World Spine Day – Free Talk & Posture Screening, 27th October 2018

In conjunction with World Spine Day 2018, join us for a FREE Spinal Health Talk.

Event attendees will receive a FREE chiropractic assessment (NP: RM299) and FREE posture screening (NP: RM149).

Time & Date: 1.30 pm – 3 pm, 27th October 2018 (Saturday)

Venue: Healthworks, Unit 5, Level 2, Verve Shops, Mont Kiara.

To RSVP, please call 03-6211 7533 or email contact@myhealthworks.com.my or click on the link below. Seats are limited, bring along your family and friends.

Registration closes on 26th October 2018.

Register now >

World Spine Day – Free Talk & Posture Screening, 27th October 20182018-10-28T05:50:40+08:00

Custom Fit Pillow by [SLEEP]scientifica

[SLEEP]scientifica is the maker of custom fit pillows that hug your body for 100% fit. This gives the fullest support to your head and neck for a perfect sleep. Say goodbye to neck pain and poor sleep.

First, 3D measurements are taken. They are then translated into custom patterning and finally fabricated by a master craftsperson, in the principles of 8 WONDERS. The result is a 100% custom fit pillow for the fullest support and a perfect sleep.

SLEEPscientifica’s BESPOKE @Healthworks programme is now available. Speak to a member of staff today to start your journey to perfect sleep.

** If you are not completely satisfied with the product, you have 100 calendar days to return your [SLEEP]scientifica pillow from the date of delivery. We recommend sleeping on your [SLEEP]scientifica pillow for at least 30 nights to allow your body to properly adjust. To be eligible for a return, your [SLEEP]scientifica pillow must be clean, unsoiled and undamaged.

Custom Fit Pillow by [SLEEP]scientifica2018-09-21T06:56:58+08:00

Quest for the Perfect Sleep

Sleeping well is so important yet we put so little importance on it… until now that is. With the rise in popularity of digital devices, come problems with poor posture and neck pain, which affect the quality of sleep. Bad sleep then further aggravates the poor posture and neck pain, causing a vicious cycle.

The conventional pillow’s mass market approach does not adequately support over-exhausted neck muscles and spinal joints for today’s legion of digital leaders. This led SLEEPscientifica to come in and disrupt the experience of buying and using a pillow by going Bespoke, out of pure necessity.

The founder of SLEEPscientifica, Ken, went through the exhaustive search for the perfect pillow and failed miserably. Out of frustration, he decided to make one exactly to his own body shape and size. It proved to be the best decision he has ever made, because his sleep improved tremendously and mornings were marked by an energetic stretch after a refreshing sleep. No more sore necks and fatigue.

Armed with a background in Mechanical Engineering, Ergonomics and Bespoke Race Car Seats, Ken has since spent 2 years researching materials and pillow features and introduced them in SLEEPscientifica. Called the 8 WONDERS of sleep science, it forms the core of SLEEPscientifica’s mission to ensure that everyone gets the right fitting pillows for a perfect sleep.

First, 3D measurements are taken. They are then translated into custom patterning and finally fabricated by a master craftsperson, in the principles of 8 WONDERS. The result is a 100% custom fit pillow for the fullest support and a perfect sleep.

SLEEPscientifica’s BESPOKE @Healthworks programme is now available. Speak to a member of staff today to start your journey to perfect sleep.

 

8 WONDERS of sleep science

1st WONDER – ZERO GRAVITY PREMIUM 100% NATURAL LATEX

All natural premium latex made with the Talalay process to give soft, supple, feeling of sleeping on air

2nd WONDER – ADJUSTED ANTI CONTRA FORCE NOTCH

By adjusting to head shape, contra directional forces on the head and neck are removed, for a soothing support

3rd WONDER – GENTLE PRESSURE 100% CONTOUR MATCHING

By following the exact individual neck curvature, pressure on neck is evenly distributed with maximum skin contact for a soft, gentle full support

4th WONDER – LENGTH ADJUSTED SHOULDER KNEADING

Shape carefully adjusted to individual neck length to apply slight kneading pressure to relief shoulder muscles

5th WONDER – WEIGHT ADJUSTED HEIGHT

Every person’s weight is different, that includes the head; optimum sleeping height is achieved by adjusting pillow height to the exact weight

6th WONDER – ANTI MOULD & FUNGUS

Material specially chosen to minimise build up of mould and fungus may cause irritation and affect breathing and sleep

7th WONDER – ANTI DUST MITES

Material chosen is inhospitable to dust mites and their faeces which does not just sound disgusting, but can also cause allergy

8th WONDER – HEAT & SWEAT DISSIPATING CELL STRUCTURE

Foam cell structure helps to create a cool and dry sleep, which naturally helps induce the body into falling asleep.

Quest for the Perfect Sleep2018-09-21T06:52:33+08:00

Prize Presentation for the ‘Introduce A Friend’ Campaign

We would like to thank all our clients for the overwhelming support and participation in the recently concluded “Introduce A Friend’ campaign.

Many congratulations to the lucky winner, Mr Abid Hussain for winning a HAG Capisco ergonomic chair.

The prize was presented to Abid on 15th September 2018 in Healthworks, Mont Kiara.

From left: Jane Tigon (Front Desk Executive), Abid Hussain and Dr Barry Kluner.

 

Cheryl Liew (Operations & Marketing Manager) presenting the HAG chair to Abid.

 

Prize Presentation for the ‘Introduce A Friend’ Campaign2018-09-19T14:36:37+08:00

Trigger Points and Trigger Point Therapy

Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy, also known as “Trigger Point Therapy “, refers to the treatment of myofascial trigger points (MTrP) or ‘trigger points’ (TrP) that are found in muscles or fascia. MTrPs are uncomfortable, tender, and tense regions that are found around the body.

History of Trigger Points

The study of muscular pain can be traced to the 15th century. Many terms have been proposed to describe muscle related pain. The most currently acceptable terms are myofascial pain and myofascial trigger points. Dr. Janet Travell, MD (1901-1997) was the first to propose the term myofascial trigger point in 1942. She is an American medical doctor who was also the personal rheumatologist to US president John F. Kennedy. In 1960, Dr. Travell teamed up with Dr. David G. Simons, MD (1922-2010) to further explore the realm of trigger points and myofascial pain syndrome. In 1983, they published their work entitled “Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction – The Trigger Point Manual”. This book was a breakthrough in the world of rheumatology, orthopedics and physiotherapy. It changed the understanding and treatment approach towards chronic pain. Since 1983, thousands of physiotherapists, doctors, chiropractors, massage therapists and other health professionals worldwide have applied trigger point therapy in their practice.

Definition of Myofascial Trigger Points

Clinically, MTrPs are identified as tender areas in a muscle through palpation. These microscopic changes occur in muscle fibers causing them to contract and chronically shorten. This can be due to the overloading or incorrect loading of the muscle. One theory suggests that oxygen and nutrients that are supplied to the trigger point are constantly compromised which leads to a sustained contraction that is unable to resolve itself.

Pain and Myofascial Trigger Points

MTrPs can be a major cause of chronic musculoskeletal pain. This could be due to the fact that trigger points may not be painful until a direct pressure is applied. They may refer pain elsewhere which we term as referred pain. The origin of the pain and the area where it manifests can be different. For example, low back pain may be related to trigger points in the abdominal muscles, while headaches can be related to trigger points in the neck muscles. The referred pain is a characteristic feature of myofascial trigger points.

Methods

There are several ways to treat trigger points. Manual Trigger Point Therapy, Dry Needling and the combination of these two techniques, have been shown to be highly effective. Manual Trigger Point Therapy includes specific manipulations to the muscles, fascia and connective tissues. Dry Needling includes the use of sterile disposable acupuncture needles to improve circulation to the affected muscle trigger point areas. This helps to promote healing and reduce pain. The more accurate the treatment is on the affected trigger point, the better the results. Dry needling also affects the descending pain inhibitory system which in turn reduces pain.

Goals

The goals of myofascial trigger point therapy:

  • improve blood circulation to the trigger zone
  • relaxing of the taut band
  • release of surrounding fasciae

Is this the right treatment for you?

We offer dry needling or trigger point therapy at Healthworks and it has helped most of our clients for pain relief. In general, it will help you if you have referred pain or muscle aches. Please contact us if you’re not sure if dry needling or trigger point therapy will help you.

 

Reference: https://www.dgs-academy.com/en/trigger-point-therapy/trigger-point-therapy/

Trigger Points and Trigger Point Therapy2018-09-19T04:58:55+08:00

5 Reasons Why You Should Swim

Swimming has been an exercise used for all ages and has an extensive history in sports. Most apartments or the neighbourhood clubs that I have come across have at least 1 swimming pool where the residents are able to utilize. However it is sad to see that swimming pools are underutilized which is common in today’s time where technological devices dominates most of our time. Be it working on our desktop or watching videos while keeping tabs on Facebook, all these activities has led to a sedentary behavior. Having a sedentary lifestyle contributes almost none to our health benefits, also it adds to a lists of diseases and illnesses. That being said, chronic conditions or diseases are often best treated with exercise. Swimming is one of the favourite exercises that chiropractors love to recommend and here’s why.

Reduces Early Mortality
Research has shown that men who swim regularly reduces the mortality rate by 50% in comparison to those who run, walk or do no physical activities. It is also found that swimming for 2 and a half hours per week is able to reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

Aerobic Exercise
Swimming like all other aerobic exercises benefits us in many ways. One of those would be to ensure that our heart stays strong, able to deliver nutrients to all parts of the body. That being said, good blood circulation in our body helps to clear obstructions in our blood vessels reducing the risks of heart disease. With a healthy blood circulatory system, it increases our focus and energy throughout the day, thus reducing fatigue.

Resistant Exercise
Unlike the weights that we see in the gym, swimming has a comparatively lower stress load on our muscles and joints. However the drag force in the swimming pools which is a form of resistance is able to stimulate muscle strength, giving your muscles a toner look and strength. It targets your core, arm, legs, glutes and your back. It is practically a full body workout! For older adults, swimming has been shown to improve quality of life and reduce the risk of osteoporosis. Post-menopausal women in particular are at increased risk of bone loss, and swimming provides a safe and effective form of the resistance exercise that is needed to maintain bone density.

Load Reducing Effect
Being in the water does definitely lightens your body when your neck is submerged in the water, your body weight is effectively reduced by 90 percent. Clients who experiences high stress in their joints especially in the lower back, knees and hips often find swimming a better exercise due to the load reducing effect.

Weight Loss
Weight loss is a worldwide trend as it promotes not only a healthy outer appearance but for some, it’s simply for their own health purpose. The stats for obesity is increasing every year and due to this, numbers for chronic diseases also follow suit.  Swimming is proven to be good tool for weight loss primarily for its load reducing effect, as people who are overweight and obese people can get a good workout without placing large amounts of painful stress on the lower body’s muscles and joints. This suggests that swimming could be an attractive option for people trying to manage their weight.

In conclusion, if any of you who are interested in swimming but yet to do so for whatever reason, go ahead and get your goggles! It is one of those sports which are fun and keeps you healthy at the same time.

5 Reasons Why You Should Swim2018-09-30T08:59:42+08:00

TeleConsult with Chiropractor & Physiotherapist

Get reliable answers to your health questions from Healthworks’ team of experts. Choose from one of these available slots:

Every Tuesday and Thursday:
2.00pm or 2.15pm or 2.30pm

Email us your name, mobile number and preferred time and day to contact@myhealthworks.com.my, our practitioners will be in touch.

Book a slot >

TeleConsult with Chiropractor & Physiotherapist2018-11-26T13:38:06+08:00

What should I do in the gym?

With instructions to every exercise imaginable at our fingertips: You’d think that we’d be the healthiest generation in human history.

Spoiler alert: We’re not.

With abundance comes confusion. The most common question with exercise “Where do I begin?” I believe the answer comes from self-inquiry, here’s a few to get you started:

  1. “What would I like to achieve with training?”

This a difficult but necessary question. Ask yourself. Answer specifically and honestly. “I want a smaller waistline”, “I want broader shoulders”, “I want a stronger lower back”, “I want bigger biceps”, “I just want to have fun” are common answers.

It’s important to not judge what you want, because your answer determines your training approach.

If bigger biceps are truly what you desire (although we can argue about the utility of this goal), that crosses out lots fluff. Your approach should zone in on performing exercises that stimulate muscle growth of the biceps brachii, rather than spending an hour running on the treadmill.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, if you want to have fun, unless you love the agonizing burn of concentrated curls or high-rep deep squatting, Zumba, dance, or group exercise classes are safer bets.

  1. “Can I do it 2-3 times a week?

One session of bicep curling will not do anything to grow your biceps. No exercise session is worth doing in isolation.

Sessions should beget sessions, and to truly reap the benefits of exercising, learn to schedule in multiple sessions throughout a week. Rather than expecting instant results, long term planning for long term progression should be the goal.

Some clichés are true: Fitness shouldn’t be a destination, but a journey. Treat the fruits of labor from exercising as being able to keep on exercising.

  1. “Can I do it pain free?”

No exercise is worth doing if it causes pain that sets you back.

That said, it’s important to discern between soreness and pain. Pain usually comes in sudden, acute, sharp sensations, and are often located on joints. Pain is indicative of injury, while soreness, although sometimes unbearable, are an expected result of exercise.

Pain: My knees hurt when I walk down the stairs. Soreness: My glutes and quads are sore walking down the stairs.

While exercise induced pain is something to avoid, an experience of it provides important insights. Movements that cause pain can sometimes be sign of a problem that may lead to more severe future pain.

This is where a consultations with a physiotherapist or an exercise specialist can be valuable. Pain is so multifaceted that entire textbooks have been dedicated to examining this phenomena.

If you’re facing pain or any issues while performing your exercise of choice, know that it’s not the end of the road. It never is. Drop by Healthworks Mont Kiara and schedule a consultation session with our team of Chiropractors, Physiotherapists and Exercise Specialists as we work holistically to get you back on track.

What should I do in the gym?2018-09-05T01:47:48+08:00

How to unlock a stiff neck?

Have you ever woken up from bed in the morning and suddenly you aren’t able to turn your neck? You have no idea how it happened, and the pain may be quite unbearable. It is very likely you have a condition known as ‘Acute Torticollis’. Acute Torticollis occurs when the muscles of neck region become fixed in a constant contracting state (spasm) causing neck pain and discomfort.

Torticollis (twisted neck) is a condition where the neck has restricted movements and is unable to turn (rotate), usually on one side more than the other. An acute torticollis happens abruptly without much warning signs.

How do I know if I have acute torticollis (stiff neck)?

The common signs and symptoms of it are

– Restricted neck range of motion

– Difficulty in turning your neck (Mostly to one side)

– Tight and pulling muscle sensation at the neck region

– Pain may also affect the head and shoulder

What should I do?

1)      Keep your neck moving

Your first thought when you have a stiff neck is to keep your neck still and avoid moving it as much as possible, in order to avoid further injury and damage. But contrary to normal believes, moving your neck will actually do you more good than harm.

Slowly and gently encourage movement in your neck in all directions. Movement will help the neck to slowly increase its ranges of motion. Allowing you to feel less intense pressure on muscles.

WARNING: Keeping your neck in a static position for too long may cause the neck stiffness to become worse and persist for a longer period.

2)      Focus on muscle relief

Place a heat pack on the tight muscles for 10 minutes or use a heat (muscle relief) patch will help to reduce the stiffness of muscles of the neck. Applying heat therapy onto a muscle increases the blood flow towards the region. Thus, the muscles are able to get adequate oxygen and nutrient supply it requires to recover and return to a more relaxed state.

TIP: Put a towel in between the hot pack and your skin to avoid the possibility of a burn injury.

3)      Maintain a good posture

Avoid putting your neck in an awkward position. Try to keep it as neutral as possible, if you are doing activities while sitting, standing or laying down.

4)      Get a pillow with good support

When it is time to rest, make sure your head is rested on a firm and comfortable pillow.

Here at Healthworks, we often see clients that experience musculoskeletal conditions such as this. Our chiropractors and physiotherapists work together to help our clients regain their mobility, range of motion and strength. So that every individual is able to carry out their daily activities better and pain free.

If you would like to know more about our services or how we can help you in this, you can head over to the ‘Contact Us’ section on our website to enquire.

How to unlock a stiff neck?2018-09-01T09:46:49+08:00
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