THE SAVVY POLE DANCER’S GUIDE TO INTERNET DIAGNOSIS

If there is one thing all pole dancers have in common, it’s not wanting to be off the pole for too long from injury!
So if a dreaded injury happens, and when we’re not trying to heal it ourselves or completely ignoring it, we turn to our fellow polers and ask for advice of course! If we’re really worried, we might even ask Dr Google… which is probably falling in the pit of VERY bad ideas!

So, how to deal with everything we’re told online when we’re allergic to the doctor?

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CHOOSE WISELY!

It’s okay to ask your friends for advice, and there’s nothing wrong with exposing your symptoms to seek feedback, but sometimes, the best intentions of your pole mates might not be in your best interest. All bodies are different, and what worked for someone might not work for you.
Getting advice can also comfort you in a false sense of “oh, it was nothing after all” when you actually have something serious, so don’t take everything for granted! You’re very likely to be told to go see a doctor anyway, polers online being more and more careful these days because they know they are not qualified to give medical advice!


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DO NOT DELAY YOUR RECOVERY

Obviously, there’s nothing to be worried about if you just got a bruise or ripped open one of your calluses. A bit of healing balm on the first, a good handwashing and antiseptic on the second, and you’ll be fine! But when we enter the domain of fractured bones, , unbearable pains or swollen limbs, don’t play with your health!
The sooner you seek professional diagnosis and adequate treatment, the sooner you’ll be back on the pole, avoiding risks of relapse. So get away from your laptop, and call your doctor for an appointment! You wouldn’t want to miss your pole classes for too long or have to say no to your favourite poler’s workshop just when they finally come to your place!

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DR GOOGLE

Asking Google is, well… at best a landmine of misinformation, at worst mind wrecking.
Internet is filled with fake articles, ‘clinical’ studies which sources vary from questionable to non-existent, pseudo medical websites with no solid background… forget it! You might, again, overlook a serious injury, and let’s face it, according to Google, you probably have a very rare disease you contracted from a rabid bat!


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I know… it’s no fun to go to the doctor, wait long hours because there’s six people ahead of you, and end up having to do xrays and all kinds of medical tests. But don’t skip it!
Your body needs care. And selflove – something we celebrate a lot as pole dancers – means to love your body enough to give it proper treatment, healing time, and not to play with its integrity. Remember, you only have one body, and you want to be pole dancing for a long time!

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Take good care of your amazing body Unicorns! And lots of force to those being off the pole for recovery at the moment!

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About Kei

Kei is a Paris-based freelancer (writer, editor, proofreader, translator, web redactor, community manager and coach for writers). She discovered pole dance in 2013, and has mixed her passion for writing with it since then, publishing numerous guest posts on various pole dance blogs. Besides pole dancing, she loves playing bass, creating websites, cooking (vegan!) and being a crazy cat lady. You can find more about her and her work at : http://www.cloudbusting.fr

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