Numbness And Tingling

As patients walk into our clinic, some of them are experiencing numbness and tingling in their fingers and toes. Some also have numbness and tingling going down their arms and legs. There are many reasons as to why one may experience numbness and/or tingling. The most common reason is nerve-related such as nerves that have been trapped or are currently being compressed or pinched. This could be due to nerve entrapment syndromes such as a nerve palsy or carpal tunnel. Nerves could also be pinched or compressed due to injuries, disc herniations, trauma or muscles spasms.

Other causes of numbness and tingling could be systemic diseases (i.e. kidney, liver, hormonal balance, tumors) or inherited and auto-immune disorders. Sometimes numbness and tingling can be due to an excess of alcohol or toxins such as lead or mercury. Included in the toxins would be chemotherapy or some medications. A deficiency in certain B vitamins can also be a cause or oppositely, an overdose of B6. Sometimes infections may cause numbness or tingling as well. However, these are less likely to be found in a chiropractic clinic.

Chiropractic adjustments can help when the nerves are trapped or pinched due to muscles, spinal subluxations, disc herniations, muscles spasms. This is because chiropractic care can help with relieving the pain symptoms and relieving the nerve irritation by realignment of the spine and releasing of the muscles surrounding it.

If you have had a prolonged experience of numbness and tingling and they do not go away with chiropractic treatments, there are a few things you should do:

  • Visit a specialist and do some specialised blood tests
  • Perform an electromyogram
  • Perform a nerve conduction velocity
  • Other tests could include CT or MRI scans.

Successful treatment of numbness and tingling is dependent on getting an accurate diagnosis and understating why this symptom is present. As long as there is no permanent damage in the nerve endings, they can heal and be relieved. Besides chiropractic care or other spinal care, a good diet is important to balance out any extra or insufficient nutrients causing an imbalance. Patients with diabetic neuropathy can benefit from having a healthy diet.

If patients are pain free and have reduced symptoms, exercise is always beneficial to get the joints moving and increase blood flow as well as reduce pinching of the nerve due to immobility.

Numbness And Tingling2019-06-24T09:46:05+08:00

The Role Of Magnesium

Magnesium is the 4th most common mineral that is found in our body after calcium, sodium, and potassium. Within the frame of a 70 kg individual, there is an average of 25 grams of Mg in reserve with 53% in bone, 27% in muscle, 19% in soft tissues, and less than 1% in the serum. Magnesium can be found in various diets.

Magnesium has been found to have an important role in the human body system. It is involved in 300 systems necessary for:
1) Protein Synthesis
2) Muscle contraction
3) Nerve function
4) Blood sugar control
5) Blood pressure regulation
6) Pumping action of the heart
7) Important cellular processes

However, there are certain conditions that may be responsible for this mineral deficiency.

1) Malnutrition
Poor food choices like a reduction in whole foods and processed foods as main staple are often the cause of magnesium deficiency.

2) Reduced absorption
Certain medical conditions like bowel diseases or a deficiency of vitamin D reduces the absorption of magnesium.

3) Increase in renal loss
On average 30 percent of dietary intake is lost in urine.  Medical condition like Diabetes Mellitus type 2 increases the urine output due to a higher concentration of glucose.

4) Older Adults
As we age, the rate of absorption decreases and the urine output increases.

Here at Healthworks, the practitioners realize that nutrition is also equally important as being active physically. As food does not only gives us the energy that we need but also it plays a very important role in determining the status of our health.  So, feel free to visit us at www.myhealthworks.com.my or call/ Whatsapp us at 018-9828539 for more information.

The Role Of Magnesium2019-06-24T09:46:18+08:00

ACL Surgery Recovery 101: Timeline & Tips

This article will be helpful if you’re scheduled for an ACL reconstruction. You will probably be thinking about “How long will I be out of my normal routine?” or “What should I expect during my rehabilitation?”

Your doctor can provide specific recommendations based on your unique situation, but in general, the following timeline may help you recover as quickly and safely as possible after an ACL surgery.

Initial Phase (First two weeks after surgery)

This is the most critical time after surgery. You need to start rehabilitation immediately regardless of your pain or swelling level. The aim is to activate your quadriceps and to mobilise your knee to prevent it from stiffening. It is important to have active full knee extension or your walking pattern will be affected. You should be given exercises that can be performed daily to support your recovery. During this time, you will not be able to bear weight on the affected leg, but you will be allowed to walk around with crutches.

Middle phase (Two weeks to three months after surgery)

You may begin to put weight through your affected leg, but activity may still be limited as your tissues are healing. The focus will be on helping you regain full range of motion, improving your quadriceps and hamstring strength and improving your balance. You may have to wear a protective knee brace to protect it from unnecessary movements because your knee is still vulnerable at this stage. During this time, you should be allowed to use one crutch to support yourself when you walk.

Late phase (Three months to six months after surgery)

You should be allowed to do low-impact activities such as cycling, swimming, and rowing. By this time, you should have achieved full knee range of motion and your quadriceps strength should be 70% of your unaffected leg. Depending on your progress, you should be walking unsupported and your rehabilitation should focus on your hamstring and quadriceps strength. Agility, jumping and sport specific training should also be added during this time.

As mentioned before, this is a general recommendation. Please speak to us if you’re interested to know how we can help you during this journey.

ACL Surgery Recovery 101: Timeline & Tips2019-02-14T12:25:00+08:00

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UOB Credit & Debit cards special promo!2019-03-11T13:01:30+08:00

Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia is a thick band of connective tissue that runs along the underneath of the foot from the heel bone to the toes. Its function is act as a shock-absorber that support the arch of the foot and guide the shape of the foot during walking and running. If the fascia is overstressed or tensioned, micro-tear will happen, causing injury and pain. This overuse injury of the plantar fascia is called plantar fasciitis.

Symptoms

  • Sharp pain on the bottom of your foot, sometimes going into your heel (usually worse in the morning, with the first few steps)
  • Pain is usually worse after exercise
  • Pain after long periods of rest, such as standing after a long period of sitting

Causes

Foot and leg biomechanics

  • Flatfoot (putting too much stress to the fascia)
  • Having a high arch ( lack of flexibility to shock absorb appropriately)
  • Tight Achilles tendon (affect your ability to flex your ankle and increase the risk of injury)
  • Abnormal pattern of walking

Intense Workout

  • Long distance running, ballistic jumping activities, and dancing

Occupations

  • Requires long hours of standing or walking, especially oh hard surfaces

Treatment

Ice or heat – Reduce pain level, promote tissue healing

Massage – Pain relief

Stretching – Improve flexibility

Strengthening exercises – Improved strength to bear weight, injury prevention

Taping- Relieve symptoms

Avoiding the aggravating activity – running, prolonged standing, etc)

You can call our center for an assessment to check if you are having a plantar fasciitis, don’t wait for the symptoms to become persistent!

 

 

什么是足底筋膜炎?

首先, 先让我们了解一下什么是足底筋膜,它是由很厚的弹性组织所构成,位于脚底跟骨的前方,以扇形向前延伸分布在脚趾骨底下。其作用是支撑脚底的足弓,让我们在站立行走及跑脚部承受体重的同時,依然能维持足弓的形狀,在跑、跳等高刺冲击性运动时起了吸收地面反作用力的避震作用。但当足底筋膜承受过度的牵拉力的时候,就会造成筋膜有细微的撕裂,进一步形成劳损和疼痛。所以这种筋膜过度劳损的伤害,叫做足底筋膜炎。

症狀

  • 脚底感到刺痛,疼痛通常会集中在脚跟(特别是早上起来脚刚开始踩地的时候脚跟会有剧痛)
  • 运动之后的疼痛感受特别强烈
  • 休息一段时间之后站起来会特别痛,像是维持一段时间坐姿后站起来

造成足底筋膜炎的原因

错误的足部或脚部的生物力学

  • 扁平足(使得足底筋膜承受过大的牵拉力)
  • 高足弓(柔软度不足,导致无法恰当地吸震)
  • 阿基里斯腱太紧绷(限制了脚踝往上翘的动作,因为代偿方式导致足底筋膜压力上,增加受伤的机率)
  • 不恰当的步态

过于激烈的运动

  • 长跑,弹跳运动,跳舞等

职业

  • 一些需要长时间站或走的职业,特别是在站或走在硬的地面

 

治疗

冰敷或热敷 – 减低疼痛,促进组织修复

按摩 – 缓解疼痛

伸展运动 – 增加柔软度,伸展足底筋膜

肌力运动 – 強化肌力,使得能够承受重力,预防损伤

肌贴 – 缓解症状,放松筋膜

避免会导致症状恶化的运动 – 像是跑步,久站等

如果您怀疑您有上述症状,可以到我们的诊所来做一个更全面的评估,让我们的治疗师判断您是否真的患有足底筋膜炎,别等到症状持续恶化!

Plantar Fasciitis2019-02-02T05:42:54+08:00
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