Physiotherapists are skilled first line professionals equipped to assess, treat, rehabilitate and prevent human movement disorders.
Physiotherapy encompasses posture, balance and movement and therefore the knowledge of disease, injury, physiology and the healing process is of vital importance.
The physiotherapists at Physionamics aim to accurately identify and optimally treat conditions, such as back and neck pain, work-related musculo-skeletal and postural problems, sports injuries, post-operative pain, stiffness and weakness, just to name a few. We strive to rehabilitate and prevent dysfunction.
Our passion is people!
We are daily in awe of God's precision in knitting together our remarkable human bodies.
To rehabilitate every individual to his or her full potential in order to function at the highest form in their daily activities.
To correctly manage every condition to the best of our ability, with the best possible treatment approach.
Our aim is to achieve excellence in every area that we focus on.
Lyndle Snaith graduated as the Best Final Year Student in Physiotherapy and received her Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPhysT) with Cum Laude at the University of Pretoria in 2005. In the same year she was...
Deep Oscillation Therapy is a modality used to treat traumatic injuries and damaged structures caused from overstraining. It has an anti-inflammatory and oedema(swelling)-reducing effect. It directly stimulates self-mobilisation in tissue and therefore relieves pain and enables an earlier return to active forms of therapy and training.
Also known for its rapid muscle-relaxing effects and for its direct effect against microtrauma, this divice thus promotes a more effective nutritional supply to muscle cells and therefore accelerates the restoration to optimal performance.
All in all, Deep Oscillation Therapy can be used at an extremely early or acute stage and therefore the healing processes are stimulated and accelerated. Local inflammation is inhibited and pain is reduced over a sustained period.
This magnificent and effective modality is used in combination with other treatment modalities at our Physiotherapy Practice!
The basic uses of strapping or taping are preventative and therapeutic.
Dry Needling is a very successful medical technique which uses very thin needles without any medication (a dry needle) to achieve its aim.
Dry needling follows a "pain equals pleasure" principle. Upon entry into the trigger point, the needle disrupts the integrity, or chemical composition, of the dysfunctional nerves to produce an oversupply of "happy" enzymes and hormones like serotonin. The needles induce an increase in blood circulation, which promotes healing.
In essence, dry needling wakes up the brain so that the body can naturally heal itself.
Dry needling is used to treat pain and dysfunction caused by muscle problems, sinus trouble, headaches, and some nerve problems.
Kinesio Taping is a rehabilitative taping technique that is designed to facilitate the body's natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints, without restricting range of movement.
Due to the method of application, Kinesio Tape targets different receptors within the somatosensory system and therefore alleviates pain and facilitates lymphatic drainage (i.e. reduces swelling) by microscopically lifting the skin, and thereby decreasing local inflammation.
When applied correctly, Kinesio Tape has the ability to re-educate the neuromuscular system, reduce pain and inflammation, optimize performance, prevent injury and promote good circulation and healing, and assist in returning the body to homeostasis.
This is a specialized form of physiotherapy delivered with the hands instead of a machine. Practioners use their hands to apply pressure to muscle tissue and mobilise joints in an attempt to reduce pain and muscle spasm, muscle tension, swelling and joint dysfunction.
Techniques, such as soft tissue mobilisations, spinal and joint mobilisations, are used to increase flexibility and improve joint and body alignment.
Lyndle Snaith graduated as the Best Final Year Student in Physiotherapy and received her Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPhysT) with Cum Laude at the University of Pretoria in 2005. In the same year she was awarded with Academic Honorary Colours on behalf of the Student Representative Council of the University of Pretoria. Lyndle has also been granted membership of the Golden Key International Honour Society.
Lyndle has a passion for movement and exercise. She is fascinated at how the human body functions and how it responds to treatment and rehabilitation. Her goal is to get YOU back on your feet as quickly as possible, to encourage and promote healing and rehabilitation to such a degree that your quality of life reaches the highest possible level, so that you can enjoy every part of your life without having pain or dysfunction limit you in any way.
Lyndle runs a successful private practice, forming part of a multi-disciplinary team, at "Gesinspraktyk" in Montana Park. She was the team physiotherapist for the rugby squad at Hoërskool Montana from 2016 - 2019. During this period she was also involved in running an additional practice at the school, mostly focusing on the treatment and rehabilitation of all sport injuries, orthopaedic conditions, back and neck pain, concussion diagnosis and rehabilitation, as well as musculoskeletal problems experienced by the pupils/sportsmen of the school.
LLLT (Low Level Laser Therapy) is the application of red and near infra-red light over injuries or lesions to improve wound and soft tissue healing, reduce inflammation and give relief for both acute and chronic pain.
LLLT is used to: increase the speed, quality and tensile strength of tissue repair; resolve inflammation and relieve pain (analgesia).
The red and near infrared light (600nm-1000nm) commonly used in LLLT can be produced by laser or high intensity LEDs. The intensity of LLLT lasers and LED's is not high like a surgical laser. There is no heating effect.
The effects of LLLT are photochemical (like photosynthesis in plants). When the correct intensity and treatment times are used, red and near infrared light reduces oxidative stress and increases ATP. This improves cell metabolism and reduce inflammation. These effects can be enhanced with pulses however when analgesia is required there is a second mechanism which works best when a strong continuous beam is applied.
LLLT devices are typically delivering 10mW - 500mW (0.01 -> 0.01 Watts). The power density typically ranges from 0.005W/Cm² -> 5 W/Cm².
LLLT is popularly used for soft tissue injuries, joint conditions, neuropathic pain, non-healing leg and pressure ulcers.
Ultrasound is a method of stimulating the tissue beneath the skin's surface using very high frequency sound waves, between 800,000 Hz and 2,000,000 Hz, which cannot be heard by humans.
There are three primary benefits to ultrasound. The first is the speeding up of the healing process from the increase in blood flow in the treated area. The second is the decrease in pain from the reduction of swelling and edema. The third is the gentle massage of muscle tendons and/ or ligaments in the treated area because no strain is added and any scar tissue is softened. These three benefits are achieved by two main effects of therapeutic ultrasound. The two types of effects are: thermal and non thermal effects. Thermal effects are due to the absorption of the sound waves. Non thermal effects are from cavitation, microstreaming and acoustic streaming.
Cavitational effects result from the vibration of the tissue causing microscopic bubbles to form, which transmit the vibrations in a way that directly stimulates cell membranes. This physical stimulation appears to enhance the cell-repair effects of the inflammatory response.
Electrical muscle stimulation (EMS), also known as neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) or electromyostimulation, is the elicitation of muscle contraction using electric impulses. EMS has received increasing attention in the last few years because of its potential to serve as a strength training tool for healthy subjects and athletes, a rehabilitation and preventive tool for partially or totally immobilized patients, a testing tool for evaluating the neural and/or muscular function in vivo, and a post-exercise recovery tool for athletes.
The impulses are generated by a device and delivered through electrodes on the skin in direct proximity to the muscles to be stimulated. The impulses mimic the action potential coming from the central nervous system, causing the muscles to contract. The electrodes are generally pads that adhere to the skin. The use of EMS has been cited by sports scientists as a complementary technique for sports training and published research is available on the results obtained.
Cervical traction is a treatment often used in physical therapy to help treat neck pain and cervical radiculopathy.
Neck pain can limit your ability to turn your head, look up or down, or perform normal activities like sleeping or exercising.
Symptoms that often come from your neck include pain in the middle of your neck, pain to one side of your neck, or pain in one or both of your shoulder blades. Occasionally, symptoms coming from your neck may be felt as pain or numbness and tingling in your arm or hand.
It can be used to help decrease compressive forces in the neck, which can help take pressure off of the discs that reside between the vertebrae (spinal bones) in the neck. It can also open up the spaces where nerves exit the spinal canal, which can help relieve pressure off of a compressed nerve. Traction can also help stretch the muscles and joint structures around the neck.