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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:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Low back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Pre and Post-Operative Management
  • Frozen shoulder

 Joint mobilisation is used frequently to help restore full and correct movement of the joint. This is a gentle approach and can be used on peripheral joints, as well as the spine.
Massage or soft tissue mobilisation may be used as part of your treatment. Depending on the injury and treatment required this may be gentle efflourage, or working deeper in to the tissue. Along with other techniques this can be helpful to increase circulation, reduce pain and address tight muscles.
 Manipulation is an end range technique which is used as a progression from manipulation that requires a more forceful thrust to restore range of motion and reduce pain. This can be effective for neck, upper and lower back conditions. Manipulation is a specialist treatment and is only performed by our Postgraduate trained physiotherapists.
Ensuring muscles are at optimal length, and joints have full range of motion will help reduce pain and prevent injury. At lifestyle physiotherapy we will show you how to stretch to increase range in short muscles, and use foam rollers and trigger point balls for self-massage techniques.
 We can use a number of different strapping techniques to help unload muscles and give stability to joints. Strapping can be used to help with reducing pain, posture, and preventing injuries. Sports specific strapping can be provided. We also have physiotherapists trained specifically in using Rocktape, which is a non-rigid taping that can help improve mobility as well as reduce muscular, myofascial, and neural pain.
People will often have their pain addressed with treatment, however it is important to ensure that the muscles around the area involved are restored to their full function, in order to reduce the risk of re-injury and ongoing problems. This often requires specific exercise prescription, and at Lifestyle Physiotherapy we place an emphasis on ensuring correct techniques to address strength, stability, and mobility deficits. We also provide pre and post-operative rehabilitation programmes in conjunction with surgical protocols.

Understanding your injury is important in being able to manage your rehabilitation. Our physiotherapists ensure that you will understand your management plan, the treatments that will be involved and education regarding injury prevention.
 We have a full time acupuncturist who is trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine.  See our Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine tab to learn more.
This is another form of acupuncture which involves using a small acupuncture needle, and inserting it in to the muscle. The needle is moved up and down to elicit a twitch response and remove the knots in a tight muscle. Dry needling is effective in reducing muscle pain and tightness, and increasing muscle length and activation. There is often an aching sensation following treatment which can last up to 48 hours. Heat, ice massage, and stretching is used to help reduce pain following treatment. Dry needling is a specialised technique and only used by trained physiotherapists to treat overuse injuries, sporting injuries, and a variety of headache and back related pain.
If you suffer from recurring or overuse injuries, there may be muscle imbalances that are contributing to this. A muscle balance assessment can identify areas that need to be addressed. Children or young athletes, and people that are looking at entering long distance or endurance events can benefit from identifying these issues even before they become a problem.
We live in a society where a lot of our work and daily activities involve sitting or repetitive movements. Our physiotherapists look at your posture and alignment, and the impact that this may have on your injury or pain. We then offer advice on how to improve both posture and work set up.
Float Therapy involves lying in a tank filled with body temperature water and enough Epsom salts to keep you buoyant, and letting your mind and body relax for 60 minutes.

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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.

St Andrews:

  • 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

Internet Banking

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

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.Jing-BW

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.

Gua Sha

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 Traditional Chinese Medicine

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.