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Anew phys­io­ther­apy clinic, started 18 months ago behind Les Mills cen­tral city gym in Auck­land, is fo­cus­ing on how to move prop­erly to fa­cil­i­tate bet­ter health.

“We are fo­cus­ing on do­ing the right amount of ex­er­cise with ac­cu­rate tech­nique,” said The Cor­rec­tive Clinic Phys­io­ther­apy di­rec tor Se­ton Scott.

The pri­vate stu­dio, at 220sq me­tres is one of the larger phys­io­ther­apy prac­tices in the city with a strong team of phys­io­ther­a­pists.

“Our one-on-one ses­sions are one-hour long,” he says.

At The Cor­rec­tive Clinic Phys­io­ther­apy, clients are of fered man­ual ther­apy / mas­sage, dry needling acupunc­ture, ed­u­ca­tion and ex­er­cise. The clinic works with per­sonal train­ers, chi­ro­prac­tors, os­teopaths and with pi­lates stu­dios.

The phys­io­ther­a­pists all have a Bach­e­lor of Health Sci­ence ma­jor­ing in phys­io­ther­apy.

“We look at the en­tire body of our clients and make sure they leave bet­ter than they were be­fore their in­jur y,” said Se­ton.

In­juries typ­i­cally in­clude mus­cu­loskele­tal in­juries re­lat­ing to backs, knees, hips and an­kles – from acute to chronic. The in­juries are largely caused by poor move­ment and lack of strength and of ten re­late to in­juries from play­ing rugby, box­ing, kick­box­ing, run­ning and tak­ing part in Crossfit. Some 80 per cent of those com­ing into the stu­dio have in­juries and 20 per cent come in for gen­eral well­ness.

“We work with peo­ple who have been to other prac­ti­tion­ers but have not re­ceived any re­sults. Many have poor tech­nique, lack of strength and lack of body aware­ness. For most of our clients we have to teach them how to walk again, how to get up out of a chair and how to strengthen ar­eas that they are weak in. The key is to teach peo­ple how to take ex­er­cise and to make it func­tional in their day-to-day life for gen­eral move­ment or sports spe­cific."

High pro­file clients in­clude mem­bers of the Prada yacht­ing team, Warriors rugby league, na­tional and world cham­pion box­ers and kick­box­ers.

The tra­di­tional per­cep­tion of phys­io­ther­a­pists is some­thing Se­ton is keen to change.

“We want peo­ple to re­al­ize we are ac­tive in the com­mu­nity to keep peo­ple fit and healthy.”

Classes run by the stu­dio in­clude Mo­bil­ity Classes, Boot Camps and Health Pro­grammes. Classes and phys­io­ther­apy ses­sions are held both in the clinic and in the neigh­bour­ing Vic­to­ria Park.

The Cor­rec­tive Clinic Phys­io­ther­apy di­rec­tor Se­ton Scott [in blue] with client.

Team mem­bers, from top left: Maria Bent­ley, Se­ton Scott, Shan­non Balzat, Graham Smith and Hamish Dickie.

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