Active Release Technique (ART)

ART is a soft tissue system/movement based technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, fascia, and nerves. ART works very well for clients who enjoy sports which require repetitive movement (eg. golf, ironman, tennis, etc); and for clients who are required to maintain sustained postures such as sitting in an office. The treatment includes an evaluation of the tightness, texture, and movement of muscles, fascia, tendons, and nerves. Abnormal findings are then treated by combining precisely directed tension while having the client move their arms, legs, or body in very specific movement patterns. These treatment protocols – over 500 specific moves – are unique to ART. They allow our therapists to identify and correct the specific concerns of each client.

Acupuncture and Dry Needling

Acupuncture is a therapeutic method used by specially trained physiotherapists who have a Certificate from the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada (CAFCI). Acupuncture is used to naturally promote healing, relieve pain, and improve function of affected areas of the body by improving flow of Qi (pronounced Chee). Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of very fine single-use disposable needles through the skin and soft tissue at specific acupuncture points on the body. The needles are often left in for 10-15 minutes to have an optimal effect. Our therapists primarily perform ‘Anatomical Acupuncture’ which is a more modern approach combining centurys old Chinese traditions and western medical knowledge to increase effectiveness. We also use dry needling techniques to stimulate release of spasm and trigger points thereby improving muscle function.

Biomechanical Evaluations and Exercise Programs

For Medical Conditions and Post-Clinical Therapy

This service bridges the gap between the completion of physiotherapy and the initiation of an exercise program in a gym setting. This works well for those that need a little extra help to get back to full strength and fitness at the end of clinical physical rehabilitation following injury or surgery. It also helps those who have a medical condition such as arthritis or low back pain and need help establishing an exercise program. We assess your current strength, flexibility, proprioception and biomechanics, paying special attention to any areas affected by your injury or medical condition. We work closely with the professional trainers at Life Works Gym and The Banff Centre to establish an individual exercise program. This may include one-on-one or group training at the gym, a home exercise program, and advice on appropriate exercise classes available in the community. We regularly monitor and modify your program to suit your needs.

Craniosacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy is a very gentle manual therapy technique that manipulates the flow of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) which is a fluid that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. The therapist applies soft touch to assess the movement of cerebrospinal fluid, which can be restricted by trauma to the body such as through falls, accidents, and repetitive motions. This is a whole-body therapy involving subtle movements of the spinal and cranial bones in an attempt to bring the central nervous system into harmony and naturally restoring the craniosacral rhythm. By lightly working the spine, skull, and its cranial sutures the restrictions of nerve passages are said to be eased. The movement of CSF through the spinal cord and the entire body can then be optimized. Craniosacral therapists (CST) use the therapy to treat any condition that has plateaued, which can include neck and back pain, migraines, TMJ pain, and chronic pain conditions.


Custom Foot Orthotics

Custom foot orthotics are individualized inserts for your shoes that can help to alleviate foot, knee, hip, and low back pain. Orthotics are designed to correct malalignments in the body and reduce the strain on pain-sensitive soft-tissue. At Active Motion Physiotherapy the therapists discuss any past or current injuries and thoroughly analyze your work and athletic footwear. They then perform gait and functional analyses including watching you walk, run, squat, etc. A cast mold of your foot is then taken. Our pedorthist Milan Hudec, C.Ped(C), C.Ped.Tech(C) of Feet First Orthotics then handcrafts the orthotics right here in the Bow Valley. We offer a 100% guarantee that the orthotics fit well, help to improve your alignment and help manage your injuries. Any adjustments we may need to make incur no extra cost to you.



Exercise Prescription

Individualized exercises including biomechanical instruction, stretching, strengthening, proprioceptive work, spinal stabilization, etc are an important part of physiotherapy. With both of the Active Motion Physiotherapy clinics being located in fitness facilities we have a vast array of exercise equipment available for our clients ensuring that each massage and physiotherapy session is educational and challenging.


Fitness Facilities

Both the Banff and Canmore Active Motion Physiotherapy clinics are located in fitness facilities. We have a vast array of exercise equipment and services available for our clients ensuring that each massage and physiotherapy session is effective, educational and challenging. With every massage and physiotherapy session our clients enjoy a complementary same-day pass to the facilities.




Believe it or not, one needs to be Fit-to-Sit. Sitting not only requires office furniture that is arranged and ideally adjusted for each individual, but also requires proper strength, endurance, and flexibility. In this dynamic session we not only help guide you through key components of optimal office set up, address common imbalances that lead to neck, back, shoulder and arm pain, but will also teach you how get a workout while you sit! This seminar is 50 minutes in duration and is a great way to educate your office whether large or small.


Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS)

IMS is a dry needling technique aimed at reducing muscle tension and spasm that may be causing pain or dysfunction in an affected area.  As a result of acute or prolonged repetitive trauma, nerves can become sensitized. Previously harmless signals become exaggerated, causing the muscles they supply to shorten. These shortened muscles in turn cause pain by pulling on tendons, compressing joints, and compressing nerves. This pain then causes further muscle shortening. During an IMS treatment, the therapist will insert fine acupuncture needles into the tight bands of shortened muscles to evoke a reflex relaxation response in the muscles. When the muscles relax, pressure is reduced on muscle tendons, joints, and the nerves. During this relaxation the nerves return to having an ideal level of sensitivity, enabling the body to heal.

Manual and Manipulative Therapy

Manual therapy is a broad term that encompasses the treatment of injuries through ‘hands-on’ techniques including soft tissue mobilization, connective tissue techniques, myofascial release, craniosacral techniques, mobilization of nerve tissue, and joint mobilization and manipulation. Some of our physiotherapists have been awarded the Diploma of Manipulative Therapy (FCAMT) after extensive post-graduate training and examination. The goal of this treatment is to relieve pain and restore normal function.



Massage Therapy

Each massage therapy session at Active Motion Physiotherapy, starts with a complete biomechanical assessment of the dysfunctional area. Both palpation and measured assessment is performed to ensure the correct treatment path is taken. Once the assessment is complete, a customized treatment is developed for the problem area. We use a combination of intrinsic and extrinsic treatment methods which may include deep tissue and myofascial work, trigger point release, lymphatic drainage, etc. A re-assessment is completed after the massage to measure the efficiency of the treatment and to offer post treatment advice based on findings. Remember with each massage appointment our clients enjoy a complementary same-day pass to the fitness facility which can be enjoyed before or after your massage.

One Wellness + Spa is the Massage provider for Active Motion Physiotherapy.


Motor Vehicle Accident

If you have been injured in a Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) in Alberta, you are entitled to accident benefits coverage. This coverage includes 10 or 21 treatments and Active Motion Physiotherapy will direct bill the insurance company. Our massage therapists and physiotherapists work together to provide effective treatment to ensure you make a great recovery. Lisa Pearson has the distinction of being an Injury Management Consultant Register of the CPTA. Please refer to the website below for more specific information regarding MVA benefits in Alberta.

Office Ergonomic Assessments

Office ergonomic assessments examine your office set up and the way in which you work. In treating clients with neck, back, arm and leg pain Active Motion Physiotherapy has found that it is sometimes not enough to just treat the injury using massage and physiotherapy techniques; but requires getting to the source of the problem which can require assessing your office environment. This assessment includes a review of your personal areas of discomfort, an analysis of your office set up, suggestions and implementation of changes, and a follow up report of recommendations. Remember, having a proper office setup helps to improve job satisfaction, productivity, and to reduce repetitive stress injuries.

Physical Health Assessments 

This is a great assessment for those that would like to remain Active for Life. ThisPhysical Health Assessment is a two part assessment that is completed over two separate one hour appointments. This assessment begins with a review of past injuries, current areas of concern, and goals that you would like to accomplish. During this assessment we objectively look at your strength and flexibility, highlighting areas of weakness, tightness and imbalance. A digital postural analysis then performed prior to assessing balance and dynamic movement. Being able to then analyze the results of this physical health assessment allows the physiotherapist to determine what underlying impairments are of concern. It is during the second session that the results are shared with you and the pieces of the puzzle are connected.  At Active Motion Physiotherapy the therapists integrate competing parts of the body to work in harmony and teach you specific strategies and exercises to address your specific areas of weakness, tightness, and areas of overall imbalance in your body such that you remain on top of your game, through efficient and fluid movement, allowing you to accomplish your goals. We recommend this physical health assessment be completed on an annual basis.

Physiotherapy / Physiotherapy

At Active Motion Physiotherapy, we don’t just treat the injury, we treat the whole person. Each of our clients receives a comprehensive physiotherapy evaluation and examination in a private one-on-one treatment room.

We offer extended appointment times to ensure that all of your concerns are recognized and incorporated into an individualized treatment plan that works for you and your lifestyle. We pride ourselves on working closely with your team of health care professionals including coaches and trainers to ensure the best management of your needs.

Both the Banff and Canmore Active Motion Physiotherapy clinics are located within athletic facilities. With every physiotherapy session our clients enjoy a complementary same-day pass to the facilities.

Active Motion Physiotherapy provides an environment that allows all members of our community to achieve their individual goals including alleviating pain, regaining function, and returning to optimal sporting condition. In addition to our technical expertise, we offer the support and encouragement needed to achieve great health. We understand that physiotherapy can be a lot of work and we are here to give the attention you deserve to allow you to achieve the results you desire. Contact us today to book your next Physiotherapy session.



Pilates is for everyone. Build long, lean, strong muscles and a powerful core. The reformer challenges core stability and postural alignment. Our Pilates workouts are a powerful tool for rehabilitation, cross-training and elevating fitness beyond a plateau.

"In 10 sessions you will feel the different, in 20 sessions you will see the difference and in 30 sessions you will have a whole new body!" Joseph Pilates


Running Assessments

Looking to improve your running efficiency? Have a nagging ache or pain that is not allowing you to run to your full potential?

Our running assessments include:

     1. Strength Analysis 

                i. Assessing for imbalances and weaknesses

     2. Flexibility Analysis

                i. Assessing for imbalances and weaknesses

     3. Runing Analysis on the Treadmill

                i.  Assessing for inefficiencies

     4. Exercise Perscription

                i.  Strength, Flexibility, or Dynamic Stability exercises that will help   improve your efficiency.

Spinal Stabilization Program – “Build Your Core”

Having a strong core often results in a stable spine and pelvic relationship. Core muscles are a group of muscles located deep in the trunk that play an essential role in stabilizing your low back as it connects to your pelvis. In this program you will learn where each of these muscles are, what their role is, how to activate these muscles, and how to incorporate using theses muscles into your daily life whether you are sitting at your desk, out for a walk, or working out at the gym. This is a great program for those who have lower back pain or a history of lower back pain, want to improve their balance, start pilates or yoga, or just get fit!

Sports Fitness Assessment

This is a great assessment for those that are looking to start a new sport, or improve at their current sport. This assessment analyzes the specific demands of the sport, assessing current strength, flexibility, proprioceptive control and biomechanics. The therapists at Active Motion Physiotherapy participate and compete in many different sports themselves, (including running, cross country skiing, down hill skiing, triathlons, road and mountain biking), and therefore add an athlete’s perspective to their professional knowledge and skill. As you know many sports are repetitive in nature. At Active Motion Physiotherapy the therapists integrate competing parts of the body to work in harmony and teach you sport specific strategies that address the weaknesses, tightnesses, and overall imbalances in your body such that you remain in top of your gaim and achieve your ultimate goals.

Sports Massage

This treatment is designed with the athlete in mind. The pressure is generally quite deep and intended to flush deep capillary beds to aid the healing of heavily trained muscles. We also offer a pre/post event massage for athletes before and after sporting events. The pre-event massage is to help the body warm up which may improve performance and help prevent injury. The post-event massage helps flush out some of the waste products from muscle contraction and aid recovery.

One Wellness + Spa is the Massage provider for Active Motion Physiotherapy.

Temporal Mandibular Joint Therapy - Jaw Pain

Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ) treatment involves examining all areas and all tissues which can contribute to problems (including pain, spasm and clicking) in the jaw. We analyze factors which can lead to injury such as poor postural and movement habits, car accidents or other head and neck trauma, teeth grinding, and eating habits. We examine your neck, upper back, skull, and shoulder girdle for movement restrictions due to factors such as joint stiffness, muscle spasm, nerve tightness, weakness, etc. We work closely with your dentist to understand and address any relevant dental issues. Treatment may involve mobilization of the jaw and spine, soft tissue release, acupuncture, biomechanical correction, and a comprehensive educational and exercise program.


Thermal and Electrical Modalities

Electrical and thermal modalities are used to complement the effects of manual therapy and to help achieve goals from alleviating pain to regaining function after injury. These modalities include: ultrasound, transcutaneous electrical stimulation (TENS), electrical muscle stimulation (EMS), electro-acupuncture, interferential current (IFC), heat and ice.

Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB)

Active Motion Physiotherapy is contracted by the Workers' Compensation Board to assess and treat people who are injured at work. Should you be injured at work you are required to complete a workers report and be assessed by a medical doctor. Your physiotherapy assessment and initial treatment will be covered by WCB; however, further treatments must be approved by WCB. Upon receiving approval we bill WCB directly. Should your claim not be accepted it is your responsibility for payment, which can be picked up by your extended health care insurance benefits.

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