Physiotherapist Guided Running Programs

Physiotherapy & Running Fusion

13-years in the making.

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"My life was positively changed by running and because of that, I went to school for a long time with the mission to help anyone who wants to run.  There are a lot of myths about running.  While it may not be for everyone, a lot more people can run than you may think!" - Michael Kirby, PT (mdkPHYSIO)

Mike Kirby Physiotherapist Running Photo
Sinister 7 (2015)
  • Start Running

    Begin the transformation... It can be one of the most positive things in your life... seriously.  The trick is getting started on the right foot (no pun intended).

  • Accelerate Your Running

    Many runners want to take it to the next level and require some assistance.  Far too many runners struggle with injuries and need some help.  We've got you covered!  

  • Treatment For Injured Runners

    If you are struggling with an injury, it is crucial for your physiotherapist to be involved in your running program.  Runners are often told to start running again without any direction.  On the contrary, many runners are told to completely stop!

Physiotherapist Guided Running Programs

Using his knowledge as a physiotherapist, Mike is able to work with runners on a different level.  

  • Professional Guidance

    With the help of a physiotherapist, you can have a physical assessment and an individualized treatment plan alongside your running program.

  • Monthly Schedules

    Follow-up either in-person or online for your monthly running schedule developed to help you achieve your goals.

  • Race Planning

    Planning starts from day #1 as your program needs to be developed according to your goals.  Come race day, you will be ready!

Many running-related injuries can be prevented by following an individualized training program.  To make something individualized, many different variables have to be considered and having a comprehensive assessment is important. 

As a physiotherapist, Mike can provide supplementary exercise programs that are particular to you.

During training, it is very common to have some small aches and pains.  While some of these may be benign, working closely with a physiotherapist can help you to decipher them and act appropriately.

Your current and past medical history is reviewed prior to commencing.  If required, Mike can reach out to your medical providers and refer to various doctors to ensure it is safe for you to run.

If you are injured, Mike can perform a physical assessment, provide treatment and modify your running program.  If referral is necessary, Mike is one fax away from having you connected with a physician (ex. Sports Medicine).

To provide the best care, Mike has to be intimately involved in running schedules.  An estimated >80% of running injuries are a result of errors in training.  Once injured, training variables need to be closely monitored and adapted to make sure rehabilitation is optimal and the runner comes back strong.

Mike can also perform many "hands-on" treatment techniques to help with pain relief and function during your recovery.  He performes manual therapy techniques, IMS and much more!

Cardiovascular exercise has positive effects on all systems of the body.  It can be an amazing way to improve your health and resiliency to the hardships of life.  Running can be a phenomenal way to get cardiovascular exercise.  Even if you don't start out running (maybe you are walking), the health benefits can be immense. 

Often times runners need to be referred to other healthcare providers (ex. Sports Medicine).  Physiotherapists can refer directly to several other healthcare providers.

This website is all about running, but what about other forms of cardiovascular exercise and fitness?

We are not biased (well... maybe a little) to running in any way.  Many running programs have a cross training component.  If there are other forms of physical activity that you are interested in, they can be integrated into your running plan.

Convenience

Life can be crazy!  Running in and of itself is a convenient way to exercise and we don't want to create barriers.

  • Clinic, Mobile & Virtual

    Depending on your needs, Mike can be seen in-person at his location, he can drive to your home, or you can meet him online.

  • Top-notch Apps

    Training schedules, communication and tracking is all done through TrainingPeaks.  Exercise programs are delivered through Physiotec.

  • Direct Billing

    You can book your appointments online and we have direct billing to most extended healthcare benefits!

About Mike

Here is a little bit about Mike and his qualifications.

Michael Kirby, PT
  • Background

    Mike returned to school in 2009 to become a physiotherapist after falling in-love with ultramarathons and trail running. He has competed in many of Alberta's ultramarathons.  He hasn't actually kept a tally, but he believes he has finished at least 18 ultramarathons including Sinister 7 (4 time finisher), Lost Soul Ultra 100 miles (3 time finisher) and Blackfoot Ultra 100km (2 time finisher).  Mike and his wife Christine have 2 amazing young children that keep them very busy. After a 6-year hiatus from the ultrarunning scene, Mike is proud to say he is back after finishing 176km at Ultra Trail Stokely Creek!  His training regime has changed quite substantially since having kids and he calls it "the parenting program."

    Registered Physiotherapist (PT)
    Master of Science in Physical Therapy from University of Alberta (2016/17)

    Bachelor of Kinesiology (BKin) (with Distinction)
    Graduated from University of Calgary in 2014.

    Relevant Training:
    The Running Clinic - Certified Professional
    UESCA Ultrarunning Coach
    Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Level 1
    Mike taken many other courses to enhance his physiotherapy practice.  In some cases the course is not in the context of running, but all of these courses ultimately help him to assist runners.

It isn't always easy, but it is worth it.

New to running?  Here are some points from Mike.

If you are starting from scratch, I can safely say that running gets easier.  It takes time to make it a habit and for your body to adapt.  I have started running 2 times now, the second was after a 4 year break with hardly enough running to call it training.  Both times were rough.  Maybe you will feel great from the beginning, but if you are anything like me and many other runners, you have to know that it gets better.

Sometimes the hardest part is getting out the door to do it.  I have never regretted getting out that door and have lots of tricks to do it. 

The running community is like no other.  Come join it!  While running can be a very lonely activity, it can also be very social.  Runners love to talk about running and when they are brought together in a group, watch out!  For me. one of the most amazing things about going to races is the social aspect.

At least 60% of runners get injured every single year and new runners are more likely to get injured.  This is extremely unfortunate because many new runners are seeking to make a positive change in their lifestyle and health and many of these runners may never try to run again.  I believe that this statistic can be changed quite easily. 

The injuries that new runners sustain are very similar to experienced runners and can be prevented with a good training schedule.  Training parameters are the easiest variable to modify can keep people running stronger than ever.

No problem.  You don't need to (and probably shouldn't, at least yet) train like a professional athlete.  When your schedule is packed with things, running is actually an amazing form of exercise.  As long as you have your shoes and appropriate clothing, you can go for a run almost anywhere when the timing is right.  This takes some self-discipline... but you got it!

It is all about training smarter and making it sustainable over the long run (no pun intended).  Training smarter means making the most of your time (getting the biggest bang for your buck).  Running is also just as much a lifestyle as it is a form of physical activity.

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