On Monday I went for my weekly mauling by the Ben the Pea Green physio, and whilst each time I can tell my muscles are responding in a positive way, it was never going to be my favorite way of spending half an hour.
I met a lot of the team this week as Steph, the owner was there, and she, together with the rest of the team had a brainstorm as to the best way forward for me. Normally things would have improved more by now, so it was thought that a change of approach might be in order.
The physio I have been having is mainly very deep tissue massage. Now, this is quite …. what shall we say……. invigorating!
However, some of the alternatives that were being suggested could not be classified as the Pleasuredome. There was Shock Wave therapy, which seems quite successful in a number of tendonitus conditions like frozen shoulder, tennis elbow and plantar facitiis. Mind you its is described by most as ‘rather painful’ which loosely translates as ‘hurts like hell’!
Another was the ultrasound guided steroid injection, which I have had and is no picnic, but it can have a weakening effect on the tendon if it is done too often.
An alternative was suggested that has a similar effect but without the drawbacks, and that is to inject your own plasma. Apparently they take a blood sample and send it away somewhere to be separated and then cultured and you get some fluid back that can be injected, which encourages the healing. Sounds a bit Frankensteinish to me but I’m open to all possibilities… Even though they all seem to involve pain!!
The other thing that was suggested, and it has been before but it didn’t seem right at the time, was to have some custom made orthotics made for me. Special inner soles that help relieve the pressure. Its a bit pricey but as the discomfort level is really beginning to take its toll on my ability to bound around a concrete studio floor, I decided I have to try it to see if it a least could make things more comfortable whilst I heal.
Appointment is booked for today and hopefully comfy shoes in a couple of weeks. Many thanks to Steph, Ben and the rest of the team at Pea Green Physio for all their help and advice, but next time the Ibuprofen is on you!!