Tips from Dr. Wendy Carvalho-Ashby & Dr. Kevin Ashby on keeping the whole family fit! 



Links to these amazing videos here!

With Keagen Cave Ewanchuk & Baby Cain

With Leslie Velazquez, Lara Schamotta, Ronnie Shiu, Elaine Yung

With Leslie Velazquez

With Steph Marques


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Two New E8 Fitcamps This September! Register Today!

Ready to get back into shape?  Join our Fitcamps today!!!


1.  Strength & Shape Fitcamp!

Where: Endurance on 8th Health Centre Studio

When: Mondays & Wednesdays 

Time: 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm 

Start Date: September, 2015

Instructor: Lara Schamotta

2.  Boxing and Conditioning Fitcamp! 

Where: Endurance on 8th Health Centre Studio

When: Tuesdays & Thursdays

Time: 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm 

Start Date: September, 2015

Instructor: Sam Medina

All of our programs are designed to give you tone in the right places, improve on proper body mechanics at the same time working on your cardiovascular system!

Each class is limited to 5-6 people so hurry!

Click here to register or call us at 403-265-8383 to save your spot.  You may also register online here today!


How Chiropractic Care Helps: Introducing Michael Jordan

His biography on the National Basketball Association’s (NBA’s) official website reads, “By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time.” He’s won 2 Olympic gold medals, helped lead his team to NBA championships six times (5 of those times as Most Valuable Player), he’s a ten-time NBA high scorer, has been named to 14 All-Star teams, and is a Basketball Hall of Fame member.

For all of those accomplishments, however, one of the things that stand out about Michael Jordan is that he doesn’t rest on his laurels. He gets better by analyzing his potential faults or weaknesses and eliminating them. So he’s always striving to reach his full potential and improving his performance. And chiropractic care has played a part in this process. Michael Jordan himself puts it this way: “I didn’t know how much I could improve until I started seeing a chiropractor. Since I’ve been in chiropractic, I’ve improved by leaps and bounds both mentally and physically.”

With this statement, Jordan has joined the long list of elite athletes who have recently added their voices to a “Get Adjusted” campaign. This campaign is designed to increase the public’s awareness of chiropractic and its application to sport. Other athletes who have made similar statements include Tiger Woods, Tom Brady, Aaron Rogers, Emmitt Smith, Joe Montana, Evander Holyfield, Jerry Rice, Dan O’Brien, and Wayne Gretzky.

When you stop to think about it, it makes perfect sense that chiropractic care is being used so extensively by athletes. Chiropractic care is a perfect match for the rigors of high-level training and competition, which place extreme demands on athletes’ bodies-particularly on their musculoskeletal systems. Olympians from around the world have had chiropractic care available to them at Olympic Polyclinics for years. And major professional sports franchises from baseball to football and basketball have relied on team chiropractors to keep their star players healthy and performing at their best. Injury is always a possibility, so athletes and their coaches place a premium on prevention as well as smart approaches to recovery and rehabilitation. Chiropractic care, with its drug-free, surgery-free emphasis on helping the body heal itself, fits well into this demanding environment.

For Michael Jordan, the benefits of chiropractic care have been long-lasting and have followed him off the basketball court. He’s been very vocal about how much chiropractic care has improved not only his basketball performance, but also his golf game. His personal experience echoes the results of a study performed at the Titleist Performance Institute in which golfers were measured driving off the tee both before and after chiropractic adjustments. The group receiving chiropractic care improved their drive distance after every treatment.

So whether you’re a professional athlete or just a weekend warrior, give your chiropractor a call and ask about sports medicine techniques that can help you stay healthy, recover from injuries faster and more completely, and improve your performance!

By: Ribley Family Chiropractic Marketing

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Are you in pain? Need to improve function? Try Dry Needling!

What is Trigger Point Dry Needling?

Trigger Point Dry Needling involves inserting thin needles into tight, irritable muscles.

Trigger Point Dry Needling creates changes to muscles and connective tissue (fascia) near the needled areas. It also stimulates nerves to help releases the body’s own painkillers.

What should I expect from treatment?

The number and location of needles used will vary based on your condition and treatment goals. The needle is inserted into the muscle up to several centimetres deep. Sometimes the needled muscle will twitch.

Trigger point dry needling is rarely a stand-alone treatment. It is used to address pain. When combined with other physiotherapy treatment methods, it also helps improve movement and function. Your physiotherapist will regularly check your progress to ensure needling is helping you.

Are there any complications associated with Trigger Point Dry Needling?

Yes. Any technique that punctures skin has a risk of complications. It is important you know the risks before treatment. Some minor complications that usually resolve on their own include pain during or following treatment.  Less common complications include fatigue and drowsiness.  Hence, be sure to communicate with your physiotherapist throught the treatment and ensure your questions are answered. 

Would a different treatment work?

Needling is one of the many techniques your physiotherapist may use. Discuss the benefits and risks of needling and other available treatments with your physiotherapist. For some, such as those with needle fear or a history of fainting, an alternative treatment might be a better option.

Do all physiotherapists perform Trigger Point Dry needling?

No. Physiotherapists who perform dry needling have completed training in addition to their university education. They have also received approval to perform needling from their regulatory body (Physiotherapy Alberta - College + Association) and must adhere to safe practice standards.

Please view Irfan Jessa, PT's brief explanation about dry needling (below):

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-Adapted from Physiotherapy Alberta


Healthy Stampeding!

Ten Health Tips to Ten Days of the Calgary Stampede!



Stampede is almost here!  Ten days of kicking up your boots!  Unfortunately it can also be the time of year that healthy eating and fitness goes out the window.  We have compiled some great tips to help you get through this season without hurting your health or losing sight of your goals along the way. 



  1. Bring your own food or snacks to the grounds!  Having your own prepped meals is helpful year round but the grounds can be temptation to go way off your plan.  Snacks such as fresh vegetables and fruits can help you stay satisfied and adding in your protein and carbohydrates will keep your hunger abated.
  2. Research healthy places to eat on the grounds.  Lately they have brought in some great healthy vendors to the Stampede so you do have options.   It’s not all deep fried foods there anymore!  There are gluten free options as well as fresh foods such as sushi, wraps and chicken that you can choose from.  Do your research and go prepared and know ahead of time what you will purchase.
  3. Plan what you will eat and when!  All those deep fried foods can really derail your whole day so if you do plan to indulge make it a planned indulgence.  Plan how much you will have and plan the times so that you won’t get to a point where you grab anything in sight and end up with a stomach ache.   
  4. Walk around!  Go explore all the exhibits and wonderful things to see instead of staying in one place.  You can burn off a lot of calories by just walking around for a full day so make the best of it. 
  5. With that in mind go try line dancing!  Dancing can be one of the best fat burners out there and yeehaw what fun!  If line dancing is not your thing there are hip hop and pop options.  Whatever you love, they have. 
  6. Bring a bottle of water with you!  Water in itself can help with food cravings because we don’t often realize we are dehydrated.  Dehydration can come across as hunger pains.  Also this helps when it’s an especially hot day and you start to find your energy depleting. 
  7. Workout in the morning before you go to the grounds!  To avoid getting your workout plans way off track get it done in the mornings.  Your muscles will be prepped and ready to burn off fat all day! 
  8. Prepare the week before!  If you do plan to indulge be prepared beforehand by upping your cardio and weight-training the week before.  Burn off calories and go into it leaner so you don’t find you put on excess weight by the end of the Stampede.  This is also a great thing to keep doing throughout the ten days to keep you on track. 
  9. Everything in moderation!  Drinking especially!  The worst offender of over-indulgence is alcoholic beverages.  They can have hidden calories and needless to say alcohol is not the healthiest choice to our systems.  Try to avoid high calorie beers or sugar bombed juices mixed in.  Moderation means knowing when enough is enough. 
  10. Remember that one day at Stampede is not likely to completely derail your healthy lifestyle!  When it becomes more than one day it can be detrimental.  Keep in mind that you can enjoy the day however you choose just make sure you choose to come back to those healthy habits as soon as you possibly can! 


Happy Stampeding Cowgirls and Cowboys!


Written by: Lara Schamotta