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CERTIFIED ACUPUNCURIST – Our newest team member

Dr. Julia Guo TCM Dr., Registered Acupunturist, PhD

Dr. Guo was born into a medical family. Her parents were also Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Doctors. Having been cultivated and educated in such an environment, she naturally developed an interest in TCM.  Julia earned her Master’s Degree in TCM at Chengdu University of TCM and completed her Ph.D. at Shanghai University of TCM.  She worked as a TCM Doctor and professor in Shanghai University of TCM for 7 years continuously. In 2013, Julia moved to Canada and continued her work as a TCM Teacher, Clinical Supervisor, TCM Doctor, and Registered Acupuncturist. She gained postdoctoral fellowship training from The University of Western Ontario. Dr. Guo has years of experience and training in Chinese herbal prescriptions and acupuncture treatments for various illness/conditions.  Her specialization is in gynecological diseases, endocrine disorders, and cardiovascular diseases.

Running Injury Specialist

Our clinical specialist, Audrey Long BScPT, dip MDT, has recently become a running specialist with  She has been a recreational runner for decades.  Her goal is to not let her age stop her from enjoying her morning jogs.  She enjoys helping runners overcome current injuries and /or prevent those recurrent problems that some runners experience.

THANK YOU! $500.00 For the Humane Society

We want to thank all our great clients, we had a campaign going for the past few months – for every review or referral, we donated $10.00 to the humane society and last week we donated $500.00!  We appreciate all the great feedback and client referrals and so do our furry friends.

We are Born to Move – thanks PT Alberta for this awesome video

Way to go PT Alberta!! We love this video. So true!

Our best advertising is word of mouth – THANK YOU!!

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.