FAQs

Why Choose us?

At Bureta Physiotherapy our staff are highly qualified continually upskilling with further education and post graduate qualifications and have experience with sports teams at a local, national and international level.  We provide a friendly professional atmosphere with physiotherapists dedicated to helping restore you to full function.  We combine all aspects of treatment and rehabilitation with fitness and overall health and wellness in order to provide our patients with the best possible results.Not every physiotherapy practice focuses on overall health and optimising your function like Bureta Physiotherapy, we can help you boost activity levels, optimise your performance, boost energy levels, decrease stress, and improve your engagement in life. Be it being able to run around the back yard with your kids again, ride your bike harder and faster, or walk around the Mount Maunganui with your grandchildren. 

We want our clients to live life, not just exist. We think this is so important that we have included this progression from injury/ illness to optimising your health in our core values. Everybody who walks through our door should be empowered to be better than before.
 

What is physiotherapy? How do I choose what treatment I require?

Physiotherapy utilises a large number of manual techniques to restore, maintain and optimise health and function.  Physiotherapists are registered health professionals educated to apply scientific knowledge and clinical reasoning to prevent, treat and rehabilitate individual issues and injuries.
 

How long does a treatment session last?

Your initial assessment and treatment will last up to 30 minutes.
 

Do I need to have a “sports injury”?

No.  We treat all people with a wide variety of injuries and issues as a result of many different causes.
 

Can I come to physio if I don’t have an “injury”?

Absolutely - Not only are team at Bureta Physiotherapist leading edge clinicians on wellness and performance, but we are highly skilled in a number of other areas including injury prevention assessment and programming along with programming for medical exercise.  For all active people from weekend warriors to international athletes injury prevention is far better than cure. Thinking of running a marathon? completing an ironman or just want to build up your daily walking or running for fitness? It is much more effective to prevent injury than deal with it when it occurs missing valuable training time and this is something at Bureta Physiotherapy that we specialize in - "Minimising injury and Maximising performance”.

Medical exercise includes developing safe and effective programs for clients rheumatological, cardiovascular, neurological, such as diabetes, arthritis both osteo arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis , as well as the older adult. 
 

I am going to run a marathon, should I come and see a physio before I start my training?

Yes, yes, yes …. so often we are seeing people as the "ambulance at the bottom of the cliff" when the injury has occurred 2-3 weeks out from a event but sometimes this is too late, which can be devastating for a client who has trained so hard. We are experts at load progressions, biomechanics and appropriate strengthening. If you are going to be running a high number of km’s then we recommend a running and biomechanics analysis from here we can determine the flaws in your running and give you the correct exercises which will help prevent injury and increase performance and most importantly get you to the start line. See our blog for more tips on running.
 

I am not a runner but participate in another sport - Can you help me for injury prevention and performance?

We can - we also have a sport analysis system which is based on the movement competency assessment that is used with all high performance sport athletes. This includes a video’ed analysis of a range of movements developed to identify deficits in the upper and lower body as well as core and pelvis stability. After you have been video’ed and an additional screen of flexibility and endurance tests performed your video and test results will be analysed and a specific set of exercises will be given to you to help prevent injury and improve performance. We are currently using this service with a wide variety of athletes including International athletes, Sport Bay of Plenty’s elite junior athletes who have been identified as emerging talents in the Bay and a number of others that exercise on a regular basis for their own health - this is not just for high level athletes and can be hugely beneficial in all age groups.  We know you put so much in training, we just want you to have less injuries and to perform better.
 

I keep getting niggly injuries but nothing major, can physio help me stop getting these and if so how?

The underlying cause of these niggly injuries could be something simple, it could be to do with how your body is moving (biomechanics) or basic strength of certain muscles or both. These “niggles” tell us that something isn’t quite happy and inevitably may lead to something major. By having a consult with one of our team we will be able to determine what the underlying issue is and give you solutions to this issue. After the first consult you will know exactly what is going on and what you need to do to sort it out going forward.
 

I have tooth pain and have been to the dentist who says there is nothing wrong with my teeth, can a physio help me get rid of this pain?

If your dentist is happy with your teeth/tooth concerned it is highly likely that you may have a myofascial facial pain issue. 
 

I have had a concussion, I thought I should just see a doctor, can physio help?

Yes - recent research shows that the one of the main reasons for headache following concussion is referral from the neck and this is often missed. The Team at Bureta are skilled in concussion work at both the acute and complex level and currently work with Sport bay of Plenty to improve concussion awareness in the BOP. ACC funds 5 consultations ( there is a surcharge involved) for concussion and there is a set protocol that one of our physios experienced in concussion will progress you through as part of your treatment. People with more complex symptoms can then either be referred back to their GP or onto the concussion service. The stand down period of 3 weeks is irrelevant now and everyone who has had a concussion should be assessed for symptoms and taken through the progressions as per the international guidelines. In many cases this will allow people to return to sport much sooner than 3 weeks but there are times when this is not appropriate and your experienced physio will be able to guide this entire process for you.  Check out or blog on concussion
 

Do I need a doctors referral for physiotherapy treatment?

No. You can come straight to physiotherapy and fill out ACC forms if necessary.  If you require health insurance to cover your treatment or time off work due to your injury you may need to also contact your GP.

We can also refer you back to your GP if further tests are required or onward to a sports medicine doctor or orthopaedic surgeon as necessary and that we can also refer for xrays and ultrasound.
 

Does ACC cover all the costs of treatment?

Since the government legislation change in Nov 2009 there is now a co-charge for treatments.  There may be additional costs of items such as tape and acupuncture needles. Please see our 'Fees' section
 

Can Physiotherapy help back and neck pain and can they manipulate?

Physiotherapists are qualified to treat all back and neck injuries.  We have physiotherapists with the appropriate postgraduate qualifications who are qualified to manipulate the neck.
What should I expect on my first treatment?Please arrive ten minutes early to fill out any necessary paperwork.  Your physiotherapist will then perform a full evaluation of your issue including the history of your condition.  Following this your physiotherapist will form a diagnosis and after explanation of this with your treatment programme will then be started. After the session we will ask you to fill out a quick feedback questionnaire so we can continue to provide the highest quality service to all our patients.
 

How does the Mckenzie Method work?

By using mechanical diagnosis and therapy to self empower and give patient generated exercises to treat, and prevent back pain. Read more