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Services at our Dunedin Clinics

General physiotherapy

Patient receiving general physiotherapy at the Dunedin Physiotherapy Clinic

Our clinicians know how to deal with conditions such as concussion, sprains and strains, back and neck problems, arthritis, and post-operative rehabilitation.

We carry out individualised assessments, and strive to give you a good understanding of the problem so you can get back sooner to the activities you love.

We can help to identify the main problem(s), enable you to work towards your goals, get you back to your normal everyday functions, and rehabilitate you through activity-based therapy. We’ll also better inform you, so you can manage your condition.

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Injury recovery

Our dedicated skilled staff offer comprehensive rehabilitation for surgical and non-surgical management of significant injuries and conditions.  These include but not limited to:

  • Achilles rupture
  • Knee injuries – MCL, ACL, meniscus, patella dislocation
  • Shoulder – rotator cuff, dislocation, AC joint trauma
  • Arthritis including knee, hip and shoulder replacement
  • Back and neck – Disc injury, fracture       
  • Post-immobilisation – e.g. fracture, severe sprain
  • Pre-hab – preparation prior to surgery e.g. strengthening, mobilising, increase fitness

Your rehabilitation programme will work toward your specific goals, whether it is return to sport, work or any other activity you need to perform.  Our two locations have gym facilities available if necessary, including our Unipol site that has access to a commercial gym.

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Pelvic health physiotherapy

We have two experienced Pelvic Health physiotherapists (Gail Hyland and Amy Mepham) offering assessment and treatment in our specially designated pelvic health area within the School of Physiotherapy Clinic. We treat women and men of all ages with acute and chronic conditions including some of the following:

  • Incontinence: bladder and bowel
  • Pelvic Organ Prolapse
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Endometriosis
  • Post-surgical pelvic conditions
  • Pregnancy related back pain

We use an up to date evidence based biopsychosocial approach to treatment.

We offer both on-site services and off-site telehealth follow up consultations when required.

Request a pelvic health physiotherapy appointment

Balance, dizziness, and vertigo

Our Balance, Dizziness and Vertigo clinic offers leading edge EquiTest®, Balance Master®, vHIT and Oculography technology. It provides the gold standard for diagnosing and treating balance disorders.

The common conditions we treat include vertigo, inner ear infection dysfunction, concussion, and neurological conditions.

Request a balance, dizziness, and vertigo appointment

Concussion

Our concussion recovery services help you make a managed return to normal levels of physical activity, studies, and work.

Each component of our concussion assessment and recovery service is evidence-based and delivered in keeping with international best-practice.

Our concussion services are available to patients who are referred to us by Student Health at the University of Otago.

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Dry needling / trigger point needling

Patient receiving acupuncture at the Dunedin Physiotherapy Clinic

Dry needling is a form of Western acupuncture and is also known as trigger point needling. The practice involves the insertion of fine sterile acupuncture style needles through the skin to target and treat localised hypersensitive tight bands of muscle called myofascial trigger points.

These trigger points naturally occur in our muscles but only become symptomatic (usually in the form of pain) when they are activated by some form of internal or external stress.

Our clinical staff are trained in trigger point needling and can offer this service as part of your treatment.

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Classes

Injury recovery

Our injury recovery class – circuit and pilates-based training – is specifically targeted to improve muscle performance and balance. The combination of equipment- and mat-based exercises focuses on correcting muscle activation for a return to full function.

Individual assessments are required prior to joining.

The class is taken by an experienced physiotherapist specialising in this area, on Tuesday evenings.

Contact our reception for more information:

Tel +64 3 479 5757
Email physiotherapy.clinic@otago.ac.nz

Headaches and migraines

One of our expert physiotherapists, Stuart Horton, is a Watson Headache® Certified Practitioner. He offers advanced examination and specific treatment for those of us who live with a persistent headache or a migraine condition.

Your neck will be assessed for its relevance to your headache or migraine using a specifically developed hands-on technique known as the Watson Headache® Approach.

Request a headaches and migraines appointment

Massage therapy

Individually-tailored treatments at the School of Physiotherapy Clinics are performed by a massage therapist, and take place in a safe, warm, and comfortable therapeutic setting.

Consider massage treatment at the School of Physiotherapy Clinics if you need to lower levels of stress and anxiety, relax tired muscles, rehabilitate injuries, reduce pain levels, and improve your overall health and sense of well-being.

Our massage therapy service is not always available – but if you request an appointment, we will do our best to accommodate you.

Please phone our reception for more information:

Tel +64 3 479 5757

Occupational health

Occupational health involves every aspect of health and safety in the modern workplace. It deals with both primary prevention of hazards, and the assessment and treatment of work related pain and discomfort.

The School of Physiotherapy Clinics offers occupational health services including manual handling education, workstation assessment, return-to-work programmes, and assessment and treatment of pain and discomfort.

Our occupational health services are available to patients who are referred to us by other health professionals.