Why choose Ponoka Physiotherapy & Acupuncture Clinic

Why choose us

Located in the heart of downtown Ponoka, Ponoka Physiotherapy & Acupuncture Clinic is like no other medical or physical therapy office. The environment at Ponoka Physiotherapy is energetic and vibrant. Our goal is to get you moving again, be it after an injury, an accident, or any sort of disorder. We treat and prepare you as if you are planning for a major sporting event, even if that event is as simple as needing to walk a block pain free again.


Physiotherapy services from professional therapists

Physiotherapy Services

We can help treat any condition - whether they are chronic or recovering from an injury or illness.

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Physiotherapy Assessment

Our experienced physiotherapists conduct assessments using detailed history-taking as well as specific physical tests and measures, such as flexibility or range of motion.

Acupuncture Treatment

Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points.

Physiotherapy Treatment

Physiotherapy deals with restoring and maintaining functional movement, reducing pain and promoting health in individuals.

Exercise Rehabilitation

Exercises are an essential component to the recovery process of patients with musculature conditions. If you want your life back, you will have to do the right kind of exercises with your physiotherapist.

WCB (Worker’s Compensation Board) Rehabilitation

Ponoka Physiotherapy has served injured workers from the Western Canadian Provinces and is accredited to provide services for WCB Alberta. We have gained the trust of WCB Alberta since 1991 to return their injured workers back to work in a timely fashion.

Concussion Management

Complete Concussion Management is a leader in research driven concussion management. We have therefore aligned with Complete Concussion Management to offer the very best in research-proven concussion treatment and rehabilitation in Central Alberta.

Back Pain & Sciatica

All of us have pulled a back muscle at some point, needing to spend a day or two cozied up to an ice pack and a heating pad. But when serious back and lower body pain, as well as stiffness or numbness problems, make it hard to function, you may well have sciatica.

Neck Pain & Headaches

By the time people seek treatment for their neck pain and headaches, it’s not because of the occasional twinge, but rather for problems that have lasted several months. Common complaints include migraines and tension headaches, not being able to turn one’s head fully, all-over neck soreness, stabbing pain localized to one spot on the neck, or pain that radiates as far down as the fingertips.

Shoulder Pain

Shoulders: We carry the weight of the world on them, but don’t spend a lot of time trying to figure them out. Yet our shoulders are each incredibly complicated joint systems. The positive aspect of this complexity is that your shoulders allow your body to undertake an amazing range of activities. On the down side, when something goes wrong with one or both of them, it can be complicated to treat on your own.

Hip & Knee Pain

Your hips and knees: they’re the largest joints in your body, connecting a large number of muscles, bones and ligaments. That means that much of the daily abuse that your body takes can ultimately impact your hips and knees. And when these crucial joints begin to show strain, it can become difficult to move much at all — at least without pain.

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Elbow Wrist & Hand

Because your hands and arms are so interconnected, a task or injury that involves one part, such as your lower arm, can end up causing everything from finger numbness to elbow pain.

Foot & Ankle

Our feet bear the brunt of everything we do in our daily lives once we’re upright. They absorb the shock impact of all of the steps, stumbles and heavy jogging strikes that we ask of them. And, of course, we often “ask” this while wearing high heels, or other footwear with virtually no support where it’s needed.

Neurological Disorders

Diseases and injuries to the nervous system can have dramatic effects across the body affecting ones ability to function. Simple tasks can become extremely difficult and one’s independence can be lost. The nervous system controls the muscles of the body, joint movements, balance and coordination. It is important to note that with the right kind of therapy you can improve your level of function, relieve pain, improve your balance, enhance walking and safety.

Sports Injury

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a serious athlete, sports injuries are a fact of life. A twisted ankle or an aching back can usually be treated at home. But for those breaks and tears that call for immediate medical attention, or those pains that just aren’t going away, physiotherapy is often a critical part of the healing process.

Balance & Gait Training

Bad falls are a constant worry for seniors and others who have physical challenges. And those worries aren’t unfounded. Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths and serious health problems in Canada.

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Vestibular Rehab

Whether you experience them independently or at the same time, dizziness and vertigo both stem from similar issues involving your inner ear and your vision tracking systems. Dizziness stems from a “disconnect” between these systems and your joints and muscles. Vertigo is believed to happen if the tiny crystals that are located in your inner ear become dislodged. This displacement leads to bouts of extreme disorientation when you move your head.

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TMJ (Jaw Pain)

Do you suffer from headaches, grinding of your teeth, clicking of your jaw or even ear pain? These can all be signs of Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome, also known as the temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD). This a disorder of the jaw muscles and nerves caused by injury to the TMJ, which is the joint between your jaw and skull.

Post Surgical Rehabilitation

As your surgery nears, getting through the operation itself is probably all that’s on your mind. But once you’ve successfully cleared that hurdle, you may find that the real work is about to begin. No matter how much of a miracle worker your surgeon is, that skillful work can be undone without proper post-surgical rehabilitation.

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Pre-surgical Rehabilitation

To put it succinctly, prehab shortens rehab. For patients who have pre-planned joint replacements or other reparative operations, pre-surgical rehabilitation helps reduce the time and challenges of post-surgery rehabilitation.

Auto Accident

It’s something that anyone who’s ever been in a motor vehicle accident knows all too well: That life-saving trip to the emergency room is often only the first step in the long road to recovery. Injuries from car accidents can impact your life for months or years after the initial incidents.

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Hear from our Patients


We pride ourselves in our treatment as well as our Patient relationships. We have treated our Patients with all types of injuries and ailments.

““I always look forward to going for my physio sessions. Everyone is so welcoming and funny, I feel like I’m among friends. Great atmosphere and they are great at helping people recover!””

Shelby D. (Facebook Post)

““Ponoka Physio is awesome!!””

Robin S. (Facebook Post)

““Friendly atmosphere…love the staff and Dharmesh.””

Patti S.

““Solved my problem, professionally and answered all my questions. “”

Maurice M.

““…Especially thank Cal to check up Ethan, so he is able to complete the tournament! You’re amazing.””

Sheldon & Rachel (Parents of Ethan C.- Alberta Golf Men’s Amateur participant)

““Each Session Complementing and Adding to the previous one brought GREAT benefits and healing!!! Wonderful Atmosphere and Awesome Personalities for Staff!!! My journey to Wellness is enhanced and continues to benefit by my visits to Ponoka Physiotherapy and Acupuncture!!!!””

Janet P. (Facebook Review)

““Cal has helped me with different ailments through the years but his ability to help me regain full range of motion with my knee was (for me) the biggest accomplishment because of the injury. The previous therapy I was getting was useless and getting me nowhere. I share how relieved and impressed I was with the excellent care, concern and therapy Cal and his team offer to their clients. When asked who I see for my physio care they are referred to Calvin. I tell them Calvin saved my.knee and I’m very thankful we have him and his team in our town. All of the staff are friendly and the atmosphere is always relaxed & welcoming.”

Shawna W. (Facebook Post)

“Calvin has helped me heal from various injuries! He is great!”

Val T. (Facebook Post)

“I lived in Ponoka for over 30 yrs. I sustained some injuries over my years there. I started going to see Calvin for relief of neck and shoulder injuries. He was amazing and I was able to learn so much from him. I also took my son to him with some sports injuries. I moved from Ponoka and searched high and low for someone as good as Calvin. Not all physiotherapist work the same way. But Calvin’s approach is amazing. I finally found another physiotherapist in my area that works very similar to Calvin. Thanks Calvin for your help in past years.”

Trudy J (Facebook Post)

“Thank you Cal for your thoroughness with Nate’s injury. You made us feel confident that he’ll be fine going forward.”

Chris S.

“My shoulder is considerably better; very happy with what was done.”

Shaun J.

“EXCELLENT – very helpful”

Jose J.

“Sometimes we all need a little nudge to improve our lifestyle.”

Colleen L.

“Got me back to exercising quickly – Great Recovery.”

Ron A.

“A big hug and Thank You to Calvin for coming out and giving tips to our wonderful Pickle Ball group! any information to keep us well, is appreciated!! Also nice to have you on the courts playing the game, It truly does ROCK doesn’t it??”

Janice M.

“Nice atmosphere to be around. I liked the time taken to explain to me about the injury.”

Doreen B.

“Everyone should have a Calvin!”

Verna G.

“The staff are friendly, flexible schedule. The whole period of my PT I felt so comfortable”


“Not much can be done to improve your work here. The people are great and informative.”

Joel K.

“Calvin is the best! Friendly, a good teacher, effective, and all for a fair price!”

Pamela H. (Facebook Review)

“Thank you for allowing Dharmesh to come (Ponoka Gators Dryland session), it was fantastic. He really did his homework and had a bunch of great tips for the kids. Very hands on.”

Kathy M.

“Got my joints feeling much better; just through a couple of things that even I could do at home.”

Jody W.

“Naveen and all of the staff are friendly and very helpful.”

Robin B.

“I felt that diagnosis was correct and treatment is effective and I’m hopeful to continue to complete recovery with Cal and Jade as my therapists. ”

Irene B.

“The great customer service you get from the moment you walk in the door. If you have a question or concern and they don’t have an answer they will research it and come up with an answer. ”

Danita B.

“Friendly and welcoming. Made me feel 100 times better. Only reason it’s not a 10 is because I live in Lacombe, so the distance knocked a point off. ”

Kay S.

“I felt I received excellent treatment and had all my questions answered. I also liked they were honest and forth right.”

Butch F.

“"Thanks Cal and Jade. You've made my recovery a really good experience."”

Lori C.