People of The Point: Genine Manchip
Passionate about Physiotherapy and living her best life, Genine Manchip is our fourth tenant to be featured in our People of the Point segment.
When she is not running, cycling or completing half Ironman races, you can find her as part of the “The Point’s Health & Wellness on Third” doctors as the resident physiotherapist.
Let’s learn more about this lovely lady who is adored by her patients & colleagues and praised for her healing hands, here.
When did you decide to become a physio and why?
As a teenager, I was very involved in sport and got introduced to physios when I got injured. I was so intrigued by the help they offered that my passion for it grew from there.
I had to complete a BSc Sport Science degree before doing BSc Physiotherapy at Stellenbosch as I wasn’t initially accepted.
After graduating I was lucky enough to do my community service year at a tertiary hospital in Port Elizabeth, where I got exposed to a variety of areas in Physio. I loved the fact that my job made me feel like I was making a difference in the lives of the people in the community.
How did your practice come about?
I moved back to Cape Town with the dream to start my own practice but first needed to join an established practice to learn even more. Last year I moved to Sea Point and opened my doors!
I love my job but my passion lies with treating Sports Injuries. Especially running or cycling injuries. I love the challenge to get patients back to the sport they love, as soon as possible.
What are common physio misconceptions?
People think physios just massage. However, massage is only 20-30% of what we do! Some people think physios will hurt them or that physio must hurt. This is not always the case – each patient is different.
When you not a physio, what are you up to?
I am passionate about living a healthy and active lifestyle and encourage my patients to do the same.
When I am not working I am outdoors either running swimming or cycling. I enjoy endurance events and have completed a few of half ironman races and marathons.
Genine Manchip Physiotherapy
Tel: +27 021 001 3308
Address: Shop 308b, 3rd floor, The Point, Sea Point
Medical Monday: What is “Text Neck”?
Yes, “Text neck” is real!
It is known as an overuse or repetitive stress injury of your neck. It is caused by holding your neck in a forward and downward position for prolonged periods like looking at your phone or working in front of a computer. Your neck is placed in a lot of tension in this position and the deep muscles of your neck and across your shoulders get strained causing acute and chronic neck pain. Tension headaches could also be linked to this.
Ideal posture is that when sitting upright you can draw a line from your ear to your shoulder and the weight of your head is perfectly balanced on your neck. Move your head slightly forward and it increases the weight of your head on your neck and the muscles and ligaments need to work harder to carry it. This causes inflammation and pain can develop. In severe cases, nerve irritation and an increased spinal curvature can occur.
Do you have text neck? The signs and symptoms include:
- Instant upper back or neck pain when using a cell phone, tablet or computer
- Nagging or sharp pain in your neck and shoulders at the end of the day.
- General shoulder discomfort and stiffness
- Headaches that come and go or are constant which are worse when looking down or at your computer screen.
So, let’s treat it!
Physiotherapy is very beneficial and aims to reduce the pain by releasing the tension in the muscles of your neck and thoracic spine, and can address postural problems by posture correction techniques like strengthening and taping.
Each patient presents differently so your physio will need to do a thorough evaluation of you to determine the cause of your pain and to then address that specifically to prevent reoccurrences. Some other treatments we use are:
- Joint Mobilisations
- Myofascial Soft tissue release
- Dry Needling
- Postural correction exercises
- Stability muscle recruitment
- Taping techniques
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