Physiotherapy

our physiotherapists help restore movement and function to anybody affected by an injury, disability or health condition. we provide relief from pain and injury, and resolve problems for the long-term so you can enjoy a strong, healthy and active life
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Physiotherapy

Treatment description

Physiotherapists are specifically trained in the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries or conditions that lead to pain and discomfort.

The physiotherapy team at Sports Clinic have a specific focus on active rehabilitation from injury and we have a large onsite gym to ensure our clients achieve optimal outcomes

 What can this service help you with?

  • Pre and Post-Op Rehabilitation

  • Gym Info

  • Pilates

  • Manual Therapy

  • Acute Injury Management

  • Back Care Program

  • ACC Rehabilitation Contracts

  • Work Site Assessments

  • Manual Handling Education

  • Muscle Balance Assessments

  • Strapping / Kinesio Taping

  • Running Technique

  • Electrotherapy

Sports clinic's Physiotherapists

Andrew Abakhan

Andrew has been a physiotherapist for 19 years, including 13 years spent in Christchurch working in the Port Hills community. Andrew has a broad base of experience with 6 years of hospital-based rotation in Scotland as well as work with athletes in HPSNZ (Triathlon, Cycling & Athletics) as a physiotherapist and strength coach. After finishing his Masters in Health Science at AUT, (Musculoskeletal/strength and conditioning focus), he completed the Level 2 Australian Strength & Conditioning Association qualification.
Andrew is passionate about working with teams and individuals to recover/perform at their best functional ability, supporting the Paddle Ferns (Canoe Polo) in strength and conditioning coaching on their journey to Gold at the World Championships in August 2016. His current clinical interests are in the hip region and the therapeutic benefits of myofascial release and dry needling. Andrew enjoys outdoor endurance activities including Ironman triathlon, hill running and sea swimming. He has also been assisting with coaching in the Canterbury Triathlon club.

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James Walker

James is one of PHYSIOSOUTH's clinical directors. He leads the Moorhouse Medical and City Fitness clinics. James has over 15 years of experience, specializing in a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions. James has a keen interest in the mechanical diagnosis and treatment of neck and back pain (McKenzie credentialed therapist), tendon injuries (tendinopathies), complex shoulder and hip/groin injuries, and running-related injuries. He is respected as a specialist in these areas.
James began his career at PHYSIOSOUTH in 2002. From there he moved to Auckland to work at the Auckland University physiotherapy clinic where he specialized in acute sports injuries. Alongside this, he studied orthopedic manual therapy at Curtin University in Perth, Australia. In 2008 James moved to London. Here he co-founded a successful multi-disciplinary clinic with the key purpose of leading-edge musculoskeletal health for communities. For James, the ultimate goal is to support people in overcoming their boundaries and getting back to their best after an injury.

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Ethan Horne

Ethan graduated from the University of Otago in 2014 and worked in Christchurch for 4 years before spending the last 2 years living and working in London. He has recently made the move home and is excited to work with the team at Sports Clinic. Ethan has a special interest in the lower limb and sporting injuries. His passion is using exercise and movement along with hands-on techniques including cupping and dry needling to empower you to recover from injury and return to performance.

A keen gym user himself, he enjoys using gym-based rehabilitation and strength and conditioning techniques to help build strength and capacity following an injury. After 6 years of experience working with club rugby teams with the highlight being helping Lincoln Uni win the Division 1 competition, he has made the switch to football and is currently the physio for Cashmere Technical Football Club.

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Olivia Donald

Originally from the North Island, Olivia graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy degree. Olivia has played a wide variety of sports and has experienced a range of frustrations and disappointments involved with any form of injury. Olivia works hard to ensure her clients achieve the best possible outcomes and return to the activities they enjoy.

Having grown up on a farm, Olivia loves the outdoors and outside of work you will find her on the netball court, up the mountain or in the gym. Olivia has an active interest in Reformer Pilates, including the role it can play in rehabilitation. Olivia is currently completing her training to become a qualified Pilates instructor.

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Jessie Moore

Jessie is a qualified physiotherapist from the University of Otago. Whilst born and raised in Wellington, Jessie has lived in the mainland since 2017. Jessie is passionate about helping people maintain active lifestyles, she believes it’s important to treat people with a holistic approach by focusing on both the physical injury and understanding the cause of the injury.

Jessie has a 10-year competitive surf lifesaving background, and these days she loves to run, swim, surf, and ski. Jessie has worked with the Varsity Colt's Rugby Team in Dunedin, the Marist Albion Colt’s Rugby Team in Christchurch and is now the physiotherapist for the Cashmere Technical Football Club Women's Premier Team.

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Mikaela Beynon

Mikaela grew up in Wellington before moving to Dunedin to carry out her Physiotherapy degree at the University of Otago. From a young age, Mikaela has competed in a large range of sports with Football being her main interest. Mikaela plays for the Canterbury Women’s team and has competed in this competition for 9 years. Mikaela also has a vested interest in the gym and likes to use gym based rehab in her treatment plans to build strength and confidence.

Mikaela has been involved with Christchurch Boys’ High rugby, NZ womens’s cricket and Fit4Football. She has worked with both athletes and weekend warriors and enjoys treating a wide range of injuries and people. Mikaela’s aim is to get patients back to their best but also likes to look from a holistic approach, in order to prevent further injuries from occurring.

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Mary Gray

Mary grew up in Dunedin and graduated from the University of Otago in 2017. Since then she has worked in both hospital and private practice settings, with a strong interest in Sports Physiotherapy. Mary has worked with football and rugby teams in Christchurch and completed dry needling and Pilates courses.

Mary's passion lies in working with adolescents, gymnasts, cyclists, runners and multisporters. She like to work out why an injury has occurred, and use a mix of hands on and exercise rehab. 

Outside of work Mary loves to bike and run in the hills and spend time with friends and family. Mary previously represented NZ as a junior for mountain biking and road cycling, and more recently completed the Coast to Coast.

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Tom Williams

Tom grew up in Christchurch before heading down to Otago University to study towards his Bachelor of Physiotherapy. He takes an analytical and detailed approach to his assessment and management to get his clients to achieve their goals and back to their best. He believes in setting patients up with the skills to minimise the risk of further injury in the future. He has a strong clinical interest in running/endurance-based clientele and also adolescence. Tom understands the impacts injury can have on your life so is committed to getting you back to full function. 

Tom has worked in Christchurch for the last three years in this time working with a range of local rugby clubs. In his spare time, Tom is very passionate about his triathlon currently focussing his energy on the half ironman distance.  

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Caden Shields

Caden is a physiotherapist and elite marathon runner. Caden has a wealth of experience in treating all musculoskeletal conditions, however has a special interest in the management of endurance sports injuries. 

Caden has had an extensive sporting career in addition to his physiotherapy career. He is a 2x NZ 10,000m champion, he was a student-athlete at Purdue University in Indiana, the USA from 2008-2011 and the pinnacle of his career so far has been placing 30th for New Zealand in the men's marathon at the 2019 World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar. Caden is currently studying towards his Masters in Physiotherapy investigating factors related to knee injuries in runners. 

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Our difference

Why choose sports clinic

The PHYSIOSOUTH team within Sports Clinic are clinical leaders in injuries and biomechanical issues associated with being active. Whether you are an elite level athlete or a weekend warrior, our physio team has specific knowledge of your chosen sport and pride ourselves in providing contemporary treatment, biomechanical analysis, and rehabilitation options.

What to expect at your appointment

  • Your physiotherapist will take a detailed history and find out how your injury is affecting you.

  • A thorough assessment of a range of motion, strength and biomechanical issues.

  • Your physiotherapist will provide a working diagnosis, using our multidisciplinary approach if required.

  • We will explain this to you in a user-friendly way and answer any questions you might have.

  • Set both long and short-term goals for your personal recovery plan.

  • Create an appropriate plan of treatment to meet these goals and re-evaluate /update this regularly.

  • If your recovery is not progressing as we would expect we will refer you on to an appropriate specialist or seek a second opinion for you.

  • Ensure appropriate follow up, especially in the area of injury prevention at all times your privacy will be respected, including full confidentiality of any information you provide to us.

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