“Hello Rene”, the surgeon said as he greeted me on my way to the surgery room at the Laser Clinic in Hume Street Dublin, his eyes clearly suggested he remembered me, and impressive feat given the two years past since I last availed of this form of treatment.
Back then, the maximal strength laser had finally broken away the logjam of fluid and calcium jamming my left foot and cured my plantar fasciitis. This time, a less powerful laser could be applied as both my osteitis pubis and the old damage from the posterior tibialis looked to have healed very well already courtesy of John Murphy’s work.
Nevertheless, fluid pockets and calcification remained to be blasted in both regions and without anaesthetics the laser delivers a surprising sting in the places where the skin is particularly thin. The surgeon explained that every part of the body and all injured matter has a slightly different chemical setup and to treat it effectively you need to know the specific wavelength that triggers the most desirable chemical reaction. This brought me back to physics class and what they taught is very useful in understanding why the laser is not some crazy alternative treatment like swinging a pendulum over your knee or praying but based in good science.
Back to the class-room: Readers may remember that light is really a form of electromagnetic radiation (radiation in reality being simply energetic particles moving through space, in the case of light, the particle is known as the “photon”). People would not be surprised if you told them radiation can trigger chemical reaction but they mightn’t believe that “light can do it”, so it is better to think of the treatment as “radiation treatment” (this probably did not get past the marketing department!).
Basic physics also explain why the wavelength is important: The energy contained in a photon has an inverse relationship with its wavelength or in layman’s terms, the lower the wavelength, the higher the energy charge, and laser technology can harness light of any number of wavelengths (or a mixture) and direct them at a very specific target.
I have had ticklish sensations and reduced soreness from the treated areas already, so fingers crossed this has set me up with a clean slate for the next winter training.
Speaking of hi-tech, I received a letter from my physiotherapist John Murphy, senior partner at the Carysfort Clinic, who has embarked on a very ambitious new venture taking on the role as Clinical Director for new company Medfit.
The company opens to the public on 4th of January and hoped I would consider employing their services as John considered this new facility, featuring state of the art equipment from Central Europe and Scandinavia, will be ideally suited to help me achieve my goal of sustaining an elite level of training over the coming decade.
Apart from John’s physiotherapist background, Medfit also employ a physiologist but the real draw seems to be the hi-tech facilities where one of the core technologies is to have a spinal scan done (I passed out in nerdy glee for a second just writing that). How I did not have the wisdom and foresight to become a medical practitioner in my youth, I will never know…
The price level will probably be considered a bit of an investment by many but I would spend a good bit of this on physio anyway and have been looking for an opportunity to mirror the working relationship that Aoife has with Mark McCabe with a specialist I trust and no one fits the bill better than John.
Together with the new programs from www.go2lydiard.com and the consultancy service there, I would have restored the advisory platform I have been missing since Emma’s departure. After the lessons of this year, nothing can be left to chance in the new year, so I am as good as signed up with Medfit in my mind and will look forward to sharing my experiences with the readership.