My Story

Hi there! I am Maryke. A little more about me, who I am, and what I do:

I’m going to start off with saying; I love sport. I love participating in it, watching it and talking about it. I’m intrigued by how sport changes people in their abilities, health and their thinking of themselves. I’m honored to help people get back onto the sports field, hence my specialization in sports injuries. But more on that later.

My love for sport originated in high school, where I played hockey, ran cross country and long distance track. I got my Springbok Colors for cross country when I was 16 and participated in the Southern Regional Champs in Mauritius (and yes, it was a lovely holiday too!). By the time I thought that I was probably done with competitive sport, I heard from a coach at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma, USA, that I could get a “full ride”(scholarship) if I wanted to study there. I didn’t think twice!

I left South Africa at the young age of 18, fresh and fit to study Sport Science and to run collegiate athletics for TU from 2007 to 2009. Only there did I truly realize what the different levels of “being really good” are, and it humbled me and taught me important life lessons. I made lifelong friends there with whom I’m still in touch today, I traveled, I ran, and I ate like an American. Life was good!

But, I missed home. I missed how the grass smelled after a rain storm and how you needed 50 factor sunscreen almost everyday, how we laughed at simple things around the ambiance of a braai. SO. I came back, with a bittersweet feeling, but I knew better things were waiting for me.

I made the best decision of my life and studied physiotherapy at the University of Pretoria (yes, TUKS of niks!). I kept running, although this time just for the fun of it, and started running longer slower distances (you know, Two Oceans and so on). I did my commserve at Tembisa Hospital and shortly after did my SPT course. This is where my career as a physio really started.

SPT is a post graduate course- a blood, sweat and tears kind of course- that sub-specializes in sports injuries. It formed me as a physiotherapist and today I can say that the improved ability to assess, diagnose and treat sports injuries really gives me the edge in getting my athletes back on track (literally!).

This is my 6th year of practice and still learn something new every day. What I love most about my occupation is that I get to connect with my patients, that I get to work with a variety of people and that I work in a wonderful environment with amazing colleagues.

Also – you don’t have to have a “sports injury ” to come see me! I enjoy working with occupational and stress related issues. In the high stress world we live in, we see more and more of these related injuries, and I love being able to make a difference in those circumstances as well.

Well, other than being a lover of arts, the outdoors, animals, good books, red wine and friendly people, I think this is pretty much what you need to know about me!

Follow our links on articles about your injury and don’t hesitate to give us a call if you think we are fit to help you with your quest.

What my clients say about me

When I first came to see Maryke, I had the strangest “ringing” sound in my ear, within the first session she could figure out it was a muscular tension and nerve-related problem, rather than an inner ear problem, and within three treatment sessions my ear was “ringing”-free! I have recommended all my family and friends to come see Maryke, as I like her way of treatment.

Maryke Coetzee

At first glance I honestly didn’t think she was going to have the grit or guts for handling a big old man’s back pain like mine, but Maryke effortlessly pinned down the problem. I couldn’t believe how well she explained the problem,and I could understand what was needed. Utterly impressed!

H Snyman

I had to stop running due to a massive pain in my hamstrings. I have been to several therapists who didn’t seem to know what to do. Maryke Identified that it was in fact a tendinitis, and we started treating it accordingly. I ran my first 21km the other day again after this time and set up a PB, so I am happy to be back on track!

M Andersn

My son had back pain and we didn’t know where it came from. I was hesitant sending him to just any physio, as he is still young and fragile. We landed up at Maryke and she could pinpoint the diagnosis. She treated him with care but also solved the problem. Today my son runs around pain free and without fear of seeing physios

B Smith

I really didn’t want to quit crossfit due to my back pain, so I never went to see anyone for it. But my friends forced me to see a physio, and I landed up at Maryke. She really helped and understood that quitting my sport was not going to happen, so we are working on my back pain while I train, while she made clear what the risk factors are. I am thrilled at the progress we have made in such a short time and I don’t mind going back for maintenance every so often at all.

Michelle van der Merwe

Specialist in Physio treatment

Maryke Rossouw has a special interest in problem originating from your Lower back down, including Hip, thigh, knee, and lower leg injuries. To know more about the types of treatment that we use, please refer to the treatment section.

Lower back:

  • Lower back
  • Disc injuries – Lower back disc bulges, hernia
  • Sciatic nerve irritation, compression, injury



Lower leg:


BSc Honours degree Physiotherapy (University of Pretoria)


SPT (Sport Physiotherapy Specialization Course)

BASI Pilates

Treatment Choice:

I am a very hands-on therapist, so I use little additional modalities, unless it is needed. My sessions generally include:

  • Myofascial release
  • Deep dry needling
  • Neural mobilisation
  • Joint mobilisation
  • Ultrasound
  • Laser
  • Strapping
  • Exercise program and plan forward

Maryke Rossouw Physiotherapist

I started working with Jaco and Renier during March 2018. Their outlook and expertise inspires me to be a better physiotherapist. I find myself an equal part of the team, but we learn a lot from each other. Cilliers & Swart Physio’s commitment and dedication to get an injury completely sorted (no matter how difficult the condition) is exactly what I would have looked for in a therapist both all those years ago when I was an athlete, and even to this day.

As we all bring different skills to the table, I am proud to say I can aid in our sport injury “department”. I like being a hands-on therapist, and I like rehabilitating patients by adding the use of my Pilates skills, where such rehabilitation is needed. I also have a passion and high success rate for neck and back injuries that mostly relate to postural problems at work, or that are stress-related.

Cilliers & Swart Physiotherapy practice has set the standard of injury treatment and grown into two practices that employs the best skills in the physio industry. Jaco, Carli and Renier are experts in their own right. Together we are equipped to deal with any challenge that walks through our doors.

We aim to treat every patient like they’re our family. I invite you to give me a call and put us to the challenge.

Maryke Rossouw as Sport Physiotherapist

Sport physiotherapy is focused on your biomechanical and structural rehabilitation. With targeted goals to maximize your functional movement so you can return to normal daily activities. 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.

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

Our Private Physio Practice

The team at Cilliers & Swart Physiotherapists are dedicated to providing great customer service, and strive for industry leading clinical care. We are primarily a manual therapy clinic, which means treatments are delivered with a “hands on” bias.

We understand and value the importance of developing and maintaining honest and trusting relationships with our clients. We feel that this provides the best platform for effective clinical care and communication, and we encourage client feedback.

There are some circumstances when we can’t help, or physiotherapy isn’t appropriate and we will either contact your primary physician, which is typically your General Practitioner, or we can directly refer you to some of South Africa’s leading Medical Specialists and Allied Health Professionals.

Cilliers & Swart Physiotherapists are highly geared towards ongoing education, and as a clinic we have a close working relationship with numerous sport clubs. We provide the best facilities, and our staff are expert within their fields. Ongoing education is a priority among our staff, and all our physiotherapists participate in regular professional development self study, or regular clinical reviews, and mentoring.

Our processes and procedures as an accredited practice are similarly important and we are regularly audited to ensure we meet rigorous Health Sector Standards.