man playing tennis
Man playing tennis
Chronic Pain

So I joined a local tennis club last week.

I used to play competitive tennis when I was younger.

It was ‘MY sport’.

I had a dominant serve, a wicked backhand, a nasty spin, and a mean temper.

When I was 15 years old playing in an intercamp tournament, after losing a game, I bit my tennis racket and broke my braces.


But that was 28 years and 100 pounds ago.

Most of you who know me know I’m a big guy – 6’2”, 260lbs – thick like a can of Pepsi, but soft around the belly and big boned to boot (to quote comedian Dom Irrerra – “you got a lotta big bones comin’ outta yer ass!”).

I’m always battling the weight, but I’m also pretty active and coordinated (cat like speed and reflexes).

So I joined the ladder at the tennis club, hoping to get back into it.

I played my first match on Monday afternoon wearing a new pair (and new brand) of tennis shoes – thinking that would be a good idea.

It was not.

Halfway through the match, my body felt like a mangled pile of steel.

My foot, my knee, my lower back, my shoulder, my elbow.

After the match, and as I type this, I feel like I’ve been pulled out of a multi-car pileup on the Queensway.

I have not stopped whining for the last 24 hours, and my wife has just about had it with my not-so silent suffering.

Point is – despite my somewhat active life (10km walking per day, 700 push-ups per week), I’m certainly NOT in as good a shape as I thought I was!

All those new tennis muscles are reactivating (and throbbing).

And I realized that I have to stick with New Balance because they are the only shoes, it seems, that don’t wreak havoc on my entire body.

Can’t blame the shoes on my elbow – but I blame Asics for the rest.

As I whimpered in the car on the ride home from the club, all I could think was “Good thing I have access to the best chronic pain machine on planet Earth!”

The Swiss built Storz SD1 uses electromagnetic FOCUSED Shockwave Therapy to treat very specific orthopaedic chronic pains (plantar fasciitis, calcific shoulder tendinopathies, golfers’ and tennis elbow, jumpers’ knee, back pain, etc).

FocusWave Clinic is currently offering a 15% discount for all chronic pain patients throughout the month of August.

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PS – I won the set (6-3).

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