Physiotherapist / fisioterapeut

Bridget Herselman

Hours

Monday: 7am - 5pm
Tuesday: 7am - 5:30pm
Wednesday: 8am - 5pm
Thursday: 7am - 5pm
Friday: 7am – 4:30pm
Saturday: by request

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Contact number

083 286 1499

Bridget Herselman

I am a qualified physiotherapist with over 30 years of experience in the field of paediatric neurodevelopmental therapy. I have completed a number of courses in the area as well as in movement analysis and education strategies (M.A.E.S), which has broadened my scope of therapy and assessment approaches. I am passionate about helping each child reach their full potential through teamwork with their parents and other professionals.

As a paediatric physiotherapist, I assess and treat babies, children and adolescents with developmental or movement difficulties. It is important to note that children develop in a typical manner, with movement and play laying a strong foundation for their motor skills, visual skills and speech.

Children who experience movement difficulties struggle to explore how their bodies work thereby limiting their interaction with their environment. These children require assistance/guidance to grow and learn.

Bridget Herselman

Practice Number: 7216602

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At This Practice, We Use Physiotherapy to Assist with the Following Conditions:

Neurological conditions

Disorders or conditions associated with an underdeveloped or injured nervous system (for example, a brain or spinal cord injury), which results in physical and/or cognitive challenges. Conditions treated include: cerebral palsy, degenerative conditions, Guillain-Barré syndrome, meningitis, spina bifida, traumatic brain injuries, brain tumours, etc.

Developmental Delay

The term developmental delay is used when a child displays any significant lag in their physical, cognitive, behavioural, emotional, or social development when compared to their peers of the same age. A child can lag behind in one or many areas of their development or may develop differently, for example, toe walking, bottom shuffling, W-sitting.

Physiotherapy can help your child improve his or her developmental skills by identifying issues that need to be addressed.

Premature Infants

Children born before 40 weeks gestation are at a higher risk of experiencing developmental difficulties. Physiotherapy assists with movement and developmental difficulties the preterm child may experience and leads to an improved functional outcome.

High risk infants

Babies who experienced a complicated gestation and/or birth may be faced with developmental difficulties. Early identification and intervention allows for better long-term outcomes.

Co-ordination and balance difficulties / low muscle tone:

These children are often told they are ‘clumsy ’, they bump into things and have frequent falls. They may also have difficulties with eye-hand-coordination and posture. Physiotherapy can assist in improving the child’s functional abilities.

Orthopeadic / musculoskeletal conditions

Conditions which affect the muscles, bones and connective tissue. For example, scoliosis, postural problems, joint hyper-mobility, club foot, fractures, and dislocation.

Genetic conditions

We treat a wide variety of genetic conditions, such as Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, foetal alcohol syndrome.

Rheumatologic conditions

Conditions featuring chronic inflammation and/or rheumatologic markers. For example, juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

Treatment approaches used by this practice:

  • Neurodevelopmental Therapy (NDT)
  • Movement Analysis and Education Strategies (M.A.E.S.)
  • TheraTogs
  • Kinesiotaping
  • Functional Electrical Stimulation

Testimonials

Emil
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I started going to Bridget for physiotherapy when he was six months old. At that point he could not roll on his side and his eyesight was very poor. With her help (which included hand-eye coordination exercises) Emil can jump, and run and do so many things , we thought he would never be able to do. Emil is still Bridget’s patient refining his skills and he loves going to her for therapy.
Charl
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Hi my name is Charl and I go, to Bridget’s practice and she is the best physio I ever had. Physio sometimes hurt, but trust me it is worth it. If not for her I would be as stiff as a stick. She also fixes me when I hurt one of my muscles or joints. If not for physio my muscles would have taken double the time to heel. After physio it does not feel like it did anything, but the next day I Feel loose and awesome ready to take on the day.
Guse Family
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Our son, Gerhardt, was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy resulting from medical malpractice at birth. We moved to Pretoria when our son was 7 years old. Bridget has treated Gerhardt since then. Gerhardt is now 15 years old.

Initially we selected to engage the service of Bridget due to her very good reputation, attending to special needs children. Our family came to know Bridget as compassionate, professional, and well experienced and always keeping abreast of the new developments and new treatment option for children challenged with cerebral palsy.

Bridget has always been extremely helpful and honest, engaging us to determine the correct course of treatment, teaming up with other disciplines in the medical treatment for our son. Often, she assists us to carefully explain the advantages and disadvantages of certain treatments as well as the various options of treatments, which eases our decision making process.

It is said, children will chose who they engage and will be brutally honest in their reaction to others. Bridget has formed an excellent relationship with Gerhardt and he always look forward to the next visit with her, although physiotherapy is hard on him, they form a good team. She always varies her treatment with him, ensuring that he engages and interacts with her, addressing his limitation in ability.

We would highly recommend Bridget as physiotherapist to everyone.
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Contact Details

Address

390 Manitoba Drive, Faerie Glen

Telephone Number

083 286 1499

Hours

Monday: 7am – 5pm
Tuesday: 7am – 5:30pm
Wednesday: 8am – 5pm
Thursday: 7am – 5pm
Friday: 7am – 4:30pm
Saturday: by request​

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