Active Release Technique (ART®)

Active Release Technique® has been called the “gold standard” of soft tissue treatment.

Suffering with muscle pain, tendonitis, or bursitis? Have a nagging injury that is not getting better?   It's time to try Active Release Technique (ART®)  - a patented soft tissue method used to treat muscle strains, tears, injury and over-use.

The method, originally developed for athletes, is used to treat repetitive strain and trauma of soft tissues. Soft tissues include muscle, fascia (the slippery coating on muscles and organs), ligaments, tendons and nerves.

When our soft tissues are injured, less oxygen becomes available to the tissue cells. This causes the tissue fibers to become "sticky" and adhere to themselves and to adjacent structures. ART® providers identify the areas of adhesion and use their hands to break apart and "release" the scar tissue.

Our certified ART® providers go through extensive training and study in the palpation, identification, and treatment of soft tissue injuries. Each of our ART® providers must also complete ongoing education and re-certification on an annual basis.

Active Release Technique® can be used to resolve many types of soft tissue injuries and it is used around the world by professional sports teams and Olympic athletes. Make an appointment to see one of our certified Active Release providers today!


Chiropractic care helps our patients return to the activities they love.

Does pain prevent you from enjoying the good things in life?  We think of pain as a thief - because it robs us of our health and the things we love.

A headache can ruin your work day. A back spasm can make you cancel a trip or drop off your team roster. Pain can make you sedentary. Chronic pain can cause depression and dependence on over the counter and prescription medicines.  If pain is robbing you of the good life, consider meeting with one of our Health First chiropractors.

Chiropractic is a profession that diagnoses and treats conditions of the spine and musculoskeletal system. Chiropractors work on all joints in the body- hips,shoulders, feet, elbows, knees and of course, the spine.

Doctors of Chiropractic complete a minimum of seven years of post-secondary training. No referral is necessary to consult a Chiropractor at Health First, however, we often accept referrals from medical physicians and other health care professionals.

Your first visit will include a careful examination of your soft tissues, joints, and body mechanics. The chiropractor will then recommend a course of treatment that may include: soft tissue treatments, laser therapy, spinal decompression, functional exercises,  and/or joint mobilization. In some cases, you may be referred for x-rays, special imaging, or for evaluation by a medical specialist.

Call today and let us help you return to the activities and life you love! 

Laser Therapy

Health First is proud to offer the new and powerful KLaser!

Suffering with arthritis pain? Swollen joints, sprains or neuropathy? All  of these conditions are associated with inflammation.

Inflammation is the root of all pain and can cause swelling, edema, pain, and even arthritis. The good news is there is a way to safely and naturally treat inflammation. Our Class IV KLaser (the most powerful laser on the market) uses light to reduce pain and accelerate healing.

How does it work? Laser causes tissues to be flooded with light photons. The body then converts light energy into biochemical energy. This process initiates a healing response.

Laser therapy is safe and the treatments are soothing and pain free. Class IV lasers are approved by the FDA, Health Canada, and the EU.

Laser therapy is often used in the care of professional athletes. Toronto Blue-Jays, Toronto Raptors, and Miami Heat have all used laser technology to get their injured players back in the game.

Call today and discover how KLaser Therapy can help you!

Healing Effects of Laser

  • Decreased inflammation
  • Production of endorphins
  • Increased ATP production
  • Stimulates immune response

Graston Technique®

Graston tools are uniquely shaped for each body part.

Stubborn soft tissue pain? Sometimes it seems like it will never go away!

If you have tried other methods and nothing is working, Graston may be able to help.

Graston Technique® is a soft tissue method that uses specially designed patented instruments to identify and treat scar tissue in soft tissues. Each tool is shaped specifically for different body parts. The instruments are rubbed in a cross friction pattern over areas of scar tissue. The goal is to break up scar tissue, reduce pain and restore normal tissue function.

Ask your Health First Chiropractor if Graston can help you!

Therapeutic Massage Therapy

Relief for your tight and aching muscles.

Life has gotten so hectic. In our busy world it's difficult to slow down, stop and listen to what our bodies are telling us. Are you feeling sore, tight, and achy? Suffering from muscle fatigue and pain? Massage may be just what the doctor ordered.

Therapeutic massage is used to treat the muscles and soft tissues of the body. It can relieve pain, reduce stress, and help to restore proper body mechanics and function.

Our experienced therapists strive to provide you with competent nurturing treatment in a warm relaxing environment. A variety of methods and techniques are available to best soothe your condition or complaint.

Massage Methods Available

  • Swedish Massage
  • Deep tissue/sports massage
  • Pre and post-natal massage
  • Hot stone Therapy
  • Relaxation
  • Cupping

Take the time to book a therapeutic massage today. Ahhhh... that feels better already.

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Corporate Massage

Health First offers on-site massage for businesses, athletic events and charities. Please contact us for more information.

Gift Certificates

A gift certificate for therapeutic massage is a great way to wish your loved one a Happy Anniversary or Happy Birthday. Give the gift of a relaxation, hot stone or deep tissue massage.

Spinal Decompression Therapy

Spinal Decompression can be used to relieve disc pain, numbness, tingling, and sciatica.

Spinal decompression is a non-surgical, gentle treatment for pinched nerves, sciatica, bulged or herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, stenosis, facet syndrome, chronic neck and low back pain and post-surgical failures.

Spinal decompression uses computer-aided technology to apply gentle, non-surgical decompression to your spine. This increases circulation into the spinal discs and joints- helping to relieve the symptoms that cause pain and dysfunction.

The gentle stretching creates a negative pressure within spinal discs which helps to draw fluid and nutrients into the disc. In the case of a bulged or herniated disc this negative pressure will also draw the herniation/bulge portion inward relieving pressure on the nerve and decreasing the associated pain.

Treatment on the table lasts for approximately 15 minutes and is gentle and pain free.

Functional Exercises

Exercise is a critical part of your recovery.

Scientific research shows that people who suffer from back pain and other soft tissue injuries benefit from carefully prescribed functional exercises. Simply put, exercise helps you achieve better and longer lasting results.

That's why our treatment plans include exercise and emphasize the importance of restoring function, strength and endurance.

Let us show you how functional exercise can help get you moving again!

Shockwave Therapy

Shockwave is an effective treatment for acute and chronic pain.

If you have tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, shoulder pain, elbow pain, knee pain, scar tissue, or stubborn trigger points Shockwave therapy may be your treatment of choice.

Our state of the art Storz Medical Shockwave device is non-invasive, cost effective and provides faster and easier healing. Clinical studies on patients with Plantar Fasciitis suggested a 91% success rate and patient satisfaction post treatment.

During the treatment, a high energy sound wave is delivered to the injured area. The treatment works by helping to improve blood circulation and oxygen to the injured tissue.

Shockwave is currently available at our South Side Lethbridge location.