Wellness for every body
Wellness for every body

Medical Advisory Board appointment - Te Whatarangi Dixon


Guillain–Barré Syndrome (GBS) is a rapidly evolving disease characterised by muscle weakness, ranging from mild to severe and occasionally leading to complete paralysis. GBS is a treatable disease, and the outcome is usually good even for those with severe weakness with about 70 percent of clients recovering full strength.


Diagnosed with the disease in 2014, and then in a very rare occurrence, again in 2019, Te Whatarangi was inspired to become a physio following his own treatment journey with GBS.


Hailing from Te Teko, a small town in the eastern Bay of Plenty and growing up in Tauranga, Te Whatarangi (Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Manawa, Ngāti Raukawa ki Te Kaokaoroa-o-Pātetere) has made a huge impact on those receiving treatment from him and those who look to him for inspiration following a GBS diagnosis.


“Always the optimist, my recoveries led me on a journey of self-discovery where I am now proud to call myself a physiotherapist. My journey has been challenging yet unique, and I wish to share my story with the world in the hope others feel inspired to shine their own light.”


The GBS Medical Advisory Board provides advice and support for people and their families who suffer from the disease as well as undertaking research of the autoimmune disease.


Te Whatarangi’s appointment to the Board will see his personal insights and cultural background help get more Māori involved with research into GBS.


For more information on GBS and the Advisory Board, click here.


Feature treatment: pyretic bath

This month’s feature treatment is our unique steam bath (or pyretic bath), which may deliver many positive health benefits from the warm steam that permeates the whole body.

A pyretic bath is a steam box in which you lay in for 20 minutes with your head, neck and shoulders exposed, however the steam is not as hot as a sauna. Aside from being relaxing and enjoyable, a pyretic bath may;

• ease restricted or painful movements in joints
• provide relief from bronchial asthma and bronchitis
• act as a decongestant for release of symptoms from colds and hay fever
• benefit those with sleep disorders
• improve poor skin circulation
• ease muscular tension
• relieve Fibromyalgia symptoms
• detox body and skin, reducing inflammation
• boost immunity.

Although there are some medical conditions where this treatment is not suited, the majority of people benefit hugely from this treatment. We look forward to discussing your needs and finding a treatment solution that works best for you.

Our usual pyretic bath treatment is $59 but for the month of June it is reduced to $45. Bookings are essential – please call 07 343 1665 to secure a treatment at this special price.

New equipment: DEXA Scanner

We are excited to announce that we now have a brand new DEXA scanner available for your use at QE Health!

The new machine, which measures bone density and replaces our previous machine, which was owned in partnership with TRG Imaging. We are grateful to TRG for the 25-year partnership which has helped to prevent hundreds and thousands of fractures.

What does a DEXA scan tell you?
A bone density (DEXA) scan is a type of low-dose x-ray test that measures calcium content in bones. The measurement helps assess bone density, which enables clients to reduce the risk of fractures. It’s usually performed at the lumbar spine, hip, and wrist level - the three main areas of fragility fractures.

Fun fact: We can also use this machine to measure other things such as body fat percentage – book your appointment to talk to one of our clinicians to discuss your options. (this service will be available from July 21)

Who and how can I get a DEXA scan?
Anyone can have a DEXA scan – some scans are funded by the DHB or ACC (eligibility criteria applies) or you can access it privately.

Since April this year, QE Health has taken over the screening of osteoporosis in the Lakes DHB area, which means you may be eligible for a funded scan if you have had a non-traumatic fracture in the past two years. Speak with your GP who can refer you directly to us for this service if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Alternatively, a hospital specialist may refer you for a DEXA scan if you have a long term condition with a predisposition to develop osteoporosis - think of it as a preventative measure. You can check out whether you may need a scan at www.knowyourbones.org.au.

Other services available at QE Health:

• Physiotherapy
• Occupational Therapy
• Rheumatology
• Clinical Psychology
• Orthotics
• Clinical Spa Services
• Gym and Fitness
• Occupational Health Services
• Community Hydro Pool Classes

All these services can be accessed by a referral from a GP or Specialist or you can access them privately. Contact us for more information.