Category: Physiotherapy


Checklist – Could your headaches be coming from your neck?

  •     Do you tend to have headaches that start from the base of your skull?
  •     Do you spend more than four hours a day reading, computer, driving,
  •     fine hand work?
  •     Do you have stiffness/pain with shoulder checking?
  •     Do you have bifocals/trifocals?
  •     Are you prone to aching at the “bump” of the lower neck?
  •     Are you prone to pain between the shoulder blades?
  •     Is there often aching or sharp pain under one shoulder blade?
  •     Are you prone to neck pain, aching, or simple stiffness?

If you answered yes to any of these questions you should make an appointment to see a physiotherapist.

Source: Bonavista Physical Therapy


How To Manage Severe Tibial Bone Fractures

Physiotherapy in Calgary for Injury Care

Would you like to learn more about the latest options available for surgical treatment of open tibial fractures? This article might answer some of your questions; and don’t forget to make an appointment with your physiotherapist at Bonavista Physical Therapy for your post-op rehab, as indicated by your surgeon.

Orthopedic surgeons will appreciate this article. It is the second part of a two-part series on open tibial shaft fractures. In the first part (published in the January 2010 Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS)), open tibial shaft fractures was introduced as a topic. The focus of the earlier journal was evaluating these fractures and the initial treatment taking care of the open wound.

What is an open tibial shaft fracture? The tibia refers to your shin bone in the lower leg. Open tells us the bone has fractured severely enough to come through the muscle and fascia and out through the skin. With an injury this severe, the jagged edges of the broken bone can cut the soft tissues, nerves, and/or blood vessels causing serious problems. Read More!

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Pilates Therapy

Pilates is a method of mind body exercise which influences core strength and has many health benefits.  Some of the benefits experienced by practicing Pilates exercise include: improved balance and flexibility, improved posture and alignment, developed core strength and stability, increased muscle tone and endurance, stress relief, relief of back pain, enhanced athletic performance, increased body awareness, injury prevention.  Pilates is suitable for all ages and fitness levels and is also appropriate to the rehabilitation patient to compliment his /her physiotherapy treatment.  Bonavista Physio offers individual or duet Pilates sessions arranged by appointment, and small group classes such as “Restorative Pilates” and Beginner Pilates.

Restorative Class (8 classes): 2 classes per week (Tuesday & Thursday 9:00 am – 9:55 am) for 4 weeks. Continue Reading!

Guide to Concussions – Physiotherapy in Calgary

The brain is an extremely sensitive organ and is the control centre of our body.  When reflecting on common injuries resulting from sport or daily activities, injuries occurring to the brain are often overlooked.  Injuries to the brain are extremely common, particularly if you partake in sport, and even more so if you partake in a contact sport.  You don’t need to participate in a sport to cause injury to your brain.  Non-sport related injuries to the brain can occur during activities such as falls or motor vehicle accidents.  Injury to the brain from these or similar causes is termed a concussion.  A concussion in the medical world is considered a mild head injury or mild traumatic brain injury (TBI).  Due to the injury the brain cannot function the way it normally does. Your ability to perform your normal activities with the same speed, reaction time, and precision as prior to the injury can be significantly altered.

Fortunately the symptoms of a concussion in most cases are temporary and resolve over time.  With each concussion, however, there is a small chance that permanent brain damage can occur, so proper treatment and sound medical advice regarding management of this injury is crucial.

This guide will help you understand:

  •     how the condition develops
  •     how health care professionals diagnose the condition
  •     what treatment approaches are available
  •     what Bonavista Physical Therapy’s approach to rehabilitation is


What is the anatomy of the brain?

The brain is a soft organ that sits in the hard skull for protection. It is cushioned by cerebrospinal fluid that fills in the space between the skull and the brain.  The cerebrospinal fluid acts like packing foam that protects your fragile items from both the sides of the hard moving box itself and from the rapid or sudden motions that the box may endure.

The brain is the control centre for all of the body’s activities. Damaging the brain can alter your ability to perform tasks both mentally and physically. Read More!

For more information about physiotherapy in Calgary for concussion issues visit Bonavista Physical Therapy
739 Lake Bonavista Dr. SE. Calgary, Alberta, T2J 0N2
P: (403) 278-0705
F: (403) 271-7623

Physio For Ankle Issues

Ankle injuries can be a real pain, literally and figuratively.  Not only can they lay you up or make you hobble around, they may cause you to banish your favorite pair of stilettos to the closet or cancel that game of touch football that you had planned for the weekend.

If you are currently in pain and suffering from an ankle injury, it is important that you know the facts about this sensitive area.  After all, if your ankle injury is not given the proper attention and healed completely, you run the risk of it occurring again.

In this area of our site you will find various resources on the types of ankle injuries that you could suffer from as well as information about the steps that should be taken for fixing this problem.

Take the time and make sure you get proper attention; after all, you have better things to do than hobble around on a pair of crutches. Continue reading!

For more about Physiotherapy in Calgary for Ankle Issues visit Bonavista Physical Therapy
739 Lake Bonavista Dr. SE. Calgary, Alberta, T2J 0N2
P: (403) 278-0705
F: (403) 271-7623

Heat or Ice? Physical Injury

A question I am often asked is: “Do I use heat or ice after an injury?“. The answer is simple. During the first 24-48 hours following an acute injury, always remember this rule of thumb: “R.I.C.E” –Rest – Ice – Compression – Elevation. This rule goes for ALL injuries – even back or neck injuries respond well to ice in the initial stages of healing… continue reading!


For more information about physical therapy visit Bonavista Physical Therapy
739 Lake Bonavista Dr. SE. Calgary, Alberta, T2J 0N2
P: (403) 278-0705

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:.. Read More

For more about physical therapy supplies visit Bonavista Physical Therapy
739 Lake Bonavista Dr. SE. Calgary, Alberta, T2J 0N2
P: (403) 278-0705