Back On Track Physiotherapy FOR APPOINTMENTS: (03) 442 6616 Queenstown Frankton Arrowtown FOR APPOINTMENTS: (03) 442 6616

Patient Resources

At Back On Track we value our time spent with our clients, however we also like to provide them with useful information to help them manage their injuries and more importantly prevent them from coming back.

The Biking season is upon us and in order to help prevent injuries a thorough warm up is beneficial. Click here for warm up exercises.

It is getting into golfing season and with that golfing injuries. We've put together a few exercises to help you avoid injury on the green. Click here

Myofascial release therapy


What is Fascia?

  • Fascia is connective tissue that surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels and nerves binding those structures together much the same as plastic wrap.
  • It has several layers and extends uninterrupted from head to toes.
  • Myofascia surrounds muscles and creates its form. If it’s tight and restricted it creates a restricted environment for the muscle. It ultimately determines the length and functioning capability of the muscles.
  • An orange is a great example of fascial layering system.
  • Recently there has been an increasing interest in fascia and its influence on the body. Understanding is expanding to a more holistic, integrated view of the body where everything is connected and working together.
  • Many things can affect the healthy state of fascia including physical and emotional trauma, poor posture and repetitive strain to name just a few.

Benefits of Myofasical release therapy

First level

Deeper level

Decrease heart rate

Helps body realign itself

Decrease stress

Helps break old holding patterns

Increase circulation

Improves postural distortion

Stimulate parasympathetic system

Frees muscles from fascia

Break up scar tissue

Re-establish pliability of fascia

Enhance sense of wellbeing

Lengthens chronically shortened muscles

Decrease overall tension

Creates space for fluid exchange

Client feels whole, connected, balanced, grounded

Resets muscles spindles and changes muscle memory

Reduce fascial restrictions

Allow rehydration of tissues

Decrease pain

Decrease fascia and muscle imbalances

Increase range of movement

Relieves stress and compression on joints

Increase energy

Release memory stored in tissues

Increase lymphatic drainage

Facilitates mind- body connection

Enhance nerve conduction

Promotes physical and emotional healing


What does Myofascial release involve?

Myofascial release uses no oils or cream and is done slowly to allow the fascia to release and the body to go into a relaxed state. The therapist listens to the client’s body with their hands and does long stretching strokes over the skin. Sessions start with more superficial strokes which get firmer depending on whether deeper therapy is needed. The client will be aware of a stretching sensation in addition to feeling the tissue releasing, space being created and calmness in the body.

Nicola has completed her Fundamental and Advanced lower limb Myofasical Training  and is having some great success with her clients. If you are interested book in to see her or she is happy to discuss whether myofascial release may be beneficial for you.


Please click here for some of our Basic Pregnancy Exercises for you to try. If you require any further advice please don't hesitate to contact us and you can discuss further with an experienced physio.

Ski season is not too far away. Now is the time to get in shape! Click here for some pre season exercises to get you sorted!

Click here for some basic pilates exercises to get you started. Remember that we have many classes running throughout the week if more supervised sessions are more your thing.

Back pain is one of the most common grievances that can hold you back from getting on with your daily life. We have included a resource from Physiotherapy NZ about how to care for your back.

Ankle sprains are a very common lower limb injury. We have further information on ankle sprain management, prevention and some exercises to help get you going

Are you sitting correctly at your desk? Incorrect seated posture can cause a multitude of aches and pains which can have an immense impact on your life, both at and away from work. Sorting out your workstation only takes a few minutes- your body will thank you!

Click here to find out about how to set up your workstation.

Working in the construction industry is tough and physically demanding. The industry has some of the highest rates of work place injuries in New Zealand (1). The prevalence of low back injuries among construction workers is as high as 54% (2). Back injury may result in disability or time away from work, which has detrimental effects on the employer, the employee and their colleagues.

Click here for info on preventing injuries on site.

Click here for  a warm up and stretch programme for Builders