Vicky Hill Physiotherapist Wanaka Central LakesWe have a great team of physiotherapists at Central Lakes Physio that can offer the treatments outlined below. We will provide a comprehensive rehabilitation package that is tailored to your needs.

Hands on Therapy

All our therapists are very “hands on” and we have all done further training in manual therapy. Due to your injury and dysfunction, muscles and tissues will often tighten, this can generate pain secondary to the injury and limit your recovery.  We are able to gently mobilise or manipulate (crack) your joints if we think it necessary and will always explain to you what we’re doing and why we’re doing it.  We aim to have you walking out feeling better than when you walked in, every time!



At Central Lakes Physio we practice western medical acupuncture and trigger point (dry) needling.  This is based on the ancient traditional Chinese acupuncture but we choose our points based more on nerve supply than energy meridians.  Western medical acupuncture has clinical research backing it up and is scientifically proven to help relieve pain and assist recovery.  We know that some people really don’t like needles, that’s fine, we have plenty of other tools we can use if you’d rather not have acupuncture.



We want you to understand why you’re body is giving you problems, if you understand then you can help us fix it.  We will always take the time to explain to you what our diagnosis is and why we are using the treatments we are using.  Feel free to ask us questions, no question is ever silly!


Gym Based Rehabilitation

We have access to gym equipment at Pro-active Gym to show you the correct technique and form when completing your exercises and work closely with the excellent trainers there. At Central Lakes Physio understand that it is important to continue to train when you have an injury.   We believe in modifying your activity wherever possible, not stopping it!


Wanaka Pilates Classes Studio - Central Lakes PhysioPilates & Core Classes

Pilates is a form of exercise that is used as part of your physio treatments. Itblends excellently with Physiotherapy as it incorporates breathing, muscle control, movement awareness, stretching, strengthening and balance. With regular practice, you will notice many positive changes in your body such as better posture, increased flexibility, less pain, increased muscle tone and better breathing.  We have an extensive Pilates Studio allowing you the option of doing one on one sessions as part of your rehab and progressing onto either mat or studio classes as required.


Home Exercise Programmes

We all want a quick-fix, but most of the time this doesn’t exist and we need you to put some effort into your recovery too.  We will however, make this as easy as possible for you by emailing or printing you out a home exercise programme that has written instructions, pictures and even videos!  No-one wants to be doing their physio exercises all day, so we promise to make your programme as short and succinct, but maximally effective, as we can.

Preferred Provider Scheme

If you are a business owner and are looking at decreasing the cost of injuries at work and making your work place safer, then contact us to talk about our Preferred Provider Scheme. Our Preferred Provider Scheme offers Wanaka businesses with a work site assessment, an action plan to decrease risks and  increase work place safety, lifting and bending education, and much more. Talk to us today to set up your initial phone consult for free with one of our trained occupational physiotherapists.


Rehabilitation Contracts with ACC

Central Lakes Physio works in conjunction with Southern Rehab to provide multiple contracts for ACC that may be used as part of your physio rehabilitation to return you to work and function.  Ask us for more information.


Neurological Physiotherapy

Catherine Anderson and Anna Munro are our physiotherapists in neuro rehabilitation. They are available for one on one consultations. They have extensive experience in treating clients with all neurological conditions including parkinsons, MS, stroke, spinal cord injury, vestibular dysfunction and concussion.


Breathing Retraining

Allison Aspinall is our breathing physio.  She can assess and treat many problems associated with poor breathing patterns following acute illness or from a chronic breathing condition.  So many people breathe poorly and don’t even know it and you’d be amazed at the large array of symptoms poor breathing can produce.


Treatment Options

There are multiple treatment options available to you depending on what your injury or condition is. Below is a list of our more common treatment therapies that we offer at Central Lakes Physio.

  • Massage
  • Mobilisation
  • Manipulation
  • Taping
  • Neural mobilisations
  • Targeted stretching programmes
  • Motor control retraining
  • Specific strengthening exercises
  • Pilates
  • Acupuncture
  • Trigger point needling
  • Pelvic floor retraining
  • Breathing retraining
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Lifestyle advice
  • Neurological physiotherapy


Our charges are outlined below:

  • $45 – Initial ACC surcharge for a 45 minute appointment
  • $40 – Follow up ACC surcharge for a 30 minute appointment
  • $45 – Follow up ACC surcharge for 45 minute appointment
  • $70 – Private session for 30 minutes
  • $90 – Private session for 45 minutes
  • $120 – Private session for 60 minutes
  • $5 – Extra charge when receiving acupuncture or taping
  • Children under 16 years of age are at a discounted rate
  • Please note that there is a 2 hour cancellation policy and a do not arrive charge of $35.