The Gilmour difference 

Our practice expertise is based on internationally recognised research undertaken by the Gilmour research team

Through leading edge research the Gilmour System has been developed to offer a comprehensive, non-surgical approach to the management of serious back and neck pain.

John Gilmour | Kate Haswell

John GilmourOwner/Principal Physiotherapist

John Gilmour Born and raised in Devonport, John attended Takapuna Grammar and represented the school in rugby and sailing.

After graduation from AUT Physiotherapy College in 1983, he worked at North Shore hospital before extending his knowledge with a Postgraduate Diploma in Manipulative Therapy.

While building his own practice in Herne Bay, John identified a treatment gap for back and neck pain - particularly lower back pain - and began working with Barbara Moore and Kate Haswell to develop the Gilmour System.

John is now an internationally-recognised published researcher. His specialist interest is the application of engineering and biomechanical principles to resolve back pain by addressing the original cause, rather than simply focusing on symptom relief.


Kate HaswellSenior Physiotherapist

Kate Haswell Kate combines an academic career at AUT University with hands-on work and research at Gilmour & Associates.

An associate dean in the Faculty of Health and Environmental Science at AUT, she has published in prestigious international journals with research colleagues John Gilmour and Barbara Moore. This research is focused on investigations that will improve the management of patients with serious low back pain and neurologic involvement.

Professionally, Kate has many roles with a number of national and international organisations. Currently she is Secretary of the Executive Board of Kaltenborn/Evjenth International, an organisation founded from the work of Norwegian Professors Kaltenborn and Evjenth. She also has manual therapy teaching and research connections to Europe, North and South America, Asia and the Pacific.