Phillo Beukes is a passionate physiotherapist based in Knysna. He obtained his BSc. Physiotherapy (Hons) in 1996. In 1997, he went to work in the UK until 2001.

During his stay in the UK, he obtained a Diploma in Orthopaedic Medicine and a Diploma in Injection Therapy through the Society of Musculo-Skeletal Medicine. He came back to South Africa and obtained his M.Phil (Sports Physiotherapy) from the University of Cape Town, while he worked full time in Knysna.

Phillo Beukes has been working in Knysna since 2001 in private practice, specializing in Orthopaedic Medicine and the treatment of sports injuries. He has a special interest in the biomechanics of the human body.

Hélène has had a colourful career as physiotherapist where she has worked in a variety of settings including an indoor hydrotherapy facility, ICU’s of various hospitals and next to the sports field as soccer physiotherapist in New Zealand. She believes that movement is medicine and takes pride in teaching her patients to take control of their own bodies and move it in an endless variety of ways.

She has worked in the field of chronic pain and lifestyle management and believes there is always at least one more way to optimize a pain-free lifestyle. Having been an athlete herself, participating in triathlons, hockey, surfing and yoga, she has been the patient enough times to know how it feels and strives to work effectively yet compassionately.

I qualified as a physiotherapist with BSc (Hon) Physio Wits in 1992 and started off my career in a government hospital in Johannesburg. For the next 10 years I worked under the expert guidance of Joanne Sklaar and Barry Laidler Physiotherapists in Johannesburg, a practice with an ongoing educational focus and special interests in shoulders, sports therapy, orthopaedic dysfunction and hospital work. With the expertise gained I opened my own practice in Parkview, Johannesburg which I ran for the remainder of my time in the Big Smog of Johannesburg for 10 years.

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While in Jozi I also did volunteered in the Conservative Dentistry Department at Wits University, working with patients suffering from temporomandibular joint dysfunction.These patients require a whole body approach which, paired with a healthy curiosity, led towards further investigation into a holistic approach to therapy.

I helped touch and stimulation-deprived infants and toddlers with baby exercises at the Princess Alice adoption home, have been involved with wheelchair races and stroke classes and completed postgraduate courses in orthopaedic manipulative therapy and treatment of stroke patients.

In 1995 I was introduced to treatment of the internal parts of the body that seemed to be ignored in the usual physical treatment. This led me to engage with Cranio-sacral Therapy training and Visceral Manipulation which was not yet available in South Africa. This interest has since led to Neural Manipulation, Somato-emotional Release and more, including treatment of paediatrics with this approach. Treatment is effective for a large variety of dysfunctions including concussion and traumatic brain /spinal cord and other injury, migraines, headaches, chronic pain, autism, tension/ stress, co-ordination problems, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, scoliosis, learning disabilities, ADD/ ADHD, post-traumatic stress, anxiety and depression, chest or abdominal injuries, bloating and constipation, reflux, swallowing, pelvic pain, prostate and pelvic dysfunction, post-operative scarring, paediatric colic, unsettled babies, babies with misshapen heads.

I absolutely love my work, serving the community in this way and continue to explore the miracle of the human body. What a fascinating journey this is!


"Take care of your body,
and your body will take care of you."