Nicolette Visser (Nicci) completed her BSc in Physiotherapy at The University of The Witwatersrand (Wits) in 2000. She began her work experience in the coastal town of Durban (South Africa) in private hospitals and outpatient departments for nearly two years covering a wide range of conditions in ICU, medicine and surgery, orthopaedics, maternity and neurology.
She went on to expand her experience in sports, orthopaedics and neuromusculoskeletal physiotherapy while working for a private sports practice for 5 ½ years. This led her to advance her education and complete her National Orthopaedic Manipulative Physiotherapy Certificate (OMT) in 2005. She has also served as an assistant/student facilitator on OMT. After having her two children, Nicci opened her own private practice in 2008 which has gone on to serve patients in neuromusculoskeletal health, treating a wide variety of conditions related to sports, orthopaedics and neuromusculoskeletal conditions.
Dry Needling is a treatment that often yields impressive results and Nicci has facilitated on Dry Needling courses since 2015, assisting with examination of participants on Optimal Dry Needling courses. The myofascia as a source of pain has always intrigued her.
In 2016, she also became a Certified Lymphoedema Therapist (ILWTI) and has done courses in post mastectomy rehabilitation, treating woman who have complications following breast cancer treatment and assisting in preventing and managing these complications.
Nicci completed additional training in Chronic Pain conditions and uses a biopsychosocial approach in treating patients. She also has an interest in the TMJ (jaw) and has attended indepth CPD training in this area, which often also ties in with the treatment of headaches and neck pain.
Physiotherapy is both an art and a science and Nicci loves being able to make a positive difference in people’s lives, through thorough assessment and individualised rehabilitation and treatment plans utilising manual therapy and exercise, be it for an athlete or an elderly person.
Areas of interest include: Running injuries/sport injuries, rehabilitation of the shoulder complex (she had a lot of involvement with swimmers), temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, headaches, post mastectomy rehabilitation, back and neck pain.
In Nicci’s spare time, she enjoys family time with her husband (when he is not training for triathlons) and two children. They love the beach and are so excited to enjoy the lovely lifestyle at Scarborough. Nicci is learning to surf with her daughter while her husband and son enjoy fishing and are also taking up paddle skiing. Nicci is a keen runner and has a passion for female fitness and health,. She has completed a Comrades Ultra Marathon and a Two Oceans Ultra Marathon.