Runner’s Knee: A TCM Approach

Runner’s Knee is a set of symptoms most commonly seen in long-time runners. It is characterised by pain in front of the kneecap, sometimes spreading to the sides or the back of the knee, which worsens when walking downhill or down the stairs. 

The pain can also manifest as a sharp “clicking” pain while bending and straightening the knees especially during exercise. With the introduction of more trendy aerobic exercises like HIITs, spin classes, MMA gyms and the like, there has been a significant increase in patients suffering from Runner’s knee.

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TCM for De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis (妈妈手)

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What is De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis?

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis, commonly known as “Mother’s Hand” (妈妈手) is a painful condition affecting the tendons around the base on the thumb side of your wrist.  It occurs when there is inflammation in the tenosynovium and tendons in the wrist. 

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How to get rid of or prevent a Stiff Neck

A stiff neck is typically characterised by pain and soreness in the neck and/or shoulder and difficulty moving the neck. It is usually felt upon waking up in the morning and can affect your daily activities. 
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5 Workplace Workouts Towards A Better Posture

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Posture can be defined as the “alignment of body parts in relation to one another at any given moment”, and having a good posture is essential for a pain-free life. On the other hand, poor posture brings about a whole set of issues such as decreased breathing capacity, poor internal organ function, reduced mental function, musculoskeletal imbalance, and a poor flow of Qi. The last two can lead to chronic pain. Muscular imbalance further aggravates the issue of poor posture, thus resulting in an unending cycle. Read more

Sports Enhancement with TCM

Singapore Health Promotion Board (HPB) recommends at least 150 minutes of physical activity a week to achieve a healthy lifestyle. To achieve substantial health benefits, each session should be at least 10 minutes, accumulated throughout the week to achieve 150 minutes of moderately intense exercise or 75 minutes of vigorously intense exercise.

Whichever form of exercise you set your mind on will be beneficial when done correctly with perseverance. As your body endures these new stimuli introduced, it’ll begin to transform and get closer to your goals (be it for weight loss, bulking, or performance). However, it usually reaches a plateau when your body has adapted to your exercise routine. 

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5 Workplace Stretches Towards A Better Posture

Desk-bound work is a common contributing factor to many chronic pain haunting individuals nowadays. As individuals focus more on lifestyle changes such as exercising and dieting to achieve a healthier and pain-free life, they tend to overlook a major component for their daily routine. Singaporeans usually spend around 8 hours a day working and for most of us, it involves being seated behind a computer for hours straight. The cold air conditioning and our thin attire to brave the scorching weather, together with a poor sitting posture, brews trouble (especially pain) for the white-collar workers.

According to the ancient Chinese medical classic《黄帝内经·素问·宣明五气篇》:“久视伤血,久卧伤气,久坐伤肉,久立伤骨,久行伤筋,是谓五劳所伤”, it describes how five different forms of ‘overuses’ affect our body. Of the five, “久坐伤肉” is of the most relevance. It means that prolonged sitting is detrimental to our muscles such as its strength and elasticity, both of which are essential in the function and health of our joints and the prevention of complications resulting in pain.

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Spinal Cord & Related Disorders

Spianal Cord Impairment

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.

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Migraine 101 – Causes & TCM Treatments

What is Migraine?

A migraine is defined as a periodic attack of a headache on one or both sides of the head with a series of accompanying symptoms.

 

Prevalence and Impact on Quality of Life

Migraine usually develops from puberty (or childhood in rare cases) and reaches its peak around 35 to 45 years of age. Women are more susceptible to migraine attacks as compared to men due to certain hormonal factors.

Migraine is ranked as the third most common disease in the world with a 1 in 7 people suffering from it. It also ranks as the seventh most debilitating disease. A person who suffers from migraine may spend as long as 5.3% of his/her lifetime going through an attack.

 

Stages of Migraine

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