Dr Karla van Zyl

Dr van Zyl qualified with  honours degree in Osteopathy from the Surrey Institute of Osteopathic Medicine, UK, in 2007.   After qualifying she did a short spell in a general practice in the UK, after which she returned to South Africa in 2008. She focused on the gynecological field by working with pregnant women and babies at a women’s wellness center in Gauteng.  As she is a keen golfer, she also specialized in golf posture, swing dynamics and injuries alongside a golf professional at Wits University, Johannesburg.

Early 2010 she moved to Cape Town and is currently practicing in Somerset West. Here she sees many patients in her other field of specialization, which is the treatment of migraines and headaches.

Osteopathic Approach

Osteopaths are skilled at discovering the underlying causes of pain, using their hands both to gain information and to treat injuries. Treatment techniques may include soft tissue stretching, muscle energy techniques, rhythmic passive joint movements, joint articulation and manipulation to improve the range of movements of a joint.

Well known for the effective treatment of back and neck pain, any osteopath will also treat a wide variety of other conditions that may be related to the workplace, including tension headaches and migraine, and they can also give remedial advice and preventative exercises.

A wide range of recent studies have shown that osteopathic treatment can be instrumental in rapidly alleviating the painful symptoms associated with back and joint pain whatever the cause or origin.

Osteopathic treatment is an effective means of returning people to full activity at an early opportunity following injury from any cause.


Osteopathy and Golf

How can Osteopathy improve your game?

Osteopathy is about the integration of the spine, the importance of structure and function, and the significance of the musculoskeletal system in the maintenance of health. Osteopaths apply their medical and scientific knowledge with the philosophy that the athlete’s structure and function are interrelated. Osteopathic physicians look at the entire scope of an athlete’s problem, including the mechanism of the injury, environmental influences, inherent postural and muscle imbalances, the psychological effects of injury and rehabilitation and finally, to the athlete’s safe return to play.Osteopathy works in harmony with the biomechanics of the body and the golf swing itself. Osteopaths use techniques such as muscle energy techniques, high velocity low amplitude thrusts (HVLA), stretching, articulation and traction.Through good treatment plans, patients have enjoyed increased lengths to their drive, a better short game, less or no pain with previous injuries, more energy throughout the 18 holes, better recovery, and consequently more enjoyment!


A consultation looks at your medical history and all previous injuries or concerns. This is followed by a full postural and biomechanical assessment, including strength and flexibility testing, sensory and reflexes changes, and joint mobility testing for the spine and peripheral joints. We then devise a treatment plan on improvements necessary to help you reach better performance and enjoyment.The osteopath will liaise directly with your golf professional to specifically work with your biomechanics, thus helping to raise your game to its optimum.

Mothers and Babies

Osteopathy and pregnancy

Benefits of Osteopathic treatment during and after pregnancy:

  • Reduction of the aches and pains of pregnancy.
  • Preparing for the demands of labour.
  • Helping the mother to recover after birth.

Aches and pains are common during pregnancy due to the considerable changes to posture to accommodate the increasing size and weight of the uterus and baby. Any mother with an existing back problem, or a history of strains or imbalances in her body from past accidents or trauma, may find it difficult to accommodate to these changes, and she may suffer more discomfort and/or pain as a result.

Osteopathy and babies and children

Osteopaths treat babies and children for a variety of common complaints, and to ensure healthy postural development.  Osteopathy can help babies and children suffering from the following:


  • crying and irritability, especially when lying down
  • feeding difficulties
  • sickness, colic and wind
  • sleep disturbances

Older children:

  • musculo-skeletal problems
  • susceptibility to infections and a depleted immune system
  • ear infection, sometimes with a loss of hearing and ‘glue ear’
  • sinus and dental problems, with a constantly blocked or runny nose
  • behavioural problems and learning difficulties, including poor concentration, and fidgeting,
  • difficulty in sitting still and hyperactivity
  • headaches, other aches and pains
  • asthma and vulnerability to chest infections

Osteopathy and Arthritis

The aim of using osteopathy to address arthritis:

  • Provide immediate relief from symptoms
  • Reduce pain and swelling
  • Promote range of joint movement
  • Improve mobility
  • Assist in rehabilitation after surgery such as hip replacement
  • Educate on how you can improve your quality of life through diet and nutritional support, posture, and exercise.

Osteopathy is not a cure-all and there are situations when surgery may be necessary.  In such cases you will be referred to a specialist. However, Osteopathy can help with rehabilitation after surgery.



The initial fee is R575 for a 50-minute appointment, which includes:

  •  Detailed case history and previous medical conditions to help identify the cause of your problems.
  •  Examination will include a physical, neurological, orthopedic, and postural analysis, as well as a osteopathic examination to determine the predisposing and maintaining factor of your condition
  •  Osteopathic treatment

Subsequent visits are R495 for a 50 min appointment, which includes:

  • Progress report and a treatment plan
  • Osteopathic treatment
  • Advice regarding work and leisure activities, appropriate rehabilitation exercises and stretches.
  • Any questions will be answered

Medical aid

Osteopathy is a recognised in South Africa and practitioners are registered and  governed by the Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa.

Please contact your Medical Aid provider to ascertain that/if Osteopathy is covered in your Medical Aid plan. The majority of medical aid companies cover Osteopathic treatment. Osteopathic tariff codes are set by the Department of Health. For more information contact Department of Health


The patient will be required to make payment on the day of the consultation and an invoice with receipt of payment will be made out which can be sent to your medical aid for reimbursement.


Contact Details

Office: 064 039 4999


Somerset Wellness Centre, 7 Old Stellenbosch Road, Somerset West, 7130