Van Vuuren Physiotherapists celebrate their 27th birthday this month, making this the oldest physiotherapy practice in Hermanus. With the current Covid regulations in force, celebrations were subdued but the team did get together for a special anniversary photograph. Above are (back row) Annelize Boshoff, Chanel Mouton, Antionette van Vuuren (owner), Charlotte Cronje, and (front) Hannah de Waal and Silke Struwig. Each of these therapists is passionate about their profession, with a variety of special interests to tend to patients’ individual needs, including women’s health courses, stretch classes and Pilates.

While most locals know ‘the blue house’ on the corner of Main Road and Albertyn Street in Northcliff, not everyone is aware of the important role that owner, Antionette van Vuuren and her team of physiotherapists are also playing in the fight against Covid-19. Not only do they assist patients in hospital but they also offer Covid-related rehab in the comfort of your own home. “Unfortunately the Coronavirus affects various systems in the body,” says Antionette. “The latest research shows that some of the symptoms and limitations can last well up to a year post-infection.”

The goal of Van Vuuren Physiotherapists is to reduce these long-term effects on the body by addressing physical difficulties such as poor cardiovascular tolerance, weakened muscles due to inactivity, and loss of functionality in and around the house. Many people also suffer from breathing difficulties due to Covid-19, and the physios can assist by breaking down and reducing phlegm, offering exercises to strengthen weakened breathing muscles and improve restricted chest movement, as well as breathing techniques and exercises to ease the effort when struggling for air.

“Our Covid-19 rehab therapist, Charlotte Cronje is available to evaluate your specific needs at home and will work with other medical professionals where necessary to ensure that you receive the best care while recovering from Covid-19,” says Antionette. Contact Van Vuuren Physiotherapy in Hermanus on 028 312 1941 or their satellite practice in Onrus on 028 316 1577.

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