We provide patient-centred, evidence-informed, multidisciplinary care at Fit Chiropractic & Sport Therapy. We look at the whole body through personalized treatment to fit the unique needs and health goals of each patient. We’re here to help you feel your best!
Our chiropractors bring a unique approach to the profession. Success for us is building a trusting relationship with our patients while providing strategies to manage pain and reach health goals. We do more than just fix the back. With a whole-body, evidence-based approach, our chiropractors use a combination of the best available research, clinical experience and patient preference to provide valuable care.
At your initial visit, our chiropractors will take the time to listen to you by going through a detailed history and functional assessment. We will discuss your unique issues, where the pain or limited mobility is coming from, and come up with strategies together to help achieve your goals. We will walk you through the treatment process and discuss various options available.
Our chiropractors use several techniques to treat the aches and pains that prevent you from moving optimally and feeling your best. These techniques include spinal manipulation, soft tissue therapy (including ART/Active Release Technique and Graston), education, rehabilitative exercises, athletic taping, low level laser therapy, and custom orthotics. We are constantly seeking out new information and research to guide and improve our techniques.
Conditions we can help with:
- neck pain
- headaches and dizziness
- jaw (TMJ) pain
- upper, mid and low back pain
- rib pain
- shoulder pain
- elbow and wrist pain
- hip pain
- knee pain
- ankle pain
- spinal stenosis
- prenatal and postnatal care
Registered Massage Therapy
Our registered massage therapists provide manual manipulation of muscles, connective tissues, tendons and ligaments. We are trained to assess and treat pain and dysfunction through hands-on therapy.
Massage therapy is beneficial in reducing stress and anxiety, relaxing muscles, reducing pain and promoting overall health and wellness. Our massage therapists provide the attention to detail as you bring your concerns forward. They use several techniques to bring you the best treatment possible, including trigger point therapy, deep tissue massage, facilitated stretching, myofascial relsease and instrument-assisted soft tissue therapy.
Whether you are in need of some rest and relaxation, dealing with an acute back spasm, or are looking for relief from your chronic pain, our massage therapists will provide individualized care to help you with your goals and enhance your mental and physical wellbeing.
We can help with:
- relaxation for stress & anxiety
- back pain
- neck pain
- muscle aches
- joint pain
Orthotics are custom medical devices that are used to help support and protect the feet. Orthotics can help to alleviate some causes of foot and ankle pain, as well as knee, hip and low back aches. Our goal is to have you pain-free and functional for all of your foot health needs.
We work closely with Peak Orthotics, a local Comox Valley orthotic manufacturer, to create unique dynamic rehabilitative orthotics. Rather than acting like a brace, these orthotics focus on activating the intrinsic foot muscles during your gait. This approach is more sustainable in helping with pain, as it encourages the feet to engage and work, rather than rely on a support.
Custom orthotics are dispensed through our chiropractors. They will provide an in-depth history and discussion about your injuries and goals. A comprehensive, biomechanical assessment and gait analysis will be performed to assess function and body mechanics. Next, a foam impression cast will be used to accurately measure your foot structure. All of the information will be sent off to Peak Orthotic’s lab, and the custom orthotics will be ready within 2-3 weeks. Your chiropractor will make sure that the orthotics fit well into your shoe of choice and are comfortable to wear!
Low Level Laser Therapy
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is a highly effective, non-toxic and non-invasive therapy that uses light energy from superluminous and laser diodes. The light particles are absorbed by cells in your body where the light energy turns into biochemical energy. This energy helps the body’s cells work faster in order to repair and regenerate itself. The therapeutic light beam safely penetrates deep into tissues allowing for symptoms to decrease and normal cell function to be restored.
In normal, human terms: Low level laser therapy can be used to increase blood flow, reduce inflammation, and manage pain. LLLT helps with the building blocks that your body needs in order to repair itself. It promotes and facilitates healing of the injured areas.
Our chiropractors are trained in low level laser therapy. They will go through a thorough assessment to ensure this is the correct modality for you.
Conditions often treated with Laser Therapy:
- acute muscle strains
- acute joint sprains
- nerve pain
- repetitive strain injuries
- rotator cuff tears
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- plantar fasciitis
- achilles’ tendonitis
- golfer’s elbow
- tennis elbow
- patellar tendonitis
Active Release Technique (ART)
Active Release Technique (ART) is considered the Gold Standard for soft tissue care. It is a patented and dynamic soft tissue therapy that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Most soft-tissue conditions all have one important thing in common – they often result from injury to over-used muscles.
Soft tissue changes occur by:
- acute injuries (tears, trauma)
- accumulation of micro tears (overuse)
- not getting enough blood supply
Each of these factors can cause your body to produce tough, dense scar tissue, movement dysfunction, and pain into the affected area. Our chiropractors are trained in ART and often use this modality, along with other treatment options, to provide increase in movement/mobility, more function, and less pain. ART is a hands-on, non-invasive therapy targeted for soft tissue pain and dysfunction.
Graston & Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Therapy
The Graston Technique incorporates a patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables our chiropractors and registered massage therapists to detect and treat scar tissue, myofascial adhesions and restrictions that affect normal function. This technique allows our practitioners to provide options for treating soft tissue injuries. Commonly used for acute and chronic injuries, Graston and Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Therapy allows for faster recovery, decrease in pain, and more range of motion.
Soft tissue changes include:
- separates and breaks down collagen cross-links
- stretches connective tissue and muscle fibres
- increases skin temperature
- facilitates reflex changes in the chronic muscle holding pattern
- alters spinal reflux activity (facilitated segment)
- increases the amount of blood flow to and from the injured area