Physios

We are Lulu and Chantelle, Physiotherapists with a special interest in Pelvic Health and passionate about helping Women, Men and Children with pelvic floor dysfunction.

Read on to learn more about how we became interested in treating the muscles of the Pelvic Floor.

Lulu

I completed my Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy at Wits University in 2005, and then did my community service in Kokstad (where I grew up) in 2006.  In 2007 I moved to London.

I initially worked in the NHS before joining the prestigious Portland Hospital for Women and Children’s Physiotherapy team in 2010. At the end of 2012, I left the Portland to work independently and ran my busy private practice in London until we moved back to South Africa in December 2017.  I now practice in La Lucia, Durban.

While working at the Portland, and through the extensive courses that I have attended in the past ten years, I have specialised in treating women, children and babies. I am also a certified Hatha yoga teacher and trained in teaching yoga to children with special needs.

In 2015 I gave birth to my daughter Poppy and her sister Isla arrived in 2017.  I have found that the first hand experience that I have gained in being pregnant, having a natural birth and a whole of breastfeeding struggles have been invaluable in helping me to further understand the physically and emotionally life changing journey that the women I treat, are on.

In 2016, I trained with Dawn Sandalcidi from the USA, who is a leading authority in treating children with incontinence and I am delighted to now also offer treatment to children who are incontinent and struggling with bed wetting.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Acupuncture
  • Vodder Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage therapist
  • Sensory integration (level 1)
  • Baby Massage Instructor
  • Qualified to provide vaginal and ano rectal assessments u0026amp; treatments for pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Kinesio taping
  • Hatha Yoga teacher
  • Yoga for children with special needs teacher
  • Pilates mat work
  • Paediatric incontinence u0026amp; bed wetting
  • Functional nutrition for Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Adult piston Science (Julie Wiebe)

I am also the co author of the book “Your Baby’s first year”, available on Amazon here.

My approach:

I am passionate about my job and feel incredible privileged to be able to help Women and children every day.  My Physiotherapy approach is quite ‘holistic’, and I draw quite extensively on my yoga knowledge as an adjunct to my Physio treatments. I am also a firm believer in positive thinking and many of patients leave my clinic with a positive affirmation so spend some time thinking about each day.

My dream is to help to create a society where Women are educated about the part of their anatomy that truly makes them a women.  For the one in three women that we know are urinary incontinent, the one in 8 women who struggle with faecal incontinence and the one in two women who have some degree of vaginal prolapse, to be brave enough to seek help for these conditions, and to empower them to prevent these worsening in the future.  I aim to provide a relaxed and safe environment to discuss any pelvic floor, bladder, bowel or pelvic pain issues and to treat and guide ladies to be as pro active and educated about these areas as possible.

My favourite type of patient:

My favourite Patient to see, is the one who has booked in BEFORE she has any bladder or bowel issues. This lady is educated and informed about her pelvic floor and wants to make sure that she is doing everything that she should be to PREVENT things going wrong in the future. She gets the all clear from a Women’s health Physio before she gets back to exercising after childbirth and knows what her pelvic floor muscle strength is like.  She is aware of the postural changes that happen during pregnancy and how these impact on her pelvic floor and she ensures that works on her alignment to prevent these issues.

I recommend that all women see a women’s health physio at some point in their lives, even if you aren’t currently experiencing any difficulties with your pelvic floor.  I also strongly advise at least one appointment while you are pregnant, one after you have had your baby (ideally at about 6 weeks) and one as you enter or are post menopausal.

The ‘traditional kegel’:

I think that the era of prescribing generalised pelvic floor or kegel exercise advice for women is over.  The statistics tell us that this approach hasn’t worked in the past, and I find that very few of women who come to see me are actually doing a ‘perfect’ kegel.  The majority of women are breath holding, recruiting other muscles such as their glutes or abdominals and not relaxing completely between each exercise which reduces the efficacy of the muscle contraction.  And many women are actually pushing downwards rather than lifting up when they do the exercise, which other than being counter productive, also exacerbates pelvic floor and prolapse problems.  I believe that each woman should be assessed by a Women’s Health Physio to ensure that they are performing their pelvic floor muscle contraction through their full available muscle range, and then have bespoke recommendations regarding their lifestyle, exercise preferences and pelvic floor health.

France:

The French realised the benefits of Women’s Health Physio years ago.  There, every new Mother is given mandatory sessions with a Women’s Health Physiotherapist to assess and strengthen their pelvic floor.  The French government established that by educating women on how to protect and strengthen these muscles in the post partum period, they are less likely to suffer with incontinence and pelvic organ prolapses later in life.  This service is sadly not available for women on the NHS, although I really wish it was. Getting the all clear from a Women’s Health Physio is a vital part of your post partum recovery and essential in ensuring that you only return to exercise once you are safe to.

Corporate Workshops:

I also run corporate workshops for Women on the pelvic floor, the magic of breathing and the importance of self love.  Please email me to enquire about these.

The easiest way to contact me is via the contact button below, if you send me a message with your number and question, I will call you back as soon as possible.

I would love to meet you soon!

Lulu

Chantelle

 

I graduated in 2009 from UKZN with my Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy and went on to do my community service at Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital in Umlazi in 2010. I loved the challenge of a big hospital where I would be exposed to many different things.
I then started working in an outpatient practice in 2011 up in Kloof and by the end of that year we had opened up rooms in Hillcrest Private Hospital. Being a new hospital I was working in all areas but especially loved my time in the Paediatric and Maternity wards.
In 2013 I started my training in Women’s Health Physio and I have never looked back. I connected instantly with the pelvis and all that we could do to assist women while working in this area.
But it wasn’t until I had my own children that I understood how important the knowledge I had with regards to pelvis was and how vital it is that I do whatever I can to share and empower others.
My daughter, Kassia, came into the world in 2014 through an emergency caesarean section. And then my son, Jed, was born in 2017 through a VBAC (vaginal delivery after caesarean section). I was fortunate enough to take some off while my kids where small to be with them and during that time I pursued my other passion- working with children- and was the children’s pastor at our church in Ballito for 5 years.
But one of the biggest things that my kids have taught me so far is that it is important for me to take good care of myself- mentally, spiritually and physically. So I started with my posture, my breathing, my scar and my pelvic floor and that has changed my life. And I want to share that with all the women in the world.
Along my journey of healing myself I met Lulu who introduced into the world of paediatric pelvic physio and when I learnt about the difference we could make in these little peoples lives I just knew that I needed to be a part of that as well. I have done every course I can get my hands on with regards to this and am confident that I can help families struggling with incontinence, bed wetting and constipation.
I love the pelvis. I think it’s beautiful. I know that life flows from there and I know that for us to be the happiest, healthiest version of ourselves we need to heal what isn’t working. 
So whether you have just had a baby, have incontinence of some kind, are pregnant, have pain in the pelvis, battle with constipation or if your child struggles with bed wetting, incontinence or constipation it would be my honour to help you heal and find beauty again.
Chantelle

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