Chiropractic / Active Release Technique (A.R.T)

Dr. Ann provides a unique combination of traditional chiropractic and advanced muscle treatment techniques (Active Release Technique) to help you overcome your back, neck and sports injuries.  Exercises and lifestyle recommendations may also be suggested to improve your overall outcome. 

Traditional Chiropractic

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Chiropractors focus on the health of the joints of the body, particularly the spine. Through a variety of hands on tests, Dr. Ann determines which areas are not moving as well as they should, how this is affecting the overall function of the body, and if an irritation of the nerves is involved.

The main tool chiropractors use to correct this is the adjustment, or spinal manipulation. Dr. Ann will determine which type of chiropractic adjustment is suitable for you based on your condition, your age, your bone health, and your personal preference.

The goal of the adjustment is to decrease pain, increase function, and get you moving and feeling your best.

Active Release Technique (A.R.T)®

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In additional to her chiropractic training, Dr. Ann is a certified provider of Active Release Technique® (A.R.T). This hands-on therapy, a form of myofascial release, addresses the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and connective tissues. Scar tissue can form in muscles over time from a sudden injury, or from repetitive strain. Repetitive strain includes repeating motions (such as clicking a computer mouse, or pedaling a bicycle) or by maintaining one posture for a time (such as sitting).

A.R.T.® uses motion to lengthen the muscles, while the scarred tissue is held in place, thus gradually breaking down the scar tissue to be absorbed into the body’s blood stream. The body will then lay down new muscle fibres, in the proper alignment for the body’s health.

A.R.T.® enables Dr. Ann to treat a variety of conditions beyond the spine, allowing her to take a full body approach to your health.

Fees & Booking

  • Initial Visit [30 min]: $80

  • Return Visit [15 min]: $50

  • Extended Return Visit [30 min]: $80

Reimbursement: All sessions with your Chiropractor are eligible for reimbursement through your HSA (health spending account) or extended paramedical package. A receipt will be provided by your Chiropractor after the session for reimbursement by your insurer.

Intake Form: Please print, fill out and bring your > Chiropractic Intake Form < to your first visit.

Booking & Payment: Conveniently done online. Click Here to make a booking.

Hours & Location

Check Chiropractor Schedule and Booking Availability HERE

The Therapy Room is located on the lower level of 910 Mainland between the fitness centre and the employee lounge.

Our Chiropractor / Active Release Technique Therapist

Dr. Ann Izard DC

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Dr. Ann Izard grew up in Victoria, BC and completed her undergraduate degree at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.  She then pursued her Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Western States Chiropractic College (WSCC) in Portland, Oregon where she graduated as class valedictorian, Summa Cum Laude.  She was also awarded the Clinical Excellence Award for her performance in the areas of Clinical Knowledge, Clinical Integration, Patient Care and Case Management.

Along with the core chiropractic curriculum, Ann has continued to build her knowledge and treatment skills through the Active Release Techniques® (ART) seminars, which focus on addressing muscle tension and scar tissue. Dr. Izard treats spinal complaints and numerous other conditions.  She believes that the combination of soft tissue therapy, chiropractic manipulation, and rehabilitative exercises enables patients to reach their optimal level of performance.

Dr. Izard believes strongly in the educational component of her job. She spent three years on faculty at the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine. She also regularly lectures to groups on such topics as posture, stretching, workplace and sports-related injury prevention, chiropractic medicine and Active Release Techniques®.

Outside of the chiropractic clinic, Dr. Izard also has a passion for the world of dance.  She performed and served on the executive of the Queen’s Ballet and Jazz Clubs in Kingston, and later performed extensively with Portland Community Ballet.  Ann has more recently performed with both White Space Dance in Victoria and Ballet de Printemps in North Vancouver.  She currently trains at Ballet Classique in Burnaby. When not at work or in the dance studio, Ann enjoys outdoor pursuits available on the West Coast, including skiing, cycling, surfing and sailing.