Feel Better, Perform Better With Active Release Technique By Coach PJ Rivera


Feel Better, Perform Better with Active Release Technique by Coach PJ Rivera.

Feel Better, Perform Better with Active Release Technique by Coach PJ Rivera.

We aspire to create a better version of ourselves. That’s why we keep on training.

As endurance athletes, we train to withstand pain. And in the long run, we developed a high tolerance for it. Just when we thought that the physical pain we feel is nothing more than just having delayed onset of muscle soreness, we overlooked the fact that our body needs to rest and recover. This is because the mindset of most athletes is that daily training is paramount to better performance. Even if the pain becomes uncomfortable that could result to bad form or bad posture.

Pain is our body’s way of telling us to get that much needed rest; that there’s a need for a fix. Most often, we disregard this call and we end up injured squandering away months of training and preparations.

For quite sometime now, I felt that there’s been a decline in the quality of my training and even in my race performance due to recurring pains. I thought the pain has something to do with my tapered training due to my workload. Little did I know that I badly needed a treatment.

This prompted me to set an appointment with Coach PJ Rivera, who is no stranger to the world of sports and fitness, as he himself used to be a member of a track and field varsity team, and one of the founders of Trimac triathlon team. After his stint with the team, he went to the US to study and master the Active Release Technique (ART). Upon his return to the Philippines to practice ART, Coach PJ joined the Philippine Olympic team as the official healthcare provider, and is now into coaching runners and triathletes on top of his clinic hours.

Coach PJ Rivera is a triathlete, and now practices Active Release Technique, which is perfect for athletes.

Coach PJ Rivera is a triathlete, and now practices Active Release Technique, which is perfect for athletes.

Having a smorgasbord of pains, Coach PJ had to address my primary complaints. And guess what, for someone who’s physically active as I am, there were scarred tissues in my hamstrings, or commonly termed as tight muscles. Then there’s the uncomfortable pain in my ankles, shins, knees and lower back whenever I train or during races. Coach PJ went through each of the muscle groups and the connecting muscles with precision to loosen up them up. During the treatment, he suggested workout routines to help strengthen the muscles.

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The treatment went on for about 45 minutes to an hour, as Coach PJ went an extra mile of doing a holistic assessment of my condition. That’s when I learned that the muscles surrounding my chest are a tad tighter which made breathing a bit difficult during any physical activity. And there’s more! I apparently had an onset of stiff neck, too! Had I not gone for the treatment that early, the pain could’ve been worse.

Thanks to Coach PJ Rivera, who did an excellent job in making sure that pain isn’t something too grand to think about. Now, I can train and race better!

With Active Release Technique, I can do more. Feel Better. Perform Better.

Thankfully, There’s ActiveLife Chicago Physical Therapy Clinic!


Treatment for shoulder pain at ActiveLife Chicago PT Clinic.

Treatment for shoulder pain at ActiveLife Chicago PT Clinic.

As a runner, I have developed a high tolerance for pain which resulted from the rigorous trainings and participation in road and trail races. These races, which range from 5 kilometres to half marathon, marathons and ultramarathons such as 100 kilometres, got me used to all sorts of muscular pains.

Coming home from an out of town job assignment covering a sports event in Tacloban City, I felt a searing pain right off my left shoulder. Since I’m not a fan of medicines for pain management, I tried the cold compress and later on, a hot compress to relieve the pain. A day later however, the pain aggravated causing too much discomfort which limited the movements of my left arm.

When I came to ActiveLife Chicago PT clinic, PT Albert Santiago first did an assessment of the injured part. The pain could have been due to an impingement of the nerve or could be due to some torn muscular tissue. Since the pain was not caused by an accident or there were no fractures, a laser treatment was applied on the injured area to speed up the healing of any torn tissue and to aid for faster recovery. To promote tissue healing and increase blood supply in the affected area, PT Albert used a special machine which emits electrical impulses through a couple of probe handles. After these two procedures, my physical rehab specialist did a series of stretching specifically designed to loosen tight muscles in the affected area.

Led by Dr. Ron Samaniego, a Doctor of Physical Therapy trained in Chicago, USA, ActiveLife Chicago PT uses new approaches to pain management and rehabilitation.

At ActiveLife Chicago PT clinic, your injury will be assessed accordingly and you will be given the treatment based on that assessment. No false hopes given. And generally, right after the first treatment, you will already feel relieved. For minor injuries, one treatment is all you need. And depending on the severity of your injury, the treatment may require you more PT sessions. The licensed physical therapists exactly know what they’re doing from assessment of the injury to the treatment procedures that’s why patients get the value for their money.

Treating the injured area using laser technology to speed up the healing of any torn tissue

Treating the injured area using laser technology to speed up the healing of any torn tissue

Licensed PT Albert Santiago uses a special machine which emits electrical impulses through probe handles to promote tissue healing and increase blood supply in the affected area.

Licensed PT Albert Santiago uses a special machine which emits electrical impulses through probe handles to promote tissue healing and increase blood supply in the affected area.

In my case, after that single treatment, I no longer felt any pain or discomfort on my left shoulder. No over the counter drugs to relieve the pain. Just one ActiveLife Chicago PT session. Coming from a school event that morning and travelling from Cainta to Shaw Boulevard was all worth it!

Currently, Dr. Ron Samaniego has already strategically put up several clinics around the metro including Cityland Shaw Tower, Nuvali, Binondo, Fairview, Quezon Avenue, Makati City, Antipolo, Alabang. With a clinic near you, getting treated for shoulder, knee, joints, lower back problems is no longer a painful story.

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