About Physioactive Cape Town

Physio Active is a physiotherapy practice in Cape Town, City Bowl.

Mandy Marsden and Francie Buhrman joined forces and ran the successful Physio Active practice for 15 years from Milner Road in Tamboerskloof. Our shared philosophy about in-depth evaluation and quality treatments and our shared experience made Physio Active a practice that patients trusted and recommended to their friends.

In 2019 Physio Active  opened 2  branches. Francie Buhrmann now runs the new Vredehoek/Oranjezicht branch and Mandy Marsden now runs the new Gardens/Tamboerskloof branch. (The original Milner Road premises is now being used for residential purposes).

Clinical Pilates. Physio Active offers Clinical Pilates-based exercise classes to reinforce and maintain positive treatment results. The classes are small and personal and our patients feel safe under the watchful, caring eyes of our experienced instructors. All instructors are qualified physiotherapist.

Referrals. Our physiotherapists have excellent relationships with other healthcare providers and specialists in Cape Town. When necessary we refer to other professionals

Our Physiotherapists:

Physio Active is owned by Mandy Marsden and Francie Bührmann.  We are experienced and keep up to date with current trends by attending numerous physiotherapy courses by reputable local and international lecturers.

All our permanent physiotherapists have completed the OMT (Orthopaedic Manual Therapy) post graduate 1 year diploma through the South African Physiotherapy Society. Physiotherapists with this diploma are highly regarded by fellow physiotherapists. The diploma teaches excellent clinical reasoning, critical thinking skills and how to evaluate the quality of research correctly.

All the permanent physiotherapists at Physio Active have completed dry needling courses. We use acupuncture needles as a very successful adjunct to treatment.

Mandy Marsden at the PhysioCT branch:

Mandy Marsden

B.Sc (Physiotherapy) UCT (1988)
M.Sc (Physiotherapy) UCT (2010) in Sports Physiotherapy
OMT post-graduate diploma 1995

With vast experience through treatment and post-graduate studies, she has honed her manual and diagnostic skills, enabling her to offer her patients quality treatments. Her Masters degree in Sports Physiotherapy has given her added skill in treating sports injuries. For her thesis she chose to investigate lower back pain in cyclists due to her experience in treating back pain and her keen interest in cycling. She has been a physiotherapist for the International Beach Volley Ball Series and the World White Water Rafting Series.  Mandy shares her knowledge by lecturing to other physiotherapists on a post graduate Sports physiotherapy course. Mandy runs the Gardens branch of the PhysioActive practice www.physioct.com or www.ctphysio.co.za.

Francie Bührmann (Roff) at the DeerParkPhysio branch:

Francie Bührmann

B.Sc (Physiotherapy)
University of Stellenbosch 1995
OMT post graduate diploma 2002

Through her own involvement in a variety of sports (rock climbing, mountain biking, running, swimming, windsurfing) and observing both active and sedentary patients, Francie has developed a keen interest in movement and position analysis. She has sought courses over the years to improve her diagnostic skills and knowledge in movement-based rehabilitation. Her expertise in these areas, combined with her experience in hands-on techniques, allows her to offer insightful treatments, as well as specific, rehabilitative clinical Pilates classes to suit the individual needs of her patients. Francie runs the Vredehoek branch of the PhysioActive practice.  www.deerparkphysio.co.za

Brett Phillips: at the DeerParkPhysio branch:

Brett graduated with distinction from UCT in 2012, receiving the South-African Society of Physiotherapy Trophy for top final year student. He also received the class medal and gold medal from UCT for top Physiotherapy student. Brett completed his Masters (MPhil) in Exercise Science and Sports Physiotherapy at UCT. He lectures pre- and post-graduate physiotherapy students at UCT.

Brett has worked in a professional sporting environment, having been the team physiotherapist for a professional cricket team, as well as spending years working with professional dancers from numerous dance companies in Cape Town.

Brett has a passion for treating patients with orthopaedic and neuromusculoskeletal injuries and places significant emphasis on establishing correct diagnoses in order to facilitate optimal treatment. He is extremely passionate about providing his patients with the highest possible standard of care to assist them in reaching their optimal level of function and maximising their  quality of life.