Vicky Hill

Achilles Tendinopathy

What is an Achilles Tendinopathy? The Achilles tendon is the largest tendon in the body, it is a band of tissue attaching the calf muscle to the heel bone and it takes much of the load when walking, running, and jumping, acting like a spring when you push your foot off the floor. Achilles injury […]

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What is Evidence Based Medicine?

What is Evidence Based Medicine? What advantages and disadvantages does a treatment have? Is it necessary and are there any alternatives? Is it based on scientific proof, and not just theories or expert opinions? Will the treatment lead to a faster recovery?   Making the right decisions when it comes to medical issues can sometimes […]

Fascia – Why so ‘fascia’nating?!

More is emerging in the research world about this structure we can find in our body called fascia. It’s literally everywhere! It connects our muscles to the bones (via tendons), acts as a continuum through our muscles and even wraps around all our organs! Without our fascia we would be a pile of bones, muscles […]

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Pilates Equipment at Central Lakes Physio, Wanaka

Studio Pilates Classes

Many people walk into our Physio and Pilates studio and are astonished at the strange looking equipment we have in there.  If you haven’t come across Pilates equipment it can look a bit like medieval torture devices…….or something a little more x-rated!! In-fact, studio Pilates equipment was developed by the fabulous Mr Joseph Pilates in […]


“A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures for anything” (Irish Proverb) Recently we seem to have realised that sleep is a bit more important than we thought. But why do we need to sleep, and how do we get more of it?…….   How Much? We should all be getting […]

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Lipoedema – Why are my legs so big?

Lipoedema (or Lipedema if you’re American!) is a little known and poorly understood condition that affects the way the body stores fat.  It generally affects the lower half of the body but in some cases can also involve the arms.  In extreme cases it can cause considerable swelling, pain and tissue enlargement leading to difficulty […]

Persistent pain – the issue isn’t in the tissue

What is pain? Pain is an unpleasant sensation or emotion associated with actual or potential tissue damage. Everyone will have most likely experienced pain at times in their lives. You therefore will know that pain is never fun. However, it is really important for us to be able to feel pain. It is our alarm […]

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Looking After Yourself During COVID-19

  These last few weeks have been a turbulent roller coaster for everyone – not only within our own families and towns, but within New Zealand and the world.  Our world has never before experienced a mass shutdown of this nature.  COVID-19 brings anxiety and worry, which of course has a negative impact on our […]

Vestibular (Dizziness) Physio

Do you experience dizziness? Do you feel the world is spinning when you get up from lying down? Maybe you have been told you have vertigo? If you answered yes to any of the above, you may benefit an assessment from one of our vestibular physios. There is a high chance you are experiencing these […]

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Back Pain Myths

Most of us will have back pain at some point in our lives.  Some of us worse than others.  But what are the things we need to know to help make sure it is just a brief episode and doesn’t turn into a long term issue?   Keep reading while we bust some myths for you……. […]