{Naturally Balanced}

Dr. Melissa Reinke D.C.

403.277.2330
naturallybalancedtherapy@shaw.ca
{Fee Schedule}

Initial Examination $85
Regular Office Visit $48
Senior/Student/Child $40
Acupuncture Assessment $125
Acupuncture Treatment $75
Custom Orthotics $450

Alberta resident seniors are eligible to receive $25/treatment up to a maximum of $200/year in coverage. Please bring your Alberta Blue Cross card with you and we can direct bill on your behalf.


Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) and Workers Compensation Board (WCB) claims:

If you have been injured in a car accident or at work we can help. As a primary healthcare provider we will assess and diagnose your condition, as well as provide a detailed treatment plan to get you better as fast as possible. Direct billing is always available for approved MVA or WCB claims. No referral required.


We direct bill to the follwoing insurance companies:

  • Alberta Blue Cross
  • Great West Life
  • Green Sheild
  • Sunlife
  • Standard Life
  • Manulife
  • The Co-operators
  • and many more!
{Links}

www.albertachiro.com



 

Dr. Melissa Reinke, DC

Dr. Melissa Reinke graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, and from McMaster University's Contemporary Medical Acupunture program, in 2011. She was born and raised in rural Alberta and now happily calls Calgary home. She has a great love for the outdoors and spends her free time camping, hiking, skiing, or sitting outside with a good book. She enjoys learning new things and above all loves spending time with her family. Dr. Reinke and her husband welcomed their daughter into the world in January 2018. She is enjoying the adventure that has come with being a new mom.

Dr. Reinke has always had a profound respect for the human body and the capabilities of it. She has a passion for sharing her knowledge with her patients and believes that an essential part of the healing process is understanding the underlying mechanisms of your pain, limitation or dysfunction. Dr. Reinke utilizes a variety of treatment techniques including spinal manipulation and mobilizations (a more gentle joint stretching technique), drop piece and activator adjustments, acupuncture and patient education. She knows that patients have an innate understanding of their bodies and respects their thoughts on what type of treatment they find works best for them.


Dr. Jennifer Thomas, BA, BEd., DC

Dr. Thomas was introduced to chiropractic after a suffering a back injury while teaching in Japan.  She credits chiropractic for getting her out of pain and back to work.  Despite this early evidence of the benefits of chiropractic, Dr. Thomas did not begin to dream of chiropractic as a career until she suffered a dragon boating injury.  Dr. Thomas appreciated the evidenced based, hands on, care that she received from her chiropractor.  Realizing this was her life’s ambition, Dr. Thomas began to work towards becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic.  She is a graduate of the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.  Dr. Thomas credits her training in evidence based care and her previous experience as a high school teacher in helping her successfully develop patient focused treatment plans. Her aim is to help each patient to achieve his or her own health and wellness goals.

Dr. Thomas has been practicing in Calgary since August of 2015 and is excited to be practicing at Naturally Balanced.  Her approach to treatment is one that focuses on each patient’s individual needs.  Techniques practiced include Diversified adjusting, and myofascial soft-tissue techniques. She believes that active patient care is an important component in the achievement of health goals, incorporating exercise and lifestyle counselling in treatment.

In her spare time, Dr. Thomas enjoys salsa dancing, curling, and working out.  She is an avid traveller and theatre buff, and continues to enjoy exploring Calgary and everything it has to offer.

Treatment Techniques

While there are several different techniques used by Chiropractors, Dr. Reinke and Dr. Irwin are concidered to be Evidence Based Diversified practitioners. What this means is that they treat patients using a variety of techniques which have been proven to be both safe and effective.

These techniques include:

  • Spinal Manipulation Therapy (SMT)- a hands on adjustment used to provide a quick force through a joint. This is the traditional teadjustment that most people relate with having a chiropractic treatment.
  • Spinal Mobilization- a similar technique to SMT but with less force. This is a more gentle way to stretch the joints and is a great technique for children and the elderly, or for those who do not like to hear the "popping" sound that can accompany a traditional adjustment.
  • Activator- a hand held instrument used to create a high speed but low force adjustment through a joint. Similarly to mobilizations, this gentle technique is a great option for those who do not want a traditional adjustment, as well as for children and the elderly.
  • Drop piece- a gentle technique which involves using a lifting section of the chiropractic table to provide a quick stretch through a joint or muscle
  • Muscle Release Therapy- an active deep muscle treatment used to improve muscle function. Many athletes benefit from this type of treatment.
  • Acupuncture
  • Custom Made Orthotics
  • Contemporary Medical Acupuncture (see below for more information)


Contemporary Medical Acupuncture

At Naturally Balanced, we offer both Contemporary Medical Acupuncture with our chiropractor Dr. Reinke, and Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture with our Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine/Registered Acupuncturist Dr. Dunlop. Although these treatments may seem similar, they are in fact very different. For more information on Dr. Dunlop and the treatments she offers, please visit ****link to acupuncture page.

While acupuncture has roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Dr. Reinke uses a different treatment approach. She was trained in Contemporary Medical Acupuncture (CMA) through McMaster University, a program that is world renowned and at the forefront of today’s acupuncture research.

CMA is a treatment which involves insertion and gentle manipulation of needles in the body. These needles can be placed to target muscles, nerves, blood vessels, or joints and work to return the body to its natural balance by promoting healing. CMA can be used to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions such as chronic or acute low back and neck pain, muscle instability or injury, and nerve irritation. Treatments typically last 20-30 minutes and are relatively painless, although mild aching is normal.


Commonly Treated Conditions

We treat the following:

  • Low Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Headaches
  • Whiplash Injury
  • Disc Herniation
  • Upper Back Pain and Stiffness
  • Acute and Chronic Muscle Strains
  • Acute and Chronic Joint/Ligament Strains
  • Rib Pain
  • Athletic Injury
  • Sciatica
  • Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Other Nerve related conditions (neuropathy, radiculopathy)
  • Shoulder Condition/Injury
  • Knee Condition/Injury
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Abnormal Gait Pattern (walking)
  • Poor Posture
  • Pediatrics including difficulty sleeping, feeding, or general discomfort. As chiropractors, we are highly trained in performing pediatric neurological examinations to rule out more serious conditions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What kind of education and training do Chiropractors have?

A. Chiropractors are doctors so it will come as no surprise that the training and education is very rigorous and demanding. Chiropractors must have at least 7 years of post secondary education, including, no less than 4500 hours of classroom and clinical instruction at an institute approved by the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCEC).

Q. What are the qualifications required to be licensed as a chiropractor?

A. Chiropractors must pass national and provincial licensing examinations at the end of their training. As well, chiropractors in Alberta require a minimum of 24 hours of continuing education credits each year.

Q. My back and neck hurt terribly; will a chiropractic treatment be too painful for me?

A. You may feel light pressure on your spinal joints and/or hear a popping sound, the result of joints opening quickly. Adjustments rarely hurt; instead, you may have immediate relief from pain and feel more relaxed.

Q. Is Chiropractic new?

A. Not at all. In fact, chiropractic care has been around and practised safely for over 100 years, and in fact, manipulation as practiced by chiropractors, has been documented as being performed in ancient Greek and Egyptian times.

Q. How many people visit a chiropractor - do you have any numbers?

A. Over three million Canadians see a chiropractor every year; that's about 12% of the population. And the good news is those numbers are on the rise with more and more Canadians finding out how good they feel when they include chiropractic as part of their health care needs. Alberta leads the way in usage with over half of the population having seen a chiropractor.

Q. Is chiropractic safe?

A. The short answer is yes, chiropractic has been proven to be a safe and effective treatment for musculoskeletal and nerve conditions. However, any health care procedure has inherent risks. It is very important to us that our patients are educated on their conditions, the proposed treatment options, and the different risks and benefits involved with each. These will be explained to you by the chiropractor prior to your treatment. Although we take great care in ensuring you are informed about your treatment and the risks, it is important to note that compared to other therapies, chiropractic has proven to be safer and more effective. In fact, people usually undergo chiropractic care before moving onto something that might carry a greater risk such as prescription medications, or surgical procedures.

Q. Is it safer for me to take over-the-counter medications rather than visit a chiropractor?

A. Many people think nothing of taking pain relievers or drugs to reduce pain, often caused by inflammation. The risk of serious complications or even death attributed to the use of Acetaminophen and NSAIDS (such as ibuprofen) is greater than the risk of injury with chiropractic treatment. Not many of us think of these risks when we reach for a bottle of pills but the bottom line is simple - chiropractic care is safe and effective with less risk than many medications or medical interventions.

Q. Something about my neck treated makes me nervous. Is it possible my instincts are right?

A. Your chiropractor would not include neck adjustments in your treatment plan if there were any indication that you would be at risk. Be sure to talk to your chiropractor about your concerns. We will only include neck adjustments in your treatment plan if there is an objective clinical reason for treating your neck as part of your overall spinal care. As with any treatment we propose to you, we will offer alternative treatment options as well. If you prefer not to have your neck adjusted there are several more gentle techniques that we can use.

Q. Is there a connection between strokes and chiropractic treatment?

A. This has been a popular topic in the media from time to time and for good reason. A stroke is a very serious vascular event and it is imperative that the signs of a stroke be recognized as soon as possible. The fact is that patients are coming to our office presenting with headaches, nausia, weakness and other neurological symptoms that can be indications of a stroke in progress. If these signs are missed and the patient is adjusted then the symptoms can worsen. However, the most recent evidence states that you are just as likely to have a stroke in going to your chiropractor as you are in going to your medical doctor. Furthermore, the scientific literature estimates the risk of having a stroke that may be related to chiropractic treatments to be anywhere from 1 in 400,000 to over 1 in a million.