Vicky Hill


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……. […]


Picture of scoliosis in spine

Scoliosis – A bend in the back

What is it? Scoliosis is the medical term for a curved spine. It is a relatively common condition that, unfortunately, is often misunderstood and over-emphasised. It is estimated that scoliosis is present in about 2-3% of the population. Of this number 20% are congenital (meaning present from birth) and 80% are idiopathic (meaning it develops […]


Sporting Balance for Children

How do we achieve sporting balance for our children? We all want children to grow up healthily.  As well as keeping our children physically fit, sports also have a range of other benefits such as teaching them team work, perseverance, honesty, integrity and respect for authority. However, there has been a 60% surge in sports […]

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Man exercising in Wanaka

Motion is Lotion!

Here at Central Lakes Physio we are regularly asked  “What is the perfect posture?” Often people think of an upright, erect position as the best posture, however this may not necessarily be the case. Lead UK physiotherapist and lecturer, Kieran O’Sullivan, last year highlighted the fact that there is little research linking ‘poor posture’ with […]


Thoracic Outlet Syndrome – A Pain in the Neck!

Do you ever experience pain or tightness in your neck and shoulder area and have numbness in your hand?  Thoracic Outlet Syndrome could be the cause. Your thoracic outlet is the space between your collar bone and 1st rib where blood vessels and nerves run through going down into your arm and hand. Thoracic Outlet […]

Thoracic outlet

Physio Wanaka Gardening

Keep your garden – AND BODY – flourishing!

With spring well underway and summer fast approaching, people are making the most of getting out in the garden.  From mowing the lawns, planting the flower beds or veggie patches, we are moving our bodies and loading the muscles in ways they may have not been used to over the winter months. When gardening you […]


Knee Osteoarthritis – To Operate or Not?

Did you know that roughly 10% of New Zealanders have osteoarthritis (OA)? This is the most common form of arthritis, predominantly affecting the knee, hip, spine and hand joints. Articular cartilage is the type of protective cartilage which covers the surface of our bones.  It acts as a shock absorber, and provides a smooth surface […]

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Physio Wanaka Hamstring

Hamstring Injuries

‘Hamstrings’ are the collective name for the three big muscles behind our thigh that play a vital role in everyday movement and function. Due to where they attach to our skeleton (the ischial tuberosity ‘sit bone’ and lower leg) they work to extend the hip and bend the knee. Injuries to these muscles are very […]


Exercise – Nature’s Antidepressant!

  We recently told you of the fantastic benefits that exercise can have on our physical health, and how we can meet the recommended guidelines (check our March’s blog).  But the benefits of exercise on mental health are also huge!   Did You Know? Studies have shown that regular exercise can be as effective as anti-depressant medication in […]


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Vocal Physio!

Do you regularly lose your voice, complain of throat pain, feel strained whilst speaking, or have swallowing issues?  Vocal Physio could help!   What on earth is Vocal Physio? Vocal Physiotherapy is a fairly new and exciting concept in physio practice! It is a specialised therapy which treats the structures of the body which we […]