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Body In Motion’s successful workplace rehabilitation bid expands services
Body In Motion’s successful workplace rehabilitation bid expands services

Locally owned and operated rehabilitation business, Body In Motion, has been successful in their bid to hold the Vocational Rehabilitation Services contract with ACC, covering the Bay of Plenty and Waikato. This service supports injured workers and their employers by providing safe and effective return to work programmes and strategies, including ACC’s Stay at Work programme.

One of only nine suppliers in New Zealand to hold this contract, Body In Motion is excited about helping employers and employees navigate the complex process of ACC claims, finding suitable duties, rehabilitation needs and mitigating the cost of lost time and productivity.

“Body in Motion is passionate about being connected to our community and now we can offer a seamless journey from injury to wellness for injured people with a one-stop shop for treatment and rehabilitation” said Deeanna Piermarini, Body In Motion’s Head of Development.

The awarding of this contract, along with significant growth in other ACC and insurer-funded rehabilitation programmes, has meant an expansion of staff and premises is required. 

In June, the first Body In Motion clinic outside of the BOP will open in the CBD of Hamilton, growing the Waikato offering of rehabilitation and physiotherapy treatment services.  In July construction will begin on the development of the Girven Road and Grenada Street corner management hub and larger clinic. 

The three-story complex will expand the clinic space available for physiotherapy treatment, accommodate the multi-disciplinary team of rehabilitation professionals, and house the leadership and administration teams. Completion of the development is expected in June 2022.

Body In Motion will occupy 60% of this three-level commercial development with the remaining space leased out to independent businesses.

CEO and owner, Mal Shivnan said “The recent growth is a reflection of the mahi our team did through the challenging COVID-19 lockdown and the accumulation of 20 years’ experience of providing innovative rehabilitation solutions to employers and the general community”.

In 2020, under Alert level 4 and 3, all 14 Body In Motion clinics were required to be closed, and face to face consults were not allowed.  Telehealth services were launched quickly, and clients could be seen via Zoom to facilitate exercise and self-management of conditions.  Graduated return to work programmes of essential workers were monitored by phone or Zoom and manual handling training was undertaken by interactive video link.

Body In Motion have noticed an increased awareness of workplace wellness and injury prevention by employers in the last 12 months.

“There are more requests for stretch-training in workplaces that have repetitive tasks and enquiries about running employer-funded early intervention services to sort out pain and discomfort in employees before they become major problems and require time off work” said Occupational Physiotherapist Cory Matulino.

The future is bright for this locally owned and operated company that started in 2002 as a small clinic in Greerton with just Mal, and his wife Sarah Shivnan as the physiotherapists.

The goal was always to expand and grow, and now Body In Motion has 14 clinics in Tauranga, Mount Maunganui, Papamoa, Whakatane, Rotorua and soon to be Hamilton, with close to 100 employees.