That was the reply that Dr. Martin Camara, Chiropractic Specialist and Clinical Director of Intercare Healthcare Systems gave me when I asked him my final question when I came to see him for a consult this morning. And what is the million-dollar question? Hmm… Let me share you my story…
Good friend Aljo and I went to the Intercare Center along Kalayaan Ave. in Makati this morning for me to have my first consultation and for Aljo to continue with his own session. We had Dr. Camara as our attending chiropractor.
During the consultation, Dr. Camara asked me questions regarding my running activities and the pain I have been feeling. He asked me to point to the area where I feel the most pain. He explained to me that this may have been caused by scar tissues which may have adhered to the muscles on my shins. These can restrict or limit the muscles’ movements which can eventually lead to pain. Then came the sweetest word of all – “I can help you.”.
For this first therapy session, I was initially given the “hot packs” treatment wherein towel packs with silica gel were put on my legs and covered with several layers of towels/blankets. For about 15 minutes, i felt relieved with the heat that comes from the packs. After this, an attendant massaged both of my legs in preparation to the ISmart session.
enjoying my hot packs moment
The ISmart, does not feel good as it sounds. Waaaaahhhh! It is painful! You see there are these metal medical instruments which the good-looking doctor used in a manner that looks like he is scraping something from my legs. Imagine a painful shin, which hurts with just even a tap, being “scraped” by a metal instrument repeatedly. As he explains, it is meant to loosen or remove the scar tissues or loosen the muscles that hardened. But you know what, no matter how painful it is, and no matter how “red” my skin has become due to the pressure, the pain in my shins are not there anymore. No more pain, none, nada. As i type this blog, my shins/legs are as good as ever. But then I know that one session cannot correct everything at once.
these are the patented medical instruments used during my session
Dr. Martin Camara told me towards the end of the session that I will be scheduled for another and that a therapy program will be presented to me. I am due to come back on Friday morning for consultation, therapy and realigning. Yep, you read it right – realigning. Doc said that I can think of a chiropractor as an architect. One who will restructure my body so that I can feel better and “make me run more effectively”.
Which led me to ask my final question for the day – “Are these Shin splints?”. And with a smile, he gave me that meaningful answer that lifted my hopes up.
I will be off from training for at least this week and might not be able to run on Sunday’s UP ICTUS Run. But then, I know that patience will be my key towards my total improvement. But then again, the good doctor hasn’t ordered me to stop running yet. Unless he does so on Friday. I will then cross the bridge when i get there.
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