Physiotherapists work in a wide variety of fields and assist people to find a more effective and efficient way of moving through life, whether it is after an injury, surgery or illness or preventatively to enhance wellness and wellbeing.

A Physiotherapist uses a multitude of treatment modalities which helps ease pain and restrictions and improves posture and ergonomics. After a thorough assessment and physical movement examination a treatment program is discussed and designed with the client.

BENEFITS OF PHYSIOTHERAPY

  • Increase function and ability
  • Enhanced sports performance
  • Decreased stiffness and pain
  • Improved flexibility, strength, coordination, fitness
  • Pain and Stress Management and skills development
  • Increased function in daily activities, Improved Resilience
  • Neurological Rehabilitation (Stroke, Parkinson’s, MS, MSA, CP)

TREATMENT OPTIONS

A thorough assessment informs the physio which of a wide variety of evidence based therapy modalities to discuss with the client and once agreed on, use to treat the presenting physical symptoms and stress responses related to injury, illness, surgery, disuse and overuse.

Physiotherapists traditionally focus on problems with muscles, fascia, joints, ligaments, scar tissue and posture alignment among others.Current neuroscience research indicates that Stress management, Pain neuroscience education and body/mind connection all forms important parts of the treatments options to effectively deal with pain, disability and trauma.

Adele and her team of physiotherapists have further training in Pain Management & Intervention, Rehabilitation Exercise, Hydrotherapy and Watsu®

Hydrotherapy is specific, adapted physiotherapy techniques performed in an indoor heated pool (32°-35°C), where the body is supported which allows a greater degree of freedom of movement with increased safety when balance and coordination is being challenged and clients can do more advanced activities earlier on in the rehabilitation process.

When you are submerged in water up to neck level you only have 10% of your body weight on your joints, in a suspended or supine (lying down/floating) position there is no compression on your joints. This means that rehabilitation can start earlier (as soon as your wounds are healed), keeping muscles, connective tissue and joints supple and strong.

The greatest advantage about hydrotherapy is that it can be done even without being able to swim. You will be continuously supported in the water, either by the therapist or by floating devices (i.e. pool noodles). Each treatment is tailor made to fit each individual’s needs and level of fitness.

In addition, their team runs a Stroke Day Care clinic (Sun Valley), where clients who have had strokes and have limited mobility are provided with a safe space where they can learn new skills and adapt to their new circumstances.

Watsu® is a passive form of exercise where your body is fully supported in warm water whilst being rhythmically moved and stretched by your therapist who will ensure that your body is comfortable at all times, so that you can lie back and be care free.

Why water?
In water our bodies move with greater ease and is supported from all directions. This allows our muscles, joints and spine to release, becoming more flexible and pliable. In addition, our senses are being soothed by the warm water and rhythmic motion, whilst you have the freedom to explore your own body movement. This has many health benefits some of which includes improved sleep and digestion, decreased pain and muscle spasm.

After seeing the benefits hydrotherapy had on her clients Adele made the decision to expand on this modality and started her Watsu journey in 2006. She qualified as a Watsu® Practitioner in 2009 and continued her training, including travelling to the USA in 2017 to further her studies to completing her Watsu® 1 instructors training.

She will be the only fully qualified Watsu® 1 instructor in South Africa and intends on sharing this valuable tool with the rest of her team and the medical fraternity to create a holistic treatment plan for clients.

Hippotherapy is when the movement of a horse with the person sitting in any position or even lying over the horse is used as a therapeutic intervention and treatment modality. When sitting on a horse whilst it walks the movement created in the human’s pelvis is almost identical to when we walk. For anyone who has movement difficulties this means normalised input to the brain and sensory system. During hippotherapy the treating therapist will use various exercises and games to achieve further specific outcomes. These might be positional sense, balance, vestibular stimulation etc.

The team is also offering Hippotherapy for children (and soon adults) with neurological conditions.

Our Physiotherapists are available to visit you in the comfort of your home when injury or surgery has made it difficult to travel.

After a thorough movement assessment the physiotherapist will be able to prescribe the most appropriate exercise that will target most of the problem area. Our motto is less is more. The physiotherapist will guide you through the exercises to ensure that you use the correct muscles/fascial lines in order to save energy, move more efficiently and so protect and increase the lifespan of your joints and body.

Resilience is our ability to navigate through our stressful lives. We are all exposed to multiple stressors in our lives and our response to these differ as our capacity and resilience change. There are many ways that we can build our resilience through practice just like we get stronger or faster through exercise. At the HeartMath institute many researchers has been studying the effects of our hearts on our body’s chemical composition. And what they have found is that through some simple exercise we can change our body response from STRESSFUL to CALMING.

Exhale is a 1-day Equine Assisted, experiential workshop, designed for anyone who would like to learn HOW their body and brain responds to stress and pain. We share practical applications of current research in pain and its regulation, and the link between pain and real or perceived danger. This is where we have an opportunity to learn from the horses. Being prey animals they need to know when to respond to danger for their short term survival, and they also need to “go back to grazing” for their longer term survival. During this workshop we learn how to observe this behavior and how to apply some of these principles into our own lives. No previous horse experience is needed. All interactions are groundwork only and in the presence of the facilitators. By learning to understand the way in which horses communicate even those who are afraid of horses feel more at ease around them after this workshop.

During Basic Watsu you will learn:

  • Sound Watsu Body Mechanics – keeping your body feeling good whilst moving in the water  & making it easy
  • How to keep your partner in good alignment and comfortable
  • The basic/foundation Watsu moves and their names
  • Learn how to float, glide and move someone in the water
  • How find a still point within yourself and being present in the moment
  • How to find and allow flow and ease of movement by allowing the water support you
  • Many of the concepts of Watsu that you will learn during these 2 days will have positive ripple effects throughout your life.

On completion you will receive a certificate of completion for  Basic Watsu and you will be registered on the Worldwide Aquatic Bodywork Association’s website as having completed this training. You will also be invited to our secret group on Facebook where you will be able to ask questions, share insights and feedback and get first option on all future courses.

In order to become an International Watsu Practitioner there are further requirements that need to be attained. Please click here for more information.

Or visit the Waba website for more information.

Adéle Pudney, our Physiotherapist.

About the Therapist

Adele’s role as physiotherapist is to assess, set goals, treat, educate and empower clients to achieve their highest possible function – even when they think they can’t. She understands very well that recovering from injury comes with many challenges. Her aim is therefore to find the balance between support and challenge in order to assist people to achieve their goals (in sport, life, work & socially).

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Testimonials

Nearly 5 years ago I was advised to have a knee replacement operation. In order to strengthen my muscles pre-op I went to see Adele at AP Physio, initially for physio and then later I joined her aqua class. I have still not had that op and my knees are better now than when I went to see her. Far from deteriorating with the years as was predicted by the surgeon, they are much improved. Adele is a very skilled physiotherapist and teacher. She is also a true healer.

Diane Salters, Simons Town.

Adele Pudney has demonstrated to my wife (Rita) and me just what can be achieved by expert use of physiotherapy.  She has transformed Rita’s quality of life.

It is a long story, beginning in England in 2008 when Rita suffered a near-fatal stroke, just surviving it but with multiple physical and cognitive disabilities.  By 2010 she had made almost no progress and was assessed by UK health and care professionals as having no capacity for recovery. She was consigned to a care home for a life of permanent dependency, as being “in her best interests”.  Before accepting this, I brought her to Fish Hoek to see what a UK winter spent in the South African sun might do.

By chance and almost immediately, Rita was ‘discovered’ by Adele whose opinion was that Rita’s UK diagnosis was wrong – she was in fact capable of a good recovery.  Teaming up with an occupational therapist and a senior nurse from Fish Hoek Home Nursing Services, the three promptly set up Rita’s first-ever practical rehabilitation program and, within weeks, progress was clearly being made that I watched with amazement.

Regular visits to Fish Hoek followed and, by April 2013, Rita had effectively recovered from all her many disabilities except for a rather poor short-term memory. This we could live with.  Her wheelchair was given away.

At the time of writing (early 2019) Rita, aged 80, can hike without difficulty for 8 km through the mountains of the Cape Peninsula, and loves to do so.  People who meet her for the first time in the UK rarely pick up there was ever anything wrong with her. Her physical status has been assessed as better than average for 80-year-old ladies who are in good health and who have never had a stroke.  Rita now lives a normal life at home in north Essex, England.

Naturally, we continue to regard Adele as a good friend, despite living more than 9,000 km apart, and we keep in regular touch.

Should anyone wish to know more about the details of Rita’s recovery from stroke, please check the website www.strokerecoverybook.co.uk.

David Guthrie, UK

Adele, I want to thank you for the amazing results you have achieved with my legs and arm problems.  I am so very pleased that I followed the advice of one of your current clients to come to you. In the space of 7 weeks you have helped me ease all my pain and problems for which I’m extremely grateful. I will confidently recommend you to anyone I know looking for a committed and experienced Physio.

Jenny, Helderberg

AP Therapists have a unique way of treating chronic pain and the psychological effects that hamper healing. I learnt so much about how the mind and body process pain and how I can use water and Watsu to heal.

Delia Woker

After an injury to my right knee in 2013 and subsequent arthroscopy that seemed to have done more harm than good, a friend persuaded me to join the group aqua therapy sessions at the Wellspring Centre.  I discovered that not only were the classes enjoyable, but the exercises were also beneficial.

Early in 2015 I sustained a similar injury to my left knee but, by now, such was my faith in Adèle Pudney and the healing powers of physiotherapy that this time I did not bother to consult an orthopaedic surgeon but went straight to Adèle.  Along with my bi-weekly group aquatherapy sessions, Adèle recommended a holistic combination of physiotherapy, one-on-one hydrotherapy sessions and Watsu treatments. In addition, she suggested that I also see Dr Kim Needham, the chiropractor at the centre.  Together they worked on my balance and posture and I was soon walking comfortably and confidently.

Aqua Therapy has become a way of life for me.  The classes are never boring as each week we are faced with new and more challenging exercises that not only benefit us on  a physical level, but also on a cognitive level. I have made good friends amongst the other members of the groups and I have also witnessed the impact that aquatherapy has had on people with far more serious impediments than mine, such as multiple sclerosis and brain injuries and, in particular, on stroke victims.

Jean Slabbert

Consultations

  • Our office hours are 8am – 5pm Monday to Friday
  • Aquacise Classes – Monday and Friday 9am; Tuesday 4:15
  • Home Visits offered
  • Treatment costs varies depending on treatment modalities used
  • Accounts can be submitted to Medical Aid for payment
  • Client is responsible for account if Medical Aid is exhausted
  • Strict 24 hour cancellations – Late cancellations are charged in full and not paid by Medical Aid

Book a consultation

To book a consultation please call Janine on +27 (0) 21 785 7200, or complete the form below and we will contact you to schedule your appointment.