Certified Athletic Therapist
Osteopathic Manual Therapist
Jackie is a Certified Athletic Therapist and Osteopathic Manual Therapist, having graduated from the Canadian School of Osteopathy, Manual Practice in Vancouver, BC in April 2018. Since beginning her career in Athletic Therapy, Jackie has worked with various populations including athletes of all levels in hockey, lacrosse, basketball, volleyball, football, wrestling, soccer, golf and dance. Jackie has worked with The Edge School for Athletes since 2007, The Young Canadians at the Calgary Stampede since 2013, the Canadian Pro Rodeo Sports Medicine team, and has been the Head Athletic Therapist for the Calgary Inferno, a professional women’s hockey team in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) from 2012- 2017. This team includes Olympic gold and silver medalists from Canada’s National Team.
Jackie has incorporated Osteopathic Manual Therapy techniques into her clinical practice over the last several years. Blending the two professions of Athletic Therapy and Osteopathy has allowed Jackie to provide her patients with a thorough assessment and treatment plan, which includes exercise therapy and active rehabilitation. As Osteopathy works to release the tensions which cause dysfunction, Jackie believes healing must continue through movement, exercise and bio-mechanical correction!
Although working with athletes is her passion, Jackie has a keen interest in working with pregnancy, babies and children.
Assessment and Treatment with Jackie
What is Athletic Therapy?
An Athletic Therapist can be found in multiple settings within the health field. The scope of an Athletic Therapist is a broad one, involving on-field emergency care, sideline assessment, concussion assessment and management, and establishing return to play guidelines. Clinically, Athletic Therapists follow the Sports Medicine model of orthopedic injury assessment, active rehabilitation, modalities and manual therapy, helping patients get back to their active lifestyles, whether recreational or competitive. As osteopathic manual therapy techniques fall into the scope of practice of an Athletic Therapist, Jackie is able to incorporate the techniques from her 5 years of education into her practice, allowing for a more global approach to health!
What to expect in a session?
One-on-One appointments are an hour long. Your first visit will include an in-depth history of your current complaints as well as previous injury and illnesses. The body compensates to past injury, illnesses or emotional trauma by adapting the tissues to meet the body’s needs. This in turn affects the body’s ability to compensate further when new injuries or illnesses arise. The result is longer recovery times, chronic pain or illness.
A thorough examination of the entire body to confirm or rule out structural dysfunction, or any conditions that require further assessment by a physician. A treatment plan is determined based on the findings of the assessment, within the scope of practice of an athletic therapist. Techniques used in a session may include cranio-sacral therapy, visceral manipulation, soft tissue and joint mobilization,and muscle energy techniques. The initial visit will have a shorter treatment time, and all subsequent visits will include a re-assessment and treatment that will last the full hour. Treatment is very gentle and usually leaves the patient feeling very relaxed!
Treatment will also include a review of stretches and strengthening exercises specific to the patient’s needs. Strengthening begins with rehab specific training and progresses to activity or sport specific training, ensuring patients are meeting their rehabilitation and return to play goals.