Our Services

We treat a wide range of clientele across the life spectrum. 

We are comfortable and well trained to treat expectant mothers, newborn babies, children, adults and seniors. We are extremely proud of the diverse team that we have at Intrinsi. As a result, we are able to offer the highest quality of rehabilitation to our clients. Our Services Include:

What is Osteopathy?

Osteopathy is rooted in the understanding that the human body is not a collection of separate parts, but an intricate and dynamic functional unit, interrelated at all levels. When considering how to help you achieve optimal health, osteopathic practitioners take into consideration both physical and emotional aspects in order to optimize the body’s self-regulating, self-healing capabilities. Osteopaths draw on current medical and scientific knowledge to diagnose and use osteopathic manipulative treatment to treat areas of strain, stress, and dysfunction that may be hindering normal neural, vascular, and biomechanical functions.

 

Benefits/At Intrinsi

Our therapy experience at Intrinsi is unique to most clinics in Calgary. Frustrated by the common business-centered approach to treatment where your therapist is often juggling multiple patients, we ensure that all of our treatments are one-on-one.

This means:

• Your therapist has more time to become familiar with your condition and complete a thorough assessment.
• The focus is entirely on you for the duration of your session
• Your therapist has more time to practice functional movement with you and explain what is causing your discomfort
• Your treatment plan will be shorter– we want to see you improve quickly. Our structure is not based on return visits, but on supporting you with effective treatments
• Your treatment plan may include co-treatment sessions with other therapists as part of your treatment plan to take advantage of our diverse skillset.

 

What is the difference between physiotherapy and osteopathy?

Osteopathy and physiotherapy both focus on helping to improve mobility, reduce pain, and improve quality of life. The biggest difference is in style of treatment.

Classically, osteopaths look at the body holistically and consider the effects of multiple body systems such as visceral, neurological, and cardiovascular on a particular dysfunction or injury. They often use osteopathic manual treatment to restore function. Physiotherapists are trained to assess function, movement, and mobility. They place special emphasis on natural movement and supporting a strong body and active lifestyle, using manual therapy and tools such as dry needling to support these goals.

In reality, the skills between these two professions overlap significantly. We have a multidisciplinary team at Intrinsi for just this reason– what will help someone else’s body thrive might not be what helps your body thrive, so we use the collaboration of both fields to support you.

 

Meet Our Osteopaths

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ANTOINE MICHEL

What is Physiotherapy?

Physiotherapy focuses on the science of movement, helping you restore, maintain, and maximize your strength, function, and overall well-being. Physiotherapy’s main goal is not only to alleviate your current discomfort by treating the root cause, but to prevent future injury by increasing your physical function, movement, and mobility.

In terms of treatment, physiotherapists use natural movement and manual therapy to alleviate pain, tightness, and discomfort. At Intrinsi, our therapists also use dry needling to promote healing and reduce pain in muscles that are difficult or impossible to treat through manual therapy alone. Most physiotherapy treatment plans involve functional movements that help you gain (or regain) your strength, flexibility, and confidence.

 

Benefits/At Intrinsi

Our therapy experience at Intrinsi is unique to most clinics in Calgary. Frustrated by the common business-centered approach to treatment where your therapist is often juggling multiple patients, we ensure that all of our treatments are one-on-one.

This means:

•   Your therapist has more time to become familiar with your condition and complete a thorough assessment.
•   The focus is entirely on you for the duration of your session.
•   Your therapist has more time to practice functional movement with you and explain what is causing your discomfort.
•   Your treatment plan will be shorter– we want to see you improve quickly. Our structure is not based on return visits, but on supporting you with effective treatments.
•   Your treatment plan may include co-treatment sessions with other therapists as part of your treatment plan to take advantage of our diverse skillset.

 

What is the difference between physiotherapy and osteopathy?

Osteopathy and physiotherapy both focus on helping to improve mobility, reduce pain, and improve quality of life. The biggest difference is in style of treatment.

Classically, osteopaths look at the body holistically and consider the effects of multiple body systems such as visceral, neurological, and cardiovascular on a particular dysfunction or injury. They often use osteopathic manual treatment to restore function. Physiotherapists are trained to assess function, movement, and mobility. They place special emphasis on natural movement and supporting a strong body and active lifestyle, using manual therapy and tools such as dry needling to support these goals.

In reality, the skills between these two professions overlap significantly. We have a multidisciplinary team at Intrinsi for just this reason– what will help someone else’s body thrive might not be what helps your body thrive, so we use the collaboration of both fields to support you.

 

Meet Our Physiotherapists

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JON GABBAI

CLAIRE HARRIS

SPENCER POOTZ

Massage Therapy

While many of us seek massage therapy to release tension and slip into relaxation, massage has many added health benefits and serves as a great addition to any treatment plan. Often, massage is a good first step to ease pain and calm your nervous system before seeking more intensive treatment.

Our massage treatments range from relaxation to deep tissue/therapeutic techniques, joint mobilizations, and exercise prescription. Many injuries and chronic illnesses are a sign of long-term stress in your body, and massage therapy can address many of the following issues:

•   Reduce pain and anxiety for people with chronic illnesses
•   Address the physiological burden of stress and calm the mind
•  Treat conditions like stress-related tension, including low back pain
•   Improve fatigue and sleep disorders
•   Reduce the tension in tight muscles after an injury and promote healing
•   Improve repetitive strain and postural issues from work
•   Treat conditions like headaches, tennis elbow, and Plantar Fasciitis.

Monika has been a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) for nearly ten years and in recent years added Doctor of Chiropractic to her resume. She understands that everyone’s needs are unique and strives to develop a treatment plan that works for you. Her chiropractic training allows her a better understanding of different conditions, and she offers more in-depth assessments and offers exercises to improve your mobility. Learn more about Monika>>

Massage Therapy

While many of us seek massage therapy to release tension and slip into relaxation, massage has many added health benefits and serves as a great addition to any treatment plan. Often, massage is a good first step to ease pain and calm your nervous system before seeking more intensive treatment.

Our massage treatments range from relaxation to deep tissue/therapeutic techniques, joint mobilizations, and exercise prescription. Many injuries and chronic illnesses are a sign of long-term stress in your body, and massage therapy can address many of the following issues:

•   Reduce pain and anxiety for people with chronic illnesses
•   Address the physiological burden of stress and calm the mind
•  Treat conditions like stress-related tension, including low back pain
•   Improve fatigue and sleep disorders
•   Reduce the tension in tight muscles after an injury and promote healing
•   Improve repetitive strain and postural issues from work
•   Treat conditions like headaches, tennis elbow, and Plantar Fasciitis.

Monika has been a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) for nearly ten years and in recent years added Doctor of Chiropractic to her resume. She understands that everyone’s needs are unique and strives to develop a treatment plan that works for you. Her chiropractic training allows her a better understanding of different conditions, and she offers more in-depth assessments and offers exercises to improve your mobility. Learn more about Monika>>

Pelvic Floor Therapy

The pelvic floor plays a very important and often overlooked role in overall health, and pelvic floor issues are common in both women and men. Regardless of what brings you in, our ultimate goal is to find the treatment path that works best for you.

Pelvic floor physiotherapy can help with:

• Unresolved low back and hip pain
• Prolapse
• Pelvic pain
• Incontinence
• Urgency and frequency
• Facilitating a healthy pregnancy and managing any discomfort
• Post-natal care
• Lower abdominal pain
• Painful periods

*Please note that the cause for these conditions can be complex and often require a multifaceted treatment approach.

Claire Harris is our physiotherapist with extensive training in pelvic floor therapy. She takes a biopsychosocial approach to treatment, assessing the body as a whole and taking external factors into consideration. In her opinion, the pelvic floor isn’t talked about enough!

Each person has a unique set of circumstances leading to their discomfort. Claire will assess your body as a whole and look at your breathing pattern, posture, and the mobility of structures such as your back and hips to determine what is contributing to your symptoms.

She will also work with you to identify possible stressors and lifestyle factors that may be keeping your body in fight or flight mode. Her ultimate goal is to create an environment of trust and understanding as you work together towards achieving better health and connect you with further resources as required! Her treatments are individualized and may involve bringing clinical Pilates, body awareness exercises, joint mobility, functional strengthening, and dry needling into the picture. Learn more about Claire>>

 

Why is preventative Pelvic Floor Therapy important?

It is important to address symptoms before they develop into more chronic and persistent concerns. More pregnant women are being referred to pelvic floor physiotherapists by their doctors than ever before, as proper therapy can help prevent and manage common pelvic floor issues that arise during and after pregnancy. Preventative measures also include addressing annoying symptoms that you have been experiencing for years. Often these small inconveniences are a sign of a system that is not functioning at its best and can have implications for your health further down the road.

 

What does physiotherapy do for the pelvic floor that a doctor doesn’t?

Physiotherapists with special training in pelvic health are experienced at assessing and treating joints, soft tissue, and movement patterns that may be dysfunctional or contribute to symptoms in the low back, hips, or abdomen. The focus of pelvic floor physiotherapy is to gain a thorough understanding of the root causes of what brings you in and develop strategies to manage and recover from your symptoms. Physiotherapists trained in pelvic health work hand in hand with your doctor, striving to improve your overall health through a combination of supportive strategies.

 

Haven’t been here before?  Book a half-hour meet and greet with Claire:

 

“I have not had a baby so did not think I would benefit from pelvic floor physio – how wrong I was. Claire is wonderful.” – C K

“I have been experiencing quite a bit of stiffness, as well as terrible posture post baby. Today was my first visit with Claire and she has made a huge difference already! Love her technique: firm (but not too firm!), yet affective. Lovely person also!” – Lareina Lynn

Bike Fitting

There’s a difference between pushing your limits on your bike and feeling the pain of injury. Compared to almost any other sport, a bike fitter can help you improve your cycling technique and position to avoid injury and improve performance in a single session.

Intrinsi is partnered with The Bike Shop in downtown. We use Retül, the most advanced bike fitting and product matching technology on the market. Your bike fit begins with a physical assessment to determine any existing physical limitations and previous injuries. After discussing your goals for cycling, the Vantage Motion Capture System collects real-time, dynamic, 3D data from your pedal stroke. The combination of high quality objective fitting data, a physiotherapists knowledge of the body, and your feedback throughout allows us to be as accurate and specific as possible. Everyone’s body is unique and there is no formula or set of numbers that will determine your perfect fit.

Extra bonus: Our fits are also insurance-billable as a physiotherapy service!

 

Why are bike fits so effective?

• A cycling position is constant and repetitive
• Biomechanics can be quickly manually adjusted
• Availability of high-quality, objective, dynamic, real-time data to work with
• There is a clear association between biomechanics and injury
• Cycling injuries are highly preventable!

 

You will benefit from a bike fit if:

• You often feel nagging discomfort in one or both of your knees, hips, back and/or shoulders when you ride
• You feel unsteady and awkward on your bike
• You need to rest frequently or shorten your rides due to pain
• Your hands and/or feet go numb during rides
• You have recently purchased a new bike and want to hit the road, pain-free
• You want to minimize your injury risk and ride to your highest potential

 

Spencer Pootz is a physiotherapist, an avid competitive cyclist and experienced cycle tourist, and experienced Retül-trained bike fitter with almost a thousand bike fits under his belt. As a physiotherapist, he can provide a thorough assessment of your body to determine whether the source of your discomfort stems from you or your bike, and address both as needed. It’s his belief that cycling should be always comfortable and pain-free, regardless of your cycling goals and the type of bike you ride. Learn more about Spencer>>

 

Jon Gabbai originally trained as a physiotherapist in Manchester, England. Jon’s professional athletes have ranged from soccer players now representing club and country, as well as leading the injury prevention team for the Junior-Elite high-performance triathlon program in Calgary. Furthermore, Jon has consulted for professional cycling team Bora/Argon 18 during their Tour of Alberta campaign. Jon’s holistic approach comes from a substantial understanding and passion for the clients he supports; he trains regularly and is a member of the Talisman Triathlon Club in Calgary, participates in triathlons, has run a marathon, and enjoys team sports such as soccer.

 

As a beginner road cyclist, I was experiencing a lot of knee pain when I moved to clipless pedals. I saw Spencer for a bike fit in June 2018. Not only did Spencer correct by knee issues but also improved my posture on the bike & made me a faster biker. Since my bike fit, I have completed two touring trip to Jasper & Vancouver from Calgary & also spent countless hours on the saddle without any issues at all! My wife also got a bike fit done from Spencer after me & she also can’t recommend him enough. Thanks a lot Spencer & Intrinsi for making us love biking more & more with each passing day ! Cheers! – Sumit Chawla

 

Spencer did an amazing job fitting me on the bike. He spent a lot of time going over different stem length and saddle options to get it right. Being a physiotherapist, he has a great understanding of the body and how to fit for proper body alignment and to prevent injuries. I would highly recommend. – Julie Kelly

 

I’m a competitive road cyclist and was having considerable knee pain which was severely impacting my training. I had an off site bike fit with Spencer and immediately noticed a huge improvement. It’s amazing how such small and subtle changes can make a big impact to overall movement patterns. Spencer’s knowledge of bike related movement issues and his attention to detail are second to none. I highly recommend a fit with Spencer for both experienced racers and beginner cyclists alike. Thank you! – Meghan Brown

Running can be hard on your body, especially if you train competitively or run for longer distances… but it doesn’t have to be! Getting a running assessment means preventing injuries before they happen and addressing existing injuries before they get worse. Keep your body safe and strong and avoid using band-aide treatments down the road. Book our hour-long running assessment to optimize your position, tempo, and stride so you can run comfortably and powerfully for many years to come.

 

Common running injuries are often preventable, and include:

• Plantar Fasciitis
• Achilles Tendonitis
• Iliotibial Band Syndrome
• Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome
• Low Back Pain
• Hip Pain

 

Our running assessment includes:

• A full physical assessment by a physiotherapist
• High-speed video analysis of your stride
• Preventative and corrective exercises
• Recommendations on changes to your technique

 

“I saw Spencer for a running assessment and it was an excellent experience. Spencer gave me some great tips and feedback, which turned me into a better and faster runner. Would highly recommend!” – Eric Harris

Clinical Pilates incorporates the principles of traditional Pilates (breath, concentration, precision, control, flow, and centering) and adapts the movement practice as part of therapy.

Vestibular Therapy

The vestibular system (the inner ear) works with your brain and eyes to detect movement and positioning. This system is the reason you know where you are in space and which way is up. When your vestibular system is not working well, it can cause:

• Vertigo
• Dizziness
• Headaches
• Visual disturbance/imbalance
• Secondary issues including nausea/vomiting, reduced ability to concentrate, and fatigue

Vestibular dysfunction can occur for a variety of reasons and can significantly impact your quality of life. Many vestibular problems can be resolved with physiotherapy and others can be positively managed.

 

Vestibular rehab is effective at treating:

• BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo)
• Vestibular Neuritis
• Vestibular Hypofunction
• Labyrinthitis
• Cervicogenic Dizziness
• Concussion

 

Your therapist will work with you to assess the function of your inner ears, eyes, and neck to assess possible causes of dysfunction and get to the root cause of your symptoms. Get the treatment and relief you seek today.

 

Visceral Osteopathy

Visceral osteopathy focuses on the premise that free circulation within the body is vital, and every restriction will have negative effects on your overall health. Visceral-trained osteopaths use hands-on manipulation to find and treat restrictive patterns and unhealthy compensations in the viscera (organs) that cause pain and dysfunction throughout your body. The body is an intricate and connected system, and each part cannot be treated separately from the whole.

Just as a stiff joint causes physical impairment, your organs are impacted when they don’t have a healthy range of motion. Visceral osteopathy treatment includes back manipulations, as every vertebrae in your body has an attachment to specific nerves and organs. The goal is to recreate, harmonize, and enhance the proprioceptive communication in the body in order to enhance the internal mechanisms for optimal health. By addressing the body as a whole, visceral osteopathy aims to alleviate all the symptoms of dysfunction and pain at the root of the cause.

Visceral osteopathy can address many conditions. Some of the most common are:

• Acid Reflux
• IBS/Chronic Bloating
• Hiatal hernia
• Constipation
• Diarrhea
• Painful bowel movements

 

Antoine is a French trained Osteopathic Therapist who received his training in Paris and specializes in cranial visceral therapy. His approach works to bring relief as early as the first visit. He enjoys explaining his process step by step to educate you during your treatment. When you come in for your treatment with Antoine he will start by using a hands-on approach partnered with a deep understanding of the human body to reduce your pain. His treatments will then focus on your nervous system along with other body systems including the hormonal, cranial and lymphatic systems. Antoine believes the best ingredients to get you feeling your best are an in depth understanding of anatomy, movement and space for the body to heal. Learn more about Antoine>>

 

Physical Assessment Golf Screen

A Physical Assessment Golf Screen is an important addition to your team of golf experts as you work to improve your game.

Luke Fernandes’ ultimate love is golf, and he has received extensive training with the Titleist Performance Institute, the world’s premier player development center, who largely make up medical teams that support professional golfers on the PGA and LPGA tour. Learn more about Luke>>

His Physical Assessment Golf Screen is a two-step process. First, he analyzes how your body moves functionally and uses video swing analysis to assess your swing. One he identifies your body’s main limitations, he designs a unique treatment and instruction program to help you reach your highest golf potential.

 

Why do I need a golf instructor and a physical assessment golf screen?

Have you ever received training from a golf pro or instructor to improve your game, but struggle to improve? This is because while their job is to identify problem areas and improve your technique on the course, your body may be limiting your ability to follow through. These days it’s becoming more common to have a team of experts with different skills and focus.

A Physical Assessment Golf Screen compliments what you’re working on with your pro. It helps identify your body’s preferred movement pattern, so you can find your own natural efficiency and work on improving physiological aspects like rotation and strength. It also addresses common aggravations like low back pain, shoulder pain, and elbow and wrist pain that may be inhibiting your game. With a team of experts working together, you will see the biggest amount of improvement.

 

Working with your body, not against it

How can we improve your strength, accuracy, and efficiency? With a Physical Assessment Golf Screen, it’s all about making reasonable adjustments. If your body naturally moves in a way that’s efficient for you, we will build your golf swing around that, rather than forcing your swing to fit your body in an inefficient manner. It comes down to this: there are an infinite number of ways to swing a golf club, but there is typically one particular pattern that’s efficient for you.

 

Book your appointment today.