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

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

Elbow/Forearm Pain 60% better in 1 visit

Hi Kari,
I want you to put this on your website so that others can benefit the same way that I am. I’ve had pain in my left forearm for about 3 months. It started from carrying my work bag everyday. I filed a workers compensation claim and began physio at another clinic closer to home. For 4 weeks I went religiously with no progress. In fact, the pain spread across to my right arm and I was feeling like a hypochondriac. I got frustrated. I stopped going… the pain gradually became worse to the point that picking up a coffee mug or lifting a pot from the stove was excruciating. While you are far from my home, I knew you would give me an honest opinion and ideas for rehab. Yesterday you assessed it and explained that the pain was originating from a much different area than is was treated for. I have been doing what you showed me non stop since yesterday and today, 24 hours later, I can pick up a cup without flinching. I’d say the pain is 60% better. You have NO IDEA how grateful and relieved I am. Your insight to injuries is deep – you saw this where the other physio did not. You offered me a solution and made me an active participant in my recovery. Thank you for making me hopeful this can be resolved. There is no doubt that you are a great resource and trusted ally in my health.
You are awesome.
Stacey Tennant

Understanding Pain

We are big fans of this video and its explanation of pain, enjoy!

KINESIOTAPE, K-TAPE

Gord Routledge has just completed training in kinesiotaping. This multi colored “stretchy” tape is used to improve muscle function, improve circulation, reduce pain and support joint function. It is a wonderful adjuct to physiotherapy and can ease the transition of getting back in action, or allow you to continue with your activity while experiencing less pain. Kinesiotaping techniques can be used for all sorts of injuries including: neck pain and tension, headaches, back pain, patello femoral pain, osteoarthritis, rotator cuff injuries and impingement, achilles tendonitis, If you are interested, give us a call at (403) 278-0705

NEW MASSAGE THERAPIST

We are so lucky to have such a great team of therapists and support staff here at Bonavista Physiotherapy. We would like to welcome new team member: Carly who is a registered massage therapist. Carly is an enthusiastic, kind and empathetic person who is skilled in neuromuscular techniques, deep tissue and Swedish massage. She is also trained in Reiki and is certified in Touch for Health which is applied kinesiology. We are excited and pleased that Carly is now part of our professional team eager to provide our clients with the best possible care.

It HURTS!!! Should I do it?

This is a question we hear every day in the clinic. It is human nature to avoid things that hurt but sometimes the avoidance of a movement or activity can exacerbate the problem. The rule of thumb we use is this: If it hurts when you do it but is NO WORSE after you are done, it is probably okay (even beneficial) to continue the activity. If the pain lasts (more than 30 min) and is WORSE post – activity such that you have difficulty sleeping or need medication, then it is not advisable to continue that activity or movement. Complete rest for soft tissue injuries is only recommended for a maximum of 48 hours post trauma and then gentle activity should be resumed. Physiotherapists are experts in assessing and improving movement and function while relieving pain and optimizing healing. We can get you back to your activity safely while avoiding re-injury. If you’re still not sure…..come in and get some advice from our “movement experts”!!

One Patient’s Experience at Bonavista Physiotherapy

I just went for my 12 week post knee replacement appointment at the Hip and Knee Clinic. They asked where I went for my physiotherapy. I told them I saw Merrylee at Bonavista Physical Therapy, and that I thought she did a great job. (They were very impressed with the change in my measurement of flexion (72 to 120) and extension (-25 to -6). I said she was very nice and really knew how to deal with my other limitations as well. I told them if they were asked for a referral to a physiotherapist or a clinic, I would highly recommend her. I am going to see her on a maintenance basis, but I will definetly be seeing Merrylee after my second knee replacement.
Debra Stenhouse
Calgary, Alberta

Motor Vehicle Accident?

Slippery roads this time of year unfortunately result in car accidents. Often times, people think they are not injured but within a few days start noticing some stiffness or pain in the neck or back. This is a minor form of whiplash and should be assessed and treated. The Alberta Government introduced the minor injury protocols for MVA’s (Motor Vehicle Accidents) in 2004. This legislation allows you to access a physiotherapist directly after an accident without a physician’s referral in order to get your injury claim started. If assessed by a primary health care practitioner (eg physiotherapist) within 10 days of your accident, we are able to direct bill your insurance for your treatments with no out of pocket expenses to you. Getting started early before your symptoms become chronic is the best way to make sure you completely recover from your injury. For more information, see the MVA section of our website.

Clinical Specialist

CONGRATULATIONS TO AUDREY LONG!
Audrey Long, physical therapist at Bonavista Physical Therapy has just been officially recognized by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association as a Clinicial Specialist in MSK (Musculoskeletal). She is among the first group in Canada to receive this designation. Audrey is also qualified to order X-Ray, MRI and Ultrasound studies for her clients if indicated. Combined with her expertise as an instructor in the McKenzie Method (MDT), Audrey is an invaluable member of our team.

HUNDREDS OF SATISFIED PATIENTS

Jim Irani
I am rehabilitating a torn rotator cuff tendon under Merrylee's guidance. The diagnosis was a hard blow to take but she has designed an...
Jim Thornborough
You fixed a painful and debilitating problem in one visit. Superb service. I will recommend you to anyone seeking help. Jim Thornboro...
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...

Track Your Recovery!

We have some of the fastest recovery times across North America:

Faster than:

96%
of clinics for
hip injuries

99%
of clinics for
knee injuries

97%
of clinics for
foot/ankle injuries

92%
of clinics for
back/lumbar injuries

Over the past 3 years, we’ve compared our stats to 16.9 million assessments and 19,600 clinicians in over 4,200 clinics. Find out more with Focus on Therapeutic Outcomes (FOTO).

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