At Wanaka Physiotherapy, we offer both 30 minute and 60 minute appointment times and our clinicians can treat a wide range of injuries and conditions:

  • Sports injuries
  • Back pain, neck pain and other spinal conditions
  • Sprains and strains
  • Pre and post-operative rehabilitation
  • Degenerative and chronic conditions
  • Hand and upper limb conditions
  • Respiratory/Breathing conditions
  • Neurological conditions
  • Concussion and head injuries
  • Vertigo
  • Work related disorders

We offer both 30 minute or 60 minute appointments.

Important information you should know:

If your injury/condition is a result of an accident, ACC (Accident Compensation Corporation) may cover part of the cost for treatment.

If your injury is covered by ACC and anywhere from your elbow down to your hand, we have 2 Hand therapists whose treatment is covered in its entirety by ACC.

No, you do not need to go to a Doctor before seeing a Physiotherapist or Hand Therapist, Wanaka Physiotherapy can register ACC claims for you.


What do we do?

Patient assessment and clinical examination

You will be examined by one of our therapists who will address the whole picture and not solely the specific problem area. Based on your assessment, your therapist will design a treatment & rehabilitation program specific to your individual needs and expectations.

After your therapist, has assessed you they may use any of the following treatments:

Manual Therapy

This can include soft tissue massage, joint mobilisation, manipulations, tractions, Myofascial release, frictions.

Western Acupuncture and Dry Needling

Both use a very thin needle inserted in to the skin. Dry needling is where the needle is inserted through the skin in to the muscle to help release trigger points and this allows the muscle to relax.  Acupuncture is using the same type of needle but the insertion points are based on modern neuro-anatomical science

Hand Splinting

Often hand sprains and fractures are treated conservatively, we can custom make or provide suitable splinting to protect your injury while it heals. This will allow you to heal without having the stiffness associated with full immobilization.


These modalities may include, Compex machine, ultrasound and interferential. The Compex machine helps to strengthen affected muscles.  Ultrasound and interferential aids the healing process by helping reduce swelling and pain.


We have 4 physiotherapists who are qualified Pilates instructors. Pilates has recognised therapeutic benefits for patients with a wide variety of conditions or injuries from core stabilisation, spinal & joint mobility, flexibility and correction of muscle imbalances.

Pilates maybe used in conjunction with other physiotherapy treatments, though we offer one on one Pilates Sessions and have recently started small classes that run for 6 week blocks Wednesday mornings and Tuesday evenings.


Therapists can help treat & managed a variety of breathing disorders and conditions. This can be done through exercise prescription, hands on therapy and the use of instruments to help make your breathing easier.

Exercise Prescription

Nearly all of our patients will receive an exercise prescription during their rehab at some stage ranging from acute injury rehab through to end stage and maintenance

Sports rehabilitation and injury management

All our staff are keen sportspeople, and they understand the demands of performing at a high level. We have the knowledge and expertise to treat – and prevent – injuries in a wide range of sports, from cycling and skiing to netball, triathlon and adventure racing. We have special interest in snow and endurance sports, such as skiing, snowboarding, ski racing, running, triathlon, multi sports, adventure sports, as well as in dance and dance specific injuries and rehabilitation.

We have good relationships with local sports physicians, and we’re happy to work directly with coaches to help prevent injuries during training and on the sports field.

Running technique

Running is a wonderful way to see the beauty of the Wanaka Lakes area, unfortunately we sometimes see patients return to us with similar injuries. Some of the time these injures can be caused by our running technique.

One of our physiotherapists is qualified in this field using the Coaches eye application to record your technique, allowing playback in slow motion so you too can see your running style and understand where any changes need to be made. You will be given running drills and real time feedback to help you feel the changes needed, with the desired result being that you don’t have to return to see us to treat injuries caused by an incorrect running technique.

McKenzie Therapy

McKenzie Therapy, or Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment (MDT), is a framework for diagnosing and treating spinal injuries that is used world-wide and has been proven to be effective. Click here to get to the McKenzie International website for more information.

What you can expect from your MDT-trained physiotherapist

  • Thorough examination, including extensive history-taking
  • Evidence-based and up-to-date assessment skills and treatment
  • Accurate diagnosis and prognosis of your lower back or neck symptoms
  • Advice on posture and daily activities
  • Tailored exercises to decrease and abolish your symptoms
  • Education on self-management skills to prevent recurrences
  • Referral for x-rays or to a specialist where necessary
  • Mobilisation and manipulation where necessary.


We also provide the following contracts/programs for ACC:

  • Vocational Rehabilitation Services – Worksite assessments, return to work and work ready contracts, strengthening programs
  • Concussion Service – Assessment, management and treatment
  • Pain Management Service – Assessment, management and treatment

Please call our team for any further information and bookings on 03 443 0734

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