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This category contains posts about various Physiotherapy and Pilates topics, as well as acupuncture and massage.


Breaking free from the ‘Ice Age’

Since the 1970’s, the immediate action for acute sports injuries was to follow the RICE principles; Rest Ice Compression Elevation The main aim of this was to prevent and reduce the inflammation response that happens within our tissues when we get injured.  We all believed that reducing the swelling would reduce the extent of the […]

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Just Breathe!

Something to ponder… What do we do all day and night that is vital to our survival? What can we improve to enhance our general feeling of well-being? What can we use to help boost our parasympathetic nervous system (the system that controls functions such as our digestion, healing and repair)? The answer to all […]


Spring into Running!

With the warmer weather and longer days, running season is upon us!   Whether you are training for a specific event, keeping fit or just enjoy going out for a leisurely run, it is key to keep the injuries at bay. It is always easier to prevent injuries rather than treat them once they occur! […]


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Bunion Prevention – Keeping you on your toes!

Many people believe that bunions are a life sentence! This is not necessarily the case. Bunions shouldn’t be considered a natural part of aging.    What is a bunion? A bunion, or hallux valgus is a deformity of the big toe. The big toe points at a sideways angle towards the second toe, which creates […]


Hurtful Words

We believe that many words used to describe back pain are actually slowing down recovery!  With back pain affecting over 80% of the New Zealand population and being one of the main complaints we see every day in the physiotherapy clinic we hear an array of terminology when describing the problem. Quite often, this will […]

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Ultrasound

Ultrasound Therapy – Why we have ‘waved’ it goodbye!

Ultrasound for many years was a very common and mainstream therapy used in treating an array of musculoskeletal injuries such as muscle strains and tendonitis’s. However, in recent years you may have noticed your physiotherapist doesn’t use this treatment option and you may be wondering why such a popular method has gone off the radar?! […]


Concussion – The Heads Up

Concussion – The Heads Up   Not so long ago, if you sustained a concussion during a game of sport, it was expected that you would ‘suck it up’ and get on with it.  Thankfully some of this mindset has changed, and the public is generally more aware of the long term serious implications of […]

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Plantar Fascia Pain

Plantar Fascia Pain If you have ever experienced a plantar fascia injury, you will know how debilitating it can be.  Taking those first few steps in the morning can feel like walking on broken glass, which soon leads to frustration! What is it? The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue which runs under […]


Back Pain

A study carried out in 2010 found that back pain was the most common cause of disability adjusted life years (DALY) in Australasia. Whilst over this last financial year ACC alone had over 262,000 new claims for soft tissue related back injuries, at a cost of over $300 million dollars. Why is it so common? […]

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Foam Rolling is Awesome

We use foam-rollers heaps at the clinic, for Pilates, for physio and just for fun – but why? Myofascial Release Foam rollers are great for releasing off tight areas in the muscle and fascia (the connective tissue surrounding the muscles).  It’s like having a massage without having to pay anyone!  The benefits of this are: […]