Deep tissue. Trigger point. Sports massage. Myo-fascial release therapy.
I’ve been getting massages regularly for several years now. It’s really important for injury prevention and muscle recovery throughout the training season of any sport. The thing is, quality massage is expensive in the US compared to other places… rates start out at $60-80/hr. However, it is wayy more affordable in other countries like the Philippines (where I’m tempted to get a massage every other day!)
A standard “relaxing” massage will cost you 250 pesos per hour, or just over $6. It’s amazing how massage in Southeast Asia is more of a commodity than luxury.
So last time I was in Manila, I wanted to find a good sports massage with therapists who could help fix my muscle imbalances. The 250 peso massages are nice and inexpensive, but the therapists focus more on a relaxing approach rather than applying hard pressure to really work out the problem areas. After asking around a bit, Monching at TeamPH told me about Peak Form
. And let’s just say, at this clinic you will not need to ask for “harder pressure please.” Instead you’ll be biting down on the pillow trying to keep yourself from from screaming bloody murder.
Okay, this may not sound appealing for those who like to avoid pain. But the thing is, if you are active and have many knots in your muscles……you need to get them worked out. Even if you are not an athlete training , you still carry a lot of tension from the normal work day and can really benefit from firm massage intended to release problem areas.
First, the therapist does several minutes of laser and ultrasound therapy. This is to stimulate and warm up the muscle prior to deep tissue work. This part is totally painless.
Then the treated area is massaged out. HARD. Don’t underestimate the ability of Jhana, Tara, Nhia, and the other therapists to really get in there and use their elbows to dig the $h!# out of the most painful spots in your muscles. This is what helps break down scar tissue that has built up from training overuse or injury.
[Luckily there are no photos of me during this part. It wouldn’t have been pretty]
Afterwards, the therapist stretches everything out, which feels great after the myo-fascial release therapy…
To finish up, cryotherapy is used to thoroughly cool down the muscles. Instead of submerging in an ice bath, this machine is used to blow ice cold air directly onto the skin through a hose.
The therapists at Peak Form
are very personable. They actually remember your name and are very warm and friendly. The equipment is new, clean, and everything well maintained. The clinic has a modern, almost futuristic appeal. Rates for a session start at around 1,200 pesos and treatment is around 1.5 hours. I call this amazing value for your money! Now if I lived in Manila, I would probably visit twice a week…. man, if only they had locations in California. 🙂
THANKS PEAK FORM!
is located in the Fort on the second floor of Riovana. The address is 9th Ave corner 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City. (63 2 478 9408)
If you have been already, would like to go, or like the concept of what they are doing at Peak Form, *Like* their page! https://www.facebook.com/peakformmanila
Here is a bit more on the clinic… they also do acupuncture and kinesio-taping!
Peak Form: Recovery Center
Runners, after joining a race or while training, recuperate either by resting at home or going to a spa. Others who feel some aches and pains proceed to a physical therapy center or consult a sports doctor.
What this hub presents is the comforts of home, the leisure of a spa, the modernity of a physical therapy clinic and the tested concepts of sports medicine. The perfect mix…
What we have to offer (all under one roof):
Sports Doctors – Orthopedic Surgeons and Physiotherapists
* Although we do prefer that individuals with injuries be assessed first in a clinic, our doctors will be more than willing to see patients by appointment. The center will be manned by nurses and physical therapists but there will be appearances by doctors as well as conditioning and running experts.
Our Orthopedic Surgeon is Dr. Gar Eufemio. He finished as Chief Resident of the UP-PGH Department of Orthopedics. He had his fellowship in Sports Medicine at the University of Cincinnati. He served as the founding head of the UP-PGH Department of Orthopedics Sports Clinic for ten years. He is the Head of the Ortho-Rehab-Rheuma Division of the De Los Santos/STI MegaClinic and has set up the Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Units of Healthway Medical Clinics and My Health Clinic. In 2008, he was the “Godfather” for the European Sports Medicine Travelling Fellowship program. In 2011, he underwent additional training, this time on platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, in Milan, Italy. He practices in Cardinal Santos Medical Center and in MegaClinic. He will serve as President of the Philippine Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine for the next two years.
Sports Medicine is not just a matter of treating injuries when they happen. More and more, prevention is being thrust into the limelight. And what better way to prevent problems than to have your body in the best possible shape it can be? From improving your resistance to maximizing your strength, balance, coordination and skill, our expert is the best in the business, Coach Jim Saret (most of you know him from his stint on “The Biggest Loser”). In the field of sports, the people ‘in the know’ know who he is… A product of Brigham Young University, he has worked with PBA and college teams, and members of the national squad. He is currently a Consultant of the Philippine Olympic Committee and is the Training Director of the Milo-APEX Running Clinics. Unlike other coaches and trainers who attend short courses and consider themselves as “experts”, he has been going abroad regularly for updates and re-accreditation. He has been at the top of his field for more than a decade…
Nurses and Physical Therapists
They have been hand-picked from over 300 applicants. We are proud of our lineup. They are intelligent, charming, young, enthusiastic, athletic and energetic.
Quite literally, in this center, “East meets West”. We have a team of acupuncturists headed by Dr. Philip Tan-Gatue. He graduated from the UP College of Medicine then trained in Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Later on, he went to The China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences for further studies. He is currently the Section Head of Acupuncture Services at The Center for Wellness and Aesthetics at The Medical City. Who will understand pain and its management better than an acupuncturist who is also a disciple of modern medicine?
This is a new piece of equipment and there are very few top notch physical therapy centers that have this. Runners complain of muscle and tendon soreness and joint aches during and after runs. This slows them down in terms of training since they still have to mend. What we do with this machine is literally freeze the pain and swelling away. You only need a few minutes in one area, and we’ll get you back to working out in no time.
Laser and Ultrasound Therapy
These are the basic tools in physical therapy centers; they remain the gold standard in the treatment of inflammation. They are very helpful in dealing with muscle spasms and any form of swelling. Patients are known to fall asleep during treatment from the soothing effects of these equipments.
Athletes are prone to developing fibrous tissue or nodules between the muscle and fascia (the paper-thin covering). We often hear the words ‘lamig’ or ‘hangin’, terms used by masahistas. Obviously, medically speaking, there are no such entities. Scar develops frequently due to overuse and improper technique as well as a poor understanding of stretching, warming up and conditioning. Myo-fascial release therapy is a technique developed to break down scar tissue (which is the enemy) and help muscles regain proper flexibility and strength.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)
This the new buzz word in the management of sports injuries. Elite athletes like Kobe Bryant, Tiger Woods, Brandon Vera and an increasing number of PBA players and members of the national team are fans of this innovative form of treatment. It is a simple clinic procedure and takes all of half an hour to finish. First we extract 15 cc of your blood, place it in two test tubes containing a cell separator then spin it for a few minutes in a centrifuge machine. Afterwards, the athlete’s plasma rises to the top while the other blood components sink to the bottom. All the healing cells and growth factors (the good stuff) are in the plasma. We extract this and inject it directly into the damaged tissue, under local anesthesia of course. It is very well tolerated even by our wimpy patients.
We see these techni-colored tapes on almost all the body parts of athletes. Nope, it’s not just for ‘porma’… It follows the priniciple of muscle inhibition and facilitation. Depending on how and where the tapes are applied, muscles can be rested or assisted. It’s complicated but it’s been proven to be effective.