Jenna Armstrong

Fifth Avenue Physiotherapy Team

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Jenna Armstrong

Registered Physiotherapist, Certified Gunn IMS Practitioner, Manual/Manipulative Therapist

Patient treating hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 7:00 am – 1:00 pm

Education:
Masters of Science in Physical Therapy (University of Alberta)
Bachelors of Kinesiology (University of Calgary)

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Fellow of Canadian Manual and Manipulative Therapists – 2018 (FCAMPT)
  • Certified in Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation – 2018 (IMS)
  • Authorization to Order MRI, x-ray and Diagnostic Ultrasound

ABOUT JENNA
Jenna was born and raised on a farm outside of Killarney, Manitoba and moved to Alberta in 2005. She obtained her Bachelor of Kinesiology with Distinction from the University of Calgary and a Master’s of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta. Jenna also attained a Personal Training designation with the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology.

During her career Jenna has made continuing education and skill development a priority. She completed her Integrative Dry Needling certification as well as the Gunn Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS) certification at the University of British Columbia. Jenna has successfully completed her Diploma of Manual and Manipulative Physiotherapy and is a fellow with the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy. Additionally she has taken courses in diagnostic imaging and treatment of the myofascial system. She strives to incorporate information from the courses she has taken and the latest research into her treatment, and uses a wide variety of treatment techniques. This includes education, dry needling, joint mobilization and manipulations, neural tissue mobilization, soft tissue techniques and exercise prescription.

How many years have you been a Physiotherapist?
I have been a physiotherapist since 2012. Since graduating I have primarily worked in private orthopedic clinics in south Calgary.

Why did you become a Physiotherapist?
It wasn’t until I was well into my Kinesiology degree that I decided I wanted to become a physiotherapist. I went into Kinesiology purely because of my athletic background and love of being active, along with the fact I enjoyed biomechanics/physics and had an interest in how the human body worked and moved. So naturally Kinesiology was a perfect fit. Despite not knowing “what I wanted to be when I grew up” as I entered my first degree, I did know that I wanted to do something I loved and was passionate about, something that I would need to continue to learn and grow as a professional, and most importantly I knew I wanted to help people. It was through volunteer work at the fitness and rehab program out of the UofC that I had the opportunity to work as part of a strength and conditioning team that focused on maintaining the strength, mobility and endurance of individuals with multiple sclerosis. It was through this volunteer work that I saw how helping individuals stay strong and active played such a huge role in their lives. I knew a career where I could help people through movement was what I wanted to do.

Do you have an area of special interest?
One of the things I love about being a physiotherapist is that there are so many areas of the body to treat and so many different presentations for each area. It keeps me on my toes and makes every day different and exciting. I enjoy treating both acute and chronic injuries along with those related to sports, motor vehicle accidents or everyday life. If I had to pick a specific area of interest, I would say I am most interested in treating the neck and back.

How does movement impact your life?
When not at work I enjoy staying active by strength training and running, but prefer to maintain an active lifestyle by spending time in the great outdoors. This includes getting out to the mountains to hike with my husband, daughter and dog, running around the park with my daughter, taking my dog for long walks, as well as spending time at the lake kayaking or paddle boarding. Staying active helps me manage old injuries, gives me the energy and strength I need to keep up with a toddler, and brings me joy.

What does a great Physiotherapy experience look like to you?
A great physiotherapy experience should be focused on the client. At the end of an assessment or treatment the client should feel they have had the therapist’s undivided attention during their time together, and that their questions and concerns have been addressed. Important aspects of an assessment include taking a detailed history of the client’s current injury along with past injuries and health information; doing a thorough physical examination to provide a diagnosis and prognosis; providing the client with education about their injury and answering any question they might have; and discussing goals/expected outcomes. Treatments should include re-assessment of the key findings, discussion around how the client feels rehab is progressing, hands on treatment and exercise prescription.