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Joana Pires


Physiotherapist

 

Qualifications and Membership:
Bsc (Hons) Physiotherapy, member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists
Registered with the HCPC

The last course you attended and how you put it in to practice:
“Vertebral Manipulation Course/Formation” and “Sports Elite Rehabilitation Course/Formation”. My main areas of interest have always been within the Musculoskeletal and Sports field. By completing these two courses I have improved my clinical reasoning and ability to rehabilitate sports and generalized Musculoskeletal injuries which are the most common type of injuries that can occur in our daily activities.

Any specific area of interest:
Manual Therapy, Musculoskeletal/Orthopaedic Rehabilitation, Sports Rehabilitation, Exercise Prescription, Injury Prevention, Postural Correction.

The most challenging injury you have treated:
Managing the musculoskeletal and respiratory effects of cerebral palsy in children in South Africa.

What makes a good physiotherapist?
I think a good Physiotherapist is the one that works with a holistic approach towards her clients. Sometimes it is not only about knowing the anatomy and the injury itself, but also taking a look into different aspects of the client’s life (stress, lifestyle, diet, anxiety, hobbies etc.). In order to do that, a good Physiotherapist has to be able to complete a thorough and accurate assessment, which I think is the key to a successful rehabilitation.  A good Physiotherapist has to be a passionate professional and always be willing to give the best of themselves so that the patient can achieve the greatest possible treatment results that reflect both the Therapist and patient expectations.

The advice you give most patients:
Take the time to complete your rehabilitation program thoroughly as rushing or skipping steps will not benefit you long term.