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SHOCKWAVE CLINIC – Available at the Lakes Studio


We are adding to our service the latest FlashWave (electrohydraulic shockwave) treatment, to address chronic injury and performance solutions.

The Shockwave Clinic uses medical shockwaves (ESWT), for the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions.  It is effective for acute and chronic injuries including plantar fascia pain (plantar fasciitis), achilles tendon injury, knee pain, tennis and golfers elbow, and rotator cuff injuries.

The acoustic sound waves of ESWT triggers a bioactive cellular response that releases growth and healing factors, and improves blood supply, promoting enhanced and accelerated tissue regeneration and repair. Shockwaves are non-invasive and quick and easy to perform. It is effective for acute and chronic injuries including plantar fascia pain (plantar fasciitis), achilles tendon injury, knee pain, tennis and golfers and elbow, and rotator cuff injuries.

ESWT has increased medical evidence to support its effectiveness across a wide range of pathologies and has been used in sports medicine worldwide for a number of years.

Research shows ESWT is:

  • as effective as 3 months of eccentric strengthening of the achilles tendon
  • is an effective treatment for hamstring tendon injuries
  • is better than eccentric strengthening and other more “traditional” rehabilitation techniques for insertional achilles tendonopathy.
  • It is an effective treatment for plantar fascia dysfunction and has been FDA approved for this condition
  • It is effective for treating trochanteric pain
  • Can be used to treat tennis and golfers elbow, and rotator cuff injuries.

To find out if Shockwave therapy may be appropriate for you, book in for a FREE consultation at the Lakes Studio


What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture refers to the insertion of fine, solid needles into any part of the body for pain relief, healing and general well being. It has been used by the Chinese people for over 3000 years.

In New Zealand the term “Acupuncture” is generally considered to be a broad umbrella term which encompasses different philosophies of needling.  You may hear Acupuncture being referred to as:

  • Traditional Chinese Acupuncture
  • Western or Medical Acupuncture
  • Dry Needling.

Physiotherapists in New Zealand may practice one or a mixture of these practices.

You may also find different methods of using acupuncture that may not even involve the insertion of a needle such as acupressure, laser, moxibustion and cupping. Sometimes electro acupuncture may be used where electrodes are connected to the acupuncture needles and an electrical impulse used.

When physiotherapists in New Zealand use Acupuncture the needles they use are disposable, single use, pre-sterilised needles of varying widths and lengths. A number of needles may be used at each treatment and these are typically left in position for up to 30 minutes before being removed depending on the response required. A needle is manipulated until a QI sensation is felt (a tingling or often warm heavy sensation that can spread away from the area of the needle).

Utilisation within the context of physiotherapy will include a diagnosis based on clinical reasoning as part of an overall management approach.

Women’s Health

Pelvic health physiotherapy is a field of physiotherapy which involves treating musculoskeletal conditions involving the pelvis and the pelvic floor. Tyler has had specific training in pelvic health and pelvic physiotherapy. She is compassionate and understands the difficulty a person may experience while trying to manage pelvic pain, prolapse and incontinence, which can affect every aspect of life, from one’s level of physical discomfort to emotional health.

If you sometimes experience urine leakage (incontinence) then you’re not alone, 1.1 million New Zealanders experience some form of this every month. Pelvic floor disorders include incontinence (both bladder and bowel), pelvic organ prolapse, chronic pelvic pain, issues with sexual intercourse and difficulties emptying the bladder and bowel. The good news is it can be helped, so don’t wait, it’s never too late to regain control of your life.