Horowhenua Chronicle

Physio comes home to Levin

Clinic of Joanne Williams who grew up in Manakau

- More informatio­n is on the website joannewill­iamsphysio­therapy.co.nz

The opening of the new physiother­apy clinic in Levin is a homecoming for the experience­d physiother­apist Joanne Williams, who grew up in Manakau.

On gaining qualificat­ion in the 1990s she initially worked locally and opened her first clinic in 1996 at a gymnasium complex in Tiro Tiro Rd.

Williams closed that clinic four years later to concentrat­e on her masters degree in health science, which focused on rehabilita­tion from injury.

On completing her masters degree, her work took her further afield and for many years she had a clinic to Tauranga and then Wellington

working with large and small business helping with prevention and recovery advice. And supporting injured clients return to work.

In more recent times she had also supported physiother­apy services with organisati­ons like New Zealand Defence Force.

Williams had became interest in occupation­al health and workplace interventi­on when technology began to change workplace habits, resulting in an increase in injury due to poor practice.

While helping client in the clinic she realised that time spent improving movement and influencin­g and improving workplace practices could lessen the likelihood of injury. It provided large and small businesses the chance to look at the ergonomics of workplace systems to improve practices to acheive better health and wellbeing outcomes.

With a lot of primary industry in Levin, Williams had identified a real need for profession­al advice and a profession­al approach to the health and wellbeing in the workforce.

Williams was a past chairwoman of the Occupation­al Health Special Initerest Group of Physiother­apy New Zealand.

 ?? ?? Levin physiother­apist Joanne Williams.
Levin physiother­apist Joanne Williams.

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