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Services Offered
Women's Health


Women’s health covers so many aspects. From ante-natal care during pregnancy through to post-natal care of a new mother. Care of the breast during breastfeeding and beyond. Management of pelvic pain and urinary incontinence. Care of the osteoporotic patient and more devastating conditions like post-mastectomy management.

Back pain, sacro-iliac joint (SIJ) and pelvic girdle pain are common during pregnancy. Physiotherapy provides safe, non-invasive and welcome relief.

To a first time Mom the idea of breastfeeding creates feelings of awe and wonder that we are solely responsible for this little miracle we are raising. But along with that there are often feelings of anxiety and self-doubt, because this is such a new and responsible role that needs to be filled. For some it comes easily (don’t believe everything they say) but for others it may be a struggle with complications like cracked nipples, blocked ducts and mastitis.

Lactation advice is easy to come by, but often reading a website or book does not help. Having somebody show you how, is so much more valuable. A large part of our role is supportive and advisory. Along with laser and ultrasound to treat the complications we will help to get the correct latch and make sure that breastfeeding is a happy, rewarding experience as it should be.

Post mastectomy scar tissue tightness, lymphoedema or shoulder/back pain and overall body aches may occur. Physiotherapy treatment greatly enhances the recovery of these patients.

Breastfeeding Brochure
Mom’s Post-Natal Brochure
Post-natal physio Brochure
Pelvic Floor Health and Management
Pelvic Health Physiotherapy

Pelvic
Pelvic health physiotherapy is aimed at women and men who have pain and problems in their lower abdominal area, lower back, hips, pelvic floor (PF) and/or bladder and bowel issues.
These problems are experienced by many people, throughout their lives, but are not always diagnosed or treated effectively. Physiotherapy uses conservative methods to treat these issues, thereby lessening the need for surgeries. It’s not always about Kegel exercises either!
The initial session will include an in-depth history of the problem(s) and then an assessment. This will include both an external and internal (if appropriate) assessment. Any concerns about the assessment can be discussed with your Physiotherapist. An individual treatment plan and rehabilitation programme is then discussed and put together.

Pelvic Health Physiotherapy will help with:

  • Ante / Post natal pain, discomfort and pelvic floor rehab
  • Incontinence
  • Bladder/Bowel problems e.g. constipation, IBS
  • Prolapse issues
  • Pelvic pain
  • Sexual health issues
  • Menopause
  • Prostate issues

Pelvic Health Brochure
Sports Injuries

Sports

There is no doubt that sport and exercise have enormous health benefits. If one is lucky, the injuries stay away but for most of us there will be a niggle at some stage. Sprains, strains and other soft tissue injuries are common in the sporting population. These can cause just a short interruption of training and competition or could mean a prolonged time away from the sports field. Physiotherapy provides an optimal environment for healing within the body’s normal limitations and accelerates the return to sport with a lower risk of re-injury.

Maybe treating injuries is too late; maybe we should be focussing more on preventing injuries. Not only does this ensure uninterrupted play for the athlete/sportsperson, but it often enhances performance too. A pre-season or pre-participation screening can reveal many interesting biomechanical factors that can be addressed effectively and early and ensure that a possible injury does not occur. In young athletes we find that if we fix biomechanical issues early, performance improves. Improved performance is a powerful motivator to continue with relevant exercises and the bonus is that perhaps a future injury will be avoided.

CrossFit ® is a very intense form of exercise. Those who do CrossFit® are normally passionate about it and the thought of not training, even for one day, is devastating. Pre-participation screening is very valuable to assess limitations that will prevent the athlete from achieving the various postures necessary for the exercises. Many an injury can be avoided by incorporating stretching/myofascial release/joint mobilisation and self treatment like “Mobi’s” into an athlete’s program.

If any injury does occur, modifications in training are suggested while treatment is happening until return to full activity is achieved. What fun it is to “play” again and at the same time benefit from the effects of training.

Hips, knees, ankles and toes. Shoulders and elbows. Muscles, ligaments and tendons. Backs and necks. We need them all to be working well in order to perform optimally. Don’t ignore that small niggle and allow it to become a big niggle.

High intensity strength training brochure
Lower Limb general brochure
Upper limb general brochure
AC Joint
Tendinopathy
Golf Injuries
Elbow Impingement
Corporate Health

Corporate

Sitting in traffic to get to an appointment consumes an enormous amount of valuable time and makes it more difficult for people to make it to physiotherapy. To help solve this problem we have a couple of satellite practices in the Randburg/Sandton area where the physiotherapist comes to you. We treat sports injuries, backs and necks, sprains and strains, headaches, sinus amongst other things.

Please contact us on 011 706 7433 if your company would like to consider an on-site physiotherapy service.

Sitting - corporate health brochure
Core and Posture - corporate health
Back and neck injuries and headaches

back

If you have never had neck or back pain then you are very lucky. It’s difficult to understand how debilitating it can be if you haven’t experienced yourself. Often there is nothing much to see from the outside – a bright pink plaster cast or a pair of crutches will get more sympathy.

There are many pain sensitive structures in the back and neck – joints, discs, ligaments, muscles and nerves. Knowing what is causing the pain already makes it seem better, so a thorough assessment by your physiotherapist is key. Once the cause of pain and or stiffness is identified, treatment will include soft tissue release, joint mobilisation techniques, neural (nerve) mobilisation, specific relevant exercises and perhaps some electrotherapy modalities like ultrasound or interferential.

Tension headaches are a result of tension in the muscles in the front and back of the neck. Cervicogenic (a fancy word for “related to the cervical spine i.e. the neck”) headaches are often referred from the joints in the neck. Releasing the muscles and loosening up the joints of the neck provides enormous relief from headaches. Sometimes we are so stiff that we can’t actually correct our postures because our bodies cannot get into a better position. And when we do, it feels rather strange. Once joints and muscles are more mobile and flexible “good” posture is much more achievable…and we can stop feeling guilty about our poor posture.

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Colicky babies

colic

Sometimes babies don’t settle. They niggle and niggle and spend a lot of time crying. This is hugely distressing for the parents as nothing they do seems to help. Babies like this need to be checked by the Paediatrician to make sure that they are thriving and that there are now medical reasons for the baby not settling. Sometimes these babies are described as colic/colicky babies.

These babies often present with a restriction in their spinal mobility after birth which can cause discomfort for the baby. Colic, is believed to be caused by a restriction of the head-on- neck joint, which may cause an irritation of the vagus nerve, which in turn, affects the gastro-intestinal system. Physiotherapy helps to assess the baby’s spine and safely and gently release any restrictions that could be causing discomfort.

CranioSacral therapy can also help release these restrictions. CranioSacral Therapy is an alternative, light touch, non-invasive therapy. It evaluates and enhances the CranioSacral system, the environment in which the brain and spinal cord function from the skull (cranium) to the bottom of the spine (sacrum). An imbalance or dysfunction in this system can cause sensory, motor or neurological disturbances. CranioSacral therapy is a very effective and gentle way to sooth a colicky baby.

The Moms are always amazed at the results from this treatment and the babies normally have a really good sleep after they have had a physiotherapy session.

CranioSacral Colic physio brochure
Education

Education

The more you know, the more you realise you need to know. All of our physiotherapists have completed extra post-graduate training in various courses.

The OMTC (Orthopaedic Manual Therapy Course)
1 year post-graduate certificate course focusing on assessment and treatment of the spine and peripheral joints

The SPT1 Course (Sports Physiotherapy 1 Course)
1 year post-graduate course focusing on peripheral joints, soft tissue injuries and rehabilitation

The WHP Course (Women’s Health Physiotherapy Course)
Modular course covering all facets of women’s health

The Pain Physiotherapy Group Course
Modular course covering all aspects of pain management

Lecturing and assisting on these courses keeps us on our toes. Teaching is hugely rewarding and we are proud of the contribution that we make to our profession by being involved in these courses.

 

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