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When building the new clinic, we had the vision of a functional gym and studio, where people had the ability to train to their optimum strength, while eliminating their weakness and staying out of pain and injury. As physiotherapists and health care providers, we often see clients who present with injuries that were caused by sport, exercise and/or repetitive strain. We were often asked from clients what they should continue to do, to eliminate the injury from reoccurring. We can give advice, but the optimum is training and observing the clients themselves. In professional sport there is a team of health care professionals and trainers that work alongside the athlete to produce injury free optimum performance. We worked within this model in past employment, and thought why could this not be offered to the general public!?

How we implement FMS into training – Ryley Shipton – BKin – Personal Trainer At Deep Physio, our philosophy and template was created with 3 phases; Treatment, Rehabilitation and Training. Personal Training is located in our third phase and where we continue your movement journey. In the first 2 phases after injury we are decreasing pain, regaining proper neurological output, improving range, strength, proprioception and functional movement/strength. Once these outcomes are all achieved, we can begin to look into why the injury happened in the first place and how to make sure it never comes back. This also is to be said about preventing injuries; At Deep, we want to diagnose movement so we can foresee and prevent injuries from happening during your everyday activities and workouts. With that said, you do not have to have an ‘injury’ for our clinicians to assess, treat, prevent, improve and strengthen.

Our trainers here at Deep use an objective measurement called Functional Movements Screen (FMS) to determine if you have any movement patterns that are dysfunctional. We typically find that these dysfunctional pattern are caused by either a mobility, a stability or a motor control problem. Once the screen is completed, we give the client a set of corrective exercises to fix the movement patterns before they are allowed to load the specific dysfunctional patterns. This approach ensures that although we can accomplish the clients goals, we can diminish any underlying deficiencies that the client may have even without knowing. We ensure that the movement pattern improves to ‘acceptable’ (ie) squat pattern, before we strengthen and load the pattern; as a dysfunctional pattern has a higher risk of injury. Once the movement pattern is acceptable, our personal trainers train the client using functional exercises to achieve the goal of overall body stability, strength, flexibilty, agility and endurance. Every clients program is different in its own way and the program is always changing depending on client’s goals and aspirations. We use this approach here at Deep because we know it works. FMS is found all over the professional sports world from the NHL, NFL, MBA, MLB and professional soccer teams to name a few. So whether you are interested in power lifting, body building or just sick and tired of getting injured we can help!

Get to know our Kinesiologists

Sylvie Piche is one of our kinesiologist that relocated from Manitoba 1.5 years ago to be part of our team! Sylvie has background knowledge in rehabilitation classes and personal training, and has recently added functional training classes and cardiac rehabilitation to Deep’s training schedule. Ryley Shipton recently completed his kinesiology degree at he U of A and has a love for sports and hockey. Ryley is the Head Coach to the Bantam rep team and trains dryland to minor hockey teams. Along with Sylvie, Ryley teaches lower limb exercise groups ( surgeries and preventative), seniors classes and functional training circuits. As kinesiologists, their degree is in human movement and rehabilitation, as well as personal training. Their knowledge in injury prevention, human movement and training allows them to build the perfect program to strength and condition, while preventing injuries. Judy Eagles has been our long standing personal trainer that currently teaches our early morning functional circuit classes using the FMS structure. Judy’s background is in Crossfit, Kettlebells, Gymnastics and TRX.

Functional Movement Screen ( FMS ) – What is it and how to we use it?

All our trainers are certified in the Functional Movement Screen (FMS). The FMS is a ranking and grading system that documents movement patterns that are key to normal function. By screening these patterns, the FMS readily identifies functional limitations and asymmetries. These are issues that can reduce the effects of functional training and physical conditioning, and distort body awareness. The FMS generates the Functional Movement Screen Score, which is used to target problems and track progress. This scoring system is directly linked to the most beneficial corrective exercises to restore mechanically sound movement patterns. Exercise professionals monitor the FMS score to track progress and to identify those exercises that will be most effective to restore proper movement, and build strength in each individual. Our trainers use the FMS to build the individuals program, and progress them accordingly. For example, if the client screens low on a squat, they will give them specific corrective exercises to improve their movement patterns to safely squat.

Functional Capacity Screen (FCS) – What is it and how to we use it?

The FCS forms the transition between movement competency (FMS) and specific skill development (specialized training), allowing you to identify pattern problems, capacity problems and skill-based problems and address them individually through targeted programming decisions. We use this screen with our athletes and sports teams to further train and optimize performance. Depending on the client(s) that we are training we will use the assessment tool and outcome measure to optimize training and performance. Sam Moxon, Ryley Shipton and Sylvie Piche are all certified in the FCS.

For more information, click the link below.


Personal Training – How is it offered at Deep Physio?

1. Classes – A wide variety of classes and pricing. Functional circuit training classes, mobility classes, and variety of yoga/pilates classes

The link below will direct you to our mind body app with all our classes, times and costs


2. Personal Training Packages

1. Group Personal Training – 4 clients to 1 trainer

2. Double Personal training – 2 clients to 1 trainer

3. Single Personal training – 1 client to 1 trainer

All sessions are 30 minutes. We expect that the clients show up 15 minutes early to do their correctives/warm up prior to their sessions so they are ready to work out hard. All our sessions are in a circuit type fashion using body weight, kettle bells, ropes, rings, sleds, and racks to name a few. The whole point to working out functionally is to make you a more functional, strong human being with less injuries, and longevity by your side. It is to PREVENT you from falling into the hands of a professional 🙂

Call the clinic 250 782 3676 for any questions and bookings. Sign up for a month personal training and receive a FREE FMS screen/assessment – 45 min session. Groups training sessions are as low as $15 per session, that is a cost of a drop in class!

Link to Functional Movement Screen Website


**If seeing a physiotherapist and we are correcting and preventing – EHB coverage is possible**

We are here to start 2020 off right!