Active Health Physiotherapy


Are you looking for a Physiotherapist in Christchurch?

Experiencing problems with an injury, pain, range of movement, muscle balance or function? Physiotherapy is about reaching your body’s potential and the physiotherapy team at Active Health are experts in getting you get back to an active life!

Visit us at one of our three handy Christchurch locations. To book an appointment phone us today, or find a time that suits you on our online booking system. Need help getting started? New to Active Health? Contact us using this form or call on 03 383 6290.

How can we help you?

Acute Injury Treatment & Rehabilitation Programmes
Muscle Balance Assessments

Trying to manage more than one injury?  Looking to return to sport or exercise after time off? Are you starting a new fitness challenge? A muscle balance assessment provides detailed insight into your current strength and flexibility. We provide clear exercise-based advice and programs for you to achieve your fitness goals. With this base line muscular audit, you can then be guided on how to lessen your injury risk and develop safe fitness practices, that aim to get you to your goals faster. These plans can be specific for gym work outs; home exercise based; or individualised for your chosen sport.

Pre and Post-operative Rehabilitation

In some circumstances surgery may be the best pathway for your injury or continuing concern. Depending on the severity, acute or elective, it could be a number of months before your surgical date. This lead in time, can be used to improve post-operative outcomes by working with the team at Active Health. Some pre-operative goals and considerations may include; addressing compensations and pain from “favouring” your injury, improving your cardio-vascular fitness and strengthening adjacent muscles in preparation for time off to rest and recover. In some cases simple strapping, bracing or direction on footwear can be used to good effect, in order to offer a greater degree of comfort prior to surgery.

Post-operative rehabilitation is very important and often advised by your surgeon in order to provide better long-term outcomes. The key to this is a graduated and guided rehabilitation plan. This should include functional movements and exercises specific to you and your daily home activities, work requirements and sporting endeavors. Active Health’s clinicians can help develop an individualised and specific rehabilitation plan to help get you back out doing what you love.

Vocational Rehabilitation & ACC Return to Work Programmes

Do you have an ACC related injury that is keeping you from working? Active Health is a leading New Zealand provider of programmes designed to assist injured employees to return to work. In partnership with ACC, Active Health physiotherapists focus on assisting the individual to achieve a managed return to work through communication, consultation and rehabilitation. Patients who are currently receiving weekly compensation, have an ACC injury and who are being managed by their GP, are ideal candidates for these rehabilitation programmes. To find out more about how we can help your recovery click here. 

Pelvic Health

At Active Health we have physiotherapists who specialise in the treatment of pelvic health dysfunction, pelvic pain, bladder and bowel dysfunction, pelvic organ prolapse and sexual dysfunction. For more on how pelvic specific physiotherapy could help you click here


Cancer Rehab

Cancer treatment and detection today is allowing more and more people to survive cancer, however along with cancer treatments, comes a range of debilitating side effects that can affect a person’s quality of life. Physiotherapy plays an important role in assessing and addressing physical and functional limitations in cancer patients, to help you return to those activities important to you, whether they are home, work, social or exercise related. To find out more about how physiotherapy could help you with your cancer rehab click here. 

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Why Choose Us?

Our physical approach 

At Active Health we work to promote, maintain & restore physical, psychological & social well-being as well as fitness, health & wellness. At a consultation you can expect one of our experienced team to assess your levels of pain, range of movement, muscle balance and function.

  • We will educate you on your injury, treatment options and self-management strategies.
  • Work collaboratively to develop an appropriate treatment and rehabilitation plan designed to achieve your goals.
  • All rehabilitation plans aim to provide long term maintenance prevent future injuries. 
  • Our fully equipped gym means that we can give our clients the best chance to rehabilitate and be fit and healthy. 

Need an ACC Appointment?

ACC Physio

Our physiotherapiasts are all qualified & registered. We can offer you ACC appointments subsidised via ACC if your injuries meet the criteria outlined by ACC.

For both ACC and non-ACC related injuries, our initial appoitnment times are are 40 minutes. All subsequent follow-up sessions are 20 minutes.

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Physiotherapy Services Christchurch Locations:

Active Health – St Albans Christchurch

Phone: 03 383 6290

Clinic Hours: Mon to Fri 8am-6pm.
Gym Hours: Mon to Fri 6am-8pm.

545 Manchester Street, St Albans, Christchurch

QEII Sport & Recreation Centre

Phone: 03 383 6290

Clinic Hours: Mon to Fri 8am-6pm. 

  193 Travis Rd, North New Brighton, Christchurch

Active Health – Jellie Park, Burnside

Phone: 03 383 6290

Hours: Mon to Fri 8am-6pm.

295 Ilam Road, Burnside, Christchurch

Meet The Physiotherapy Team

Mark Hollands


PGDip SportsMed, BPhty (credit), BPhEd, BSc, CertAcup (UK)

About Me

PGDip SportsMed, BPhty (credit), BPhEd, BSc, CertAcup (UK)

Mark has 25 years’ experience in Leadership, management and the provision of High Performance, Health and Wellbeing services. Mark has worked internationally in both the public and private sectors, and as a member of both amateur and professional elite sporting organisations. He has led key business partnerships and stakeholder relationships across local government, regional sports bodies and teams, professional service providers, and corporate health customers. Mark has a real passion for helping make people be the best they can be and being the facilitator of their total Health and Wellbeing. This involves:

  • A proactive multidisciplinary holistic approach
  • Faster rehabilitation and return to work
  • Reduction of steps in the health pathway

Mark is willing to go the extra mile to ensure positive outcomes for individuals, families and companies and truly believes in ACTIVE HEALTH FOR AN ACTIVE LIFE.

Mark’s experiences and qualifications include:

  • Helping lead a successful business recovery and change the strategic direction of Active Health following the Christchurch earthquakes.
  • Currently working with NZ Rugby, New Zealand Lacrosse and Northern Districts Cricket
    Board Member ADASTRA Foundation supporting up and coming athletes
  • Previous High Performance Impact Manager, Cycling New Zealand – leader, manager and provider in New Zealand’s High Performance environments with an on-going and enduring focus on collaborative care and teamwork for the benefit of athletes.
  • 25 years as Performance Impact Member of New Zealand Olympic Teams to the Sydney, Beijing, London and Rio Olympic Games– medals included 3 Silver and 4 Bronze
  • Physiotherapist to New Zealand Cycling Teams at Manchester and Delhi Commonwealth Games and 25 World Championships
  • Strong lecturing background having taught in Anatomy, Biomechanics, Motor Learning and Control and Exercise Physiology
  • Degrees in Science (Physiology), Physical Education (Kinesiology), and Physiotherapy (Credit)
    Post Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine, Post Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation
Cath Silvester



Dip Phys.

About Me

Cath brings to Active Health a wide range of experience. After graduating in 1991 she spent time working in the UK and the United States specialising in Orthopedics. After returning to New Zealand she worked for a number of years in a leading multi-disciplinary sports practice specializing in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy. For the last three years Cath has worked in a Pain Management Practice managing chronic pain conditions and specialising in Vocational Health. Cath is currently completing post graduate studies in Vocational Health. In her spare time Cath enjoys running and has recently taken up mountain biking.

Kath Bull



About Me

Kath has a wide range of physiotherapy experience, having graduated from the University of Otago in 1994. She has worked in many areas of musculoskeletal physiotherapy in New Zealand, America and the UK. She enjoys treating a wide range of conditions and is dedicated to helping people recover from their injuries through comprehensive assessment, treatment and individualised rehabilitation programmes.

Kath worked for Active Health from 2005-2008 at the QEII location, and then re-joined the Active Health team in 2017 after relocating from Auckland.

Kath is available to see both private and ACC clients. Kath also works on ACC Vocational Rehabilitation contracts, both as a lead provider for these contracts and also providing rehabilitation to help clients return to work as soon as possible after injury. Kath has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Rehabilitation with a paper in Work Rehabilitation.

In her spare time, Kath enjoys hiking, skiing and mountain biking.

Kate Horton

Physiotherapist and Pilates Instructor

BSc(Hons), certified Matwork Pilates instructor (APPI) UK

About Me

BSc(Hons), certified Matwork Pilates instructor (APPI) UK

Kate has a wide range of physiotherapy experience, having qualified in 2001 from Manchester University in the UK. She has worked in many areas of musculoskeletal physiotherapy both in the UK and New Zealand, from sports teams, to hospital and private practice, and has taught Pilates classes regularly since 2008.

Kate moved to New Zealand in 2009 and has been teaching up to five Pilates classes a week. She connects well with people of all ages, to help to assess, treat and prevent further injury. She has a keen interest in muscle balance problems and postural issues. Kate also enjoys treating shoulder and back injuries, along with post-operative care. She relishes the challenge of working out the problem and treating injuries with a combination of manual therapy, exercise prescription and looking at long term prevention.

In her spare time, Kate is an avid runner and has been a member of Extra Mile Runners in Christchurch for several years, having completed a number of half marathons. Living close to the Port Hills with her husband, she loves having the perfect training ground on her doorstep.

Bevan Lawson


BPhty (credit)

About Me

BPhty (credit)

Bevan graduated from the University of Otago in 2006, receiving the Sheila Consuela MacDiarmid Scholarship. He is an experienced clinical physiotherapist in musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy with a focus on exercise-based rehabilitation and injury prevention. Bevan enjoys working with all ages, from youth athletes to older adults, helping them rehabilitate from injuries and return to active lifestyles with improved biomechanical efficiency. Bevan has also developed expertise in muscle balance assessment, occupational health, golf-specific physiotherapy and mental strategies to overcome injuries. Bevan competes to a high level in his own sporting endeavours and is the captain of the New Zealand Korfball team. Bevan has also been the physiotherapist to both the New Zealand and Australian Korfball teams.

Brad Robinson


BPhty (Distinction)

About Me

Brad qualified as a physiotherapist in 2017 after graduating from the University of Otago. Brad then worked in Timaru and Oxford, before moving back to Christchurch to join the Active Health Team. Brad is passionate about working alongside people with a variety of injuries to help them achieve their goals and help them return to their active lifestyles. Brad is particularly interested in using a comprehensive biomechanical assessment to assist in treatment of injuries and determine why an injury might have occurred to assist in preventing further injury in the future. He likes to use his training in dry needling to assist people with their recovery where appropriate.

Brad has played a variety of sports competitively, most recently focusing on basketball. It was through these numerous sports and inevitable injuries that Brad found a passion for the human body and managing injuries. In his spare time Brad likes to enjoy the New Zealand outdoors through tramping, trail running and back country camping.

Julianne Grant


PGDipSportsMed, PGCert Rehab, BPhty, BPhEd, CertAcup(NZ)

About Me

Julianne has a wide range of physiotherapy experience ranging from treating high profile elite sports teams to those everyday injuries that we are all familiar with.  Julianne’s current work focuses on the areas of Vocational Health, Pain Management and Escalated Care Pathways.

Julianne also has a Physical Education Degree and has completed post graduate studies in Sports Medicine and Occupational Health. Julianne has provided physiotherapy services to NZ Hockey; the Canterbury Mens & Womens Hockey Teams and Canterbury Netball.

Angela Mackie


BPhty PGDip SportsMed (credit), PGCertAcu (NZ)

About Me

BPhty PGDip SportsMed (credit), PGCertAcu (NZ)

Angela is a New Zealand Physiotherapist with 25 years experience and has post-graduate qualifications in both Sports Medicine and Acupuncture. She frequently attends conferences and courses to enhance her skills and knowledge

Angela enjoys the challenge of managing all musculoskeletal injuries. She has a keen interest in lower limb biomechanics + pelvic stability.  Following a thorough assessment to understand your specific condition, she uses a combination of manual therapy, acupuncture, breathing re-education and exercises to aid recovery and help you return to the things that are important to you.

Angela has been privileged to work with a huge range of sports teams and individuals including netball, hockey and ice skating to the highest of levels. But by far the sport she’s spent the greatest time on the side-line is rugby – working with both men’s and women’s teams, including seven campaigns the with Canterbury Women’s 15s and 7s teams.

In her spare time, she enjoys running and has completed 20 half marathons, using these as an opportunity to travel and explore the country.

Olivia Adam


BPhty (Distinction)

About Me

Olivia graduated from the University of Otago after spending her placement year in Christchurch. During this placement year she worked with Active Health as a Sports Medic for a rugby team and then joined the team as a physiotherapist. She likes spending her spare time outdoors in a multitude of activities including running, tramping, and mountain biking. After many years of netball and tennis leading to multiple injuries, she combined her own rehab experiences with her enthusiasm for people and she found a passion for physiotherapy. Olivia enjoys being able to work with people to treat and manage their injuries and in the long run prevent further injury whilst encouraging an active lifestyle.

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