Helen obtained a BSc
(Hons) Physiotherapy at University of Cape Town, South Africa in 1988 and since
then has completed numerous post-graduate courses in musculo-skeletal therapy,
sport injuries, myofascial release, dry needling, clinical pilates and pain
management. She is a certified PINC and STEEL Cancer Rehabilitation therapist, a
Bradcliff Certified Breathing therapist and a Certified Lymphoedema Therapist.
Helen has particular interests
in musculo-skeletal rehabilitation, management of breathing pattern disorders
and the treatment of complex pain and works extensively with patients
recovering from surgery and cancer therapies as well as in vocational
rehabilitation. She is passionate about holistic health care, mind-body
medicine and the importance of exercise and breathing to restore and maintain
health throughout life.
Management of Acute Pain in Preventing Chronicity
presentation will explore current principles of acute pain management with particular
focus on identifying risk factors for chronicity. A biopsychosocial perspective
will be discussed; one which is patient- centred and empowers the patient to
adopt a self-management approach as an active participant in their recovery.
The use of language that promotes recovery, re-assures and reduces fear of
movement will be presented together with an analysis of verbal and non-verbal
messages that may reduce compliance and prolong pain and distress. The
importance of early intervention, patient education and transformative language
and movement will be highlighted as well as the healing power of compassion and