Chiropractic & Sports Rehab

A chiropractic visit with Dr Jeff Almon and Dr Claire Kassian consists of a thorough full-body assessment, diagnostic, treatment using various soft tissue techniques, and recommended rehab exercises. Our goal is to help you fix your concerns as fast as possible, and get you back to doing what you love pain-free. All of MVMTLAB's practitioners are or were high-level competitive athletes. Dr ... Read More

A chiropractic visit with Dr Jeff Almon and Dr Claire Kassian consists of a thorough full-body assessment, diagnostic, treatment using various soft tissue techniques, and recommended rehab exercises. Our goal is to help you fix your concerns as fast as possible, and get you back to doing what you love pain-free.

All of MVMTLAB's practitioners are or were high-level competitive athletes. Dr Almon is the owner of MVMTLAB and was a professional athlete in his previous career, playing 2yrs in the CFL. Dr Kassian was a National-level 400m sprinter and was a member of U of A's track team.

As such, they understand the mental side of sports performance and its link to body mechanics like no other chiropractors in the lower mainland. They specialize in movement pattern analysis and dynamic neuromuscular stability.

Note that Dr Kassian specializes in Spinal Decompression (which can be booked under our Spinal Decompression discipline category) , as well as Shockwave therapy and soft tissue manual therapy.


Chiropractic & Spinal Decompression

Spinal decompression is a non-invasive, non-surgical and a drug-free answer to neck and/or back pain caused by sciatica, herniated or bulging discs, facet syndrome, degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis), pinched nerves and any other spinal afflictions. Using a computer aided/technological advanced system to apply gentle decompression to your spine, Spinal Decompression increases circu... Read More

Spinal decompression is a non-invasive, non-surgical and a drug-free answer to neck and/or back pain caused by sciatica, herniated or bulging discs, facet syndrome, degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis), pinched nerves and any other spinal afflictions.

Using a computer aided/technological advanced system to apply gentle decompression to your spine, Spinal Decompression increases circulation to the spinal discs and joints thus helping relieve the symptoms that cause pain.Spinal Decompression is a non-surgical alternative to many types of conditions and injuries.

Conditions Treated:
- ​​​Degenerative Disc Disease​
- Facet Syndrome
- Chronic Neck & Back Pain​
- Herniated & Bulging Discs
- Post-Surgical Failures
- Spinal Stenosis
- Sciatica
- Arm Pain
- Leg pain
- Carpal Tunnel
- Other Spinal Afflictions

Please contact us at hello@mvmtlab.com should you have any questions about Spinal Decompression and if it's right for you.


Physiotherapy - Manual, Pelvic Floor, Shockwave & IMS/Dry Needling

Our Physiotherapists Carolane Chevrier and Alyssa Matheson all offer Physiotherapy Manual treatments, as well as Shockwave Therapy treatments. Carolane specializes in Pelvic Floor treatments & rehabilitation. ------------------------- What is Radial Shockwave Therapy? Radial Shockwave Therapy uses high-intensity sound waves to stimulate the body’s repair mechanisms, allowing it to ... Read More

Our Physiotherapists Carolane Chevrier and Alyssa Matheson all offer Physiotherapy Manual treatments, as well as Shockwave Therapy treatments.

Carolane specializes in Pelvic Floor treatments & rehabilitation.

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What is Radial Shockwave Therapy?

Radial Shockwave Therapy uses high-intensity sound waves to stimulate the body’s repair mechanisms, allowing it to heal itself at a more accelerated rate. It is particularly helpful in the case of chronic, longstanding conditions. It is also used to help breakdown calcium deposits and scar tissue—both of which are often responsible for limited function and mobility. The breaking down of calcium deposits allows their building blocks to be reabsorbed by the body. Radial Shockwave Therapy stimulates the growth of new blood vessels in the target area, therefore making re-injury (or recurrence of the condition being treated) rare.

Radial Shockwave Therapy has shown success rates as high as 91% for conditions such as calcific tendinitis, and 90% for plantar fasciitis. Recurrence of conditions treated with shockwave therapy is extremely rare. While most patients find benefit during shockwave therapy, continued benefit is usually noted after a full treatment plan (3 to 5 visits, on average) has completed.

Conditions Treated:
Shockwave therapy is used to treat a variety of conditions at various points in the healing process. We recommend it when traditional manual therapies have proved ineffective, or have improved the condition but the treatment has plateaued before a complete recovery is achieved. Research into the effectiveness of shockwave therapy has shown high success rates and long-term results for various conditions. It’s an excellent non-invasive treatment option to consider for:

- Plantar fasciitis
- Tendonitis
- Tennis elbow
- Jumpers knee
- Calcific tendinitis
- Frozen shoulder
- Bone spurs
- Trigger point therapy
- Scar tissue therapy

Note that Radial Shockwave Therapy at MVMTLAB requires no anesthetic!

While previous forms of shockwave therapy required anesthetic for patients to tolerate the treatment, the more recently developed Radial Shockwave treatments Selenia uses at MVMTLAB have shown to be significantly less painful. Most patients report mild to moderate discomfort levels during treatment, but often much less pain than what they normally experience with the injury being treated. Also, pain during treatment rarely lasts beyond the duration of the treatment itself – therefore anesthetics and pain killers are not used during Radial Shockwave Therapy.

Shockwave Therapy Treatment Duration:

Radial Shockwave Therapy takes about five to fifteen minutes depending on the target area. It’s used in conjunction with other physiotherapy techniques and exercises to correct any biomechanical causes of the original condition, thus optimizing the long-term effectiveness of the physiotherapy treatment. While shockwave therapy has shown to be an extremely effective treatment, it is important to note that the mechanical cause of the condition must be addressed for sustained long term success. Rapidly healing the tissue is of little help if the mechanical fault causing the issue is still present. On average, most patients require 3 to 5 shockwave sessions spaced one week apart.

Special Instructions While Undergoing Treatment:

While undergoing shockwave therapy, patients are asked to stop any strenuous physical activities that would stress the target tissue. After a series of sessions, patients are encouraged to rest the target area to allow the now stimulated repair mechanisms of the body to do their job. After a two week rest period, additional sessions can be administered on an as-needed basis, but are often not required.

Little To No Side Effects:

One of the greatest benefits of using Radial Shockwave Therapy is that there are no side effects, aside from the rare occurrence of mild bruising at the treatment site. Post treatment soreness is occasionally noted, but is uncommon and short lived when present. In fact, literature shows that individuals who receive Radial Shockwave treatments tend to recover faster than those receiving traditional therapies. Furthermore, the non-invasive nature of Radial Shockwave Therapy makes it a beneficial alternative for those who are considering more aggressive treatments such as surgery or corticosteroid injections.

When Not To Use Radial Shockwave Therapy:

Radial Shockwave Therapy does have some limits. It cannot be used in cases of localized infection, fractures, tumors or metabolic bone disorders. In addition, patients who have had recent corticosteroid injections should wait a minimum of four to six weeks before beginning shockwave therapy.

Caution should also be observed in patients who are pregnant, on blood thinners, have osteoporosis, or have had recurring instances of gout. The use of anti-inflammatory medications has also been shown to decrease the effectiveness of shockwave therapy.

Any patient currently taking prescription anti-inflammatory drugs should consult their doctor before discontinuing any medications. However, it is recommended patients discontinue over the counter anti-inflammatory medications while under doing Radial Shockwave Therapy.

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What is Dry Needling?

Dry Needling is a general term for a therapeutic treatment procedure that involves multiple advances of a filament needle into the muscle in the area of the body which produces pain and typically contains a "Trigger Point".

It is an effective treatment for acute & chronic pain, helps with injury rehabilitation, and can even prevent pain & injury. It has very few side effects. Dry needling technique is excellent for finding and eliminating neuromuscular dysfunction, all the while preventing pain and functional deficiencies.

Is Dry Needling painful?

Most patients will not even feel the needle penetrate the skin, but once it has and is advanced into the muscle, the feeling of discomfort can vary drastically from patient to patient. There is no injectable solution and typically the needle which is used is very thin.

Usually a healthy muscle feels very little discomfort with insertion of the needle; however, if the muscle is sensitive and shortened or has active trigger points within it, the subject may feel a sensation much like a muscle cramp — which is often referred to as a ‘twitch response’. The twitch response also has a biochemical characteristic to it which likely affects the reaction of the muscle, symptoms, and response of the tissue.

Along with the health of the tissue, the expertise of the practitioner can also attribute to the variation of outcome and/or discomfort. The patient may only feel the cramping sensation locally or they may feel a referral of pain or similar symptoms for which they are seeking treatment.

Why does Dry Needling work so well?

A reproduction of the patient's pain can be a helpful diagnosis indicator of the cause of the patient’s symptoms. Patients soon learn to recognize and even welcome this unique cramping/twitching sensation, as it results in deactivating the trigger point, thereby reducing pain and restoring normal length & function to the involved muscles.

How many Dry Needling treatments are needed?

Typically positive results are apparent within 2-4 sessions, but treatment time can vary depending on the cause of the symptoms, overall health of the patient and the experience level of the practitioner.

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What is Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy?

The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that serves several important functions:

- Maintaining continence of the bladder and bowel
- Allowing sexual function and pleasure
- Providing support to internal organs which enables the bladder, uterus, and intestines to stay in the abdominal cavity where they belong
- Providing support to other muscle groups including the lower back
- Circulating the blood and other body fluids from the legs back to the trunk and heart

Pelvic dysfunction is very common among women, yet many are unaware or reluctant to seek help for it. You do not need to continue to live with pain and dysfunction. Pelvic health physiotherapy can help treat many forms of pelvic dysfunction including:

- Weak pelvic floor muscles which can cause genitor-urinary dysfunction
- Hypertonic (tight) pelvic floor muscles (which can lead to urge incontinence, discomfort during intercourse, and chronic pelvic and back pain
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse: The uterus, bladder, and/or rectum, sit lower in the pelvic cavity than they should causing discomfort/pain, incontinence, constipation, or other issues
- Pelvic Pain/Dysfunction: Generic term for any pain in the pelvic area. Pregnancy, labour, tone in the pelvic muscles, hypersensitivity, pain with intercourse, are but a few examples of pelvic dysfunction.
- Stress incontinence (urinary leakage associated with exertion including coughing, laughing, sneezing). If you’re more than 6 weeks post-delivery, and you are experiencing stress incontinence, this is not normal)

Many types of pelvic pain and dysfunction associated with pregnancy, labour, pelvic muscle weakness and trauma etc.

Pregnancy is an optimal time to gain awareness about treating and preventing pelvic floor dysfunction before and after labour. Pelvic floor dysfunction is common in expectant mothers and those in various stages of postpartum. However, treatment is available to help you regain control, maximize function, aid in recovery, and improve your overall health.

Pelvic health physiotherapy is conducted in a one on one setting in a private room. The initial appointment typically takes 45-60 minutes. If you just had a baby congratulations! If you can’t find child care to attend your appointment no worries, we are a child friendly clinic.

At your initial appointment, Carolane will conduct a comprehensive physical exam and discuss your treatment goals. Once a diagnosis is made, she will help you understand the reasons for your dysfunction so you can become empowered to get better. We will then discuss a plan of care. She can also coordinate care with your MD, Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Doula or whomever if required.


Manual Osteopathy, Calisthenics & Return-to-Play Packages

Adrian, our Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, believes that the body is a unit and has an innate ability to heal itself. In his treatments, he seeks out what may be impeding this natural ability through a mixture of reactive muscle testing, static joint play, range of motion and movement assessment. Once the cause of the issue has been identified, Adrian utilizes techniques ranging from gent... Read More

Adrian, our Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, believes that the body is a unit and has an innate ability to heal itself.

In his treatments, he seeks out what may be impeding this natural ability through a mixture of reactive muscle testing, static joint play, range of motion and movement assessment. Once the cause of the issue has been identified, Adrian utilizes techniques ranging from gentle osteopathic modalities to trigger points, to reduce pain. He then calls on his athletic performance background to give his patients the tools needed to take control of their treatment plan.

Adrian wants your treatment to be efficient and effective, helping you to quickly get on your way to triumph over any injury and return to living an awesome life.

The following are the insurance companies that can offer coverage of Adrian's treatments through his membership with the National Manual Osteopathic Society (NMOS):

Alberta Blue Cross
Empire Life
Great-West Life
Green Shield Canada
Manulife Financial
Sun Life
Desjardins Insurance

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The **Return-to-Play packages** : 5 or 10 sesionss pre-paid treatment packs

These sessions are geared toward court and field sport athletes & weekend-warriors in the later phases of rehab, returning from non-contact injuries and pain related to jumping, running and change of direction.

The earlier sessions will assess and improve upon your ability to load through both hips and ankles as well as your ability to resist extension, flexion and rotational forces. Subsequent sessions will teach you proper landing mechanics, change of direction and how to implement plyometric and multidirectional speed routines into your current weekly training schedule. Expect technical sessions performed with intent and leave with the knowledge to improve your athleticism.

Taught by Manual Osteopath Adrian Wallace, patients obtains a Manual Osteopathy receipt for insurance claiming purposes.

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Calisthenics - Personal Traning:

1hr personal training session with Adrian Wallace, our Manual Osteopath / Personal Trainer / EXOS & FMS Specialist !
Learn progressions of basic Calisthenics to grow your strength and correct any muscle imbalances. Step-by-step progressions to achieve your first push-up, pull-up, front lever variations, etc. Adrian can design a program based on your needs and goals.


RMT Massage

A massage with Dana or Dean, our Registered Massage Therapists, can help with: - Reducing pain - Reducing muscle tension and increasing function - Increasing joint and tissue mobility - Improving circulation - Promoting tissue healing - Reducing stress We treat using a combination of manual techniques. Note that Dean also offers active stretching massages, which are more sports/per... Read More

A massage with Dana or Dean, our Registered Massage Therapists, can help with:

- Reducing pain
- Reducing muscle tension and increasing function
- Increasing joint and tissue mobility
- Improving circulation
- Promoting tissue healing
- Reducing stress

We treat using a combination of manual techniques.
Note that Dean also offers active stretching massages, which are more sports/performance oriented massage, as well as traditional/swedish massage.


Movement pattern reprogramming classes - Ground Control & BAZOOKA

Ground Control and BAZOOKA are neurological reprogramming protocols developed by MVMTLAB owner & founder Dr Jeff Almon. It corrects the brain's movement maps to pre-injury state. ------------------------------ Ground Control is our whole-body protocol. It accerelates injury recovery time, and also serves as an injury prevention protocol. We also call it functional meditation. It is recomm... Read More

Ground Control and BAZOOKA are neurological reprogramming protocols developed by MVMTLAB owner & founder Dr Jeff Almon. It corrects the brain's movement maps to pre-injury state.

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Ground Control is our whole-body protocol. It accerelates injury recovery time, and also serves as an injury prevention protocol. We also call it functional meditation. It is recommended for everyone, injured or not, athlete or not!

Come try it for yourself, first class is always free.

Ground Control costs:
Drop-in rate is $18 per class, or $150 for 10 classes, or $90 monthly unlimited.

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BAZOOKA is our Shoulder specific reprogramming protocol, for people looking to increase shoulder strength and stability, recover from a shoulder injury or prevent injury.

BAZOOKA is an intensive 4week program that runs monthly. It includes four (optional) in-person group classes at MVMTLAB, plus daily homework emails with guidance videos. The cost is $90 plus GST.


Nutrition & Fitness Coaching

Coach Jade is well known throughout Vancouver for his amazing physique and attitude, as well as the fitness results and lifestyle changes he inspires his clients to achieve quickly and healthily. Book in with him to dial-in your nutrition, increase energy, lean out, or simply to achieve your overall fitness goals. **METABOLIC ANALYTICS** Metabolic Analytics (formerly BioPrint) is an advan... Read More

Coach Jade is well known throughout Vancouver for his amazing physique and attitude, as well as the fitness results and lifestyle changes he inspires his clients to achieve quickly and healthily. Book in with him to dial-in your nutrition, increase energy, lean out, or simply to achieve your overall fitness goals.

**METABOLIC ANALYTICS**

Metabolic Analytics (formerly BioPrint) is an advanced BodyFat testing method aimed at changing one’s body composition quickly through identifying which hormones are responsible for someone holding onto fat in specific areas of their body. Developed by the world-renowned strength and conditioning coach Charles Poliquin. This is the same system he uses for his many NFL, NHL, MLB and Olympic Athletes to get them into shape fast!

The Metabolic Analytics System works by identifying excess fat deposits throughout the body using a 14 site skinfold analysis. Each site represents a potential hormonal imbalance. For example, excess fat stored in the stomach region will correlate to an excess of the stress hormone cortisol while excess fat stored on the pecs of a male often indicates a Testosterone/Estrogen imbalance.

Once a hormonal priority is identified a specific protocol of nutrition, exercise and supplementation will be recommended to address the imbalance. This cutting-edge fat loss and health assessment is designed to improve body composition rapidly, effectively and safely.

The assessment will help identify where the focus needs to be in any of these main areas:
Insulin
Adrenals
Stress / Cortisol
Sleep / Recovery
Inflammation
Androgen / Estrogen / Testosterone

**WHAT IS INVOLVED IN MY FIRST ASSESSMENT?**

The Metabolic Analytics assessment consists of an initial consultation, skinfold measurements (body-fat testing), explanation of the recommended supplement protocol, a review of your current exercise routine and nutrition program along with ongoing support from Jade.

The initial consultation will last approximately 30-40minutes

You will receive subsequent skinfold measurements in 4-6 weeks of following your new protocols. Follow-up sessions will also be around 30 minutes in length.

**NUTRITION COACHING**

Each of us can be very unique in our nutrient requirements. This is one of the reasons you might gain weight just looking at a bagel while other people seem to be able to eat them all day without gaining a pound. Frustrating right?!

There is no calorie counting or weighing your food on Jade's plans. Instead, using advanced systems, he's able to determine what types (and amounts) of protein, fats, and carbohydrates each client's unique body needs for performance and weight/fat loss.

During the session, Jade does a detailed lifestyle assessment where he looks at factors such as current food quality, eating habits, food sensitivities, digestion, sleep habits, toxicity, stress levels and current exercise routine. With all this information He's able to tailor a structured whole foods eating plan for each individual based on their unique metabolism and tailored towards their goals. Helping clients reach their goals in a healthy way is his main priority. This is also why you get ongoing support from Coach Jade through your journey.

>"A healthy and lean body is a side effect of being on one of my programs, so is increased energy, strength, performance, mental clarity, and reduced physical pain. No gimmicks, just real results done the healthy way…The Jade Way"!



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