Fall 2018 The Goal : Doing What YOU Love

Doing what I love !

Doing what I love !


I AM NOW OFFERING GUNN INTRAMUSCULAR STIMULATION (IMS) a specialized form of trigger point DRY NEEDLING Small acupuncture needles are gently placed in tight muscular bands and other regions, which can be helpful in alleviating pain and decreasing muscle tightness. This is a wonderful adjunct to the physiotherapy treatments already offered. I am very excited to be able to offer this technique.

Our Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD ) practice continues to grow … if you are uncertain if you have a jaw (TMJ) disorder, you can take this simple reliable test called the TMD Pain Screener…it takes about two minutes !

  1. In the last 30 days, how long did any pain last in your jaw or temple area on either side ?

    a. no pain

    b. pain comes and goes

    c. pain is always present

  2. In the last 30 days, have you had pain or stiffness in your jaw on awakening ?

    a. no

    b. yes

  3. In the last 30 days, did the following activities change any pain ( that is, make it better or make it worse) in your jaw or temple area on either side ?

    A. Chewing hard or tough food

    a. yes

    b. no

    B. Opening your mouth or moving your jaw forward or to the side

    a. yes

    b. no

    C. Jaw habits such as holding teeth together, clenching, grinding, or chewing gum

    a. yes

    b. no

    D. Other jaw activities such as talking, kissing or yawning

    a. yes

    b. no

Scoring : The first item has scores of 0-2 (a=0, b=1, c=2), while the remaining items are scored simply as a=0, b=1. A sum is computed.

Scores over 3 indicate that a TMD disorder may be present.

TMJ disorders are treated daily at our multidisciplinary clinic. There may be other causes for pain in the jaw/ear/teeth/ temple areas which also require the services of your physiotherapist, or require referral to other health professionals. Make sure you are taking care of yourself and addressing these issues.

You can book an appointment online for physiotherapy services at FULL CIRCLE at https://fullcircle.mrxsolutions.com/onlinebooking/ or call our reception at 587-352-9199 and Heide, Kris or Terry would be happy to help you create an appointment.

The Goal : Helping you to do what YOU love to do



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Fall 2017

Fall 2017

I love the fall, and the feeling of getting back into the excitement of work. This year we are happy to be celebrating our 5th year anniversary at Full Circle. It is amazing to see how the "idea" of a clinic can be turned into a wonderful place to work and a great place for patients to receive excellent quality care.

Personally I am continuing to enjoy addressing a wide range of conditions and yet also to focus on treating Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD). This spring I received my Certified Cervical and Temporomandibular Therapist (CCTT) designation from the Physical Therapy Board of Craniofacial and Cervical Therapeutics in the US. The examination is offered to qualified physical therapists at the annual scientific meeting of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain (AAOP) which was held in Arizona this year. It was once again a great conference to attend and meet like minded physical therapists and dentists who are treatingTMD and orofacial pain. I liked the many presentations which focused on headaches and TMD as this is a complex problem which we deal with every week.

Just three weeks ago I also attended the 4th Annual Glen Sather Sports Medicine Conference in Edmonton, on the topic of The Hip.  I was pleased to hear the presentation on groin pain in athletes by Dr. Jackie Whittaker, which referenced the 2015 Doha agreement on a consensus for terminology and definitions for groin pain in athletes. For those physiotherapists or athletes who are interested, here is a link to the Doha article  http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/49/12/768.   

I will be offering meditation /relaxation sessions once again this fall and winter. Full Circle will send out sign up information when these classes are scheduled.

It looks like the sea kayaking and gardening are done for the season, and I am back to yoga, strength training, curling, and biking. Soon enough it will be cross country skiing again ! Enjoy your chosen physical activities this fall !

Spring Blog and photo contest winner May 2016

Spring Blog and photo contest winner May 2016

Congratulations to our Spring Blog Photo Contest Winner Marilyn Konyk for her sweet newborn calf picture !  A big Thank You to all those who submitted photos, they were inspiring !! Marilyn wrote “ In addition to reminding me that spring is here, this photo reminds me of my dad, a farmer, who always so loved his little Hereford calves born into the warmth of spring”. I think we can all relate to the wonder of new beginnings and the freshness that is a part of Canadian spring.

At our house we have put away our skis and curling shoes and have brought out the bikes and the running shoes . I am always excited to help us all discover ways that enable us to move best through the seasons. Sometimes this means learning and discovering what we need to do to hike without pain, or improve your balance for biking or ensure that you are able to do your spring planting and gardening.  For others the changes we might want to make are about being able to chew food without pain and minimizing the impact of headaches. We all want to make the most of our day !

 I am looking forward to some educational conferences this spring and summer. I started with the American Academy of Orofacial Pain Conference, in Florida April 2016, (www.aaop.org/ ) which included a great anatomy pre-course ( a wonderful review for me of the TMJ anatomy project I did back in 1995).  I am also pretty excited about an anatomy app called Zygote 3D Anatomy & Dissection Lab ($6.99). Check it out ! Amazing detail !  Later in the summer I will head to Scotland get an overview of the best clinical practices at the International Federation of Orthopedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMT) conference in Scotland July 2016 (www.ifompt.org/) . As always I bring this information back to the clinical setting to integrate it in the best way possible for you.

It has been an asset for me to have completed the Diagnostic Imaging course this past winter, and to know how to use these tools appropriately.  Its great to add new skills to the diagnostic tool kit.

I am pleased to welcome another physiotherapist to the Full Circle clinic team, Mara Boaru PT . She also has a special interest and training in TMJ disorders and is a great asset to the clinic. She will be working many more hours during the summer so that we have more complete physiotherapy coverage for you.

I hope this finds you moving well and happily!

Autumn Update - Upcoming two day course

Autumn Update - Upcoming two day course

Back to work after a busy summer of kayaking and adventure! 

First off, we have started using a new program in the clinic called Physiotools. This is an online bank of over 2300 exercises and stretches with simplifying pictures and videos for each activity.  Physiotools holds the ability to create a customized exercise program for each client. Once customized and created, the exercise programs can be printed and/or emailed. Check out this amazing program here.

 I will be hosting a two day course called 'Evaluation and Treatment of Temporomandibular Disorders' in Calgary, AB on October 24th and 25th for health practitioners. This course will be taught by Steve Kraus. More information can be found at www.TMDstevekraus.com

Back to school again ! This September to December 2015, I will be attending an online graduate course called Diagnostic Imaging in Physical Therapy Practice. The ability to understand and order diagnostic imaging ispotentially beneficial in the diagnosis of a specific musculoskeletal condition or disorder, andthis course is necessary for medical referral of these tests. I am looking forward to the information !

I hope your summers were amazing!

See you at the clinic.

RUNNING and LEARNING January 2015


Happy New Year!

At the end of this month, I will be attending a week long Insight Meditation Retreat in sunny Santa Cruz, California! Starting February 12th, join me as I host Thursday morning meditations at Full Circle clinic. All are welcome and there is no charge, but please RSVP to the front desk (Chrystal, Helen or Carey) at 587-352-9199. 

Meditations will be held: February 12, 19, 26 and March 5, 2015 from 8 am to 8:45 am

Calgary Insight Meditation Society has a great website with more local meditation retreats and activities.

Full Circle and its collaborative health care team has grown so much in 2 years! Starting with three practitioners, Dr. Bradley Kennedy, chiropractor, Angie Hill, registered massage therapist (RMT) and myself, we now have had 8 other practitioners join our team! Diane Toms, Karen Barker, Ingrid Thaker and Geoffrey Jemmott are all excellent RMT's. Shawna Ryan is our Bowen Therapist, currently also training to be an RMT. I have found Bowen Therapy to be especially helpful for patients who are somewhat 'overloaded' in their nervous system. Dr. Ken Abreu has been a great addition to the chiropractic side of things. Shari Anticknap provides us with nutrition and weight loss counseling, and Dion Simon is available for Medicine Wheel Teaching or Talking Circles.

Early October 2014, I attended The Sports Medicine 101 Conference  in Edmonton, Alberta. Highlighting current approaches to knee, shoulder and lumbar spine issues, it was a great first conference for the Glen Sather group. Yes, it is still key to strengthen the shoulder stabilizers and pelvic stabilizers when recovering from an injury! And sorry - you still have to do your clams!!

As a clinic, Full Circle staff attended the Ronald McDonald Rock the House Run in September 2014. It was great fun to run or walk, listen to the bands playing, and even dance a bit! We continued fundraising for this worthy cause through Christmas donations. If you are interested in donating check out the website here for more information.


That's all for now!

Check back for more news in April.