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Pivotal Physiotherapy’s Athletic Development & Recovery Centre (ARC) is  now open!

Our vision of Pivotal’s ARC is to provide a physiotherapy model that transcends traditional physical rehabilitation. Here, you will experience a comprehensive treatment plan that can include everything from movement screening to strength and conditioning to recovery to mental performance training. We are on a path of strategically changing the landscape of physiotherapy in Edmonton. We’re at the crux of a time in the rehab world where people are really interested in moving better, moving more effectively, and moving more often. Therefore, with this new facility, we can shift our focus to the other end of the rehab spectrum and help improve your performance or facilitate your recovery, depending on your personal needs and phase of training!

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From left: ARC partner Jack Haworth, Team Canada Olympic bobsledder Neville Wright, ARC partner Chris Montgomery and Team Saskatoon FIBA basketball player Steve Sir. Photo by Codie McLachlan ©2018 Postmedia Network Inc.

New athletic development and recovery centre raises the bar for physiotherapy in Edmonton

By Kay Miller

Physiotherapist Chris Montgomery coaches Neville Wright through his workout. Photo by Codie McLachlan ©2018 Postmedia Network Inc.

The body of an Olympic bobsledder is a bit like a finely tuned Formula One car.
“You take it out for a run and then you’ve got to come in for a pit stop and service everything,” says three-time Winter Olympian Neville Wright.

The Edmonton athlete will soon be making his pit stops at a new physiotherapy facility geared toward athletes and fitness buffs: The Athletic development and Recovery Centre (ARC), by Pivotal Physiotherapy, opening May 22 inside Evolve Strength gym on the corner of 124 Street and 102 Avenue.

Pivotal has three clinics across the city. Its 18-month-old Brewery District location, called the High Performance Centre, caters to athletes and their specific needs.

ARC is an extension of this concept, with 1,200 square feet of dedicated space inside the gym (next door), including space for six beds, a private room and hydrotherapy equipment.

The idea is to go beyond providing traditional physical rehab services to offer comprehensive treatment; everything from training and nutrition to mental conditioning, says Pivotal physiotherapist and strength-and-conditioning coach Jack Haworth. Clients will have access to the larger gym for performance development, rehabilitation, evaluation and other fitness activities as needed.
“We’re trying to push people beyond just coming to see us for an injury,” he says. “I’m excited about creating a concept that goes beyond the usual physiotherapy model, which is starting to become a little bit outdated in the athletic community, because there’s so much more to rehab now and so many methods people can utilize to help with their recovery and performance.”

ARC’s staff includes physiotherapists, strength-and-conditioning coaches, a sports psychologist, an athletic therapist and a massage therapist, with plans to bring on a sports medicine doctor and a nutritionist.

In short: ARC will have the full spectrum of services that athletes could need, whether they’re Olympic bobsledders, long-distance runners, college hockey stars, high school soccer players or even weekend warriors.

Wright made use of Pivotal’s rehab, massage, screening and regeneration services during his training for the 2018 Winter Olympics – finding relief for nagging knee and lower back issues, among others. He’s currently transitioning out of his sports career, but still plans to maintain a vigorous fitness routine as a coach and trainer.

“With a centre like that available to me, there will be no excuse not to train and keep going,” he says.

ARC partner Jack Haworth runs Steve Sir through a reaction-time exercise using FITFLIGHTS. Photo by Codie McLachlan ©2018 Postmedia Network Inc.

Edmonton-based professional basketball player Steve Sir echoes those sentiments. Sir is currently a member of Team Canada on the 3×3 World Tour (having previously played U.S. Division 1 college ball, and in a professional European league for nine years). To stay in peak physical form, he works out about six times a week, sometimes packing in two practices a day if needed to prepare for a big competition. So it’s no surprise things start to hurt from time to time.

“At this level, you just get used to not feeling 100 per cent. If you’re feeling great, then you’re probably not working as hard as you should,” he says.
Competition takes him all over the world, from a recent game in Korea to upcoming outings in the Netherlands and Philippines.

“Training and recovery become all that much more important to shake off jet lag and long flights, in order to be at your best in competition,” he says.
Sir has tried out most of Pivotal’s athlete-oriented offerings. For instance, he underwent traditional rehab services over several months to help with a sore right hip. He also regularly makes use of the clinic’s more cutting-edge technologies, such as NormaTec compression boots which stimulate circulation and healing for post-game recovery; Halo Neuroscience headphones which use electrical current to prime the brain prior to training; and FITFLIGHTS training. He has participated in blood-flow restriction training, using cuffs on limbs. This new method, popular with elite athletes, allows the body to reap the benefits of high intensity training without applying high compressive joint loads. Sir even had the chance to field-test the company’s meal service, a partnership with local food-delivery outfit The Backyard Basket.

Sir says he’s excited about ARC and the way it links training with treatment and recovery – something he has previously only seen at clinics in the U.S.
“One of the things I’ve enjoyed about Pivotal is how thorough they are,” he says. “They’re quite good at explaining what’s going on, what may have caused it, what they’re going to do to help build it back up or correct what’s going on. There’s a very calm, reassuring demeanour that everyone shares.”
As for Haworth, he’s excited about furthering his work with Edmonton’s athletic community, and tackling any challenge an athlete may bring in. Or, as he puts it: “Making that athlete better than they were when they first in.”

This story was produced by Content Works, Postmedia’s custom content studio.

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CRAIG WILSON

Physiotherapist

CRAIG WILSON

Craig is co-owner of Pivotal Physiotherapy and ARC by Pivotal Physiotherapy. He is based at Pivotal's High Performance Centre and ARC. He enjoys treating a variety of orthopedic conditions including spinal dysfunction, MVA collisions, post-surgical recovery and sport-specific rehabilitation.

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RAJ DHILLON

Physiotherapist

RAJ DHILLON

Raj is co-owner of Pivotal Physiotherapy and ARC by Pivotal Physiotherapy. He is based at Pivotal's High Performance Centre and ARC. His treatment style is a combination of hands-on manual therapy, IMS, Shockwave therapy and condition-specific exercise prescription.

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CHRIS MONTGOMERY

Physiotherapist

CHRIS MONTGOMERY

Chris, co-owner of ARC by Pivotal Physiotherapy, is based at Pivotal's High Performance Centre and ARC by Pivotal Physiotherapy. He is interested in sport injuries, athletic injury prevention and rehabilitation to sport performance. His treatment plans focus on therapeutic exercise, education, and manual therapy.

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JACK HAWORTH

Physiotherapist

JACK HAWORTH

Jack, co-owner of ARC by Pivotal Physiotherapy, is based at Pivotal's High Performance Centre and ARC by Pivotal Physiotherapy. His approach to rehabilitation is to identify mechanical, biomechanical or central barriers to sporting performance. He believes that traditional techniques such as joint manipulation, dry needling and muscle energy techniques that functional rehabilitation offers is the best potential outcome for all athletes and patients.

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ROBYN CARIGNAN

Physiotherapist

ROBYN CARIGNAN

Robyn is a physiotherapist at Pivotal's High Performance Centre and ARC by Pivotal Physiotherapy. Whether you are coming to her due to a specific injury, or your aim is to improve your mobility, health and fitness, she is here to find new ways to guide, motivate and inspire you to become the best version of yourself. She wants to not only help you to meet your goals, but also exceed them whenever possible.

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ABBEY OKE

Physiotherapist

ABBEY OKE

Abbey is a physiotherapist at ARC by Pivotal Physiotherapy. Since graduating, she has worked primarily in private practice treating a wide range of populations in the community ranging from geriatric orthopedic conditions to elite level sport injuries. Most recently she has developed a strong passion for concussion rehabilitation in sport.

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MAREK KOMAR

Mental Performance Consultant

MAREK KOMAR

Marek is a sport and performance psychology consultant at Pivotal's High Performance Centre and ARC by Pivotal Physiotherapy. His goal is to guide you in finding the best version of yourself in pursuit of whatever performance you may have.

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NELSON LAU

Strength and Conditioning Coach

NELSON LAU

Nelson is a strength and conditioning coach at ARC by Pivotal Physiotherapy. He utilizes a variety of evidence based methods to improve athletic performance and prevent injury depending on the athlete’s sport demands. He emphasizes the development of proper movement mechanics so my athletes can train safely and effectively.

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CRAIG WILSON

Physiotherapist

CRAIG WILSON

Craig is co-owner of Pivotal Physiotherapy and ARC by Pivotal Physiotherapy. He is based at Pivotal's High Performance Centre and ARC. He enjoys treating a variety of orthopedic conditions including spinal dysfunction, MVA collisions, post-surgical recovery and sport-specific rehabilitation.

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RAJ DHILLON

Physiotherapist

RAJ DHILLON

Raj is co-owner of Pivotal Physiotherapy and ARC by Pivotal Physiotherapy. He is based at Pivotal's High Performance Centre and ARC. His treatment style is a combination of hands-on manual therapy, IMS, Shockwave therapy and condition-specific exercise prescription.

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CHRIS MONTGOMERY

Physiotherapist

CHRIS MONTGOMERY

Chris, co-owner of ARC by Pivotal Physiotherapy, is based at Pivotal's High Performance Centre and ARC by Pivotal Physiotherapy. He is interested in sport injuries, athletic injury prevention and rehabilitation to sport performance. His treatment plans focus on therapeutic exercise, education, and manual therapy.

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JACK HAWORTH

Physiotherapist

JACK HAWORTH

Jack, co-owner of ARC by Pivotal Physiotherapy, is based at Pivotal's High Performance Centre and ARC by Pivotal Physiotherapy. His approach to rehabilitation is to identify mechanical, biomechanical or central barriers to sporting performance. He believes that traditional techniques such as joint manipulation, dry needling and muscle energy techniques that functional rehabilitation offers is the best potential outcome for all athletes and patients.

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ROBYN CARIGNAN

Physiotherapist

ROBYN CARIGNAN

Robyn is a physiotherapist at Pivotal's High Performance Centre and ARC by Pivotal Physiotherapy. Whether you are coming to her due to a specific injury, or your aim is to improve your mobility, health and fitness, she is here to find new ways to guide, motivate and inspire you to become the best version of yourself. She wants to not only help you to meet your goals, but also exceed them whenever possible.

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ABBEY OKE

Physiotherapist

ABBEY OKE

Abbey is a physiotherapist at ARC by Pivotal Physiotherapy. Since graduating, she has worked primarily in private practice treating a wide range of populations in the community ranging from geriatric orthopedic conditions to elite level sport injuries. Most recently she has developed a strong passion for concussion rehabilitation in sport.

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MAREK KOMAR

Mental Performance Consultant

MAREK KOMAR

Marek is a sport and performance psychology consultant at Pivotal's High Performance Centre and ARC by Pivotal Physiotherapy. His goal is to guide you in finding the best version of yourself in pursuit of whatever performance you may have.

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NELSON LAU

Strength and Conditioning

NELSON LAU

Nelson is a strength and conditioning coach at ARC by Pivotal Physiotherapy. He utilizes a variety of evidence based methods to improve athletic performance and prevent injury depending on the athlete’s sport demands. He emphasizes the development of proper movement mechanics so my athletes can train safely and effectively.

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