When my father first had a heart attack almost a decade ago, his cardiologist referred him to undergo physical therapy, to help him stand straight and restore some strength in his muscles.
I was the one who accompanied him to the Physical Therapy Dept where he was made to do some exercises to improve his posture and his right side body weakness. After a month or two of regular visits, he said he felt relieved of the pain and felt very much improved.
Shortly after that, I also experienced neck pain and back pain due to stress at work. My doctor likewise advised me to get some PT sessions for about 2 weeks. As far as I can remember, they used an ultrasound machine (not the one for pregnant women of course). It is a small portable machine and ultrasound is applied using the head of an ultrasound probe that is placed in direct contact with your skin via a transmission coupling gel. It did relieve the pain but it took me months to heal.
Then I heard about Polarity Physiotherapy Center last month from some friends, and I was intrigued about their myofascial release therapy treatment. I quickly made an appointment as I was eager to try it out.
For those who regularly read my blog or my facebook posts, Im sort of obsessed with spa and massage treatments or anything that could relieve my constant back and neck pain.
Polarity Physiotherapy Center was easy enough to find as it is just along Examiner Street and a couple of blocks from Quezon Avenue.
The center exudes a very “homey” vibe since it was really a converted house and for me its definitely a lot better and less intimidating than say going to a clinic or smelling that “hospital scent.” At least you don’t get the feeling that you have some unknown sickness which the doctor is just to eager to surprise you with.
The place is calming and relaxing but not too relaxing like a “Spa” with their aromatherapy and misty interiors which I also like. The place looks professional and serious but not too daunting—Its really more like a small hotel than medical facility.
We were greeted by Ms Anna, the receptionist and I was introduced to my therapist Hazel.
Hazel is a Physical Therapy graduate from UST. which gave me the feeling that I was really in good hands.
She first took us on a tour of the facility. There was a rehabilitation room complete with all the equipment you need for strengthening exercises like weights, a stationary bike and some seats for stretching and mobility exercises.
There was also a separate area, with complete gym equipment for those who are training or want to join some zumba or yoga workshops. Polarity just opened recently so all the equipment are relatively new and the amenities from the floor to the locker room are very clean and well maintained.
Before being evaluated, I was asked to sign a standard patient information waiver, which is nothing to be alarmed about. Hazel then led me to the individual treatment rooms. The first thing I noticed was that there was no device or gadgets inside just a bed and a small table. This was because they promote Manual Therapy instead of those usually used in hospitals.
Hazel asked me a series of questions to assess my neck and back and a bit of my medical history. She explained to me that the pain coming from my back has to do with sitting up for hours, and wrong posture. The assessment is very important to gauge your pain levels and determine which part of your body needs treatment.
|My therapist Ms. Hazel Cuevas|
Hazel then started to manipulate my back using the Myofascial Release Therapy technique. The technique focuses on pain believed to arise from myofascial tissues — the tough membranes that wrap, connect and support your muscles. Which she, locates the myofascial areas that feel stiff and fixed instead of elastic and movable under light manual pressure. These areas, though not always near what feels like the source of pain, are thought to restrict muscle and joint movements, which contributes to widespread muscle pain, she told me.
She did the myofascial release for back and neck. The scapular retraction exercises and stretching of neck and shoulders. The treatment lasted for almost an hour and I immediately felt that my muscles were more relaxed.
It was definitely more “relieving” than a spa massage.
Framed Photo snapshots such as these, hang inside the isle of the treatment room, if you like any of them, you can approach the receptionist. As these are for sale.
Polarity is an advanced manual physiotherapy and myosfacial release center located in #47 Examiner St. Quezon City. It is a premiere Physical Rehabilitation, Functional training and Wellness facility that caters to all clients who need relief from pain, recovery from injury, improvement of physical condition or beginning a new and healthy lifestyle.
If you are:
>Tired of being in pain from a physical condition or injury
>Tired of long lines at the hospital or waiting in other physical rehabilitation facilities
>Looking for a place to start
conditioning your body without feeling intimidated in gyms and other exercise facilities
>Looking for specialized training programs that are based on your health goals and physical fitness level
>If you want to experience the new and emerging techniques of manual therapy and new approaches that work to get you better, faster.
>The Polarity Physiotherapy team consists of well- trained, skilled and PRC- licensed Physical Therapists from outstanding Physical Therapy Programs in the country. They have specialized training in the facets of physical rehabilitation through exercise, manual therapy, muscle and fascia manipulation, muscle release techniques, functional exercise and training, and specific conditioning.
The services they offer are:
1. Myofascial Release (MFR) – an effective hands-on therapy which can directly change and improve health of the fascia. The purpose of MFR is to break down scar tissue, relax the muscle and ‘myofascia’ and restore good posture.
– MFR techniques focus on relaxing the deep tissue of the body providing lasting and effective relief to the patient.
– It uses slow and sometimes deep pressure to restore the proper health of the fascia.
2. Physiotherapy – a science-based profession and takes a ‘whole person’ approach to health and well being, which includes the patient’s general lifestyle. At the core is the patient’s involvement in their own care, through education, awareness, empowerment and participation in their treatment.
Polarity Physiotherapy Center is located in #47 Examiner St. Quezon City.