Under the Canopy – Physical rehabilitation services

Physical rehabilitation services

Under the Canopy – Physical rehabilitation services

What is it?

Cancer treatments can cause a variety of problems that interfere with your life in physical, emotional and practical ways. These can include pain, fatigue, muscle weakness, restricted movement and deconditioning.

Signs that you may need rehabilitation services include:

Expert advice and guidance from a cancer rehabilitation physiotherapist may improve health and your ability to function as normally as possible more quickly and to a greater degree. It could help you reduce fatigue, pain and prevent the development of long term side effects.

Physical rehabilitation services program

How can a rehabilitation physiotherapist help?

Our certified PINC and STEEL cancer rehabilitation Physiotherapist will assess you individually for physical impairments and affects of your treatment. They then work with you to create a rehabilitation program to suit your stage in recovery, type of cancer, and level of fitness.

Our Physiotherapists will help guide, support and encourage you through each phase of your treatment and recovery. They will teach you what you can do to get stronger again and help you understand why your body is reacting to the treatments in certain ways. They will provide information to help you feel more in control of your body and life again

Cancer rehabilitation can include:

Benefits of Physical rehabilitation services program

While rehabilitation can’t eliminate cancer assaults on the body, it can certainly decrease and decelerate the impact on function, strength and stamina. The aim is to allow people to live to their own maximum potential, performing at the limit of their physical and mental capacity with control and independence whenever possible. Problems picked up early by a cancer rehabilitation physiotherapist can prevent long-term problems developing.

Costs and enrolment

Our team of Pinc and Steel Cancer rehabilitation physiotherapists run individualised cancer rehabilitation sessions through private clinics throughout New Zealand.

A certified Pinc or Steel cancer rehabilitation physiotherapist in the closest clinic to your home address will then contact you to book an appointment. https://www.pincandsteel.com/find-a-physio/

The first session is for an hour and includes an assessment of your needs and issues and a rehabilitation plan will then be devised for you.

Appointment Costs:

Physical Rehab Initial
(incl GST)
Follow Up
(incl GST)
Pinc & Steel $135.00 60 mins $95.00 45 mins
      $70.00 30 mins


Program Cost Sessions
Next Steps* Fully funded 10 sessions
PaddleOn** Partially funded 8 sessions

*The initial consultation includes a physical and functional assessment and an individualised rehabilitation plan.

**PaddleOn now is partially funded. There is a slight surcharge on the 8 sessions ($60 in total).


Your health insurance provider may cover physiotherapy services with a certified cancer rehabilitation physiotherapist. If you are unable to afford rehabilitation the Pinc & Steel Cancer Rehabilitation Trust provides funding for our services.

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Our team

Pinc & Steel International

Pinc & Steel International

Pinc & Steel International was founded by Lou James to provide world class cancer rehabilitation programmes, services and products to help people affected by any type of cancer, all ages and fitness levels. She specifically developed physiotherapy techniques to facilitate recovery and ultimately improve quality of life for people during and after cancer treatments. Lou has developed a national network of physiotherapists all specifically trained to ensure that our patients have the best possible chance of recovery.

Deborah Hurt

Deborah Hurt Dip Phty, MPNZ, Accredited ALA Lymphoedema Practitioner

Deborah graduated from AUT School of Physiotherapy in 1978 and initially worked as a musculoskeletal therapist in the public and private sectors. While bringing up three children she worked part time as a musculoskeletal therapist. From 1995 she worked in Springfield Illinois, USA for three years as a musculoskeletal, sports and occupational medicine physical therapist working on developing new programmes and assessment tools. She has also been involved with the Australasian Lymphology Association as convenor of the 2014 Conference in Auckland, the New Zealand Representative and on the Board of Directors from 2014 to 2020.

On her return to New Zealand she worked in private practice as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist before training as a Lymphoedema Therapist in 2003 and doing advanced training in 2007. In 2006 she set up a physiotherapy practice based from my home which allows her to give individualised treatment in a relaxed setting with flexible working hours. She enjoys enabling patients to have an improved quality of life, whether from shortly after surgery through to the palliative setting. The combination of lymphoedema knowledge and musculoskeletal skills allows her to address muscle imbalance problems and axillary web syndrome, particularly after breast and axillary node surgery. Her focus is on what works best for the individual and their lifestyle in an empathetic manner.

Active+ Albany

Active+ Albany Physiotherapy, Pinc and Steel

We have a team of highly qualified therapists certified by Pinc & Steel Cancer Rehabilitation, ready to provide you with an individualised and tailored rehabilitation programme.  This can include working one-on-one, as part of a small exercise group or within our larger group classes such as Next Steps.  Our therapists have additional qualifications as either Pilates instructors or Australasian Lymphology Association approved Lymphoedema Therapists.  

Active+ Albany has both female and male physiotherapists available for you to book in with and we cater to all populations affected by cancer at any stage of cancer.  We pride ourselves on not only treating present issues, but also in prevention management of secondary issues such as lymphoedema, biomechanical changes, and fitness deterioration.  To do this we use various modalities such as hands-on/manual therapy, we have Low Level Laser Therapy available, our team can also create for you a home exercise programme or use our purpose built gym or exercise studio equipment, including pilates machines, free weights, aerobic fitness machines and body weight resistance training equipment.  We develop your rehabilitation plan with you during our first session and get started immediately in assisting you in your recovery.  With your consent, we work in collaboration with your wider oncology team (oncologist, surgical team, and GP), discussing the goals and strategies we will be utilising, along with any potential concerns to ensure you receive the best care.

To understand how cancer rehabilitation can assist you, listen to our clients that have undergone the process already.

Kim was diagnosed with head and neck cancer; he underwent surgery and radiotherapy:

Jamie was diagnosed with brain cancer; he underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy: 




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