About Cilliers & Swart Physiotherapist2020-07-14T19:54:50+02:00
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Cilliers & Swart Physiotherapist is a practice representing a group of experts who use physiotherapy treatments to treat the cause and symptoms of pain. The human body is complex and adaptive. The body has a wonderful ability to adapt to almost everything you throw at it. However, the adaptations should only be used for a short time, but misuse and abuse results in chronic compensation patterns. A physiotherapist’s role is to assess and diagnose all the factors relating to your problem. A treatment and management plan is then developed after we have given you a diagnosis.

At Cilliers & Swart Physiotherapy, we help you understand what is going on in your body and how we can help relieve your pain. While physiotherapy can be effective, we realise there are some cases when we can’t help. In these cases where physiotherapy isn’t the appropriate treatment for your problem, we will refer you. After establishing the need for alternative treatment, we will either contact your primary physician (typically your General Practitioner) or refer you to some of South Africa’s leading Medical Specialists and Allied Health Professionals.

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Clients are our Focus

The team at Cilliers & Swart Physiotherapists are dedicated to providing great customer service and aim to be industry leaders clinical care. Our practice is a manual therapy clinic. In other words, our treatments are delivered with a “hands on” approach. During a session, feel free to ask questions. By asking questions we can help you understand your body and the treatment it requires. Through honest conversations we hope to build trust in our relationship with you. With your feedback we can improve our practice. We believe that we offer the best platform for effective clinical care and communication, but your help in maintaining it.

Cilliers & Swart Physiotherapists are passionate about being lifelong-learners.

Because ongoing education important to us, all our physiotherapists participate in regular professional development self study and/or regular clinical reviews and mentoring programmes. Our practice has a close working relationships with numerous sport clubs ranging from ballet studios to gyms. Since our staff have numerous special intrests within their field of treatment (e.g. acupuncture), experience with related injuries (e.g. neck) or sport (e.g. treating a ballet dancer vs. a boxer). We believe in providing the best treatment for our clients.

Our processes and procedures are accredited under the Health Sector Standards. We are audited on a regular basis to ensure that our practice and our staff meet (and exceed) the necessary requirements.

Meet the team

Cilliers & Swart Physiotherapy represents skilled and qualified individuals. Renier Cilliers, Jaco Swart, Carli van Dyk and Maryke Rossouw are counted among medical professionals registered on the HPCSA (Health Professions Council of South Africa). Throughout the year our staff continuously improve their skills by attending courses as well as in-house training. These learning opportunities help improve their knowledge and application of the latest techniques and technologies. This helps us maintain a high standard of treatments underpinned with the necessary skills in order to treat you more effectively.

What makes us Different?

We try to prevent future (and further) injury by establishing and treating the cause of the problem – not only the symptom of pain. Our goal is to improve your performance. Your daily routine is just as important to us – we want to help to get back to it as soon and as safe as possible.

During your first consultation, we determine the cause of the problem by doing a comprehensive test of your movements. ‘Hands-on’ is our preferred method of treatment. We teach you self-management techniques to show you how to treat and relieve your own pain.

Put us to the test. Contact a Cilliers & Swart Physiotherapist today.

Why choose Cilliers & Swart Physio?

As a professional athlete or weekend warrior, you are built to stay moving. We rehabilitate with the goal of returning you to what you love doing. Our purpose is to get you back to your normal daily life as soon and as safely as possible. You don’t want to be stuck in rehabilitation forever.

  • New research and technology that works for you
  • Evidence-based treatments
  • As part of our preventative nature, we focus on injury prevention.
  • Perform a detailed musculoskeletal screening.
  • We aim to decrease your chances of serious injury.
  • Professional advice on how to manage injuries correctly.
  • In the end we love what we do and what we do is help people!

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What to expect when consulting a physiotherapist?

At Cilliers & Swart Physiotherapy we schedule one hour sessions to give enough time to cover the assessment, diagnosis and treatment.

Assessment & Diagnosis

The physiotherapist will firstly ask you detailed questions about the pain, then he will perform tests and ask you more detail about the location of the pain and feedback of what you feel during certain movements.

We will touch, stress and move certain structures to test where the problem might be coming from. During this process she/he will explain his results of the test and diagnose the problem. They will then continue to treat the tissue according to what’s necessary for repair.


Physiotherapist use their hands, machines, movements, and many other types of treatment to repair soft tissue. The physiotherapist will give you instructions to follow and warn you of dangers that might have caused the problem. It is very important that you understand what is going on in your own body. Ask as much questions as possible.

Do I need a doctor’s referral?2019-02-09T23:05:20+02:00

No. You don‘t need a doctor’s referral to see a Physio

All Physiotherapists must be registered with the HPCSA and are considered first line practitioners. This means that they work in an open and equal partnership with medical and other healthcare practitioners in the care of patients.

First line practitioners are professionals who make independent diagnoses and can treat such conditions, provided it falls within his or her scope of practice. Therefore, please do not hesitate to contact us directly so we can determine the cause of your problem and decide on further action.

What type of treatment techniques do you use?2019-02-09T23:03:29+02:00

At Cilliers & Swart Physiotherapy practice, our treatment techniques includes various methods and procedures that will help you recover to your full potential.

Our treatment techniques include:
  • Selective soft tissue manipulation
  • Massage
  • Myofascial release
  • Dry needling
  • Spinal mobilisation & manipulation
  • Muscle energy techniques
  • Exercise rehabilitation
  • Stretching
  • Pilates
  • Movement therapy
  • Electrotherapy
  • Ice or heat therapy
  • Taping & sports strapping
  • Bracing
  • Postural training
  • Neural mobilisation
  • Pain education
  • Muscle relaxation techniques
  • And much more…
When should I see a physiotherapist?2019-02-09T23:01:32+02:00

There are many instances where it is appropriate to seek the help of a physiotherapist, if you are experiencing any of these mentioned below:

  • Swelling, bruising or deformity of a body part.
  • Experience muscle spasm or stiffness.
  • Joint stiffness and/or aches and pains (particularly if your symptoms have persisted for more than 3 days).
  • Limping or protecting a limb due to pain.
  • Feeling pins and needles or numbness.
  • If your limbs collapse or give way occasionally.
  • Pain when resting (sitting or lying down).
  • Advice on improving strength, flexibility, balance or fitness.
  • Guidance on injury prevention or other aspects of musculoskeletal health.
  • Just had an injury.
  • Improve your physical performance for sport.

As a general rule, if you are unsure whether you need the help of a physiotherapist, it is always better to just call your practice & ask to speak to a Physio.

What is the difference between a physiotherapist and a biokineticist?2019-02-09T22:59:00+02:00

So in short, the main difference between your choice to see a biokineticist vs a physio you should ask yourself, “Experiencing any pain?” If Yes, consult a Physiotherapist.

A Biokineticist

A biokineticist is a health care professional registered under article 32 (1) (a) of the Act as a biokineticist. A qualified biokineticist is an exercise specialist whose goal is to improve the physical condition and quality of life of a patient through a physical assessment and the prescription of a scientifically-based physical activity programme.

The profession of biokinetics is concerned with preventive health care, the maintenance of physical abilities and final phase rehabilitation. Final phase rehabilitation refers to the period or phase in the rehabilitation process where physical activity and physical conditioning is part of the primary therapeutic modality. These goals are achieved by means of scientifically-based physical activity programmes, i.e. specific and individual-oriented physical training programmes based on the individual’s physical condition, compiled and supervised by a qualified biokineticist.

A Physiotherapist (Cilliers & Swart Physio)

Physiotherapists are trained in a wide spectrum of pathology, physiology and anatomical deviations that cause pain and other problems.

Cilliers & Swart Physiotherapists are health care professional who specialises in helping patients maximise their movement and function potential, especially after an injury, accident or surgery.

What is a Physiotherapist?2019-02-09T23:00:25+02:00

Cilliers & Swart Physiotherapy is part of a healthcare profession that assesses, diagnoses, treats, and works to prevent disease and disability through physical means. Physiotherapists use only evidence based manual therapy and various other treatment techniques. They are experts in physiology and pathology. We work in partnership with our patients, assisting them to overcome movement disorders, relieve pain or restore tissue to its normal state.

At Cilliers & Swart Physio we aim to empower you, enabling you to reach your goals, eliminate or minimise pain & dysfunction and make wise health and lifestyle changes. Our Physiotherapists spend a lot of energy investigating the cause of your dysfunction, to change these factors in order to avoid re-occurrence of an injury/problem.

What can I expect from a Physiotherapy session?2019-02-09T22:57:47+02:00

Typical first session: A thorough history will be taken as part of the subjective interview. The aim of the interview is to get a clear picture of your problem, to ascertain your expectations and goals are. This is also done to streamline your physical assessment. A thorough physical assessment is then performed to enable us to rule out certain conditions, get closer to the diagnosis whilst looking for the underlying causes.

We then form a hypothesis of what may have gone wrong. Your physiotherapist will explain to you what her understanding of the problem is, and how she proposes to treat it. Treatment will then commence.

Follow-up sessions: At follow-up sessions, a short re-assessments may be performed, where after the appropriate treatment and rehabilitative exercises will commence.

The number of follow-up sessions, as well as how far apart these appointments are booked, depends on the type of condition that is being treated. Success of treatments depends on how compliant the patient is in performing their home exercises, avoiding certain aggravating activities and correct medication use.

Appointment duration: Cilliers & Swart Physio sessions are 60 minutes.

Fees: The practice charges fees at the medical aid rates. Card facilities are available for private patients who are not on medical aid.

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