About Me

Jennifer Blenkinsop

BSc (OT) Wits, Certified Hand Therapist (USA)
Complex Lymphoedema Therapy (Casely-Smith)

Guided Imagery and Music Fellow (AMI)
Hand and Upper Limb Rehabilitation
Management of Lymphoedema

Guided Imagery and Music
Pr. No. 0087645

The fields of therapy in which I’ve chosen to specialise and practice are all not very well known in South Africa. With this in mind I have included below some information about my journey towards focusing in each of my chosen areas

Hand and Upper Limb Therapy

I completed my Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy at Wits in 1990. I then worked in the area of Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation for a few years before leaving for the United States in 1993. While in the USA, I developed a special interest in Rehabilitation of the Hand and Upper Limb .I successfully passed the United States Hand Therapy Certification examination in 1997, and have completed more than the continuing education requirements for the continued use of the specialty designation of Certified Hand Therapist. In 2000 I left the United States, and worked in Hand Therapy Departments in England throughout 2001. I returned to South Africa in 2002 to open a private practice in Rosebank. Due to its success, I have now also opened practices at Morningside Clinic and Sandton Clinic.

Since then I have attended and presented at South African conferences, as well as lecturing at courses for Occupational and Physiotherapists in the field of Hand and Upper Limb Rehabilitation.

Due to the importance of being part of the international community I have attended the International Federation for Hand Therapy conferences over the years, most recently in Delhi, India in 2013.

I am currently a member of the South African Society of Hand Therapists (www.sasht.org.za) and the South African Society for Surgery of the Hand.

Lymphoedema

It was while in the USA that I developed a special interest in the management of oedema (swelling), attending my first course on this topic in 1997. Since then I have attended a course in the Vodder (German) technique of Lymphoedema Management in South Africa. In 2004 I have completed the more advanced course “Modern Treatment of Lymphoedema” in the USA, and have become certified to practice the Casely-Smith (Australian) method of Lymphoedema Management. I am a member of the International Society of Lymphology and attended the International Lymphology Congresses in Salvador, Brazil and Sydney, Australia. In 2014 I attended the European Lymphology Society Congress in Genoa, Italy. This ensures that the treatment you receive continues to be of the highest international standards.

As the availability of treatment for lymphoedema is not yet well known in South Africa, I have given numerous lectures to medical professionals on the topic of the management of lymphoedema, and am also a founder member of the Lymphoedema Association of South Africa (www.laosa.co.za)

Guided Imagery and Music (Bonny Method)

I have come to appreciate each person and client as a unique whole, and that recovery from injury and illness is more than simply a physical process, but involves the body, mind and spirit. As a result I studied the Bonny Method of Guided Imagery and Music, and became a Fellow of the Association of Music and Imagery in 2010. This is a music-assisted integrative therapy that stimulates our innate capacity for healing and transformation while assisting clients to work through personal life issues including pain, health problems, painful memories, loss, trauma and stress, terminal illness and dying. As part of the first group in South Africa to train in this method we have developed a website which offers more information (www.GIM-SA.co.za).