“I first came to see Sarah several years ago with what turned out to be a hip impingement. This time, I noticed another hip pain on the other side as well as an old knee injury flare up. After six weeks of trying to resolve the problem on my own, I gave Sarah a call. I knew if there was anyone who could help me, it would be Sarah. I already had total confidence in her. Sarah quickly analyzed the situation, explained what was going on in layman’s terms that I could understand and gave me a plan. Ten days later I was pain-free. I still kick myself for not going to see her earlier.
I really have incredible faith in Sarah and am convinced Prohealth Sports and Spinal Physio is very lucky to have Sarah on board!” Zora Benhamou, Sports Nutrition Coach of hackmyage.com
Tell us about your background in Physiotherapy.
I graduated from Auckland University of Technology in 2008. I spent the first 2 years of my career working at a private sports clinic and did a lot of work with Triathlon and Iron Man New Zealand. This was the start of my interest in working with running injuries, biomechanics and also the shoulder. While in New Zealand I worked part-time at a Ballet school, so again a huge focus on the foot and ankle.
I moved to London in 2010 and worked at a private practice in Central London. As we were located right in the city around all the big law, accounting, insurance and banking firms, I did a lot of treatments and assessments in relation to workplace ergonomics. This included on-site assessments of people’s workstations. It seems that in London when people aren’t working they are running! So I pursued my interest in running physiotherapy further and shadowed a top London podiatrist for a few hours a week over the course of 2 years.
In 2012, I relocated to Brisbane, Australia and started working at the Queensland Sports Medicine Centre (QSMC). Here we worked with the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) and also the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). The athletes I worked with were mostly in track and field, rowing, swimming and triathletes. I also did some work with the Brisbane Lions AFL team – off the field rehab and return from injury rather than pitch side.
I moved to Hong Kong in early 2015 and am very excited to join the Sports and Spinal team!
What are your interests?
As a sports physiotherapist, the first question you get asked is, “what is your sport?”. While I love sports and I definitely keep fit and active, I have not played sports at a professional level. My three favourite things in life are food, fashion and travel.
Tell us about a life-changing experience or adventure you’ve been on.
I couldn’t possibly just pick one. I love to travel and I have never regretted a cent that has ever been spent on experiences and making memories. My goal in life is to visit as many countries as possible and correspond this figure with my age.
What is your area of expertise?
Running injuries, foot and ankle biomechanics, lower limb tendon injuries and the shoulder are my favourite things to treat. I also suffered from headaches and migraines very seriously in the past, so have done a lot of study and research in this area too.
What is the most fulfilling part of the job?
Helping people when they don’t expect it. You go to the physiotherapist with a sprained ankle or a pulled muscle and of course, you get better. But those amazing times when you manage to help someone who has had a problem for years and see them get better is my favourite part of the job.