Leigh Gardiner Physiotherapy provides the physiotherapy services at Cape Rehab Team.
Neurophysiotherapy is a patient-centered, patient-specific and goal-based field of physiotherapy that focuses on the treatment of patients who have suffered an adverse neurological event such as a stroke, brain injury or spinal cord injury. Following a neurological event such as these, physical abilities and functioning are often affected which can have a negative effect on a patient’s level of independence, social integration and quality of life.
Neurophysiotherapy is aimed at assisting patients to optimise their functioning and independence and to encourage return to normal activity. This method of treatment focuses on the patient actively participating in exercises, often with facilitation from the physiotherapist, in order to re-learn the necessary movement patterns, such as in walking.
Patient rehabilitation commences as early as possible after admission to a hospital Intensive Care Unit or ward and may continue throughout the hospital and subacute/rehabilitation stay and into an outpatient setting following discharge home.
A study done in 2008 by Bernhardt, Dewey, et al, found that early rehabilitation (even within the first 24 hours post stroke) is safe and feasible and is linked to earlier mobilization and improved functional outcomes. Patients who are medically monitored and stable are therefore able to start physiotherapy. Our practice treats patients in any phase of their rehabilitation and offers services at Milnerton Mediclinic, Netcare Blaauwberg and Spescare Blouberg.
Following discharge from hospital, patients may continue rehabilitation on an outpatient basis. This is primarily done at our treatment rooms in Sunningdale however we also offer home visit options for patients who are unable to reach our rooms due to transport or mobility issues.
We are passionate about supporting our patients throughout their rehabilitation process and work closely with the other members of the patient’s multi-disciplinary team to ensure the best possible outcomes for each patient.
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Leigh went on to study a BSc Physiotherapy (Hons) degree and qualified as a physiotherapist from Wits University in 2012, graduating top of her class. Following her qualification, she completed her community service at Edenvale Hospital in Johannesburg where she worked in the rehabilitation sector for two thirds of the year. The following year she began working at a neuro physiotherapy practice in Johannesburg that assisted patients from the acute to chronic stages of their rehabilitation processes.
Leigh completed her Basic Bobath (NDT) course in 2015 and an Advanced NDT course focusing on postural control for neurologically impaired patients in 2020. She has done multiple shorter courses ranging through soft tissue and strengthening techniques, management of vestibular conditions and dizziness and aquatic therapy. Leigh’s fields of interest include rehabilitation following spinal cord injury, stroke, brain injury and the management of progressive conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis. She is passionate about her work and loves to see her patients progress and achieve their goals. Leigh chose to leave Johannesburg and move to Cape Town to open her own practice in February 2016 and currently works predominantly along the West Coast area of Cape Town.