Plus Rehab CHB is proud to offer a wide range of physiotherapy treatments. These include manual therapy and manipulation, exercise therapy, McKenzie concept, dry needling, breathing pattern disorders/hyperventilation syndrome, surgical rehabilitation, vertigo and concussion management, sports and work rehabilitation to name just a few.
Physiotherapy for the central hawkes bay community
Physiotherapists help people affected by injury, illness or disability through manual therapy, taping, exercise and movement, education and advice. Helping people of all ages manage pain, stay at work and move better.
Physiotherapy is a science-based profession and takes a ‘whole person’ approach to healthcare and well being. You can benefit from physiotherapy at any time of your life for;
- Treatment of injuries
- Work on Posture
- Generalised or specific pain
- Recovery from surgery
- Rehabilitation from joint replacements
- Breathing pattern disorders
- Vertigo/balance problems
- Neurological conditions
- Injury prevention
Manual therapy & manipulation
At Plus Rehab we have skilled physiotherapists with post graduate education in manipulation. We strive to continue to keep up to date with the latest scientific research on effective treatments for a wide range of conditions. Manipulation and mobilisation of joints is often used in conjunction with other treatment techniques such as exercise and massage to ensure the best outcomes.
Sports Medicine and Exercise
Central Hawkes Bay offers a wide range of sports from the recreational jogger to the elite athlete. Our experienced physiotherapists are able to help you return to sport as soon as possible. We are passionate about sports and are proud to provide side line support to Central Premier’s Rugby, Onga Tiko Colts and physiotherapy services to many other local sports teams. We have a strong link with the Central Hawkes Bay Sports Academy and have been fortunate enough to see Year 8 students blossom to Olympic athletes. Plus Rehab CHB are sponsors of the Central Hawkes Bay Sports awards and look forward to this event each year to recognise teams, administrators, volunteers, athletes and their supporters.
Our staff attend ongoing clinical education including courses on the McKenzie approach. This is a specific form of physiotherapy for the accurate diagnosis and treatment of back and neck pain and extremity problems. The focus of this method is to find the correct, highly individualised exercise or exercises to give you relief. You will then be able to self-treat YOUR injury and minimise the risk of it recurring, but if it dies, you will know how to treat it yourself.
Dry needling is a fairly modern treatment technique using acupuncture needles and is designed to relieve muscular pain (called ‘dry’ as there is no medicine injection like cortisone).
Single use, sterile, fine acupuncture needles are inserted into trigger points within muscles which helps release the trigger point. This in turn allows the muscle to function better (which can improve the muscle stretch or contraction).
Does it hurt?.…Yes a bit. We aim to get a ‘twitch response’ from the muscle which can cause an aching pain. The treatment is pretty quick (just a minute or so) and results are immediate.
Sometimes you can feel some muscle ‘stiffness’ afterwards (like your worked the muscle), but this does generally not last long.
We use dry needling in conjunction with other treatment modalities (such as exercises or manual therapy) to help address the cause of the problem.
Vertigo and a sense of being off balance
Dizziness, nausea and a sense of being off balance can be caused by many different problems such as BPPV (Benign Paroxsymal Positional Vertigo), infection or virus in the throat, nose or ear, head injury/concussion or Meniere’s disease. Our skilled physiotherapists can assess your symptoms and treat using well proven, researched treatment methods or refer to the appropriate healthcare professional for more investigations.
Concussion is typically defined as a mild head injury that temporarily affects brain functioning. Concussion symptoms can include headaches and problems with memory, concentration, balance and co-ordination. The team at Plus Rehab consist of specially trained physiotherapists in concussion who will undertake a full assessment of the neck and systems of balance and vision to determine the most appropriate treatment. Our staff attend regular conferences to ensure they are up to date on the latest information and treatment techniques to allow a full and safe return to work or play. Plus Rehab are part of the ACC Concussion Contract and are participating in the NZ Rugby Union Concussion Program for pre-season, base-line testing and work closely with GP’s to ensure the best possible medical care.
Breathing pattern disorders
Breathing is the last & 1st thing we will do in life, it has a profound effect on all our systems – on our whole being –it effects the way we think, feel & move.
Breathing is subject to major disruption or interference from thinking, feeling and experience, and also as a result of biomechanical and biochemical factors.
A Fact: When we are physiologically relaxed more blood flows to the brain. The brain consumes 20% of our oxygen intake. Under stressful conditions this can be reduced by up to 50%.
Breathing well is the first step to optimum health, energy, movement and well-being
The team at Plus Rehab are trained in the BradCliff Method and can help you learn how to focus, declutter the mind and calm the body.
We have a close relationship with many surgeons in Hawkes Bay and our skilled physiotherapists are available to help patients before and after surgery. Some of the more common ones we see include joint replacements, ligament reconstruction, spinal surgery, shoulder ligament or joint reconstruction and surgeries to treat different cancers.
If you are not able to work due to an ACC related injury, we will work closely as a team with you (and often an occupational therapists) to prepare you for a safe return to your job. ACC can help with costs for transport to and from your rehabilitation, an important consideration when living in a rural area. We have gym equipment in the clinic or can utilise the nearby AW Parson’s indoor heated pool, stadium & fitness centre to provide the best exercise program specifically tailored for you.
Cancer Rehabilitation (Pinc and Steel)
Pinc and Steel was the result of pioneering force Lou James, physiotherapist, on the basis of developing a world-class program for cancer survivorship, committed to supporting and treating people affected by any type of cancer, through all stages of their treatment and recovery. The effects of cancer treatments such as surgery, endocrine, radiation and chemotherapy can lead to unwanted side effects leading to a negative impact on quality of life. Our certified Pinc and Steel physiotherapist is trained to help reduce fatigue, pain, weakness, stiff joints and joint pain. We provide everything from individualised physiotherapy and exercise prescription to specialised group exercise classes and can help you apply for assistance with funding these treatments.
Cardiovascular exercise has been proven to reduce the recurrence and incidence of cancer. The Next Steps class is a group exercise class consisting of a combination of stretching, strengthening, pilates, cardio and relaxation. This class runs during the school term and is a great way to kick start your journey from illness to wellness.