Ukhpea is an excellent physio. I was initially referred to her by my GP for pre-knee surgery strengthening (the surgery would have involved ACL reconstruction and “repairs” to cartilage and meniscus). However, following an exercise regime prescribed and overseen by Upekha over a number of months that was gradually increased in intensity without the injury being aggravated, surgery was deemed to be no longer necessary — at least for the near to medium term.
Upekha has been treating me ever since I moved to Hong Kong 3 and a half years ago and she is fantastic. I have a physically demanding job (professional dancing) and Upekha is the first health professional I’ve seen that seems to understand how to treat my body which is often tight and out of balance while I continue training.
I have done needling, massage and strength training with her and each session has had benefits depending on the kind of issue I’m having.
She is very honest, professional and far more aware of what my body needs than I am. I totally recommend Upekha to anyone that needs some help getting their body back to its best!
My physiotherapist Upekha has already been a big help. The pain I was suffering for almost a year has diminished dramatically, and within a month of Upheka’s highly effective treatment and rehabilitative exercise regime she designed, I was getting back into the activities I love. Pain-free push-ups for the first time in over a year. Woohoo!
What a find- impressive analysis of my body stresses followed with effective, personalised sessions to resolve the problems I had in my hip and back. Feeling so much better, stronger, pain free and back to the activities I love, armed with exercises to reduce injury in future. Cannot recommend Upekha and Hamish enough.
Great experience! The communication is great between Upehka and me and she always provide useful feedback and modify the treatment to fit my progress.
I came to physio after partially tearing my meniscus in the final stretch of a trail race. Upekha helped me avoid surgery with a lengthy recovery and regain full strength / mobility in only a few months. Definitely recommend her for those who want to explore options outside of surgery and get back on the court quickly.
Upekha was able to help me with both a foot injury and a lower back issue on separate occasions that stopped me from continuing my work as a professional dancer and teacher. As a physiotherapist, Upekha was very thorough and explanatory in her diagnosis and remedies. A very hands on approach, which I think is crucial. I need a medical professional that isn’t afraid to do what it takes to get me back to a working condition in a limited period of time. Working on television doing a variety of shows and competing means that I need to have the best people helping me to maintain my physical wellbeing and providing solutions when the unexpected occur. Upekha understands her profession and I would highly recommend her.
I was referred to Upekha through my GP in 2015 when I started feeling pain in my lower back, and my range of motion decreased significantly. When I began seeing Upekha, she focused on treating the symptoms, other than just treating the superficial. Upekha also did a detailed interview about my lifestyle to look into the cause of my problem. My treatment generally involved Upekha doing physical work on my back, which always helps instantly from a pain management perspective, and a progressive array of exercises that strengthened different muscle groups, acting as a strengthening tool, and a longer-term solution to my problem. Upekha is responsive, both during every session and after, she is also an effective communicator so you are always aware of your progress and the treatment that’s being applied to you.
I started going to Upekha at Sports and Spinal on the recommendation of my GP,Dr. Michael Cheng, to treat a knee injury I suffered playing football. After diagnosing me with patella tendinopathy, Upekha put me on a robust stretching and strength training program that isolated various leg muscles, all of which helped improve stability in my knee. She was great, monitored my progress really well throughout, and was accommodating of my schedule. Would highly recommend her to anyone going through any injury/recovery that requires physiotherapy.
Tell us about your background in Physiotherapy.
After graduating, I started off working in a rehabilitation setting for the first 2 years where I worked in a variety of clinical settings including acute and sub acute orthopaedics, acquired brain injury and cardio-thoracic patients. I then moved into private practice and have definitely found my niche and preference in this field.
What are your interests?
Having been a competitive dancer and to a certain degree, still involved in shows and performing, I would definitely say dancing is a big interest of mine. It has certainly helped me become a better physiotherapist over the years. Food, travel, exercise, pretty much the usual enjoyable pursuits keeps me busy. I pretty much enjoy any opportunity that challenges me to learn and pushes me out of my comfort zone.
Tell us about a life-changing experience or adventure you’ve been on.
Falling in love with dancing would have to be top of my list of life-changing experiences. To realise what if feels like to be truly passionate, to live and breathe something you love to do, now that really changes you. The most recent interesting experience I’ve had was living inside a building right on ladies market in Mongkok when I first moved to Hong Kong. Don’t know if it gets any more adventurous than that!
What is your area of expertise?
I love working with sports injuries, especially ankles and feet (being a dancer you have a special affinity with feet), knees and shoulders. I also very much enjoy clinical Pilates.
What is the most fulfilling part of the job?
It would definitely have to be seeing people get better, especially with clinically challenging patients, it’s always very satisfactory to set goals and achieve them. I also enjoy assessing and adapting bio-mechanics to more efficiently load the body, for example stabilising a hyper-mobile foot can in turn drive more stability into the pelvis for clients with chronic lower back pain. Sometimes it only takes a moment to make a big change.