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Very occasionally, I'd say every 5-6+ years, through my work life I have suffered from back pain. That has largely to do with too much sitting, as my career has revolved around computer science and software development. As you can imagine, I have nimble fingers as a result, but they are generally the only parts of my physical self that get any activity in my day-to-day work life. However, I have always put physical fitness high on my priority list outside of work, I have been an avid runner (I have participated in easily over 100 "races" - 5ks to marathons over my lifetime), triathlete (likely in the order of 60 triathlons in total, from sprints to Ironman x 3) and have been engaged in all manner of outdoor sports in the mountains (ice climbing, rock climbing, skiing, etc), virtually my entire life. In dealing with my back pain, generally it has been stretching, time, pain killers, and sometimes dry-needling that has helped me recover. In the past I have usually consulted chiropractors and physiotherapists to help out, with limited success.
The spring of 2020 I experienced my most debilitating round of back pain. It had me literally on the floor, and for many days, and it was painful and difficult to move for many weeks. Physiotherapy had virtually no remedial effect. This time I went for an acupuncture treatment (from a Naturopathic Doctor) which worked miraculously in it's first application to get me moving moderately better and I credit it for that. Subsequent treatments didn't help, strangely.
After that I visited an Athletic Therapist (AT), Andrea Dowd. This was my first visit to an Athletic Therapist ever. My visit was very painful, but I welcomed the attempts to relieve the tension and spasming in my muscles. The various phases of exercise, stretching, heat and cold and return visits to Andrea for movement, massage and prescriptive exercises were truly amazing in their therapeutic effect. Let me reiterate "amazing". I very (relatively, shall I say) quickly felt my pain alleviate, my deactivated muscles become engaged and my range of motion improve. My recovery was steady, and I felt that finally I had found a healthcare provider that had the training, the practical knowledge and experience and the consequential understanding of human body mechanics to truly get to the root of my problem and provide the exercises and care that would effectively treat my problem and convey the understanding that I needed to help me better manage it in the future.
The treatment I received from Andrea, a trained and professional Athletic Therapist, dealt not only with the symptoms, but also the "disease", the root cause. This is what I believe is the ideal medical practitioner in action. In my experience, this "root cause" treatment is sadly missing in many practitioners and healthcare professions. I am now approaching 60 and an AT will be my go-to healthcare provider for bio-mechanical ailments for me in the future. I can not possibly recommend them, and Andrea Dowd in particular, highly enough.
I am a 64 year old woman who has taken part in sports throughout my life. I suffered from a knee injury while in my 20's, and still suffer from this knee injury. Now I have arthritis. Also, I have had neck problems for which I have seen chiropractors, physiotherapists and massage therapists regularly for many years. One day about a year ago, I woke up in the morning and couldn't lift my left arm. I went for massage and physiotherapy but no one could help me with the stiffness and pain. I was no longer able to sleep on my left side.
Then I went to see Andrea Dowd, an Athletic Therapist in Calgary. Andrea adjusted my neck, and immediately the pain subsided. It took time, but now I can sleep on my left side which is a tremendous relief. Andrea has treated me for my knee problems and other problems, and has recommended many exercises to build strength in areas where I need better range of motion and strength. She is wonderful. I am really happy I started seeing her. However, more than giving me treatments, Andrea gives me the exercises I need to help solve my problems. Since seeing Andrea my posture has really improved, for which I am very grateful.
Hello I would like to start off by thanking Andrea and Precision Sports Therapy. 2 years ago I broke my collarbone, after having it fully healed and was able to go back to work, I ended up reinjurying it by having 100 pounds fall on it from overhead. After living in constant pain and seeing 2 different surgeons telling me its in my head, or just wanting to do useless surgery, I was losing hope I would never get back to what I liked to do pain free. But with the help from Andrea, with only 4 sessions I was getting full movement back with extremely less pain. And now after 3 months of going to Andrea, she has helped me find a surgeon that is wanting to do the surgery I need and get me on with my life painfree. I would like to give a huge thank you to Andrea Dowd.
" Never give up hope"..........
Following wear and tear through the years I’ve had a lot of pain in my shoulder and neck area. Doctors have done the best they could and I’ve had cortisone injections to control the pain. I’ve had physio therapy and massage. Luckily a few months ago my husband, Peter, and I heard about Andrea Dowd, an Athletic Therapist whose company is Precision Sports Therapy. I didn’t really know what an Athletic Therapist did. Quickly I found out she did a lot more than any physiotherapist I had ever seen and the results are a lot better. Each treatment helped reduce the pain as did the exercises she gave me. When I first met Andrea I was 90 and now I am 91.
Peter’s shoulder is very badly damaged and full of arthritis but she has helped him some.
One weekend I had a terrible pain in my back and right hip so Andrea worked on that area and gave me exercises and I haven’t had any discomfort there since the last treatment. At the same time she worked on Peter’s lower body and I was amazed the difference in his walking ability. He walked much more “freely”.
Results for my shoulder have taken more time but she has persisted and I have co-operated the best I can. Peter continues to have shoulder and hip treatments.
We both are very grateful to having Andrea for helping us.
After about four treatments we were so impressed that we told our cousin about Andrea and he went for treatments which helped him immensely.
Peter and Mary Esposito....