Physiotherapists

Elizabeth Manning Physiotherapy was opened in August 2008 in Promed Medical Centre. The attending physiotherapists in the practice are the dynamic husband and wife team: Elizabeth and Matthew Ratcliffe as well Andries van Zyl and Johane Adams. All of our physiotherapists are registered with the HPCSA and the SASP ensuring the protection of the patients while upholding the high standards of South African Physiotherapy.

Our rooms offer general physiotherapy outpatient services but we mainly deal with musculoskeletal injuries and rehabilitation. The practice caters for individual treatment, home/ hospital visits and Pilates classes (individuals and groups). Both our locations are wheelchair friendly.

We pride ourselves on keeping all our therapists up to date with the newest treatments, research and techniques. All our therapists complete their annual continuing education requirements and have interests in various areas of physiotherapy.

Elizabeth Ratcliffe

Physiotherapists

Elizabeth Manning graduated from WITS in 2006 and completed her community service at the Polokwane provincial hospital in 2007. In 2008 she founded Elizabeth Manning Physiotherapy and shortly after married Matthew Ratcliffe. Elizabeth is a member of the South African Society of Physiotherapy and in their OMPTG special interest group (orthopedic and manipulative therapy group).

Elizabeth enjoys rehabilitation and since graduating has become closely involved in the Pilates exercise method, continuing her education in:

  • Physio Pilates Australia: level one; motor control and learning; Intermediate level two; Advanced level three
  • BASI Pilates Matwork
  • Dry needling therapy modules 1-3 covering the entire body
  • Train Pain- management of chronic pain modules 1;3 & 4
  • Headache Management
  • Temporomandibular joint disorders (Jaw problems)
  • Sports injuries of the lower quarter (injuries to the legs)
  • Radiology for therapists
  • First aid level 1
  • Active isolated stretching (AIS)
  • And many more….
Elizabeth is passionate about physiotherapy and Pilates and enhancing an individual’s maximum potential for movement. Her aim is to ensure that all clients have the best possible quality of life. Recently she has also developed a keen interest in dealing with patients with chronic pain and is in the process of completing her certificate in chronic pain. In addition to this she has worked at various sports events and with various sports teams at school, club and provincial levels. Her areas of interest also include cervicogenic headaches, the upper limb and TMJ (jaw) problems.
Matthew Ratcliffe graduated from WITS in 2006 and completed his community service at F.H Odendaal hospital in Nylstroom in 2007. He worked in the private sector in Polokwane in 2008 and joined Elizabeth in May 2009. Matthew is a member of SASMA (South African Sports Medicine Association as well as the South African Society of Physiotherapy sports physiotherapy group and chronic pain management group. He is also the current official physiotherapist for the Black Leopards FC for 2018/2019 season and a registered member of the FIFA medical network.

Matthew enjoys working with sports and peripheral joint injuries. Below are some of the CDP activities he has completed:

  • SPT 1 Sports injury management course (APD level 2)
  • Physio Pilates Australia: level one; motor control and learning; Intermediate level two; Advanced level three
  • Dry needling therapy modules 1-3 covering the entire body
  • Headache Management
  • Temporomandibular joint disorders (Jaw problems)
  • Sports injuries of the lower quarter (injuries to the legs)
  • Radiology for therapists
  • First aid level 1
  • Active isolated stretching (AIS)
  • And many more…

Matthew Ratcliffe

Physiotherapists

Matthew likes treating all forms of sporting injuries and was involved in many sporting activities when he was younger. He also has an interest in dry needle therapy and rehabilitation.

Andries van Zyl

Physiotherapists

Andries van Zyl graduated from Stellies (Stellenbosch University) in 2015 and completed his community service at the Polokwane provincial hospital in 2016. In 2017 he joined Elizabeth Manning Physiotherapy. Andries enjoys working with sports injuries, central and peripheral joint injuries and chronic pain conditions (Fibromyalgia, Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome, and many musculoskeletal based autoimmune disorders). Andries is a member of the South African Society of Physiotherapy and in their OMPTG special interest group (orthopedic and manipulative therapy group).

  • Dry needling therapy module 1
  • Kinematic taping (K-Taping)
  • First aid Basic life support
  • Sports strapping

Andries enjoys treating neurological conditions (eg rehabilitation after stroke; spinal cord injury). He also enjoys treating chest conditions that require the removal of excessive secretions and improvement of cardio-respiratory function.

Johané graduated from the University of Pretoria in 2016. During her studies, she worked at several
sporting events from marathons, triathlons to professional rugby. She completed her community
service at Lydenburg Hospital in 2017. In 2018 she started working at GRB Physiotherapists (Unitas
Hospital) and joined Matthew Ratcliffe Physiotherapy later in 2018 after she got married and moved
to Polokwane.
Johané worked in a hospital setting, treating various conditions but favours back/neck and
peripheral joint injuries as well as rehabilitation. She completed the following courses:

  • Mckenzie (MDT) Lumbar Spine
  • Mckenzie (MDT) Cervical Spine
  • Mckenzie (MDT) Integrated Lumbar Spine and the Lower Extremity
  • Dry Needling Level 1
  • Dynamic Taping

Johané also enjoys treating paedriatric neurological conditions (CP) and chest conditions.

Johané Adams