Are you thinking about seeing an Athletic Therapist but, you’re not an athlete? Don’t be fooled by the name! We see everyone! Everyone’s an athlete in their own way, from desk jockeys to weekend warriors. Even if you’re only looking to getting back to regular daily activities or thinking long-term to be able to play with the grandkids, Athletic Therapy is for you!
My mom is the biggest advocate for Athletic Therapy. Why? She has seen the worth over the years. Is she an elite athlete? No, she is an everyday person who works a desk job. Over the years, her range of motion decreased without her noticing the change until she decided to get a little more active. Like anyone, she wants to be able to do things with future grandkids which stemmed her passion for wanting to gain mobility and strength back into her life. Carpal Tunnel and Sciatic nerve pain are two chronic problems she had faced for many years, to the point where surgery may have been needed to help relieve her Carpal Tunnel symptoms. She started seeing an Athletic Therapist so she could find out more about all my tidbits of information I would share wither her as I progressed through my journey to my dream career. Soon, everything began to change. With a combination of Myofascial Release, Craniosacral Therapy, Mobilization, and a variety of other techniques, she began to notice a difference. My mom started getting her range of motion back, saw strength gain, and experienced a significant reduction in pain. Now, no surgery is required, and the day-to-day aches and pains that were always present are at manageable levels or gone altogether. She saw the worth of seeing an Athletic Therapist and the value it added to her life.
So how are we different? We focus on a whole-body approach, putting all the necessary pieces of the puzzle together. We take a detailed history of previous injuries to see how they may have contributed to the problem at hand because our old injuries can influence current ones. The body tends to adapt to the change created; it isn’t until later, when we are in a state of dysfunction, that we notice this change. We are in a state of dysfunction when that pain or restriction starts to affect our daily activities.
Athletic Therapists are specialists in injury assessment, prevention and sports injury rehabilitation. Musculoskeletal injuries are the main elements in our scope of practice; those are injuries to the muscle, ligaments, tendons, and bones. Additionally, we are a Calgary concussion clinic, and we also work with motor vehicle accidents (MVAs), nerve related injuries, and more. We aim to determine the underlying factors to the injury and target those features to provide the best treatment plan for each individual. These factors can include posture, core, balance and stability, and ergonomics. Core and posture are two main components for everyone. What is good posture? How do you actually achieve that goal? That is where balance and stability come in because you need to have balance of the musculature in order to achieve good posture. Your core is also of importance; we need to lay the foundation before we try to build up from the ground.
Yes, you will still find us out on the sidelines working with various sports teams but, most of the people we see are everyday people! You may not be an elite athlete, but Athletic Therapy Programs can change your life! I look at the benefits that not only my mom has gained but the experiences of my friends and clients. By using a combination of techniques, they are able to move better, are pain-free, and have been helped on an individual basis to get the results they deserve. If they can get these results, why can’t you?
Client Signature: Looking for help with your injury, ache or pain? The experts at Competitive Edge Sport Therapy can help! We can identify and resolve the root cause of your complaint and pain. Contact us today, at (403) 252-6222 | [email protected]
Written by Michelle Gaudet
Certified Athletic Therapist CAT(C)