Running from Cape Town to Durban is no easy feat. I got this crazy idea in 2010 to raise awareness about the issue of absent fathers. From the very beginning I knew I might be chewing off more than I could handle so I reached out for help from health professionals at the Sport Science Institute of South Africa.
Everything went well until about two months before the start of the run when I picked up a calf muscle injury that just didn’t want to heal completely. I was really worried about it so I sought advice from extreme adventurer, Braam Malherbe, who then made an appointment for me to see his physiotherapist, Cathy Chambers, at the HEALTHJUNCTION in Vredehoek, Cape Town.
Everything seemed to go wrong at this stage so I was a bit skeptical that my injury could be healed so close to the run. I was however completely blown away by the friendly, but very professional service from Cathy and her team. She left no stone unturned in making sure that I was fit and ready for the long road ahead. She even referred me to see a specialist to have a closer look at the problem. Long story short, I finished my run in 41 days, one day less than the scheduled 42 days
What’s even more remarkable is, when I indicated my intention to run the same route again in 2016, she immediately pledged her support. Little did I know the key role she and her team would play towards the success of this second run which had a very shaky start as I got injured in the early stages of the run. To be honest, I was ready to give up, but Cathy persisted and organized physiotherapy support in every town where and when I needed it. She also did regular telephonic follow-ups with me and the physio’s en route, making sure that a detailed account of my injuries and treatment was being forwarded from one physio to the next. At some stage I regained momentum and continued to finish my quest from Cape Town to Durban in 43 days and end the campaign off with running Comrades the day after in a time of 10 hours 37 seconds.
Whether I run to promote positive and involved fatherhood or running against rhino poaching, the team at CATHERINE CHAMBERS PHYSIOTHERAPY AND PILATES is a strong driving force behind the cause. To top it all off, they do all of this with no intention for recognition. I struggle to find the right words to thank them…….
When I savagely rolled my ankle and asked a physio friend to recommend a physiotherapist, she said Cathy is the best, and the best diagnostician. I was in a miserable state and felt instantly relieved and looked after when I got to see her. Being treated by Cathy feels very personal. Her gentle, comforting presence is special, and her tremendous experience instilled great confidence. Cathy’s compassion and support was very important in keeping my spirit up while my ankle healed.
I brought my 9 year old daughter to Cathy Chambers Physiotherapy with a sore neck. We subsequently found out after a thorough assessment that she had a scoliosis which needed to be monitored. The kids pilates classes at the practice offer the strengthening that she needs. My daughter’s posture has improved and we are relieved and happy that the regular exercises are straightening her ‘skew’ spine.
”I was initially referred to Cathy for physio early in my pregnancy and felt such a connection with her and her team that I continued going to Healthjunction throughout my pregnancy (and after Chloe was born), for Pilates, physio and medical massage. I have suffered from back pain for over 15 years from an old injury and not only did I feel that I was finally on the mending path (after years of seeing so many other practitioners), but Cathy’s deep understanding of both the emotional and physical aspects of pregnancy, as well as the baby’s development, made me feel really safe, supported and informed. I rejoined my Pilates classes as soon as was possible, with baby in tow. I will never forget a session where Cathy was working on soothing my aches and pains, while rocking the baby seat at the same time, and reading correctly baby’s every need… taking care of mummy and baby. ”
”I have noticed a huge improvement in my daughters posture, and concurrent growth in her confidence levels since attending teens pilates classes at Healthjunction.”
”I have done Pilates at the Healthjunction over the past 1.5 years and I have seen an improvement in my flexibility and abdominal strength. The controlled breathing routine also goes a long way in bringing down my stress levels. I love that every Pilates session is different from the one before and I am pretty passionate about the team at Healthjunction. ”
”As a geriatric I appreciate the trouble taken to determine the exact cause of my various aches and pains so that it can be treated correctly. Inevitably I leave determined to keep on walking.”
”Cathy’s treatment is exemplary. She has excellent diagnostic skills and always shows personalized compassionate care. She is sensitive and intuitive and most professional. What a combination!”
”I leave each Pilates session very aware of my body and its capabilities as well as how I should stand or sit, how I should move, etc. This helps me between my twice-weekly sessions as I sit at the computer, bend over the bath to wash children, etc. What I learn at Pilates, therefore, has a direct effect on the rest of my life.”
”Thank you to the physio team for helping me to get mobile again after a nasty cycling accident in January 2010. They gave me the guided physio that I need and also picked up that I needed to see a Neuro Surgeon. Thankfully I’m recovering fast and life is returning to normal.”
”Thanks so much for all you’ve done in helping me to regain and maintain a much improved lifestyle and quality of life. The strength and fitness program has definitely helped reduce the frequency of injuries whilst the weekly massage has made a real difference in reducing the aches and pains associated with my neck injury, stress etc.”
”Healthjunction is a vibrant, energetic facility. The staff are great and always attend to your needs and look after you until full recovery. I enjoy coming here weekly.”
”Professional, friendly and competent staff. I received fantastic advice and treatment for my condition in a fantastic environment.”
”I am so happy to have found this physio practice to help me with my shoulder pain. There is a high quality of treatment and the people are friendly.”
”I have noticed a definite improvement in my core muscle strength since I have started pilates. It’s a difference I notice every day.”
”I love the idea of physio as a way of physical maintenance rather than just after an injury.”