Re­hab, in­jury pre­ven­tion and mobility cen­tre opens

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The Orthotic Cen­tre has been at the fore­front of orthotic ser­vices in New Zealand since 1991. This year the Eller­slie cen­tre es­tab­lished a re­hab and mobility clinic that is

ACC reg­is­tered as well as pro­vid­ing di­rect pri­vate ser­vices.

Named ‘Ac­tive’, the clinic also sells a range of sup­ports and other or­thotics aimed at pro­vid­ing in­jury pre­ven­tion, serv­ing every­one from week­end war­riors to elite ath­letes. In many in­stances these high-tech prod­ucts are unique to the Orthotic Cen­tre.

Orthotic Cen­tre chief ex­ec­u­tive Todd Bolton says the clinic is a ‘per­fect fit’ for the Cen­tre’s core or­thotics busi­ness that also ser­vices Min­istry of Health and ACC pa­tients through pub­lic hos­pi­tals, med­i­cal cen­tres, spe­cial­ist ther­a­pists and physi­cians.

Put sim­ply, an orthotic is an ex­ter­nal de­vice de­signed to in­crease your mobility, sup­port an in­jury, or help cor­rect a con­di­tion. Orthotic in­soles and footwear are core so­lu­tions most com­monly known.

‘‘We have 12 de­gree-qual­i­fied clin­i­cal or­tho­tists work­ing at our Eller­slie Cen­tre, sup­ported by highly skilled tech­ni­cians in the cus­tom de­sign and man­u­fac­ture of or­thoses,’’ Todd says.

‘‘We al­ready have the most com­pre­hen­sive range of off-the- shelf sup­ports, braces, in­soles and spe­cial footwear in the coun­try, which puts us in a unique po­si­tion to pro­vide a niche ser­vice, par­tic­u­larly in the area of in­jury pre­ven­tion, mo­bil­i­sa­tion and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion’’.

Ac­tive is headed by An­ton Kemp, a gen­eral orthotic prac­ti­tioner but spe­cial­is­ing in the sport­ing arena. He says that most ath­letes and ‘adventurers’ for­merly had to face a hospi­tal or re­fer­ral en­vi­ron­ment in or­der to be treated, but in ac­cept­ing pri­vate clients Ac­tive pro­vides a much quicker, di­rect ac­cess ser­vice.

‘‘Our key ac­tiv­ity is to help pre­vent fu­ture or fur­ther in­jury.

Our ser­vices in­clude car­bon fi­bre kits with which to check a pa­tient’s gait, pro­vide bio-me­chan­i­cal anal­y­sis and as­sess­ment.

‘‘Some­times or­thotics are not re­quired, but we can get peo­ple onto the right path­way of treat­ment or in­jury pre­ven­tion.’’

The clinic’s ac­tiv­i­ties are not con­fined to sport­ing clien­tele. It also spe­cialises in pro­vid­ing or­thotics to a wide range of di­ag­nos­tic groups in­clud­ing di­a­bet­ics, pe­di­atrics, os­teo arthrit­ics and neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tions.

Ac­tive is sit­u­ated along­side the Orthotic Cen­tre at 616 Great South Rd, Eller­slie.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact 0800 1re­hab (0800 173422) or visit www.or­thotic­s­ac­tive.co.nz.

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