Understanding Slipped (Herniated) Disc And Its Other Terms

You may have heard of the word ‘slipped disc’ multiple times throughout your lifetime but do you know the medical term for it is Herniated Disc? It can also be referred to as a ruptured, torn, bulged, prolapsed, protruded or sequestrated disc by your healthcare professional. While the terms may adversely differ and make you […]

Common Therapies You Can Do At Home To Manage Body Pain And Aches

We may suffer from body aches and pains at some point in our lives. However, as these common physical ailments start to interfere with our daily activities and quality of life, that’s when we begin to despise those helpless moments as each day comes. If you have ever experienced body aches and pains such as […]

We are 1 year old!

Out of the desire to create a safe place for the community to get healthier, access health information and live their lives to the fullest, as well as give back to the community, My Chirocare was born on 5th April 2021. When we see our patients walk out of the clinic smiling or feeling better, […]

How To Alleviate Sciatica Pain?

The most common misconception of sciatica is that it is a medical condition in and of itself. However, sciatica actually refers to a group of symptoms caused by other issues in your lower back! Sciatica specifically describes the pain that runs up and down your legs from your buttocks or lower back. It is caused […]

Knee Osteoarthritis

As a key joint in the body, a biomechanical structure that bears much weight and is constantly subjected to repeated stress, the knee is especially prone to wear-and-tear. Knee osteoarthritis is the most common chronic knee condition and can be debilitating. How does knee osteoarthritis occur? As discussed in the previous article, the knee joint […]

Knee Anatomy (Knee Structure and Function)

As the largest joint in the human body, the knee is a complex yet fascinating biomechanical structure. Designed to bear weight and engage in vigorous movements, understanding its construction is key to learning to care for it better. Structure of the Knee The knee is a hinge joint, a type of joint that allows movement […]

What Causes Hip Pain?

In our previous blog post, we explored the anatomy and function of the hips. But what happens if your hips are injured and hurting? While hip pain can be common, it is often a sign of injury of a more severe condition—and should not be taken lightly. Whipping your hips back into shape requires the […]

Hips Muscles, Structure and Function

Sitting, standing, stretching, walking, running, dancing—every single lower body movement relies on your hips in some way. Your hips are the centre of the body’s locomotion, and taking good care of them is imperative. “How do I take good care of my hips?” To answer this question, let us gain an understanding of hip anatomy. […]

The Central Nervous System

Did you know that issues in your back have ripple effects on completely different parts of your body?How can a pain in your back lead to urinary incontinence? This is because our spine houses the central nervous system! This system coordinates everything from your bowel movements to blood circulation. Let’s break down the central nervous system to understand its function. Brain to Spine, to the Rest of the Body Your brain is located in your cranium, which sits atop your spine. It sends signals down the spinal cord to the rest of the body through spinal nerves that branch out into nerve roots. Nothing happens in your body without a message running from your brain through your nervous system. Your bodily processes are the result of the sophisticated coordination between your brain and spine. Disruptions to this connection disrupts bodily processes. Spinal vertebrae, which surround and protectour spinal nerves, can get misaligned and interfere with nervous signal transmission. The same goes for spinal cord injury. Stress—physical, chemical (poor diets) and psychological (anxiety, fear and anger)—cause the spinal muscles to tense up, disturbing the alignment of the spine and irritating the nerve. The result is a chain reaction of distorted nervous signals that mess with other bodily processes. Usually, you may feel some discomfort, aching or tightness in your back. Your central nervous system is telling you that something is wrong! Pain is our body’s emergency alarm, which also means a lot more is happening underneath—for example, the organs that the disrupted nerves feed could be malfunctioning from inadequate nerve supply! Feeling vs Function Body pain is not always enough as an indicator of wellness. Physical sensations in our bodies are generated by sensory nerves, which only make up a small part of our central nervous system. What you feel is thus a very small percentage of what is actually happening in your body. Our emotions can be inaccurate at times. So do our physical feelings—pain is often the last symptom of a bodily issue! Relying on physical sensations to determine wellness is thus not always reliable, as it could be too late by the time you figure out the problem. Instead, it is important to pay attention to overall bodily function, which includes two other components: your motor and autonomic nerves. In short, pay attention to the entirety of your central nervous system. Your motor nerves deal with your motor function and muscular system. If you feel weakness, spasms or motor dysfunction, this could be an indicator of an issue, even without pain. Your autonomic nerves deal with your internal bodily functions such as digestion, breathing and circulation. Indigestion, breathing problems and sinus allergies may also suggest that something isn’t right. You can preliminarily gauge this by looking at your overall sensory, motor and autonomic function. Do you observe something wrong in any of these components? Do you notice any abnormalities even if you don’t “feel” or physically “sense” any issues? Simply feeling good does not mean everything is alright. All aspects of your central nervous system should be taken into account—after all, it is the centre of your bodily activity. Are my judgments accurate? What do I do if I suspect a problem? Besides looking out for the symptoms suggested above, the best way to assess the state of your health is, of course, to seek professional help. Due to the intimate relationship between spinal wellness and the central nervous system, a chiropractor is well-qualified to help you with your issues. Through the restoration of strength and mobility to your spine, chiropractic care gets to the root of your issues by directly resolving disruptions to the central nervous system. Chiropractic adjustment breaks up scar tissue, creating healthy nerve flows which stimulate recovery. Normal spinal motion is arequirement for normal brain function, as proven in this MRI study. If you have any questions, schedule an appointment with us by calling us at 62084669 or dropping us an email wecare@mychirocare.sg!

Chiropractic Myths Busted: Part Two

Myths of chiropractic care and medical misinformation abound on the internet. We debunked some ofthese in our first article in this series! In this second installment, we’ll focus on disproving the myths surrounding common ailments such as back pain and neck pain, and give you advice on how to manage these issues properly. Myth 1: Lifting is bad for your back Contrary to popular belief, lifting in and of itself is not always terrible for your back! The problem is not with lifting per se—it’s with your form and your load. Good form protects and strengthens your back and is specifically designed to handle the demands of weightlifting. Weights that are too heavy can strain your back because you are not accustomed to lifting such loads with proper technique yet. The key to proper lifting is gradual practice: slowly increasing your load using good lifting technique. This way, you can condition your back to handle increasingly-heavy loads without straining it. Myth 2: Bed rest speeds up recovery Many people believe that bed rest accelerates recovery. But this is not always the case! In fact, stayingin bed for too long can actually hinder your recovery. Too much bed rest stiffens your muscles as you lay in the same position for too long. Immobility and inactivity can cause loss of muscle strength and flexibility. Combined, this may make you even more prone to future muscle injury! On top of that, bed rest in itself does not actually accelerate the rate of your recovery; it simply helps to ease pain, but does not target its root cause. Bed rest is most appropriate for acute back strains and injuries, but should last no more than a day or two. In fact, moderate activity restores the strength and mobility of the injured area, promoting healing and accelerating recovery. Bed rest should thus only be done in moderation. Myth 3: Sitting up straight solves your postural issues Yes, sitting up straight is important for good posture. However, sitting up straight for too long can actually irritate your back! Improving posture is much more than just practicing correct posture; it’s also about exercising and strengthening the correct muscle groups. If you find yourself seated for prolonged periods of time, remember to stand up, walk around and take a breather every now and then. Alternatively, you may attempt any of the stretches in this <vlog> to relax and loosen your stiff muscles. Myth 4: Herniated discs require surgery Herniated discs can be excruciating and inconvenient, but they resolve naturally most of the time. Surgery is an invasive, costly and risky procedure. It should only be performed as an absolute last resort or in case of a pressing medical emergency. In most cases, nonsurgical options are sufficient, such as chiropractic treatment and physical rehabilitation. Chiropractic treatment relieves pain, restores strength and stimulates recovery. Myth 5: Painkillers accelerate recovery Painkillers provide relief to help you get back on your feet earlier. They do not, however, resolve the underlying or root cause of your back pain—and are not intended to do so. Most back pain is biomechanical in nature, meaning it is caused by musculoskeletal issues. Given this, a more effective approach is to strengthen, train up and condition your muscles as well as nourish your bones and joints with the right nutrients. Painkillers simply dull the pain and have no real biomechanical effect, and therefore do not speed up the actual process of muscle and joint recovery. We hope that this installment has cleared up any misconceptions or concerns you may have about bodily pain and musculoskeletal issues! If you have any questions, schedule an appointment with us by calling us at 62084669 or dropping us an email wecare@mychirocare.sg!