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Recovery and rehabilitation
Fast access to treatment makes for better outcomes, that is why it is important to go straight to your physiotherapist after sustaining an injury. The Focus Health team is very experienced using their knowledge and expertise to address your problem and gain results.
Manual therapy is a hands-on approach to treatment which may include mobilisation or manipulation of joints, Mulligan techniques (see below), soft tissue massage and muscle stretching and myofascial release.
McKenzie Assessment and Treatment
The McKenzie Method (MDT) is an internationally recognised method of assessment and treatment for spinal and extremity joint pain/injury. It was developed by New Zealand Physiotherapist Robin McKenzie and has been widely used all over the world for more than 30 years.
McKenzie clinicians are trained to assess and diagnose all areas of the musculoskeletal system. That means if a problem exists in or around the spine, joint or muscle, a McKenzie evaluation may be appropriate.
MDT is a philosophy of active patient involvement and education. This approach continues to be one of the most researched physical therapy based methods available. A key feature is the initial assessment which is a thorough and reliable way to reach an accurate diagnosis to then decide the appropriate treatment plan.
Margaret Campbell is Focus Health's McKenzie practitioner. She works at our Onekawa Clinic and is very experienced in the Mckenzie method of treatment.
Designed to reduce pain and improve the patient's range of motion the Mulligan technique involves mobilisation with movement (MWM) for the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries.
Mobilisation with Movement manual therapy techniques were developed by Wellington Physiotherapist Brian Mulligan. This effective manual approach addresses musculoskeletal disorders by pain free joint “repositioning” techniques for restoration of function and relief of pain.
Gerard Guillen is Focus Health's Mulligan Practitioner and is very experienced in this form of treatment. All of our Musculo-skeletal Physiotherapists have skills in using the Mulligan approach to treatment.
Hand injury assessment and treatment
Injuries of the hand and forearm may include dislocations, fractures, strains/tears of tendons/ligaments, joint/muscle strains, crush injuries, lacerations, burns, Dupuytrens contractures and nerve injury (e.g. carpal tunnel).
Our physiotherapists Ross Simmons and Angela (Ange) Hardy both have a Post Graduate Hand Therapy Qualification. They provide specialised assessment, treatment and splint making for any injuries from the elbow to the hand. Ross works at our Royston Clinic in Hastings and Te Mata Clinic in Havelock North while Ange works at our Onekawa Clinic in Napier.
Occupational injury assessment and treatment
These are any injuries that occur in the workplace. They may result from a single trauma or repetitive loading over a period of time.
A lot of occupational injuries can be prevented by applying correct ergonomics. Gerard Guillen is our Physiotherapist who performs worksite assessments to ensure the work environment is set up correctly.
Learn more about how to prevent workplace injury: Ergonomics: What Is It + Some Useful Tips
Acupuncture can be a beneficial adjunct to physiotherapy treatment in assisting healing and reducing pain in a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions at differing stages of the treatment.
Clinical Pilates exercises
Focus Health has pilates reformer equipment at each clinic which provides a safe, effective way to strengthen your body after injury.
Pelvic floor rehabilitation
There are many ways that pelvic floors can get damaged or lose function: during menopause due to hormonal changes, during pregnancy and birth, after prostate surgery, etc.
Pelvic floor dysfunction is a common cause of incontinence and can also be a source of mild to severe pain. In any case, a pelvic floor issue is not a curse and there is no reason why patients should just accept to 'put up with it'.
With the proper diagnosis and rehabilitation approach, most pelvic floor issues can be resolved successfully. Computerised biofeedback is a proven method to enhance recovery and rehabilitation outcome in pelvic floor treatment.
Our Pelvic Floor and Woman's Health expert Jolene Smith provides specialised pelvic floor services with computerised biofeedback. She works at our Hastings clinic at the Royston Centre and our Onekawa Clinic in Napier.
Water provides buoyancy and resistance allowing you to exercise with minimal impact on your body and can improve your cardiovascular (heart/lung) fitness, flexibility, strength and balance.
Types of water activity may include swimming, deep water running, aqua-aerobic classes, walking/running and general exercises in the shallow end.
Each of our 3 clinics instructs a pool class for rehabilitation of our patients at a nearby pool.
Pre and Post-op surgical rehabilitation
Our association with the Royston Private Hospital and Specialist Centre means we are very experienced in the assessment, treatment and rehabilitation of patients before and after their orthopaedic surgery. Our dedicated physiotherapist provides in-hospital physiotherapy treatment. Types of surgery include:
• joint replacement
• spinal surgery
• shoulder repair/reconstruction
• ligament repair
• breast surgery
We also assist patients who have undergone or are about to undergo surgery in other clinics and hospitals.
Sprains and strains - assessment and treatment
Sprains and strains are injuries where a part of the body is loaded to a point where the tissue structure is damaged causing injury.
They commonly involve the ankle, knee shoulder, back or neck but may occur in just about any joint in the body. Our very experienced physiotherapists at all 3 clinics will ensure that your injury is fully rehabilitated to get you back in action. We also assess the contributing factors which may have caused the injury such as tight or weak muscles or poor biomechanics and aim to help prevent injury by addressing these factors.
A manual therapy and exercise-based approach, in conjunction with other treatment modalities such as acupuncture, ultrasound, taping and education are used to regain activity level and quality of life as soon as possible.
Massage is a common physiotherapy treatment technique. It can be used on it’s own as a sports or therapeutic massage or combined with other techniques and exercises.
Sports massage is designed to prepare the body for an upcoming event or assist the body in recovery after a vigorous training/workout. Sports massage will benefit the professional or semi-professional athlete as well as those who keep fit for fun.
Therapeutic massage typically targets specific muscles using neuromuscular techniques to relax the muscle, relieve pain and/or improve muscle flexibility and activation.