Physiotherapy

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The Aim of Physiotherapy is to:

  • Treat and manage pain. In order to enable you to participate in all activities, whether you are training for a big sporting event or suffering from pain due to everyday life or work.
  • Regain normal movement patternsusing hands on techniques like joint mobilisations, soft tissue release, stretching and strengthening.
  • Rehabilitate towards normal movement patterns and biomechanicsto prevent further injury and promote complete recovery by correcting muscle imbalances and poor posture patterns.
  • Education and Health Promotion. Physiotherapist aim to help patients by promoting health and equipping patients with the knowledge to prevent future injuries.

About us

Poonam Haria Physiotherapy has been based at the Rivonia Sports Centre since 2015. The practice and continued to grow and develop and has two dedicated physiotherapists; Poonam and Dayne based at the centre. They both are members of IFOMPT (International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists) which tracks the latest evidence-based studies and ensures treatment is based on the latest research.

The practice places great emphasis to treat patient with a hands on approach in order to treat our patients most effectively. We will use additional modalities such as: electrotherapy, taping, dry-needling and traction as needed to enable us to perform individualized and appropriate treatments for you. We strongly focus on a holistic, multi-disciplinary management approach in order to accurately diagnose and manage your problem and will refer you to a relevant medical practitioner if necessary.

Our goal is to ensure that we target the underlying root cause of your problem; helping to prevent a recurrence in the future.

Poonam Haria

Poonam Haria obtained her BSc Physiotherapy degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2009. Following graduation, she completed her community service at Natalspruit Hospital then worked at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital for 4 years. She worked in several areas including orthopaedics, musculoskeletal outpatients, neurological rehabilitation, acute and chronic paediatric care, respiratory physiotherapy as well as acute care ICU.

Poonam has a special interest in the management of patients with orthopaedic and sports injuries as well as pelvic health-related problems. Pelvic floor physiotherapy is a special area of physiotherapy that involves the management of patients with bladder, bowel and sexual health dysfunction.

She has completed post-graduate studies to obtain a certificate in Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy; upon graduating she received the top achiever award for the course. She has also completed training for various specialised courses in women’s health issues, dry needling, taping techniques including Kinesio taping and strapping, Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) dysfunction (jaw pain) and visceral manipulation (mobilisation techniques for the abdominal organs that effect back and neck pain and pain in the limbs) to mention a few.

Poonam is a graduate in classical Indian dance, enjoys going to the gym, dancing and reading in her spare time.

Dayne Haworth

Dayne joined the practice in 2017. He completed his BSc Physiotherapy degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2011. He then went on to complete his community service at Helen Joseph Hospital. He has since worked in private practice on neuro-rehabilitation, intensive care units, medical, surgical and orthopaedic wards. He has also worked at a back and neck rehabilitation clinic and at general out-patient practices dealing with sports injuries, back pain, chronic pain and various post-operative orthopaedic conditions.

Dayne has a passion for managing patients with sports injuries using sports-specific strength-training programs, orthopaedic rehabilitation, neurological rehabilitation, spinal rehabilitation, chronic pain, geriatrics (care for the elderly). Dayne especially enjoys working with school related sports injuries.

Dayne prides himself in conducting a thorough assessment to ensure that he fully understands your condition. Dayne thoroughly enjoys guiding his patients through a complete rehabilitative program to ensure that their underlying weakness, imbalances or faulty bio-mechanics are corrected to prevent a recurrence of the injury and to improve your performance in sports, hobbies or work.

Dayne completed a year of post-graduate studies in 2018 to obtain an internationally recognised ADP2 certificate from IFOMPT in Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy (OMT). Dayne has also completed specialised post-graduate courses in dry needling, Kinesio-taping, the McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) for back pain, upper-quarter and lower-quarter rehabilitation and management, vestibular management and neurological rehabilitation.

Dayne has a passion for running, playing football, hiking and cooking in his spare time.

Conditions managed include:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Arthritis related pain and weakness
  • Corporate health related injuries and ergonomics concerns
  • Chest conditions (asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis)
  • Chronic pain
  • Disc and facet joint injuries
  • Headaches
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Ligament injuries
  • Muscle injury: strains, tears and spasms
  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Neurological rehabilitation (stroke, spinal cord injuries, head injuries and nerve disease)
  • Orthopaedic surgical conditions: pre-operative and post-operative rehabilitation
  • Posture-related problems
  • Sinusitis
  • Sports injuries
  • TMJ (jaw pain)
  • Whiplash

Specialised services offered at the practice

  • Home visits:

-We understand that it may be challenging to sometimes get to the therapy rooms; hence we offer a home physiotherapy service in these special circumstances.

-We also offer home visits for all conditions that we treat, where you are unable to travel.

  • Hydrotherapy: 

-We have a walk-in heated pool with a ramp and rails available at the practice.

-It is helpful for orthopaedic post-operative rehabilitation (spinal, upper limb and lower limb, neurological rehabilitation, for gait and balance retraining.

-Hydrotherapy is beneficial for chronic pain and fibromyalgia.

-Hydrotherapy is very beneficial for Osteoarthritis. Please see the link below for more information.

(https://www.kaenz.com/aquatic-exercise-osteoarthritis/?fbclid=IwAR3UfsTGKK_V6iGVFQIs8HRKRRmKVcM5GsLF8iK50K-LQ0yVUQusK8_Dna8). 

  • Pelvic health-related issues:

-Incontinence

-Pelvic girdle pain

-Pregnancy related pain

-Bowel dysfunction (constipation, piles)

-Sexual dysfunction (related to the dysfunction of pelvic floor muscles)

Working hours

  • Monday – Friday: 07h00 to 18h00
  • Saturdays: (by appointment)
  • Sunday: Emergencies only

 

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Billing

We charge medical aid rates, however we are contracted out of medical aid and are a cash practice.