The effect of grief on our minds and bodies could not be quantified. That is because we process grief in different ways. Some can be productive and functional after only a few days after losing a loved one. Meanwhile, others can still suffer from depression even years later. For the physical effects of grief, undergoing tension release therapy seems to be a good way to relieve the body from the pain and stress that sorrow can bring. Read more.
What is Tension Release Therapy
Tension release therapy is a service offered at the PAPerez Physio – Prehab & Pain Management Clinic here in Bacolod City. It is a clinic for wellness based on physical therapy and the staff there are all licensed physical therapists. I was there last time where I was treated for neck and upper back pain management because they have dedicated rehabilitation programs for different injuries.
Meanwhile, tension release therapy is more of a general therapy for sore or tight muscles on the back and neck. It covers both the upper and lower back and is very relaxing. What makes it different than dedicated services is that this doesn’t involve PT exercises. It does include stretches while the pressure cups are still attached.
After the sudden death of my two in-laws due to Covid-19 complications, we could no longer quantify the stress that our minds and bodies went through. From the time they were infected in early September up to their death, it was a whole month of struggle at home. And after they died, there were still so many things to take care of.
I didn’t realize how stressed I was until my husband noticed that I was having all sorts of body pains. He said that I may need therapy so I scheduled a visit to the clinic along with Lola Arlene, our long-time household help who also experienced so much grief. I did and it felt like a huge weight was lifted off my back.
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What is the Process of Tension Release?
The Tension Release Therapy at PAPerez Physio involves the 4-step process of relaxing the muscles. It involves the following:
- Application of heat packs
- Dynamic Cupping
- Static Cupping
Using a metal instrument and some lotion, the skin is “scraped”, straightening the fascia that can sometimes get twisted underneath the skin. Fascia is the cause of a lot of muscle pain when this network of tissues can get stressed and would tighten.
The dynamic cupping involves a suction cup that is moved throughout the surface of the skin. The pulling pressure created by the dynamic cup on the muscles relieves tightness and allows for better circulation in the area.
Meanwhile, static cupping is the application of pressurized cups on the surface of treatment. This lasts for about 10 minutes and leaves pepperoni-like marks on the skin. I was told that the darkest spots are the ones that are the most stressed. Don’t worry about these, as the marks will go away after about 5 days.
They may also use the massage gun for percussion therapy and have you stretch out afterward. It does feel so good.
Where to Go
PAPerez Physio – Rehab & Pain Management Clinic
Units 714 & 707, 7F Nord Medical Hub
BS Aquino Drive Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
Philippines | Mobile: 0925-811-1008
Open: Monday-Saturday | Maxicare Accredited
Please send a Direct Message to their Facebook page in case you want to set an appointment.