Welcome To
Active Health

Welcome to Active Health Timaru your one stop physio practice, where we pride ourselves on our quality physio services offering the best service possible. We hope you enjoy your stay and you find the information you are looking for, if not please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Active Health is based in Timaru, New Zealand, with physio clinics in Timaru, Waimate, Temuka and Fairlie. We are an experienced team of physiotherapists, pilates instructors and occupational therapists.

Our Physiotherapists & Occupational Therapists have a range of qualifications and in depth experience in spinal treatment, manipulation, post-surgical management, rehabilitation, pilates, occupational health , workplace assessments and workplace talks. With anything physio, our team has the training and expertise to help you get back to your best.

“When Rachael took over my physio care, I had a persistent lower vertebrae problem that other professionals could neither diagnose or fix. Rachael stayed truly ‘on-task’ and over a period of weeks, sorted the problem with a multi-faceted approach – and I’ve never had an issue since!”

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Rachael Boyce started her physiotherapy career at Canterbury Hospital in 1994 after graduating from Otago University with a Bachelor of Physiotherapy with Credit and achieving 2nd best performing student in her year. Rachael came to work in Timaru in 1996 at Physical Health Centre doing 2 years before travelling to the UK where she worked for the British Army as a physiotherapist in Germany and England.

In 2000, Rachael returned to Physical Health Centre where she took over managing the clinic as sole physiotherapist before purchasing it in 2001. Since then, Rachael has expanded the depth and scope of the practice from just treating musculoskeletal sports injuries and post-surgical rehabilitation, to specialised back care, pilates classes and occupational injury management for both injured parties and employers.

In 2014 Rachael & her husband Peter purchased Active Health Services and combined the 2 businesses rebranding as Active Health.

Rachael and the team have worked with multiple sports teams and athletes including South Canterbury NPC Rugby team, Timaru Boys High Canterbury Crusaders 1st XV, Coast to coast athletes, Te Waipounamu Rugby, South Island Maori Womens rugby team,

Active Health is recognized throughout South Canterbury as an industry leader supplying physiotherapy treatment and vocational services to some of South Canterbury’s largest employers and highest achieving sports people and teams.

Active Health gained ACC accreditation, which is the ISO 2000 equivalent, in 2004 which recognizes excellent in business systems and efficiency. ACC accredited practices have been shown by ACC to produce better outcomes for patients in shorter time frames than non-accredited practices.

See our Team

…an experienced team of Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists and Pilates instructors.

Rachael Boyce – Director/Clinical Manager

Rachael has been qualified since 1994 and has a well rounded background in physiotherapy having worked in New Zealand and overseas, having worked with the British Army and various sports teams; and in the last decade specialising in Occupational Health and Vocational work. Rachael has completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Sports Medicine, a Certificate in Spinal Manipulation and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Occupational Health. She is also a Pilates Instructor,to an advanced level.

Peter Boyce – Director/Financial Manager/IT

Pete’s focus is to keep Active Health at the forefront of delivering services that utilize technology to communicate between medical team members and other parties quickly and efficiently to ensure patient service delivery is fast. He also is responsible for company finances and our IT maintenance and development.


“I have been a client of the Active Health Timaru for the past 12 years. During this time I have found their service to be of the highest professional standard. The staff are always friendly and knowledgable . Their advice is practical and they are always willing to assist in treatment and rehabilitation at all times. I would recommend them as physio’s to anyone in the South Canterbury region.”

With Regards Craig Cooper

“I have known Rachael Boyce as my Physio for the past 15 years. During my time as an elite NZRU Full Time Rugby Referee, I consulted with Rachael virtually on a weekly basis for rehabilitative massage right through to muscle strains and lower back issues.”

With Regards Colin HAWKE REO South Canterbury Otago & NZRU Referee Resource Coach

“I hate sitting still. Rachael and her team have helped me recover from various injuries. Her friendly, professional team have got me back doing the sports I enjoy with minimal downtime, and with stern words of advise sometimes when required!”

With Regards Annette Davidson

“After my serious accident 11½ years ago Rachael work tirelessly, professionally, mainly hands on and successfully to return me to being an active and happy citizen again! She had the same success with my wife last year after she broke 3 bones in her lower leg! At the same time while working on us Rachael discussed and passed on to her staff at Active Health Timaru her methods for overcoming serious problems. We have great pleasure writing in support of Rachael and her staff and Active Health.”

With Regards Don & Lorna Hayman