Winks Greene Transeva

Suitable for treating:



Pains & Strains


Bells Palsy



Temporary Relief

Nerve Injuries



History of the Transeva

The history of the Transeva dates back to before World War II. The paths of twopioneering physiotherapists were destined to meet and to further their mutual dedication to healing.

The First Transeva
Mr. Charles Strong, Harley Street specialist physiotherapist and personal physiotherapist to the Royal Family, was a supporter of "Faradism" and had developed a physiotherapeutic machine on faradic principles. The portable machine, known as the "Strongbox", performed its function by applying a characteristic low current electrical impulse through a set of electrodes connected to the body. This impulse stimulated the damaged muscle, lymph and blood circulation, reducing pain and spasm, while breaking down the old scar tissue and promoting healing.

From Humans to Horses
It was Lord Louis Mountbatten who first suggested that Charles Strong should adapt his machine for treating horses with the comment: "If you can cure our polo injuries, why can't you cure those of our polo ponies". He took Lord Mountbatten's advice and was later knighted for inventing the instrument capable of treating both humans and horses. It is the only one of its kind to receive the Royal seal of approval.

Winks "The Disciple"
Winks Greene daughter of Denis Labistour, a well-known trainer, breeder and owner of horses, grew up with horses and from an early age wanted to study to become a vet. Although study preference was given to returning WWII soldiers in the late 1940's, Winks went to England and learnt to use the Transeva for the treatment of horses under Sir Charles Strong. Her apprenticeship with Sir Charles Strong furthered her understanding and experience with the use of the Transeva – the only student trained in its use. Her first "patient" was a horse, given to the Duke of Edinburgh by the Shah of Iran, that had been injured in transit.

The Transeva Comes to South Africa
On her return to South Africa in 1953, Winks brought with her an early model of the Transeva and continued using the machine on equine patients with spectacular results. Of the more than ten thousand documented case studies, the most famous must be "Gondolier", one of the top racehorses in South Africa. He sustained an injury during a training gallop that nearly caused him to be "written off" had Winks not spent two and a half months treating him and healing him completely. Gondolier went on to win the 1985 Rothmans Durban July Handicap.

Equine Fraternity
Winks is no stranger to both horses and riders. In 1984 she started and still runs the Natal Equine Centre. Winks was a prolific contributor to various magazines and journals, including SA Racehorse and Parade Ring during the late 1980's. One of the founder members of the ACPAT (Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Animal Therapy) under the auspices of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, she is the only founder member outside the United Kingdom. Winks is an honorary helper of CROW.

From Horses to Humans
Winks' dedication and determination – two characteristics that have been entrenched since childhood –prompted further experimenting into the benefits of the Transeva for both horses and humans. Her initial work with humans concentrated on sports injuries. Natal rugby coach, Ian MacIntosh, was not slow to recognise the benefits of the Transeva, and first sent players to Winks for treatment in 1990. These players include Mark Andrews, André Joubert, Henry Honiball, Vleis Visagie, Gary Teichmann, Wahl Bartmann and Hugh Reece-Edwards. More recently her successes include Bobby Skinstad, Adrian Garvey and John Allen. Other sportsmen to receive treatment were jockeys, Muis Roberts and Felix Coetzee, athlete Shaun Micklejohn and motor-cross riders Murray Smith and Michael Trussler.

Winks was the inspiration behind the Midlands Health Club and Rehabilitation Centre. The focus of the Centre was to work with people who had suffered cardiovascular and orthopaedic trauma. Winks was part of the initial team that was formed to work on paralysed patients. These included James Hill and Hilton College student, Dylan Youens who broke their necks during rugby games.

The "Forgotten People"
Paraplegics and quadriplegics are especially rewarding to Winks as "they are the forgotten people". After leaving hospital they are given a wheelchair and told that nothing further can be done for them, all hope removed. Winks has had success with victims of violent crimes, where victims where shot in their spine. After receiving treatment using the Transeva, Ivor Matthais is now self-sufficient and Christo Buys has started to walk again .


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