Spinal Cord & Related Disorders

The spinal cord may look like a single piece, but it consists of a column of nerves protected by the myelin sheath and secured by 31 vertebrae extending down the length of the spine. Medical pathology of the spinal cord and its related dysfunctions can be classified into 4 sections and 1 sub-part: Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar, Sacral and Coccygeal region. Implications include nervous, musculoskeletal, sympathetic and internal conditions.

Cervical impairments can lead to:

  • Loss of function or sensation in the arms and legs
  • Compromised cognitive abilities such as memory loss
  • Compromised upper body conditions such as a headache, blurred vision, tinnitus, thyroid, and calcification of the spinal process etc.

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The Two Main Causes of Pain & How to Manage Them

Pain is widely defined as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage”. In medical diagnosis, pain is regarded as a symptom of an underlying condition. Pain can speak volumes, it can tell what is going on inside your body and what is wrong so we can fix it. However, modern medicine often manages pain differently, it seeks to eliminate or mask the pain but not the problem.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a simple yet profound statement sums up the very essence of Chinese medical view of pain:

不通则痛,不荣则痛。

IF THERE IS NO FREE FLOW, THERE IS PAIN; IF THERE IS INSUFFICIENCY (OF QI AND BLOOD), THERE IS PAIN.

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Coping with a Stiff Neck

Ever woke up with a neck pain that restricts your neck movement for even up to a week? For some, such discomfort could even be accompanied by a headache, shoulder or arm pain.

The Cause

Stiff neck might be caused by:
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