Hello, my name is Carmen and I serve the community as a physiotherapist in Umhlanga and Durban North. I’ve been a physiotherapist in Umhlanga since 2007 but I qualified back in 2002. Over the years I have developed a signature way in which I apply myself to every patient that walks into the practice. I pride myself in helping every patient to find the right solution to their pain problem even if it means sending them on to another medical professional that may be better at helping them.
What does that look like?
A comprehensive assessment of the patient’s movement (or lack thereof) and posture before treating.
This leads me to treat the cause of the pain and not just trying to treat symptomatically. My best tools are my skills of observation, my two hands and occasionally my elbows. Pain is treated by rehabilitating movement using techniques you may be aware of like needling, massage, joint mobilisation and muscle activation. Add to that my special interest in the developing field of fascial therapy which has revolutionised the way I treat my patients. The results speak for themselves.
I understand pain having experienced it myself and treat every person as an individual. Some people can handle hard techniques, others can’t. So I will consider the person in front of me. Communication is an integral part of each session. If you are looking for a passionate physiotherapist in Umhlanga to help you, come see me.
A few other interesting facts
I was born in the little town of Bethlehem, so I’m not an original Durbanite but I love this city.
I qualified as a Bachelor of Physiotherapy in 2002 at the University of Pretoria, completed my community service year as a community physiotherapist at Ngwelezane Hospital in Zululand before moving on to the Milnerton Mediclinic in Cape Town in 2004.
Like many other South Africans, I worked in the UK. I specifically worked in the fields of orthopaedics, ergonomics, paediatrics and learning difficulties whilst doing a bit of travelling. I still love to travel and even have a travel blog called The Carmen Footprint, which is my creative outlet.
When I am not busy helping people as a physiotherapist in Umhlanga you may see me out and about doing some form of sport and keeping active. I’m a jack of all trades – running, mountain biking, stand up paddling, golf and functional training. I try to live what I teach because I want to be active until I’m well over 100 years.