The Reluctant Stylista

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.

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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.

What should I expect with a Myofascial Release treatment?

1) There may be some mild bruising, soreness, aching and tenderness after the treatment, but this goes away within a week. You can always use cold compress to keep the swelling down (this is also why I take cold showers after an intense training session). Try to avoid painkillers.

2) Release improves circulation and muscle function by releasing the toxins and clearing up the muscle from accumulated lactic acid caused by masucle fatigue, stress and injuries. Drinking water after your treatment help rinse the blood of these waste products.

3) Some people may experience light headaches, head rush and mild stomach aches. This is temporary and was merely caused by the clearing of the muscle adhesions and other toxins. It should be gone within 48 hours.

4) Regular myofascial release sesions increase your adaptability and decrease the sensation of pain.  So the more often you have it, the more your body gets used to it and it will be a lot more comfortable later on.


How much does it cost?

Manual Physiotherapy costs 2,000 php per session. But here’s the good news: Polarity Physiotherapy Center is currently at a soft opening, so the rate is 1,500 php per session. Everything from Muscle Manipulation, Soft Tissue Mobilization, Joint Manipulation, Spinal Adjustment, Hip Alignment, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization are included in this service, and it will all depend on the client’s needs.


Who is it recommended for?

I would recommend this to athletes and people with chronic body pain.  My friend Kira goes there regularly for scoliosis treatment and I know a couple of hikers and bikers who are interested in getting spinal adjustment and hip alignment (which is apparently a lot more common in the US).


What else does Polarity Physiotherapy have?

There are two gyms at the center. One is the rehabilitation and functional gym, where they treat people who are recovering from injuries or those who need a larger area for exercises to maintain their activity level (I.E., clients with sports injuries, geriatrics and individuals who will need to practice corrective exercises as a part of their manual physiotherapy program).

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The other gym located at the back part of the center is an exclusive gym. This is much like a traditional gym, but reserved for individuals or small groups of friends who want to train on their own. It has all the Strongman equipment, the same ones used for the first ever Philippine’s Strongest Man competition last July 31.

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The center also offers personal training to existing or inquiring clients. It is rented per hour and a maximum of three people can use the gym at any given time. Currently, the facility is being used by some strength athletes as part of their private personal training, as aside from the exclusivity, there are equipment that only Polarity carries in the Philippines.

How do we sign up?

Polarity Physiotherapy Center is located at #47 Examiner St., Brgy. West Triangle, Quezon City. It’s a nondescript place with a gray gate and only the house number can be seen from the outside. Call ahead to book your session at +63977 692-1380, +63943 658-4890, or (02) 799-2700. Get a discount when you mention that you learned about Polarity from Alex Lapa of The Reluctant Stylista. ^_-


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