Helen McKendrey

Dip Phty, Dip MT


Helen has worked in physiotherapy for more than 30 years in both New Zealand and the UK. She gained her Diploma of Physiotherapy from Otago Polytechnic in 1988, and also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Manipulative Therapy and a Postgraduate Diploma in Rehabilitation – which included ultrasound imaging and breathing related studies – bad breathing patterns can really interfere with how your whole system works. She joined Capital Sports Medicine as a director in 1997.

Helen is particularly interested in recurring injuries that stem from poor body mechanics. Like when your sore back is actually caused by your over tight hamstring, or how your previous injuries are inter-linked. She looks at how the body works as a whole, and whether weakness or tightness of some muscle groups is putting too much strain on others, and causing re-injury. From there she develops exercise programmes to address the problem area and soft tissue work or mobilisation as required.

Outside of work, Helen keeps herself fit with a bit of yoga, swimming and trail running as well as mountain-biking, and doing crazy navigational stuff – she doesn’t always know where she is but always knows where home and a hot shower is! She also teaches kids to MTB with WORD (Wellington Off-road Riding Department) – sharing the love of riding, one ride at a time!