Samantha is from Cape Town, South Africa where, in 2017, she obtained a BSc. Physiotherapy from the University of Cape Town followed by a MSc. Sports and Exercise Physiotherapy. Sam is an experienced, friendly physiotherapist having worked in both public and private practices and started her own MSK practice in 2020 in Cape Town.
She is a qualified clinical Pilates instructor and has been running classes since 2019. This year she coached running groups with specialised training programmes for varying distances (from 5kms-76kms). Sam uses her Pilates and exercise physiology skills to perform biomechanical and postural analysis on her patients as well as to create individualised rehabilitation and training programmes to guide patients back to optimal performance.
She has a varied and diverse professional background having worked with school, university and Olympic rowers, university and school level rugby teams, as well as provincial and school level hockey teams. For the last three years she has been working with road or trail runners, cyclists, golfers, and the general population presenting with day-to-day injuries especially neck and lower back pain. She has also worked with pre- and post-operative patients, particularly foot operations.
Sam is also interested in working with women experiencing pregnancy or post-partum injuries.
Sam focusses on a patient-centred approach to rehabilitation while incorporating various treatment techniques such as dry needling, manipulation, mobilisation, strapping, soft tissue massage, exercise modification and prescription, chronic pain management and education.
This year Sam ran her first ultra-trail and ultra-road running marathons with a self-prescribed training programme. She has personal experience of endurance injuries so is especially empathetic to such patients.
Aside from running, she enjoys rowing, mountain biking, Pilates and gym.