Our range of services related to

Injury prevention

Our most common injuries

Back and neck

Treatment of spinal injuries usually involves a manual therapy, exercise and education approach. Spinal manipulation may be necessary. If so, this is performed by physiotherapists at Focus Health who have specialised skills.

 

Leg and foot injuries

These include breaks, tears, sprains and strains to tendons and ligaments from over-use and accidents. Tendonitis (inflammation of tendons) stress fractures, hamstring, knee, calf and archilles injuries - the sooner these are identified and treated, the better.

Arms and hands

Ross Simmons and Angela Hardy are our specialised hand and arm physiotherapists.

 

Pelvic area

The pelvis sits at the junction between our upper and lower body and is a complex network of muscles and ligaments. A broken pelvis is a common result of falls, but there are other ways that we can experience problems in this area. For women, these are often related to pregnancy and childbirth, as well as menopause. Men can also experience changes in their pelvic floor function after prostate surgery.

 

Focus Health Physiotherapist Jolene Smith offers specialised pelvic floor services with computer biofeedback.

 

Jaw

Problems associated with the jaw, or the Temporo-Mandibular Joints (TMJ), as we call it, require specialist treatment. Working in conjunction with orofacial-maxillary specialists, Gay Monteith holds specific physiotherapy skills to treat injuries/disorders of the joints of the jaw.

Injuries come in many forms

Injuries can happen by accident, or through (repetitive) overuse - in the home, at work or on the playing field. Each requires a different approach to treatment.

 

Strains, for example, are injuries that affect muscles or tendons. They occur after a quick tear, twist, or pull of the muscle (from overstretching or overcontraction). Strains are an acute type of injury which may cause pain, weakness, and muscle spasms.

 

Sprains are injuries that affect ligaments - the thick bands of cartilage that attach bone to bone. Sprains can range from a mild ligamentous stretch to a complete tear. Bruising, swelling, instability, and painful movement are common symptoms of sprains.

 

Sprains and strains commonly involve the ankle but can also happen in the knee shoulder, back or neck (in fact, just about any joint in the body).

Broken bones are also a very common type of injury. Their severity varies depending on the nature of the accident, as well as the age, and even gender, of the patient. This is why going to a highly-experienced practitioner will make such a big difference to the outcome.

 

At Focus Health, we'll make sure that you get the right treatment, to allow you to recover as quickly as possible while avoiding permanent damage. A manual therapy and exercise-based approach, in conjunction with other treatments such as acupuncture or ultrasound, is used to regain activity level and quality of life.

Prevention is key and a multi-dimensional approach works best

​Although we cannot avoid all accidents, many injuries can be prevented. Our Physiotherapists know that best long-term results are achieved through taking a multi-dimensional approach to their issues.

 

Many factors affect a person’s experience of pain and loss of function. By going beyond the mechanical considerations, and considering how work, daily habits and other variables influence an individual's ability to recover, we are able to empower our patients to stay well.

 

As well as applying hands-on or other therapeutic techniques, a good physio involves their patient in a movement based plan of care whilst educating and empowering them to actively self-manage. This is often achieved through small adjustments to daily postural and movement habits, with the double result of resolving the current issue and preventing future problems.

Injury prevention and exercise programmes

Ergonomics / Worksite Assessment

​Gerard Guillen is our Physiotherapist with a Post Graduate Diploma in Ergonomics. He can provide worksite assessments to ensure your work area is set up correctly. Gerard can also advise correct work positioning or posture, manual handling and back care education to individuals or groups.

 

By using an ergonomic approach, the work environment is adjusted to suit body type, work tasks and movement efficiency, helping to prevent injury and return to the workplace after being injured.

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​Flexibility exercises

​Assessment and exercise prescription to address the flexibility of muscles for injury recovery or prevention.
 

Movement analysis

​Analysis of movement patterns and body posture can assist in determining the possible cause of injury. Correction of this using exercises, advice and education can help with rehabilitation and  prevention of injury.

As part of the physiotherapy assessment and treatment will be observation of movement and posture related to the injured area and general body mechanics. This may include gait analysis, lifting technique, running style, throwing action, sitting and standing posture, golf swing, gardening positions etc.

​Muscle balance assessment

​This is the assessment of muscle strength and flexibility of the main muscle groups. Any imbalances will be addressed by specific exercises. When there is an injury usually the surrounding muscles become weak and tight. Correction of this assists in injury recovery. Muscle balance can also assist sports performance and help prevent injury.

​Postural assessment / correction

​Assessment and correction of posture related to positions or movement to help relieve symptoms and/or prevent injury.

​Strengthening exercises

​Specific strengthening exercises to fully rehabilitate muscles after injury or surgery to help restore physical function.

Balance exercises

Assessment of balance and exercises taught to improve this following injury or due to inactivity/debilitation or the ageing process.

Havelock North

 

Te Mata Clinic

87a Te Mata Road

 

(06) 877 6897

Hastings

 

Royston Centre

325 Prospect Road

 

(06) 878 3044

Napier

 

Onekawa Clinic

17 Maadi Road

 

(06) 842 1473