Specialist Rehab Services

Our Services

Southern Physiotherapy Ltd offers convenient half-hour appointments and plentiful off-street parking to ensure accessibility for all patients. Our facility is equipped with designated wheelchair parking and handrails for easy access, and our wheelchair-friendly toilet facilities enhance comfort and convenience. Additionally, we extend our services beyond our clinic walls, providing specialized home visits, particularly catering to the unique needs of older adults, ensuring comprehensive care within the comfort of their own homes.

Our specialist rehab services offer tailored programs designed to address a wide range of physical conditions, from injuries to chronic pain, with expert guidance. Within these services, skilled physiotherapists provide invaluable assistance in sports medicine, occupational medicine, and the management of conditions like arthritis. Their expertise extends to the rehabilitation of injuries and the alleviation of chronic pain through personalized care plans. By integrating specialized knowledge and therapeutic techniques, these professionals empower individuals to regain mobility, function, and overall well-being.

Moreover, we take pride in our commitment to serving the elderly community, offering exceptional Older Adult Physiotherapy services to nearby rest-homes on a regular basis. Our dedicated team is readily available for consultation, whether you have concerns regarding an elderly relative’s mobility or their safety within their home environment. Furthermore, our expertise extends to providing specialist rehab services tailored to meet the specific requirements of older adults, ensuring optimal recovery and enhanced quality of life.

Gym & Pool

Gym and pool based supervised exercise programs are our forte. We are able to individually design a program that will best meet your injury rehabilitation or injury prevention goals. If you are an ACC client, these programs are monitored and reported back to your ACC case manager, ensuring we achieve results.

Spinal Chord

Physiotherapists at Southern Physiotherapy are all trained in spinal manipulative therapy. We also carry out muscle balance assessments. All of our Physiotherapists are available to do physiotherapy visits and work place assessments if required.

Acupuncture
Tony uses his Western Acupuncture knowledge to assist our patients. Tony finds this a very useful adjunct to manipulative and exercise based therapy and he particularly likes to implement acupuncture in shoulder and knee pain, or where patients have pain from shingles.
Home Gym Equipment

We are available by request for private consultations for ideas, setting up & teaching you on how to correctly use your own home gym equipment.

Physiotherapy care Pre and Post Operative Surgery

Physiotherapy care Pre and Post Operative Surgery is a must. We will get you back to work as soon as you are physically able. In the short term, physiotherapy and mobilisation in itself will decrease your pain levels, increase in your confidence in normal movement and activities of daily life while also boosting your energy levels and mood..

Chronic Pain

Pain management and helping people with chronic pain syndromes has become Karen and Tony’s particular specialty. Southern Physio holds a Chronic Pain Management Contract with ACC. All programs are endorsed by ACC with an aim to assist people who suffer from chronic pain back to their maximal function.

Accident at Work

Southern Physiotherapy is affiliated to many of the larger workplace insurance schemes. If your accident or injury occurred at work, then you may find your Physiotherapy costs are covered by your workplace insurer.

 Marathon

Want to run a marathon? Ask us! Tony is passionate about the discipline of running and about helping patients to alleviate running injuries when they arise; or creating management & running plans to suit you and prevent injuries from occurring.

Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy

Our Physio in Papakura are highly skilled, and can treat at home or in our clinic. We can provide home visits where clinically indicated, especially to older adults in their own homes or at rest homes.

Chronic Pain
Chronic Pain
Please don’t suffer with your pain any longer! Our team have over 25 years of experience in treating chronic pain and creating a management plan to suit your lifestyle.
Sports Injuries
Sports Injuries

Don’t let a previous injury prevent you from participating in the sports & activities you enjoy. We aim to treat your sporting injury as efficiently as possible, returning you to your sport quickly.

Joint and Nerve Pain
Joint and Nerve Pain

Southern Physiotherapy takes pride in correcting debilitating joint and nerve pain. Allow us to collaboratively find solutions with you so you can enjoy your quality of life.

Spinal Manipulative Therapy
Spinal Manipulative Therapy

Spinal and Manipulative therapy has been shown to be shown to be safe and effective in the treatment of spinal and joint problems. Most people with spinal or joint pain will benefit from gentle mobilization or movement of individual joints to reduce pain and increase range of motion.

Pain Management
Pain Management

There are many differing treatments available for pain management. Depending on the type and nature of the pain problem benefit may be achieved from hands on treatment, acupuncture and an individual exercise program. More complex pain problems will require greater input. The goals of pain management may include reducing or abolishing the pain symptoms or in more severe cases improved function despite persisting pain symptoms. We always work closely with your GP. Specialist and family to make sure you get the optimal care.

Exercise
Exercise

Virtually everyone will benefit from an individual exercise program. Exercise has been shown to be safe and effective in treating joint conditions, improving mood and cardiovascular health, as well as improving function, return to work rates and general well being. Our exercise programs range from simple minimally intrusive home programs, to intensive gym based strength or cardio programs, to specific running programs dependant on your needs.

Acupuncture
Acupuncture

Acupuncture can be a safe and effective treatment to reduce pain. Essentially Acupuncture can stimulate the brain and nerves to release different endorphins or chemicals to reduce pain and improve blood flow. It is a very useful adjunct to conventional treatment or as a stand alone treatment on its own. You can rest assured that we only use single use, disposable needles.

Pre Operative Rehabilitation
Pre Operative Rehabilitation

As a general rule the better condition you go into surgery the better you will recover post surgically. Most people heading off for an operation would benefit from some form of cardiovascular fitness and strengthening before they have their operation. The benefits are: improved muscular support around the joints, balance and improved cardiovascular function leading to a faster recovery.

Post Operative Rehabilitation
Post Operative Rehabilitation
Most conditions will benefit from some degree of post operative rehabilitation. Often surgery is only the beginning of the rehabilitation process. Major surgeries may take 12-18 months for people to reach their peak condition. Post operative rehabilitation is vital to restore joint range of motion, muscular strength, balance and function following an operation.
Muscle Balance Assessments
Muscle Balance Assessments

Imbalances in muscles can occur following injuries or for people with faulty movement patterns. If these imbalances are not addressed this may cause problems with different joints or muscles. In most cases an individual assessment followed by the prescription of specific exercise can correct these imbalances. This can improve function and reduce the chance of injury.

Gym Based Programs
Gym Based Programs
Individuals who want to maximize their strengthening or function may benefit from a structured gym program. Gym programs are specifically designed to target areas which need strengthening. A period of time spent performing gym based strengthening, pre or post operatively is invaluable. We have links with several of the gyms in the Papakura District and can help you select the right facility and plan for you.
Breathing Disorders
Breathing Disorders
Breathing disorders or bad breathing is far more common than we think. This may include Hyperventilation Syndrome, COPD, Asthma as well as Stress & Tension problems. Athletic Performance can also be affected by Breathing Disorders. Treatment involves a careful history and examination followed by the prescription of specific breathing exercises. This will involve teaching you to breathe correctly using your diaphragm. Tony Ashcroft is a certified BRADCLIFF practitioner and uses these techniques himself while running Ultra Marathons.
Physiotherapy Home Visits
Physiotherapy Home Visits

Sometimes injuries may be significant enough that you may be unable to attend clinic based physiotherapy. Southern Physiotherapy may be able to assist you, by providing home visits until you are able to attend the clinic. Our pricing structure is available on request and some of the cost may be offset by ACC if applicable. Ask us for more information.

Workplace Visits
Workplace Visits

Depending on the severity or nature of your injury, a work based visit may be indicated. There is often a natural progression from clinic based treatment to the workplace. A work site visit may allow us to tailor a suitable exercise program for you, along with a return to work program. We will also offer advice on biomechanics and manual handling solutions to minimize risk of re-injury on your return to work and we’re also available to teach workplace fitness programs. Our pricing structure is available on request and some of the cost may be offset by ACC if applicable.