridgeland Sport and Spine both Dr. Hankins and Dr. Anderson retain current certifications as Active Release Techniques providers. During a treatment session incorporating A.R.T. your therapist will move the affected body part (or ask you to move it) through a range of motion and at the same time apply some counter pressure using their thumb or fingers.

The goal here is to break down some of the fibrotic adhesions between muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The same motion may be repeated several times. When this is done, some of the passes will be more for assessment and some will be more for treatment (as a result, some passes might hurt a bit more than others). The discomfort will also vary depending on your tolerance, the severity of the condition, and the specific goals of the treatment session.

As with all treatments it is important to communicate your comfort level during the session so that the depth can be tailored to your tolerance. Sometimes more aggressive sessions are necessary but this can be discussed with your therapist before the session begins, and it is something that you can decide to work towards over time.

Although every injury is slightly different, we will typically use active release treatments twice per week over three weeks as an initial treatment protocol. Depending on the specific problem the next step may be a transition to exercise, IMS needling, or simply additional therapy at a decreased frequency. We encourage you to ask questions during your treatment sessions.