Fees & Services
We offer a range of services, including massage, mobilisation, manipulation and Traditional Chinese Medicine. We treat a number of conditions including:
Physiotherapy appointments are 30 minutes.
We offer a range of services, including massage, mobilisation, manipulation and Traditional Chinese Medicine.
We treat a number of conditions including:
Lifestyle Physiotherapy is a registered health provider with ACC. You do not need a referral to be treated at our clinics. We are able to provide you with the forms and lodge your ACC claim from our clinic on your first visit. If you do have a referral form from your GP, please bring this with you. If ACC does not accept your claim, you will be charged for the full cost of treatment. Our receptionists will help if you have any concerns regarding this.
A current ACC claim is required in order to see an Acupuncturist. This can be completed by a Physiotherapist, or GP.
Due to changes ACC made in 2009, we have a surcharge to cover the cost of your treatment. The charges are listed below.
There are small charges for materials used such as tape and theraband. This is not always required, and your physiotherapist will discuss this with you as needed.
- Private Initial Consultation – $60
- Private Follow Up Consultation – $50
- ACC Initial Surcharge – $20
- ACC Follow Up Surcharge – $20
- Private Initial Consultation – $60
- Private Follow Up Consultation – $40
- ACC Initial Surcharge – $15
- ACC Follow Up Surcharge – $15
Acupuncture/Traditional Chinese Medicine
- ACC Initial and Follow Up Surcharges – $20 (St Andrews) $15 (Ngaruawahia)
- Private (1 hour) – $65
- Private (30 minutes) – $50
EFTPOS is available at both Clinics
Payments can be made via internet banking. Please let our receptionists know if this is your preferred method of payment. Please include your name in the reference.
- Account name: Lifestyle Physiotherapy
- Account number: 03 1556 0151757 000
- Reference: Surname, First name or Initial
Referral pathways: “If we can’t help you we will find someone that can!”
If your injury requires more specialist care, we are able to organise scans and refer you to podiatrists, hand therapists, sports physicians or orthopaedic surgeons. We have close networks with health professionals in the Waikato to ensure you are treated by the top people in their respective field.
Our guarantee: We are confident that you will be happy with our services. We appreciate any feedback you have as this will ensure our quality of care is the best in the business. Please direct all feedback or concerns to our therapists, reception staff or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are not 100% satisfied with your treatment, we will reimburse your treatment charge and provide your next treatment at no cost.
At Lifestyle Physiotherapy we have a full time Acupuncturist trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and can offer a range of treatments for both musculoskeletal and other common ailments.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the most well-known aspect of Chinese Medicine and can be used alone or in conjunction with herbal medicine, Moxibustion (the heating of specific acupuncture points using the herb Artemisia), or Tui-Na (Chinese massage).
Each of the organs of the body has its own associated channel or pathway of energy. These are often referred to as meridians. Very fine needles are inserted into points along the meridians with the aim of bringing the body to a point of balance and harmony. Acupuncture points are carefully selected and are determined not only by the ailment that someone presents with, but also by other life events that may be happening.
An Acupuncture treatment will usually take up to one hour, with needles left in place for 20-25 minutes. During this time people go in to a state of deep relaxation, and may drift off to sleep. Acupuncture is widely known for its effectiveness in treating musculo-skeletal injuries but traditionally has been used to treat respiratory, digestive, gynaecological and many other chronic conditions. Acupuncture and TCM treatment involves a holistic approach and your acupuncturist will often offer dietary, lifestyle, and exercise advice.
Below are more forms of TCM techniques:
This is used commonly on the back to help increase the flow of Qi, and blood to the area. Vacuum cups are applied to the skin and are left for a period of time. Cups will often leave circular bruises on the skin, however these will clear after a few days.
This is a ‘scraping’ technique where the practitioner will scrape the surface of the skin using a smooth blunt edge tool. This causes localised redness, but helps reduce pain and symptoms.
Moxa aids in the healing process by drawing more Qi and blood to the area. The process involves the warming or heating of individual acupuncture points or regions of the body by burning the herb Artemisia. The heat penetrates deeply in to the muscles and can strengthen the action of the needles. The burning of Moxa gives the clinic the characteristic aroma.
This is a particular style of massage used by practitioners trained in TCM. This type of massage involves a variety of techniques following the meridians or specific acupuncture points and can be performed with or without oil on different areas of the body.
What conditions does Acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture and TCM are a complete health care system. There are very few conditions that do not benefit from a course of acupuncture or TCM. It is possible to combine both Western and Eastern medicine in the management of your condition, and we work closely with treatment providers including your physiotherapist and GP.
The following list of conditions that acupuncture and TCM can treat is based on recommendations from the World Health Organisation.
Musculo-skeletal – lower back pain, joint sprains, muscle strain, sciatica, arthritis, sporting injuries, sports performance or enhancement.
Respiratory conditions – sinus problems, hay fever, common cold or flu, asthma, bronchitis.
Gastrointestinal disorders – constipation, diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome, nausea, haemorrhoids, heartburn and reflux.
Cardiovascular – angina, palpitations, high or low blood pressure.
Womens’ Health – irregular or painful periods, premenstrual difficulties, menopausal symptoms.
Pregnancy – morning sickness, heartburn, elevated blood pressure, oedema, lower back pain, preparation for labour.
Mens’ Health – prostate problems
Neurological – headaches including migraine, trigeminal neuralgia, shingles, meniere’s disease, tinnitus, Bell’s palsy, post-stroke syndrome, insomnia, excessive dreaming.
Metabolic disorders – chronic fatigue syndrome, adrenal insufficiency, hormonal irregularities
Urological disorders – urinary tract infections, nocturia, bed wetting
Psychological disorders – post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, smoking.
Skin disorders – acne, psoriasis, eczema, scarring.