My Story as Jaco Swart the physiotherapist

As a young active athlete, I have had first-hand experienced in physiotherapy. In many instances, physiotherapy helped me to return to competition. I unfortunately always felt some things were missing with my treatments. Did this physiotherapist understand what I needed for my sport, or was the therapist going through the motions? I then realised that the requirement of combative and collision sports was lacking.  Could those injuries have been prevented, if they knew my sports better? This led me to the University of Pretoria, where I completed my degree summa cum laude. I was determined to bring my sporting experience and biomechanical approach to the patients I treat.

I’m always astonished by the human body’s ability to adapt when pain changes the natural movement patterns. I share my knowledge and expertise I gained through years of experience with high-level sport at the HPC (High-Performance Center). My approach is neuromuscular and biomechanical, which means I treat the root of the problem through a thorough analysis. In other words, I  like to treat people suffering from chronic long-term pain who have been unsuccessful with other therapies. The goal of my treatment is ultimately: “To prevent injury and disability at all costs.”


Sport Participation and Post Graduate

I’ve participated in many sporting codes, but my passion lies in combat sports. I have a third-degree black belt in Ring Contact Fighting Art as well as a first-degree black belt in JKA Karate. My pastimes include boxing, kickboxing (welterweight titleholder), Brazilian jiu-jitsu (BJJ) and Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). My training has included Cross-fit, Pilates and Yoga.  This gave me a valuable understanding of the relationship between flexibility and strength through this. Personally, I am pro-strength training and feel disappointing when patients are told to stop resistance training due to other medical professionals poor understanding of strength training.

I have been a lecturer at the University of Pretoria and have done my postgraduate course to subspecialise in Sports Medicine (SPT1). In 2016 I completed an LLB (Bachelors of Laws) and can always be found on a new academic endeavour to improve. I love to travel with sports teams around the country and have toured with SASCOC with our national athletes. My work includes treatment of sports icons and Olympic athletes, but my passion for providing a high level of physiotherapy service has brought me into private practice. If you have a challenging biomechanical problem, there is a good chance you will end up seeing me. If you on the verge of giving up on yourself – consult with me and let us change that.

Renier and I established the practice in 2012 with one main aim: Raising the bar by thorough diagnosis, skilful treatment, and addressing the root of the problem.

What my clients say about me

Professional, kind and diligent. Happy to have found this place. Jaco is highly recommended.

W Janse van Rensburg

I had an operation & had no idea what the surgeon did, Jaco explained everything in detail, I am impressed! I have never met such an intelligent forward thinking man. Keep up the good work.

H Smit

I feel like a new person and after 24 hours I almost have no pain! You rock Jaco!!

A Sherman

I refer all my national athletes to Jaco, he sorts them out fast. No matter what the problem tight be: hamstring tears, Achilles tendonopathy, stress fractures or scoliosis. His rehab keeps the athletes on the field, pushing performance at all costs.

N Cornelius

I had lower back pain, so bad I couldn’t stand up straight. After the first treatment I could walk upright with a little discomfort and by the 2nd week I could return to my training for comrades. Didn’t know what to expect, but I didn’t expect such a fast recovery. Jaco is a brilliant physio – can’t thank him enough.

R Naude

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Expertly providing Physio treatment

Jaco Swart has a particular interest in difficult and complex biomechanical problems. His knowledge of strength training/resistance training for various sports and final rehabilitation experience allows for a focus on increased performance as part of the treatment. He treats complicated and prolonged shoulder injuries back to high-level sports participation.

He has an interest in pain originating from your neck, shoulder down your arm, including shoulder blades, shoulder, upper arm, elbow and upper back injuries. To know more about the types of treatment that we use, please refer to the treatment section.

Sport Physiotherapist in Pretoria

Sport physiotherapy is focused on your biomechanical and structural rehabilitation. With targeted goals to maximise your functional movement so you can return to normal daily activities. Therefore, this type of therapy is most commonly used to address accidental injuries, sports injuries and resolving physical impairment due to lifestyle and ageing.

The physiotherapist will focus on the bodies’ main structures of bone, muscle, ligaments and tendons along with the connected systems of the heart, circulation and lungs. Treatment is tailored to the individual based on their initial assessment. Exercise plans and advice are routinely given following treatment, and the number of treatments will vary depending on the patient’s progress in recovery.

Practising Physiotherapy in Pretoria

Our practices are fully equipped with the newest technologies and treatment rooms to allow our experienced physiotherapists to treat all musculoskeletal conditions. Above all, our patients will be assessed to identify the cause of their condition so that treatment can be targeted, appropriate and effective.

Renier Cilliers and I run our home-based practices in Garsfontein, Pretoria-east. We complement each other, considering the fields in which we have expertise. Both Renier and I pride ourselves in giving a high level of service and have developed a reputation for getting results where others have given up.

I invite you to give me a call to speak directly to me. I will be treating you. Physiotherapist’s treatment can be uncomfortable and may cause you some discomfort. To know more about the types of treatment that we use, please refer to the treatment section.

Work Experience

University of Pretoria
Physiotherapy Department

  • Lecturer
  • Research and Development
  • Clinical supervisor
  • Examiner
  • Outpatient Dept consulting

Tswane Hospital
(Community Service year)

  • ICU
  • Orthopedics
  • Neurological conditions
  • High care
  • Outpatient Department

High Performance Center

  • Private Practice
  • High Performance Athletes (Olympic and National)
  • Screening

Urology Hospital

  • ICU
  • High care