It's in our hands
This physiotherapy practice strives to provide comprehensive quality care. Treatment is evidence-based and up to date with the newest treatment modalities.
At our practice we are four physiotherapists, a receptionist and an accounts administrator.
Top left to right: Mandy Botes (Accounts administrator), Lynne Beningfield (Physiotherapist), Monica Warren (Receptionist), Jessica Wallace (Physiotherapist)
Bottom left to right: Shabnum Shah (Physiotherapist), Samantha Harding (Physiotherapist and practice owner)
This physiotherapy practice in Empangeni has a strong dynamic team of physiotherapists. We treat our patients with a holistic team approach. Our aim is to help our patients the best that we can and to maintain a high quality and friendly service. Our physiotherapists treat patients in hospital at Life Empangeni Hospital and at Richards Bay Melomed Hospital, as well as out patients at our practice no. 5 Addison street.
Samantha Harding is a qualified physiotherapist with a passion for helping people to live a better pain-free and healthy life. She opened her practice in Empangeni in 2014. She qualified in Bloemfontein in 2009 with a Bsc. Physiotherapy (uovs). She completed her post graduate Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy (OMTC) in 2011. Her passion started with treating orthopaedic musculoskeletal conditions such as headaches, back pain, post operative rehabilitation and sports injuries.
She has since become interested in womans health physiotherapy and the management of persistent pain conditions and has continued to train further in the management of these areas. Samantha is kind and friendly, and cares about her patients. She will always do her best to help, or to get them the help they need if it's not within her own expertise.
Jessica Wallace graduated with a BSc. Physiotherapy from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2016. She completed her community service year at Lower Umfolozi Hospital where she there developed her love for paediatrics, especially in areas such as chest conditions, developmental delay, cerebral palsy and other neurological conditions. Jessica then joined our practice in January 2018 and has since done multiple post graduate courses to further her knowledge and skill set.
Jess’s special intrests include paediatrics, pain management, post-operative rehabilitation, sports injuries as well as neuro rehab including strokes or neuromuscular disorders. Jessica is friendly and outgoing and loves interacting and forming relationships with her patients. She is commited to providing quality care and helping patients achieve their best quality of life.
Shabnum Shah graduated as a Physiotherapist from UKZN in 2016. She completed her community service in 2017 at Ngwelezana Tertiary Hospital where she had gained experience in various conditions.
Shabnum has completed various post graduate courses including Dry Needling, Kinesiology Taping and Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction. Whilst she enjoys treating various conditions, her special interests are rehabilitation of neurological conditions such as stroke and cerebral palsy, treatment of headaches and SIJ dysfunction, as well as respiratory conditions. She has enrolled to complete her OMT (Orthopaedic manual therapy) post graduate in 2019.
She loves watching her patients reach their highest function and is committed to helping them get there.
Lynne Beningfield graduated at the University of Pretoria and has been practicing as a physiotherapist for 38 years. Having gained experience in both the public and private sector as well as having worked at a special school for cerebral palsied children. Over the years she has run clinics for cystic fibrosis, spinae bifida and Down’s syndrome children as well as at amputation and cardiac rehab clinics. She has worked in spinal rehab centres in Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban.
Further study has included Neuro developmental therapy, dry needling, ICU and respiratory care, treatment of various acute and chronic peripheral and spinal conditions. She is passionate about her work and of particular interest to her is paediatric respiratory and normal developmental care and orthopaedic and sports injury rehab.
We are trained in the management and rehabilitation of sports injuries. We can assess for any muscle imbalances that may be the cause of the injury or contributing to poor performance. If you have had any sport related injuries or want to improve your performance, make a booking to see us.
Often when you have suffered from ongoing pain your nervous system becomes over sensitive- this means it over reacts to stimuli in the area of your pain.
Pain is very complex with multiple factors influencing our pain experience. It is vital to understand that on-going pain can be due to the way the brain processes information from the body, and not necessarily from damaged tissue. Pain is an experience we have in order to protect ourselves from further injury- in other words our brain decides there is a threat to us and the output the brain sends is pain.