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)
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®
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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