At Auckland Physiotherapy we are excited to be able to offer the PINC Programme, a specialised rehabilitation programme designed specifically for women diagnosed with cancer.

The PINC rehabilitation programme started in 2005 and is now the largest provider of Cancer rehabilitation services in Australasia. This individualised programme is dedicated to improving the quality of life, optimising physical and functional recovery and enhancing sense of wellbeing for any women diagnosed with cancer.

What does the PINC programme involve?

Michelle our certified PINC physiotherapist assesses each patient individually for physical impairments and effects of treatment. A programme is then created to suit each patients particular stage in recovery.

It is suitable after any type of cancer surgery or treatment and appropriate for all ages and levels of fitness. The sessions can include manual therapy, clinical Pilates, fatigue management, home exercise programmes, scar management and integration into group classes. 

Why rehabilitation after cancer is important?

After undergoing often gruelling and debilitating treatments, there is little helpor guidance for return to daily activities and exercise for patients with cancer.

Research shows appropriate rehabilitation has many benefits including optimising physical function, improving energy levels, reducing the side effects of cancer treatments and easing pain and muscular tension.

PINC Next Steps Class

**Starts 10th October 5-6pm in our Newmarket clinic. Spaces limited so CLICK HERE to book your spot**

The PINC Next Steps program combines the best pilates, yoga and cardiovascular exercise for a workout that is specifically designed to help rebuild strength, flexibility and stamina. The program runs for one hour per week for ten weeks and is specifically designed to help people affected by cancer. It is suitable after any type of cancer surgery or treatment, whether it be recent or 5 years prior, and accomadates all ages, fitness levels and mobility.

Next Step Classes are taken by Physiotherapist Michelle Gall and are fully funded by the PINC and STEEL trust.

Michelle will guide, support and encourage you through each PINC Next Steps class. She will adapt exercises within each class to suit your individual needs. The classes can be started at any level of fitness as the periods of exercise and rest are adapted as fitness, strength and stamina improve. Each session finishes with a yoga relaxation sequence to restore a sense of calm and confidence.

To find out more about Next Steps and to register with the PINC trust click here. Registration with PINC needs to be completed two weeks prior to class starting.

Financial assistance to participate in the PINC programme is available through the PINC and STEEL Cancer Rehabilitation Trust. We look forward to empowering many women to return to exercise and the activities they love after a cancer diagnosis.


"It felt so good to have someone listen to my story with genuine interest, to ask all the ‘right’ questions. When I got to the ‘pain’ bit I am used to the conversation swiftly moving on; the “there’s nothing we can do so let’s not talk about it” approach. Michelle, in contrast, wanted to know more. For the first time I got to describe the various presentations of how my pain is at different times of the day. When she laid hands on my body it felt like they were knowing hands. I have never been a great fan of exercises, but these ones felt tailor made for me. It feels so good to be doing something productive that might help my recovery."

Liz S.