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I always had this thought that physical therapy and chiropractic treatments were for the seriously injured. My mom visits a physical therapist regularly to help her manage her slip disc, but other than that, I know next to nothing about it. Recently, I have been encountering these terms more often as some friends would recommend it for joint and muscle pain. I didn’t actually realize that some of my complaints could be considered injuries, until I was discussing these with some athletes. So when I was offered the chance for a physiotherapy session at Polarity Physiotherapy Center in QC, I was immediately eager to find out what it could for do to me.

A little background on my activities. Even though I don’t really go to a gym, I consider myself a somewhat active person. The nature of my work in styling means I walk around and carry a lot of things (sometimes in heels). I also do some Arnis, Capoeira (although I’ve been on a break for a while), and every now and then, hike, swim, surf or wall-climb. I don’t easily get tired, at least not anymore, but ever since I turned 30, I’ve become a lot more conscious about how my body reacts to certain activities and how long it takes me to recover. For example, it was only recently that I realized the creaking in my joints when I rotate my arms was apparently an injury.  I didn’t know this before, because I didn’t feel it hindered me on anything–but I have noticed that I can’t stretch my arms nor shoulders further than the average person.

When I had this checked with Ella, my therapist at Polarity, she immediately noticed how tight my shoulders were. I’ve also explained about the part where I used to have a really hard time bringing my elbows to the back of my ears. I did some yoga for a while, and though it improved a bit after that, I still find it a difficult task. When Ella asked what I did for exercise, I told her everything I said above, plus that I do push ups and handstands, especially in the years that I did Capoeira, where I was supporting my body half the time with my arms and shoulders. She confirmed that weights, lifting and most of what I just mentioned were often the cause of this tightness in the shoulders.

To address this, Ella did Myofascial Release treatment on me, which meant she applied pressure on target areas without the use of machines. It was all very hands-on. I have to say, it felt really good and satisfying–although I’ve been told this isn’t often the case, as physical therapy may hurt depending on your injury and pain threshold. I had gone to an El Nido trip last June where I had a hard massage almost everyday, thinking this would address that knotted feeling between my shoulder blades. None of it did. Who knew it would have to take physiotherapy? I think a lot of us don’t realize that the aches and pains we deal with on a daily basis need to be addressed with more than just a day at the spa.

Polarity Physiotherapy Center

I was so amazed that after the treatment, Ella would roll my arms and shoulders and push them back and forth–and I didn’t feel that tinge of pain anymore and they reached farther than what I was used to. So yeah, even if it did hurt, I would say it was OH SO WORTH IT. That nagging feeling in my back and shoulder blades was gone and my mobility improved a great deal.

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