One of the most satisfying aspects of my work is being part of a collaborative effort with a patient.
Not only am I able to provide a person with the tools and knowledge, but I am also privileged to be part of a process which requires effort and discipline to help in rehabilitation by reducing pain and discomfort, building muscle strength, minimizing imbalances and regaining adequate range of motion. The goal is to improve quality of life through movement. Sometimes the improvement is less than what was hoped for, sometimes it exceeds what we expected.
I enjoy assisting in improving posture and rehabilitation of the spine. I provide rehabilitation for spondylosis, bulging disc and herniations, spondylolisthesis and stenosis. The rehabilitation may be part of conservative management of a condition, pre-operative or part of the post-operative treatment.
I enjoy working with scoliosis and kyphosis. In particular helping children and teenagers with core strengthening to improve their posture. The idea is that the sooner we can correct imbalances in muscle flexibility and strength the better the chances of a normal posture and spine curvature. The same applies for an adult and we try to minimize the weakening and deterioration that comes with becoming less physically active and changes related to aging.
I enjoy working with runners - both road and trail - by identifying and restoring muscle strength imbalances, to aid in improving balance and flexibility. Sometimes the goal for exercise prescription is to address a sub-optimal functional movement pattern that may lead to poor performance or an injury. Sometimes the overuse injury may be caused by this functional movement pattern that needs to be adjusted for better alignment.
BA (Human Movement Science) Cum Laude
BA HONS (Biokinetics)
Registered at the Health Professions Council of South Africa
Member of the Biokinetics Association of South Africa.