Sports Massage Therapy
In clinic, treatments include Massage Techniques, Active Release Techniques, Graston Techniques and Kinesiology Taping. This unique combination of modalities help athletes attain optimal performance and recover faster. Injury rehabilitation, maintenance and prevention are our strengths and we enjoy treating athletes of all levels.
With our treatment style, ambition to learn new skills and passion for sports, we hope to get you back on the field, court, rink or gym in no time!
Effective care for Athletes and Sports Injuries
Certified in Providing:
- ART® – Active Release Techniques®
- GT® – Graston Technique® (pp)
- Kinesiology Taping – RockTape®
Please note: 45 minute to 60 minute appointments are the most applicable time frames that are required to assess, treat and give appropriate home care in. Often 2-3 treatments are all that is required for ailments to show improvement. 30 minute – 45 minute treatments are a great option for those only requiring follow up or maintenance care.
About Dr. Gannon (B.ScChiro, M.Chiro, DC)
Originally from Alberta, Canada, Dr Gannon pursued his chiropractic studies after his own success as a patient, graduating from Macquarie University in 2005, being selected “Student’s Student of the Year”. In addition to his more than 6 years in Western Australia, Ryan has practiced in Sydney, Australia as well as Glasgow, Scotland.
Always striving to find new ways to help patients recover from their injuries, Dr Gannon utilizes multiple treatment therapies and assessment modalities including:
- Active Release Technique™
- Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Therapy/Manipulation
- Kinesiology Taping (Rock Tape™/Kinesiotape™)
- Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA)
- Functional Movement Screen (FMS)
Furthermore, he places great emphasis on the neuromusculoskeletal rehabilitation of both acute and chronic issues, addressing the underlying functional insufficiencies prevalent in many cases. These skill sets have allowed for great success working in general practice as well as in his area of special interest which focuses on athletes. He considers himself very fortunate to have been associated with several great sports clubs and numerous individual athletes, allowing him to manage the cases of athletes ranging from national champions (Tae Kwon Do; Bodybuilding) and Olympians (Basketball), to up-and-coming development squad participants (Swimming; Cricket; Australian Rules Football) as well as the die-hard weekend warriors.
In his spare time, Dr Gannon enjoys a variety of outdoor activities and assists sporting organizations with injury prevention and management.
About Dr. Birch (B.Sc., DC)
Dr. Daniel Birch is a fully licensed Doctor of Chiropractic and is highly passionate about improving the health of his community. Dr. Birch obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. Following work as a Kinesiologist he attended the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto, Ontario, and graduated with a Doctorate of Chiropractic with both magna cum laude and clinic honors.
Dr. Birch strongly believes that collaborative multi-disciplinary care is vital to a patient focused plan of management. He has a diverse clinical approach combining chiropractic care, exercise therapy, as well as, Active Release Techniques® and instrumented assisted techniques. Chiropractic has inspired Dr. Birch to work with people of all ages to reach their optimal health, function and performance. Dr. Birch honed his skills at clinics in Toronto and Dominican Republic, and has now returned to North Vancouver to practice. He has had the opportunity to work with cyclists, runners and other athletes while attending numerous outreach programs. Dr. Birch has a variety of interests including treatment of sport, work, and overuse injuries. His experience has included headaches, back pain, neck pain, TMJ disorders and many other musculoskeletal conditions.
When he is not in the clinic, you will find him taking part in one of many extracurricular activities including hockey, snowboarding, hiking, yoga, running, cycling, or training for his next triathlon.
About Jenny (Registered Physiotherapist)
Jenny received a Masters of Physical Therapy degree from the University of British Columbia and additionally holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Victoria. She has training in Functional Dry Needling/Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), soft tissue release techniques and manual therapy techniques.
Growing up on Vancouver Island, sports and recreation have always been an integral part of her lifestyle. She has played softball, soccer and volleyball since she was old enough to catch, kick or hit a ball. Jenny believes that the first line of defense in the treatment of injuries is to educate her clients on how to prevent them and volunteers her time educating youth sports teams and senior centers on injury prevention. She is part of the medical team for Elite Men’s and Women’s Rugby, and enjoys working with athletes of all ages and levels.
Her physiotherapy philosophy is one that incorporates manual therapy techniques, patient education, and individualized exercise prescription to enable appropriate healing and prevent future injuries. With an array of experience from post-motor vehicle accident injuries, sports injuries and geriatric health, she welcomes all patients looking to optimize their function and fitness, decrease their pain, and improve their overall health.
- Soft tissue release techniques
- Evidence in Motion Lumbar Spine Techniques
- APTEI Hip and Knee Complex
- Functional Dry Needling/IMS
- Cervical Spine Treatment
About Collin (Registered Physiotherapist)
Collin completed his Master of Physical Therapy degree at the University of British Columbia, and previously, a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Kinesiology at the University of Victoria. Collin found his passion for rehabilitation while working as a kinesiologist in Victoria, and immediately knew physiotherapy was the career for him. Collin is dedicated to continuing his education in order to help clients return to their daily activities, sport, and a pain-free lifestyle. He has completed certification in Soft Tissue Release and Advanced Orthopaedic Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy: Level 1, and looks forward to furthering his education throughout his career.
Collin enjoys helping clients reach their goals through the use of manual therapy, soft tissue release, taping, education, functional and personalized exercise prescription, as well as safe and effective return to sport programs. Collin enjoys staying active by playing many sports, including; downhill skiing, football, cricket, squash, hockey, soccer,, volleyball, softball, and cycling. In addition to treating sports injuries, Collin’s experience and interests also include treating postural dysfunction, post-operative rehabilitation, post motor vehicle accident rehabilitation, orthopaedic and neurological rehabilitation, neck pain, back pain, and chronic pain. Collin looks forward to meeting and treating new clients of all ages and backgrounds.
About Connor (Registered Massage Therapist)
Connor graduated from the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy, located in Toronto, Ontario. Prior to becoming a Registered Massage Therapist, he was a personal trainer who was devoted to helping his clients achieve their fitness goals and improve their lifestyle. Connor's strong interest in health and wellness catalyzed him to further pursue his career in healthcare.
As someone who lives and breathes personal fitness, Connor brings his knowledge of body mechanics, strength training and a motivational outlook to his registered massage therapy practice. He uses a variety of techniques to formulate the most effective treatment, specializing in deep tissue, sports massage, myo-fascial release and joint play. Connor also puts a tremendous emphasis on utilizing hydrotherapy and self care, along with remedial exercises to promote clients' wellness as it applies to their current physical condition.
Connor brings a unique intuitive perspective which enables him to provide clients with the best treatment approach to reach their personal health and fitness goals. He hopes his commitment, positivity and healthy way of life can serve to be a role model for his clients.
Certified in Providing:
- Adaptive Body Work Structural Integration - adaptivebodywork.com
- Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST)
- Acupressure/Shiatsu massage
- Active Myofascial Release
- Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
- Kinesiology Taping - RockTape®
- Strength training
Canfit pro personal training certification
NCCPT personal training certification
Professional sports experience includes:
- 2016 Olympic Game Trials – selected as Sports Massage Therapist for Richmond Rapid Men's National Swim Team
- 2016 - Burnaby Lake Rugby Club
About Andrew (MPT, Registered Physiotherapist)
Andrew graduated with a Masters of Physiotherapy from the University of British Columbia and loves being a physiotherapist.
His treatment style empowers people to take charge of their health. Treating primarily through education, manual therapy techniques and exercise prescription, Andrew is also trained in Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS). He sees people with a wide variety of conditions and injuries and has a special interest in shoulders and arthritis having personal experience with both shoulder dislocations and inflammatory arthritis management.
In his spare time Andrew enjoys golfing, traveling and playing games in the company of friends and family.
For information on Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) please click here.
Tennis Ball Release Techniques
Do you struggle with overly tight muscles or have tension in your hips, legs or back? Use the techniques on this page as a simple trick that will help relieve tight muscles.
Position the ball under your back, buttock, upper thigh or calf while you lie on the floor and gently move yourself around to find sore muscle groups. Once a tender spot has been located, you can focus and press there - just not too hard.
These movements get into the deepest layers of your muscle and connective tissue to pry apart adhesions so your muscles can fully contract and stretch.
Grab a pair of tennis balls today to get started and relieve the pain!