Physiotherapy pioneer Winks Greene dies aged 79

2010-06-08 00:00

RENOWNED equine and athletic physiotherapist Winks Greene died at her Nottingham Road farm on Sunday morning.

Felicity Whitton, Greene’s daughter, said “she passed away quietly in her own bed, and I don’t think she had time to feel pain”.

The 79-year-old was found by her grandson, Idols winner Jason Hartman, at about 9 am.

And although her death was a shock, Whitton said, the family “are getting on”.

Whitton said of her mother: “She was the most incredible legend and the amazing work she did will never die. I will make sure of that.”

Greene was known for a form of physiotherapy involving a machine she invented called the Winks Greene Transeva.

The machine was based on one invented by Charles Strong, a Harley Street doctor and physiotherapist under whom Greene studied in 1951. After his death, she developed and improved his Strongbox design.

The Transeva is a small machine used to pinpoint where lesions are on animals and humans. It applies a low-voltage electrical impulse through a set of electrodes to the damaged area, increasing the blood flow to the injured muscles and neighbouring area. Waste tissue products are rapidly cleared away, muscle tone is restored and the swelling decreases. This prevents scar tissue from forming.

Rugby players Bobby Skinstad, Henry Honiball, Mark Andrews, Andre Joubert, Gary Teichmann, Corne Krige and footballer Mark Fish were all effectively treated by Greene, often after doctors and other physiotherapists had given up.

Whitton, who runs her own private practice using the machine, said “people will carry on using this machine, perhaps even more now”.

The gift of healing will live on through the machine Greene developed, helping horses and people to recover better from injury.

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