Bonavista Physical Therapy Calgary McKenzie Method Certified Clinic

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What if you didn't need to come back for another appointment?

The McKenzie Method also called Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) is not like traditional physiotherapy. The better we do our jobs as MDT therapists, the less you need us. In fact, 4 sessions is usually enough.  It is a proven assessment method using movement/pain response to arrive at a clinical diagnosis for any musculoskeletal condition. Patients are empowered to SELF TREAT using individually prescribed very simple exercises and postures. 82% of painful conditions can be identified and resolved within 3-5 sessions. As many as 70% of people with back or leg pain (acute or chronic) rapidly improve when given the correct treatment.

The Mckenzie Method can be used to diagnose & treat:

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Low Back Pain
Degenerative Disc Disease, Arthritis, Scoliosis, Facet Problems, Sacroiliac Pain
Piriformis Syndrome, Achey Legs, Stenosis
Hip Pain
Bursitis, IT Band Syndrome, Arthritis, Labral Problems, Snapping Hip, Groin Pain
Neck Pain
Whiplash, Arthritis, Torticollis, Tension, Postural Problems, Radiculopathy
Tension Headaches, TMJ Headaches, Post-Concussion Headaches
Shoulder Pain
Rotator Cuff Issues, Stiffness, Tendonitis, Bursitis
Elbow Pain
Golfers Elbow, Tennis Elbow, Repetitive Strain, Tendonitis
Wrist & Hand Issues
Numbness & Tingling, Arthritis, Repetitive Strain Issues, Sprains & Strains
Knee Pain
Arthritis, Meniscal Damage, Jumpers Knee, Patellofemoral Pain, Sprains & Strains
Ankle & Foot Issues
Achilles Tendonitis, Plantar Fasciitis, Shin Splints, Arthritis, Sprains & Strains

Benefits of the McKenzie Method

McKenzie Method benefits graphic showing: Faster Recovery, Less Risk of re-injury, & Reduced Recovery Cost

Not only is this method very effective at treating current painful conditions but by using the principles going forward, patients can reduce the likelihood of their problem reoccurring. A strong component of the McKenzie Method is the educational component. When patients understand their problem they are much better prepared to manage it properly. This method is gaining popularity due to its documented success and cost-benefits for clients.

Very few physiotherapists are fully trained in this method and research shows a big difference in results based on level of training. Bonavista Physical Therapy has the unique distinction of being the ONLY Certified McKenzie Clinic in Western Canada meaning all of our therapists are trained in MDT. Watch our videos to see the McKenzie Method in action!

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Your pain could rapidly respond if you answer yes to 4 or more questions:

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  • Are there periods in the day where you have no pain? Even 10 minutes?
  • Are you generally worse when sitting for long periods or when rising from the sitting position?
  • Are you generally worse when inactive and better when on the move?
  • Are there certain movements that are restricted or very painful?
  • Are some days better or worse than others? Or certain times a day worse or better?
  • Does your pain ever spread out (go down your arm, leg, or upper back?)
  • Are there certain positions that feel better or worse?
  • Have you had episodes of this pain over the past months or years?
  • Are you relatively pain-free between episodes?
  • Are you able to move fully and pain-free between episodes?
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