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Our Approach

IDENTIFY

Using the best clinical diagnostic skills implemented by experienced physiotherapists with B.Sc and M.Sc Physiotherapy degrees (University of Stellenbosch)

UNDERSTAND

The movement dysfunction and/or pattern contributing to / causing the injury. Detailed muscle length, control and strength testing. Movement analysis: running, cycling etc.

TREAT

We aim to optimally enhance and “kick start” the healing process with up to date treatment principles.

PREVENT

What can YOU do or change to prevent injury and to function optimally?

We implement rehabilitation specific to your needs.

Orthopaedic and sport physiotherapy practice in central Stellenbosch.

Christoff Smit and Elrika Havenga completed post graduate studies in orthopaedic manual therapy. We are equipped with experience and the most up to date clinical diagnostic and treatment skills.

We are passionate about helping everyone to move and compete at their best.

DON’T LET INJURY SLOW YOU DOWN!

RUNNING INJURIES // SPECIAL INTEREST

We love running 😉

We compete regularly as endurance runners, and we understand the physics of running. You are faced with forces of about two and a half times your body weight while you run. For this you need more than just endurance!

It is a skill to hold the body stable during the stance phase of running, and it requires a certain amount of muscle length, strength and control.

Have an issue? We’ll sort it out!

LEARN RUNNING ESSENTIALS // BUY THE BOOK

Running essentials is a short “rule book”, or “compass”, on running conditioning. It is a concise guide to understanding, evaluating and improving the most important physiological and bio-mechanical components of running. It includes prevention principles and guidelines for long term running improvement. This is a practical book by a physiotherapist who helps runners to perform at their best every day.

Available here:

Christoff Smit Physiotherapy, 76 Andringa Street, Stellenbosch, Tel: 0218869899

R200 / copy, while stocks last (phone to confirm availability)!

INFORMATIONAL VIDEOS

Sometimes we enjoy getting out there and making things happen.

Dynamic Stretches for Runners (Video 1)

This is video one of a two part series on dynamic stretching and functional strength training focused on runners.

Functional Strength for Runners (Video 2)

This is video two of a two part series on dynamic stretching and functional strength training focused on runners.

References for Scapula Stabilisation

This is a video for my (or any) patients to use as a reference for stretching and functional strengthening of their scapula.

Reference Exercise Circuit for Runners

This is a video for my (or any) patients to use as a reference for the functional strengthening of their running related muscles and so improve their running.

We are just as passionate about getting you back on the road or trail as you are!

There are multiple factors that can prevent you from enjoying your running.

Spotting the weak links

We do not only clinically diagnose and treat the injury, we look for the “weak links” in the chain. The “links” that prevent you from running that PB or completing your first marathon.

Ascertaining relevance

The information overload regarding “the best” stretches, exercises and shoes a runner should use can make it very difficult to discern between what is bogus and what is relevant to you.

The person from whom you seek help must understand the importance of your running to you. It is patently ridiculous to accept advice from someone, who is antagonistic or indifferent to your running in the first place.

- Tim Noakes

CYCLING INJURIES // SPECIAL INTEREST

Re-evaluate your cycling by getting a custom bike fitment done

So it’s as easy as riding your bike…or is it?! The physical challenges facing a cyclist every time he or she gets on the bike is very different from any other sport. We understand these challenges. Cyclists are prone to certain injuries and areas of weakness, but they often appreciate the value of bike fit and supplementary exercises only when an injury comes along.

So what does a physiotherapist know about bike fit; because we sure don’t learn about bike fit at university!

Christoff has been in love with cycling and bicycles for more than 20 years, but for the last 10 years he has also been involved in treating and bike fitting cyclists of all abilities. 

A major part of resolving a cycling injury is looking at what happens to the cyclist on the bike. That’s where his research and experimenting with position started. The principals we use are based on a sound knowledge of body mechanics rather than measuring a couple of angles while someone is on a stationary bike. Using a generic rule based on angles for everyone is simply too one dimensional.

THE TEAM

Our services run deep and are backed by many years of experience.

Christoff Smit

Christoff received his B.Sc Physiotherapy degree (Stellenbosch) in 2003 and his M.Sc Physiotherapy degree (Stellenbosch) in 2008. He has been working in orthopaedic private practice since 2005 and Christoff Smit Physiotherapy has been in Stellenbosch since June 2007. Christoff is a competitive runner, cyclist and triathlete. He has successfully completed ironman triathlon events, the Cape Epic, marathons, ultra marathons and many other races. He also coaches the professional trial runner AJ Calitz. Because of his interest and experience in sports medicine, the practice looks after the physical well being of many professional and recreational athletes.

Christoff is passionate about treating and rehabilitating any orthopaedic injury. Back, neck and shoulder injuries are just some of the injuries treated on a daily basis; whether it is sport related or not. Christoff has helped out as a part time lecturer in biomechanics at Stellenbosch University and has presented workshops and clinics on running injuries and related topics.

Elrika Havenga

Elrika obtained her B.Sc Physiotherapy degree (Stellenbosch) in 2004 and her Basi Pilates qualification in 2013.  She resided in Rustenburg for 12 years where she worked in private practice mainly focusing on orthopedic conditions (sports and otherwise) as well as neurosurgery patients (back and neck) in hospital and at the practice. 

Pilates is a passion of Elrika and she loves using it as a tool for rehabilitation.  She has also been teaching Pilates classes from 2013. Her classes make provision for everyone from beginner to the advanced levels. This includes post surgery patients, dedicated athletes as well as the not sporty at all

Elrika relocated to the Western Cape in 2017.  She is a keen runner and love being back in the beautiful Cape. She brings her enthusiasm and positive energy to support her patients in health.

FIND US

Talk to a specialist and come and see us!

Important: 

Please phone to make a booking or enquire about availability, or e-mail for general enquiries – thanks!

TEL: (021) 886 9899
E-MAIL: info@christoffsmitphysio.co.za
FAX: (021) 886 9899

Contact

E-MAIL: info@christoffsmitphysio.co.za

TEL: (021) 886 9899

FAX: (021) 886 9899

Practice #: 0270806

Address

Adringa Medical Centre

76 Adringa Street

Stellenbosch

Western Cape

7600

South Africa