A physiotherapist by definition might be seen as specialists in identifying and maximizing movement potential in the spheres of promotion, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. Thus, being treated by one should enhance meaningful functioning in the persons who seek the help of a physiotherapist.
Hélène Botha qualified as Physiotherapist at the University of Pretoria. She completed her community service at the Humansdorp Hospital in the Eastern Cape where there were no senior therapists working in the hospital. This forced her to take initiative in an environment where little resources were available and much was expected. She started up community exercise classes, helped organise a wheelchair race, lead group discussions for parents from the community with disabled children, serviced 9 different community clinics and learnt to work with a variety of different health care professionals.
Directly after completing a year of working for a Government Hospital, she completed a two month course in Neuro-Developmental Physiotherapy for children with disabilities.
After this, she was privately employed by a physiotherapist in the beautiful coastal town of Jeffreys Bay. The population of patients widely varied from surfers, school children with sporting injuries, the elderly suffering from chronic conditions to farm workers suffering injuries on duty in the Langkloof. She did a scuba diving course, took up mountain biking and swam in many open water swimming races including the 3km Eastern Province championships.
Her first small private practice opened its doors in Humansdorp and she had a satellite practice in Kareedouw.
She moved to Cape Town in January 2012 and was employed in a hydrotherapy practice. Here she hosted many exercise classes in the water, treated patients who had undergone orthopaedic surgeries and saw patients suffering from chronic pain. When her employer offered her the chance to go into an association and open up her own practice, she eagerly accepted the challenge.
She has subsequently qualified as a Learn-To-Swim coach where she teaches swimmers with special needs including children with Cerebral Palsy, Autism, ADHD and Congenital Muscular Dystrophy.
In her treatment approach, she focusses on holistic patient management, adapting treatment and rehabilitation to best suit their specific needs. She is very passionate about optimising the function of patients and getting them to live a balanced, pain-free and active lifestyle.