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Motion Health

Lambton Quay

Opening hours

Mon:8:30am - 5:00pm

Tues:8:30am - 5:00pm

Wed:8:30am - 5:00pm

Thurs:8:30am - 5:00pm

Fri:8:30am - 5:00pm

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Telehealth is a fantastic tool that can be used to manage, prevent and improve injuries, aches and pains. Whether it be an exsisting injury, a new injury or a new ache and pain from your home work set us let us help get you back on track! 

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Treatment following your assessment is charged at the cost of a standard consultation. See our T&Cs for more information.

  • Book your Free Initial Assessment today.

    Treatment following your assessment is charged at the cost of a standard consultation. See our T&Cs for more information.

Our Practice

Who we are

We provide medical pain and sports specialists, physiotherapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, massage and shock-wave services to Wellington and surrounding suburbs. We have one-on-one and semi-private classes and because our services are delivered by physiotherapists you can claim them on private health

Why we're different

A "quick-fix" for your pain or injury might sound good, but over time is proven to be inconvenient, costly and ineffective in comparison to taking preventative measures. Our unique clinical approach, Results4LifeĀ®, keeps you on track towards optimal lifelong physical health.

Our guarantee

We are committed to your satisfaction and delivering the very best in physiotherapy care, customer service and outcomes. If you are not 100% satisfied with your experience at Motion Health, we will refund your money and deliver your next session free.
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Our Service Offering


Whether you have back pain, neck pain, flexibility or mobility issues, our physios at Back In Motion can help resolve your pain and improve the quality of your life. 

Find out why physiotherapy is a GP's most recommended health professional today.

What can Back In Motion physio do for me?

We'll use the latest clinical research and physio equipment to develop a personal treatment plan to help you recover for your specific condition.

You don’t need a GP's referral to see a physio, and often we'll work as part of a team to plan and manage treatment for your specific condition or injury.

How will a Back In Motion physio assess my injury?

We'll assess your condition to diagnose the problem and focus on how to help you heal with tangible tools like Results4Life®

What sort of treatments do Back In Motion physios use?

Treatments include:

- Exercise prescription
- Postural analysis and correction
- Soft tissue massage/mobilization
- Dry needling
- Management of lifestyle issues such as desk set up, pillow and gym programs
- Prescription of aids such as crutches, orthotics and braces

What else does Back In Motion offer? 

We’re a one-stop shop for allied health, and also offer related health services such as clinical/reformer Clinical Exercise, remedial massage, exercise rehab and more.

We work in partnership with you to identify how we can resolve your pain and condition, and then how to heal you and get you stronger to ensure it does not happen again. 


Chiropractic care is a great way to relieve acute back and neck pain, not to mention extremity related pain, musculoskeletal in origin. GPs often refer to chiropractors for spinal pain relief. However, Chiropractic care addresses your whole body and this may prevent further injury.


Our qualified traditional acupuncturists at Motion Health can help decrease your aches and pains and enhance your body’s healing with acupuncture and cupping.

Acupuncture targets meridians (channels or pathways of energy) in the body which are linked to specific internal organs and systems. During an acupuncture session, very fine needles are inserted into meridian points in the body to redistribute flows of energy and help bring your body into balance, harmony, improve your health, reduce pain and help with its natural healing process.

Shockwave Therapy

Whether you have plantar fasciitis, tennis elbow or an injury that won’t heal, shockwave therapy can help.

Back In Motion offers a free initial assessment that is obligation free – so if you do not decide to go ahead, then there is no cost for that assessment.

Shockwave therapy – also known as Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) – is a non-invasive therapy that uses low-frequency, acoustic shockwaves generated via a handheld device that kick starts the body’s natural healing response in tissue that may not have responded to medication, rest or other therapies.  

If you have tried rest, medications, other therapies or even steroid injections to overcome the  injury, and are now considering surgery, then Shockwave Therapy could be a good option for you.

Up to 92% of patients report significant improvement in their tendon pain after a course of shockwave therapy.

Find out more about Shockwave Therapy at Back In Motion

Exercise and Rehab

Whether you have lower back pain, neck pain or a shoulder injury, exercise rehabilitation can help. Our exercise programs can help with increasing fitness, weight loss, injury rehabilitation, endurance training or strengthening, in a safe way that minimises risk of injury.

Our qualified staff use the latest clinical research and physio equipment to develop a personal exercise plan to help you improve flexibility, mobility, and strength.

Dry needling

Whether you have back pain, neck pain or other musculoskeletal injuries, dry needling with acupuncture needles can be an effective part of your treatment plan.

Dry needling can help reduce muscle tension and pain levels and trigger a healing response in injured tissues within the body. As opposed to acupuncture, dry needling works directly on the injured body part, not meridian or energy flows.

Women’s Health

Women’s Health Physiotherapy is aimed at women at any time of their lives. Our women’s health physios are specially trained at post-graduate level, meaning you will receive the best possible assessment and treatment whatever your concern.

The following conditions are treated by a women’s health physio.

Pre and Post-natal care: any symptoms associated with being pregnant such as back and pelvic pain as well as exercise therapy for safe activity in pregnancy. After you have had your baby we recommend a 6 weeks check with the physiotherapist where they can assess your abdominal muscles, pelvic floor muscles and breathing. This is also the time we can start you back to exercise and get you back to what you love doing!

Urinary and Faecal Incontinence: any leakage from your bladder or bowel can often be treated very successfully with the support of physiotherapy. This may include bladder and bowel training, pelvic floor strengthening, constipation management as well as fluid and dietary advice.

Pelvic organ Prolapse: anyone diagnosed with any type of pelvic organ prolapse should seek the support of a specially trained physiotherapist. Treatment is aimed at managing symptoms in the optimal way as well as getting you back to moving and exercising without the fear of making prolapse any worse. If you are having surgery it is still advisable to have physiotherapy pre and post op to ensure you recover as well as possible.

Pelvic pain: this can be pain anywhere in your pelvis, lower back or hips. Often there is a strong correlation between muscle coordination and strength and the pelvic floor muscles or the abdominal wall. Physiotherapy can help give the correct treatment and exercises. Pelvic pain can also refer to painful intercourse or simply vaginal pain, this too is ideally assessed and treated by a women’s health physiotherapist.

Not all conditions are treated with pelvic floor rehabilitation and exercises and everyone is individually assessed and a treatment plan formulated for them. Our women’s health physiotherapist is passionate about both the health of women and men and believes that anyone can overcome their pelvic health issues with the correct guidance and treatment. We want to empower both men and women so that their incontinence, prolapse or pelvic pain isn’t something they have to suffer with.

Clinical Exercise

Whether you’re wanting to improve your flexibility, core strength or your posture, Back In Motion offers Clinical Exercise and reformer Pilates facilitated by qualified physios.

Many gyms and exercise studios offer Clinical Exercise these days, but few places offer personalised and tailored programs to help you recover, achieve your goals sooner and help stay injury-free.

Why should I do Clinical Exercise & Pilates at Back In Motion?

Our qualified physios supervise you during class to offer you a safe and effective program.

When you do Clinical Exercise with us, you’re in a smaller class with an individual program designed just for you – so you’ll progress faster and are less likely to get injured.

What equipment is available at Back In Motion?

We offer a range of specialised Pilates equipment, including reformers, trapeze tables and floor-based exercises to help you progress and achieve your health and fitness goals.

Who will benefit the most out of Clinical Exercise & Pilates?

Clinical Exercise can benefit everyone – from the elite athlete wanting to improve their core strength, to a beginner seeking to improve their flexibility and muscle strength.

We recommend all of our Back In Motion clients try Clinical Exercise at least once. Once you see the results and feel the benefits, you'll be hooked!

What are the health benefits of Clinical Exercise & Pilates?

The health benefits of Clinical Exercise include improved flexibility, increased muscle strength and tone, core stability, improved balance, spine stabilisation and improved posture.

Meet the team

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Dr Haresh Patel

Director & Chiropractor

Dr Haresh Patel

Director & Chiropractor

Haresh discovered chiropractic in his first year of university after attending a health talk. Since then, he has been fascinated by how dynamic the human body is, and is passionate about the role chiropractic care plays in enhancing the performance of every aspect in our lives. Utilising spinal and extremity manipulation, a range of soft tissue therapy, exercise prescription and tapping.

Born and brought up in Wellington, and lives in the eastern suburbs with his wife, Srujana, who is a chiropractor at our Upper Hutt branch. Haresh received his qualification from the New Zealand College of Chiropractic. He is currently pursuing postgraduate studies in sports medicine and health. Haresh looks forward to helping teams, individual athletes and general practice patients with their musculoskeletal dysfunction. Going to the origin of the pain – not just the site of the pain.

While growing up, Haresh has been involved in a wide range of sports including cricket, swimming, hockey, badminton, tennis, table tennis to name a few. He has worked in the New Zealand Ice Hockey League (NZIHL) with the Skycity Stampede, and in the Southern Football League (SFL) with the Queenstown Rovers and many athletes representing New Zealand on the world stage!

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Dr Stu Thomson

Musculoskeletal Pain Specialist

Dr Stu Thomson

Musculoskeletal Pain Specialist

Stu Thomson is a Musculoskeletal Pain specialist and sports doctor with over 25 years’ experience. He has been the doctor for numerous sports teams, including the Kiwis and Blacksox, was head of the New Zealand medical team at the 2002 Winter Olympics and continues to be involved with local and representative sport.

He has been on the medical teams for numerous events including the Wellington Sevens, World Mountain Biking Championships, Touch Nationals and the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He established the Hutt Sports Medicine Centre in 1991 and currently works at Motion Health Beehive.

He was the chairman of Sports Medicine New Zealand 2010- 2015, and is current chair of Emergency Medical Services Ltd. He has a particular interest in sports and exercise related problems.

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Priyesh Patel


Priyesh Patel


Priyesh is an experienced physiotherapist dedicated to delivering the best treatment possible. After graduating from the University of Otago he worked in the Bay of Islands before heading to Adelaide where he gained extensive experience in a variety of settings including physio clinics, medical centres, on-site and vocational physiotherapy. During this time he developed his skills working alongside experts and well-respected therapists. 

Having played competitive sport, Priyesh is familiar with the demands of high level sport and injuries. He uses a wide range of treatments including dry needling, mobilisation and exercise based rehabilitation. With a strong focus on effective management Priyesh is committed to getting you going as smoothly as possible.

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Janene Bone


Janene Bone


Janene originally worked as a pharmacist and has been involved in the health industry for many years, working at a gymnasium and then at a multidisciplinary clinic. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening and reading.

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Ilse Decruy


Ilse Decruy


I'm Ilse. Born in the “Gold Province” in South Africa. Moved to Belgium to marry my husband and lived there for 15 years. I'm now a New Zealand citizen and have lived here for going on 10 years.

I've worked for Japanese, South African, German, Belgian, American companies in the mining, chemical, electronics, security, legal industry.  

My background is technical IT, I have held numerous positions from support to management. Since being in NZ I have been a practice manager and am now working for Motion Health.