Monday, January 9, 2012

More Than Meets The Eye

For most of us, including me, we see Riovana as a one-stop shop and hub for almost anything a runner would ever need or want.  It carries the latest running footwear from the most popular brands. They also offer high-tech and fashionable apparels and must-have running accessories and training devices.  The BGC branch offers a member’s lounge where one can relax and socialize with fellow runners. Lockers are rentable and shower rooms are available for both gender

We already have SecondWind and RUNNR where both stores specializes on running.  There's also The Brick and ROX which covers other discipline (bike and swim).  Question is, what sets Riovana apart from the rest?  Sole Healing Recovery Center (located at the 2nd level of Riovana Bonifacio Global City Store)

Sole Healing is a dedicated running recovery center aims to give runners the comforts of home, the leisureliness of a spa, the modernity of a physical therapy clinic and the tested concepts of sports medicine.  I could not ask for more

They have Dr. Gar Eufemio (President of the Philippine Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine) and Dr. Jun Rafanan (incoming President of the Philippine Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine and is the current Chairman of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine of The Medical City) as their sports doctors.  Coach Jim Saret (consultant of the Philippine Olympic Committee and is the Training Director of the Milo-APEX Running Clinics) serves as conditioning specialist.  What a roster!

Among the treatments/services (acupuncture, cryo-treatment, laser & ultrasound therapy, sports massage, hydration therapy, oxygen supplementation, and kinesio-taping) being offered, platelet-rich plasma caught my attention

Platelet-Rich Plasma is a simple and quick (30 mins) procedure.  They will take a small amount of your blood, centrifuge it to yield a concentration of platelets and inject it back into an injured tissue. The idea is to supplement the growth factors and plasma cells in a person's blood with a concentrated dose in order to speed up healing (ex sore knee or a scarred Achilles' tendon)

Just learned that platelet rich plasma therapy helped superstars like Tiger Woods and Kobe Bryant get back on the field.  Heard it is a bit expensive (from another clinic) but still a lot cheaper compared to invasive surgery and does not require the long months of rehabilitation that surgery would demand.  Heard from Mark (a marathoner) that the downtime is only 1 week.  Fab!  Gotta see my doctor and ask if this will help my right knee and left heel. 

Location / Store Hours
Riovana BGC. Mon–Thur 11AM – 10PM, Fri-Sun 10AM – 11PM
Riovana Katipunan. Mon–Sun 10AM – 8PM
Riovana Mall of Asia.  Coming Soon


Mark said...

Dave.. nice story on PRP. you want to check the clinic that I mentioned? if yes, will forward the contact details and address.. thanks.. mark

Daves said...

thanks for dropping by mark! yup, ill get the details from you =)

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