Welcome to Muscle People Physiotherapy Christchurch

If you are looking for a solution for your pain, injury or condition, you are in the right place. 

At Muscle People Physiotherapy our team of clinicians focus on giving you the pain relief you desire, help you restore the mobility you have lost, past recovery and prevention of re-injury to your ultimate performance whether you are an elite athlete or weekend warrior. We take you from Pain to Performance.

Muscle People Physiotherapy Christchurch are aligned with several international organisations to deliver world class services for muscle, joint, nerve and pain conditions to the people of Canterbury. Our cutting edge biomechanical assessment and correction protocols we will enhance your performance and reduce your injury risk. We take a hands-on approach to ensure you receive the ultimate treatment experience. Come in and see your Muscle People Physiotherapist today - your performance is our ultimate goal.

What we do:Our Services

Relief from your Pain and Injuries

At Muscle People Physiotherapy we are committed to the accurate diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries and other conditions. Our aim is for you to return to your optimal level of function and to reduce your risk of future injuries. Our close association with the YMCA means that we have excellent gym facilities available to aid your rehabilitation and allows a focus on ongoing injury prevention programmes. By aligning ourselves with several international organisations, we keep up to date with the latest treatment methods and techniques for the benefit of our clients.

Effective Treatment of Your Low Back Pain - The Latest Treatment

Our Spinal Stability Programme, Dynamic Spines, is a new, exciting and effective approach to resolving and preventing your low back pain. Based on the most recent research emphasising the importance of the combination of pharmaceutical medicine, hands-on techniques and, most importantly, exercise. The programme is designed to move you beyond pain to a place where you are confident to move in dynamic activities and to significantly decrease your rate of recurrence.

Posture and Movement and Running Assessments

Alongside this we have our Biomechanical Lab where we run our Movement and Posture Assessment and Running Techniques Assessment services. These are used to identify functional limitations including biomechanical and faulty movement patterns. These suboptimal movements produce overloading on adjacent joints and muscles, which can result in injury and limit performance. What was once the exclusive domain of professional sports teams is now available in Christchurch at Muscle People Physiotherapy.

Running Coaching

Running coaching is for anyone who wants to run better and faster.  From the beginning runner who needs some help to get started, the regular runner with a niggling injury or if you're frustrated with your times and looking for a way to improve them.   We start with a running assessment with a detailed video analysis of your running style, and from there make a plan to improve it.  The coaching sessions then focus on correcting your technique area by area.  We recommend between 4-6 sessions depending on ability, and then many of our clients choose to join RunFit with their new running technique.  Running coaching is suitable for anyone as the running and exercises are performed in intervals, so if you're worried you'll struggle, rest assured the session will be pitched at your level.


RunFit is an 8 week running programme suitable from the beginner to the regular runner.  RunFit is more than just a social running group, it's a way to improve your technique and performance.  As physiotherapists we see a lot of injuries that could be avoided, simply by correcting a person's running technique.  Improving your running technique will reduce any unnecessary movement, reduce injury and allow you to run faster, for longer!  We are passionate about running and we want to help you improve your technique.  Each of the three weekly sessions held in Hagley Park is a combination of a core strength exercise programme, running drills and the option of a running route that changes between sessions.  We will work with you to help you achieve your goals, big or small!  Call our City clinic on 03 961 0236 for more informatio 

PD Warrior

Muscle People Physiotherapy is the first in New Zealand to provide PD Warrior, a revolutionary exercise programme designed to slow the progression of Parkinson's disease. PD Warrior offers people hope that there is life after diagnosis and helps to answer the six most common questions when you have been newly diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. PD Warrior is more than just an exercise programme, it is a philosophy that teaches you how to regain control and how to get back into life. Learn more at www.pdwarrior.com 

Our other services

We also provide assessment and rehabilitation for serious and long-term injuries including head injuries, spinal injuries, balance and vestibular retraining, headache and migraine treatments and the management of chronic pain as well as having staff with expertise in other neurological disorders e.g. Parkinsons disease, Stroke. 

For clients whose injury is a result of an accident we hold ACC contracts for the provision of rehabilitation services including the provision of Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Language Therapy, Psychology, Functional Capacity Evaluations, Functional Reactivation Programmes, Progressive Goal Attainment Programmes, Older Persons Health and other Allied Health services.

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