Our mission at Physio Performance is to provide provide professional and quality holistic physiotherapy care, with specific and individualised treatment and rehabilitation. Our experienced physiotherapists are trained in the latest "hands on " techniques for the treatment of many spinal, joint and muscle disorders.
Physio Performance has experienced physiotherapists whom emphase indepth asessments, quality "Hands on " treatment protocols and specific rehabilitation exercise programs for you .
Our assessment, treatment and rehabilitative plans include:
- Education regarding your injury, work place postures, exercise programmes and correction of faulty body biomechanics.
- Hands on therapy including joint mobilisation, manipulative therapy
- Sport Injury management - acute and ongoing
- Exercise based rehabilitation - functional and specific, individualised
- Rehabilitative ultrasound imaging and exercise protocols
- Post operative rehabilitation and return to play and work activities
- Muscle balance and body loading and alignment assessment
- Dry needling
- Utilisation of the "Room 2 Move" for functional exercise on site
Helen Littleworth, Director
Dip Phty, PGDManipPhty, MM Phty - Masters Manipulative Physiotherapy, Otago University
Helen has vast experience in the area of sports and manipulative physiotherapy. She has 27 years experience in private practice with the last 24 years as owner/director of Physio Performance Ltd.
Helen is presently, White Ferns cricket physiotherapist and for 14 years, a preferred physiotherapy provider for High Performance Sport NZ. She has attended Beijing, London, Rio Olympics and Melbourne, Dehli Commonwealth Games as NZOC Physiotherapist. She has had various roles with Black Ferns rugby team, NZ Para Athletics and was the lead physiotherapist for NZ Athletics for 6 years.
Helen's area of expertise is in sports physiotherapy, muscle balance and body alignment assessments, lower limb biomechanics, rehabilitative ultrasound imaging and return to play rehabilitation. Functional movement and exercise is an area Helen is passionate about. The development of the 'Room 2 Move' at Physio Performance for functional exercise programmes has enabled the clinic to fully utilise this area of physiotherapy.
Vicky Clarke-Joyce, Physiotherapist
BPhty, BPhed, Dip Sport Performance
Vicky graduated in 2007 from the Otago University and worked as a rotational physiotherapist for the SDHB for a year before coming to Physio Performance where she has worked for the last 12 years.
Vicky brings a wealth of experience in manual therapy, sports and spinal physiotherapy. She has worked with the Southern United Mens football & the Southern Womens hockey teams and hopes to continue her involvement with sports teams in the future.
Vicky has a special interest in Real Time Ultrasound imaging and rehabilitation, acute sports injuries and functional gym exercise programmes. She enjoys
working with a wide range of injuries and conditions to assist people in achieving their goals.
Charleen Silcock, Physiotherapist
BPhty (Otago) Post grad Cert Acup (AUT)
Charleen graduated in 2003 from Otago University and has worked extensively in private practice, with a stint working for the NHS in the UK.
Charleen has experience in working with a range of sports, such as rugby 15's and7's, touch, football and netball, at club, national and international levels. Charleen has attended two Commonwealth games and South Pacific games with the Cook Island contingent.
Charleen has recently completed her post graduate diploma in Sports Physiotherapy at Otago University and has a post graduate qualification in Acupuncture.
Charleens's areas of interest include lower limb musculoskeletal issues and biomechanics, acute sporting injuries and rehabilitation.
Margie Campbell, Physiotherapist
MPNZ, B.Med Sci, M.Phty
Originally from Australia, Margie has over 13 years experience working with individuals to help them get back to their hobbies and enjoying everyday life. Treatments are done on a one on one basis with emphasis on a hands-on approach, with clear and concise direction for home exercise programs.
Margie has a special interest in using Real Time Ultrasound to investigate the deep core muscles of the trunk, hip, and shoulder, identifying whether there are any deeper issues that might be contributing to a bigger problem.
An experienced distance runner and multisport athlete herself, Margie will help identify any potential risk areas and create a plan to get you back out enjoying life as soon as possible.
Jerome Wigger, Osteopath
BSc, BSc (CSci), MHsc
"Osteopathy, that's something to do with bones right?" Well you would be partially correct. Osteopathy is a five year masters level university degree, it is a manual therapy profession that just like chiropractic and physiotherapy can be used to treat all musculoskeletal strain and sprain injuries. When you come in to see Jerome you can expect to have a talk about your current injury, be physically assessed, receive a diagnosis, undergo a treatment with a mix of hands on and movement therapies and then receive a plan going forward to enable you to get back to health.
Jerome especially enjoys treating low back pain and anyone who is looking for exercise and rehabilitation based treatments. Osteopathy does have some quirks, where indicated, Jerome may discuss other lifestyle factors such as diet, occupation, hobbies and mental health that may be contributing to your condition, however this can be tailored to your individual needs.
Jerome has a strong interest in functional exercise rehabilitation, so expect to go home with some exercises. These will help to improve your mobility and strength, equipping your body with the abilities it needs to return to any activities your injury is preventing you from enjoying. Be it putting on your socks on in the morning or playing high level sport.
Outside of work Jerome is an Australian, who moved over to NZ in 2017 for the skiing and outdoor lifestyle that only New Zealand can offer. Jerome is a sport addict and loves to chat about rugby, cycling, snow sports, and if you are really keen aussie rules!
Ashleigh Taylor, Physiotherapist
Ashleigh graduated top of her class from Otago University in 2016, going straight into private practice and sports physiotherapy.
She has just recently moved back up to Dunedin after spending the last 2 years down in the deep south where she has been involved in a range of sports - rugby union and 7s (at premiere club and representative level), netball and football.
Ashleigh has a real passion for sports and biomechanical injuries (related to running, cycling or rowing) and addressing both the what and why of them to aid in resolution and further prevention of the problem. She also enjoys working with knee and ankle injuries, especially those involving operative management having had ankle surgery recently herself last year.
"I pride myself on being an honest and practical physio with a real focus on centering assessment and treatment on function and movement quality. Whether it's getting you back to work, life or sport, the main goal is to move well and then move often - and I think its pivotal to use both hands on treatment and exercise to achieve this"
Julia Tarbotton, Physiotherapist
Julia graduated from the University of Otago in 2018 and went straight into a private practice role. She has recently joined the Physio Performance team to pursue more sports physiotherapy.
In the past she has been involved with local and representative rugby union and rugby sevens and is looking forward to being involved with football in Dunedin.
Julia also has experience working with the older patient, having spent time working in resthomes in the past.
Julia likes to work with patients to meet their goals and get them back to top function and beyond. She particularly enjoys treating lower limb injuries and addressing contributing factors to prevent recurring injuries. She uses a 'hands on' approach to treament and will give exercises to work on at home. She believes in the patient taking some responsibility for these home exercises to have control over their recovery which supplements in-clinic work.
Julia has a sports background of competitive cycling, both on the road and the velodrome and enjoys treating cyclists and looking at the biomechanical side of the sport. She also plays hockey and golf so you might see her around the hockey turf or the golf course.
Anita Rae, Office Manager
Anita has been our Office Manager since the start when we first opened in 2004. Before that and also during her time with Physio Performance she was in pharmacy retail for over 20 years. She loves dealing with our clients and helping them in any way she can.
In her spare time she loves to go for a ride on the back of her partners motorcycle and also spending time with her cheeky fox terrier dog.