BONAVISTA PHYSICAL THERAPY  |  739 Lake Bonavista Dr. SE, Calgary  |  Lower Level of Bonavista Medical Clinic

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Hi Friends,
If you have been a patient at our clinic, and were happy with the results, staff, or anything else let us know! Our best advertising is word of mouth. We have been here a long time (over 21 years with our current owners) and growing steadily. THANK YOU!!!
We have only 1 month remaining in our campaign – for every review or referral, we are donating $10.00 to the Calgary Humane Society.

Our Latest Newsletter: read about Group Workouts and Tennis

On Line Appointment Booking for Existing Patients

We apologize! Our appointment booking was not working for the past few weeks but it is officially up and running – all the bugs have been worked out and we are able to take your appointment request. One button is for NEW PATIENTS and the other is for EXISTING CLIENTS already in our system. If you have 2 therapists (ie massage and PT) only one of them will allow online booking at this time. IF you think you are in our system and encounter a problem, please give us a call and we can make sure our info matches yours.
thank you for your patience!!!

Low Back, Buttock, Hip Pain or Sciatica?

Low Back Pain is the most common ailment we see in physiotherapy. It often masquerades as pain in the hip, buttock or “sciatica”. Mechanical low back pain affects nearly everyone at some stage of life. 60 -75% of patients that have back pain once will experience recurring problems. The majority of back pain is MECHANICAL. That simply means that there is a problem with the moving parts of the spine. The tissues affected may be the: discs, ligaments, muscles, nerves, or cartilage.
Mechanical pain arises when the soft tissue between two joints of the spine has been over stretched, gets locked up, or in some cases torn. It may start with an incident or for no apparent reason. The pain will be caused or affected by certain positions or movements. According to that logic, it will typically respond well to specific positions or movements. The McKenzie Method of assessment and treatment for low back pain has been proven in the literature to be one of the most effective ways of treating and preventing low back pain. This method promotes the body’s natural potential to heal itself without medication, heat, cold, ultrasound, needles, surgery or a physical dependency on the practitioner. The patient can learn to do these maneuvers themselves, though some “hands-on” by the therapist may be needed to get things started.
Bonavista Physical Therapy is the only clinic in Alberta to be designated a “McKenzie Certified Clinic”. The McKenzie Method (MDT) was originally developed for treatment of sciatica but now can be used to assess and treat any kind of musculoskeletal problems. Many clinicians claim to “do McKenzie” when in fact they are only using a few of the techniques along with other modalities. The research has shown that therapists who have been fully certified in the method (i.e. all 4 courses followed by the exam), have the best results. We are able to identify which patients will respond to this method within the first 1-2 sessions. Those likely to benefit start seeing results in the first session with highly significant pain reduction in back and leg pain within four visits. It does not take weeks of exercise to see results in pain reduction. Techniques and exercises taught in the assessments are tools that patients can use on their own and are able to treat their own pain. The ultimate goal is that the clients become independent and can both prevent and self- treat recurrences. This will minimize the need to see the health care provider, which saves the patient time and money in the long run.

Car Accident? Your treatment can be direct billed

In Alberta, protocols have been established for the diagnosis and treatment of injuries associated with motor vehicle collisions. These protocols ensure that individuals with minor injuries including WAD (whiplash associated disorder), sprains and strains do not have to wait for approval from their insurance company before starting treatment. Physiotherapists as primary care practitioners can notify insurers of the claim and start treatment right away. If you have been involved in a car accident, attend a primary care practitioner (such as a physiotherapist) within 10 days of your accident to start the claim. You will not be billed out of pocket for the treatments of minor injuries. Research shows that when treatment is started right away, chronic problems can be avoided and injuries recover much more quickly. Major injuries such as broken bones, head injuries, neurological damage and severe sprains and strains are billed differently but most often, injuries fall into the “minor” category. Physiotherapists at Bonavista Physical Therapy have extensive training and are able diagnose minor vs major injuries. The initial assessment is always covered by your Vehicle Insurance regardless of who was at fault in the accident. If you would like more information, please give our office a call and we can answer your questions. If you have been involved in an accident, don’t delay treatment – even if you think it’s not that bad, come in, get an assessment and get some guidance on how to manage.

Massage Therapy Gift Certificates

What a wonderful gift option for those who deserve a great massage. Available now!

Extended Health Benefits

The health care year end is fast approaching, if you’ve had a nagging injury why not come in and get it looked at and use up your benefits before its too late! Massage therapy is a great way to relax leading up to the busy Christmas season. Call today and book your appointment

Chronic Achilles 80% better in one visit

We recently had a client with a 2 year history of Achilles pain, aching and inability to maintain her fitness routine. She had tried various things for her Achilles including stretching, rest, active release, IMS, and even a walking boot. No matter what she tried, nothing seemed to work in fact the pain had started to spread to her whole ankle. We assessed using the McKenzie Method and determined she had a problem within the ankle itself that seemed to respond to a simple movement. We sent her home doing one movement 2 sets of 7, 4 times a day. It took her 1.5 minutes to do her program and she was able to do it at work. We also recommended keeping her foot in a certain position more often to reduce compression forces. Within one week, she reported an 80% improvement in her symptoms. She no longer had a stiff and painful ankle every time she got up from a chair, and her initial steps in the morning were much less painful. With this drastic reduction in pain, her strength had also improved 50% and by the second physiotherapy session, we were able to progress to strengthening. By her third visit, we were able to resume treadmill walking – something she had avoided for 18 months due to pain. Not everything we see responds this drastically but by using the McKenzie Method, we are able to screen for problems that WILL respond rapidly, and treatment progresses rapidly as well. We can usually tell within the first session whether or not your problem will be a “rapid responder”. Bonavista Physical Therapy is the only Certified McKenzie Clinic in Alberta. One of only 2 clinics in western Canada with this designation.

Thank you!

A huge thank you to all our clients new and returning for making this past year a huge success. We have had our busiest year ever! We have a great team of therapists and support staff and will hopefully be hiring again in the new year. To accommodate this increase in business, we have expanded physiotherapy within our space and massage therapy has a nice new private room. Phase one of our renovations are complete! Drop by and see our changes!

Compressed Nerve in Neck – Rapidly Resolved

I was off work in September 2013 for 3 weeks with a compressed nerve in my neck which affected my entire right arm – I can honestly say I have never been in such pain in my life – even childbirth did not compare. I could not sleep at night, could not read or watch tv, had dropped my coffee mug and burnt my right forearm whilst cooking – the only thing that gave me any relief was walking – and boy did I pace – all day & continually. I had some relief from massage, conventional physiotherapy & IMS however would still be aware of burning, tingling & my right hand going cold after certain activities such as reading, tv & being on computer.

I was frustrated, irritated and aware that my mood was being negatively affected – I was grumpy, short tempered & depressed thinking I would have to live with “my situation” forever. I did a Google search for physiotherapists in the area of Lake Bonavista that we had recently moved into and found the Bonavista Physical Therapy website with Audrey’s name and a technique called McKenzie Method.

I visited Audrey in late January 2014 and only 1 day after doing the McKenzie Method exercises regularly as she had shown me, was I aware of a decrease in my discomfort level & symptoms. It was too good to be true – I was in total disbelief that something so simple could provide relief.

I saw Audrey again after 3 days and she gave me more exercises to do. A week later I saw her again – things had turned around so much for me in such a short space of time – I was one happy lady. I am still somewhat stunned at how a few simple exercises can be so effective in reducing my discomfort & symptoms.

I now do the exercises regularly and on a daily basis.

Thank you so much Audrey for turning things around for me.
Tracey Fetting RN/OHN | Occupational Health Nurse


Kelly Debevc
Thank you so much Marissa!! :)...
thanks for these great reviews!
Pavithra Raman 6 months ago Recently had a massage sessions with Erin and Sharon. They did a very good job. Worth every penny spent...
Jim Thornborough
You fixed a painful and debilitating problem in one visit. Superb service. I will recommend you to anyone seeking help. Jim Thornboro...