Chiropractic Services

We are registered practitioners of the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors.


Doctors of Backbones Chiropractic & Sports Therapy are registered practitioners of the Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors. Through extensive training in the sciences of musculoskeletal and nervous systems of the body, Doctors of Chiropractic are qualified in the practices of assessment, diagnostic and treatment procedures. The assessment process involves taking a medical history and performing a physical examination to establish a diagnosis from which a course of care is prescribed. Chiropractic treatment involves manual care, which includes spinal manipulative (adjustment) therapy, and soft tissue therapies.

The goal of Chiropractic care is to provide pain relief, re-establish and sustain a sense of strength and well-being by working to eliminate pain associated disorders. These include, yet are not limited to, headaches, nerve impingements, neck and back pain; as well as, a variety of other mechanical dysfunctions associated with the musculoskeletal and nervous systems of the body.

Equally as important are preventative measures that Chiropractic care offers against future acute and chronic pain disorders, resulting from work or sports related injuries; this serves as a fundamental element in providing first-class Chiropractic care.
Moreover, Doctors of Chiropractic understand the significance of evaluating key aspects; namely, lifestyle, nutrition, health history and environmental surroundings to best implement a tailored care plan for each respective patient.

Chiropractic adjustment serves as a complimentary approach to Active Release Techniques® (ART®) in the restoration and rehabilitation process in managing pain and achieving optimum health.

Backbones Chiropractic & Sports Therapy is presently accepting new patients. If we can be of service to you, please contact us.

Active Release Technique

Active Release Techniques is a patented hands-on treatment approach to injuries to a muscle, tendon, ligament, nerve and the surrounding soft tissue. This state-of-the-art treatment was developed by Dr. Michael Leahy, a chiropractor based out of Colorado Springs, USA. Although similar to some massage techniques, Active Release Techniques is more specific. Registered ART Providers, are specialized at knowing where to look for adhesions, how to feel for them and how to use the active motion of the body part to break them up.

Our clinic is extremely effective in treating many conditions, including:

  • Headaches
  • Back Pain
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Shin splints
  • Tendonitis
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Knee injuries
  • Sciatica
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Tennis Elbow

These conditions all have one important thing in common: they often result from injuries to over-used muscles. And those injuries can be caused in three different ways:

  • acute injuries (pulls, tears, collisions)
  • accumulation of small tears from over-use (micro-trauma)
  • lack of oxygen (hypoxia)

Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense, scar tissue in the affected area. This scar tissue binds up and ties down other tissues that need to move freely. As scar tissue builds up, muscles become shorter and weaker, tension on tendons can cause tendonitis, and nerves can become entrapped. This can cause reduced ranges of motion, loss of strength and pain. If a nerve is trapped, you may also feel tingling, numbness and weakness. For those reasons, prompt and proper treatment is essential for healing and rehabilitation.

Every Active Release Techniques session involves a combination of examinations and treatments. Active Release Techniques providers use their hands to evaluate the texture, tightness and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and nerves. Any abnormal tissues are then treated by applying a very specific tension to the muscle involved while moving the muscle underneath the contact (thumb or fingers of doctor’s hand).

This method softens and stretches the scar tissue, resulting in increased range of motion, increased strength and improved circulation, which all optimize healing. These treatment protocols – over 500 of them – are unique to Active Release Techniques, and allow ART Providers to identify and correct the specific problems that are affecting each individual patient.

Custom Orthotics

Here at Backbones Chiropractic & Sports Therapy your health is our number-one priority. We have been working with Foot Levelers for many years providing patients with custom-made orthotics to correct imbalances in the feet, and provide a balanced foundation that can improve a patient’s quality of life.

When a patient needs support, there are two choices to consider: custom-made or off-the-shelf? Numerous companies offer a variety of Off-the-Shelf Inserts to support and relieve the foot.

Unlike generic orthotics, Foot Levelers’ custom-made Spinal Pelvic Stabilizers are scientifically designed for the individual’s unique postural problems – not just problems with the feet. We believe that correcting imbalances in your feet, in addition to regular chiropractic adjustments, can properly align your spine and pelvis.

Stabilizers offer more than just short-term symptom relief. They also promote whole-body wellness for a lifetime.

Take a look at the facts:

Spinal Pelvic Stabilizers

  • 3-arch support balances the feet, balances the body; also provides proper corrections for your specific condition
  • Patented Gait Cycle System® offers support through each phase of your gait
  • Promotes optimum posture and enhances chiropractic adjustments, resulting in longer-term symptom relief
  • Guaranteed to last or your money back
  • Custom made using 16 precise measurements based on digital images or impressions of your feet

  • Only supports 1 arch, and often over‑corrects causing more harm than good
  • Does not provide custom support throughout the gait cycle
  • Does not aid in correcting posture; really just a cushion designed to treat the symptom rather than the underlying problem
  • Durability is questionable so you may spend more money over time replacing them
  • Offers generic solutions for a set number of foot conditions, which likely do not address your specific needs
Stabilizers Over-the-Counter
Managed by Your Chiropractor Yes No
Unique to your feet Yes No
Guaranteed Quality Yes No
16-point Precise Measurement Yes No
Protects Through Gait Yes No
Durability Yes No
Protective Support Yes No
Comfort Yes Yes

MVA Injuries

Backbones Chiropractic & Sports Therapy provides treatment for Motor Vehicle Accident injuries such as sprains, strains and whiplash injuries. Under Alberta’s new auto insurance system, if you’re injured in a motor vehicle collision there are certain protocols that must be followed as soon after the accident as possible.

Within 10 days of the collision you MUST:

  1. Seek treatment from a Primary Health Care Provider such as your chiropractor at Backbones Chiropractic & Sports Therapy. If your injury is a sprain, strain or minor whiplash injury, your chiropractor does not need authorization from your insurer for the first 12 weeks of treatment and the chiropractic clinic will bill the insurer directly. For other injuries not covered by Alberta Health Care Insurance, you’ll be reimbursed for eligible expenses from your private health care plan or your Section B benefits from your automobile insurer.
  2. File the appropriate forms (AB1-PatientForm) with your insurer if you have a minor injury. (For other injuries, you have 30 days.) The forms are available below, at Backbones Chiropractic & Sports Therapy, your insurer or insurance broker, or at Your insurer will get back to you within five days.
  3. File an injury report with the police.

For more information about motor vehicle accident treatment please visit:

PDF Click here to download the Notice of Loss and Proof of Claim Form (AB-1).

WCB Injuries

This Workers Compensation Board (WCB) clinic treats workplace injuries with the focus on the worker’s safe return to work. WCB clinics such as Backbones Chiropractic & Sports Therapy are required to treat workers under case plans that set clear goals in order for workers to understand their role in the recovery process. Both the employer and employee win when the injured worker returns safely to his or her job.

What happens if you are injured at work?

  1. Tell your Employer details of your injury
    After receiving notice, your employer must report your injury to the WCB within 72 hours if you need medical treatment other than first aid -or- you cannot do your job beyond the day of accident.
  2. Tell your Health Care Provider
    That you were injured at work. Your doctor or chiropractor must report your injury to the WCB within 48 hours.
  3. Tell the WCB
    Send your Report of Injury form to the WCB right away! The form is included in the Worker Handbook.

The WCB registers your claim and assigns it to an adjudicator

The adjudicator determines if your claim meets legislation and policy requirements. WCB will contact you, your doctor, or your employer if more information is required.

Claim NOT accepted

The legislative and policy requirements were not met by the information collected. You will be advised of the reason by phone and in writing. You may submit more information or ask for an internal review and have the option to request a review of the decision within one year.

Claim accepted

The legislative and policy requirements were met. Benefits and services may include:

  • Wage loss replacement
  • Medical costs
  • Case management services
  • Return to work assistance