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Sciatica

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What is Sciatica?

Sciatica is a symptom. It consists of leg pain, which might feel like a bad leg cramp, or it can be excruciating, shooting pain down from your buttock to your leg as if there is an electric current. There may be complaints of burning and tingling sensations at the side of the leg and at times, the toes or a feeling of weakness or numbness in the leg. This can make standing or sitting nearly impossible and the pain might be worse when you sit, sneeze, or cough.

What Causes Sciatica?

Sciatica might be a symptom of a “pinched nerve” affecting one or more of the lower spinal nerves. The nerve might be pinched inside or outside of the spinal canal as it passes into the leg.

  1. Injury or trauma: A significant outside force can create direct compression on the nerve. Example: sports injury, car accident or a bad fall.
  2. Pregnancy and Obesity: The extra weight and pressure on your spine caused by pregnancy or weight gain can cause compression of the sciatic nerve.
  3. Herniated / Slipped disc: The most common cause of sciatica is when herniated or slipped disc causes pressure on a nerve root.
  4. Prolonged Sitting: Prolonged sitting can cause the spine disc to collapse and compress on the sciatic nerve that causes pain in the buttock.

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Scoliosis

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What is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a chronic and progressive disease which causes you to develop an abnormal curvature of the spine sideways, making you look ‘crooked’. Depending on the severity of the deformity, you will be able to see some distortion in your body or some form of deformities in your spine, bone, joint or muscular development.

Scoliosis may be discovered during the following stages of growing up:

Infantile – from age 0 to 3

Juvenile – from age 4 to 10

Adolescent – from age 11 to 18

Adult – discovered in adulthood after skeletal maturity has occurred

Children with long-term medical problems may also develop scoliosis. The medical problems can be muscular dystrophy, osteogenesis imperfecta, Marfan syndrome or cerebral palsy. Children with tumors or growths on their spine may also suffer from scoliosis.

Scoliosis check can be done by observing your posture through the frontal, back and side view in front of the mirror. Scoliosis will cause you to have the following physical distortion, please check now:

  • Uneven hip or waistline
  • Uneven chest or breast
  • Different leg length
  • Different arm length
  • Protruding ribcage on the left or right
  • A sunken shoulder blade or protruding shoulder blade
  • ‘Dowager’s hump’ in the back
  • Crooked neck
  • Crooked face
  • Uneven jawline
  • Protruding jawline
  • Bow-leggedness
  • Knock knees
  • Body feel twisted or rotated with one shoulder; one side of the ribcage or hip is more forwarded than the other
  • Impediment of height growth of a child during puberty
  • Uneven gait

What causes Scoliosis?

Scoliosis can be hereditary or due to environmental factors although there is no consensus in the medical industry. Scoliosis is ‘idiopathic’ which means the real cause is not fully known by medical sciences yet.

For example, if one of the parents are born with a severe scoliosis, your children may not necessarily have severe scoliosis. They may just suffer a mild scoliosis, which is a mild curvature in their spine instead of a severe one.

But if one of your parents have mild scoliosis, sometimes your children can be born with a severe scoliosis condition as compared to you.

Even among siblings in the same family or related cousins and relatives, the degree of curvature of the scoliosis defers from every individual; some can be serious and some can be just a mild deformity.

However, along the family tree, there is a high possibility that some may suffer from mild to severe scoliosis; both man and woman, young or elderly.

What are the pain symptoms cause by scoliosis?

People suffering form scoliosis may start to experience back, shoulder, neck, knee pain or other bodily pain from as young as 7 years old and through to their adulthood. The pain conditions can range from mild to severe depending on different people.

Children with scoliosis will start to feel the pain taking effect when they start to grow up during their puberty as the spine develops quickly.

Scoliosis can cause the following physical symptoms but on top of that, it can result in many emotional traumas which many people do not understand or tend to misunderstand as well:

Physical Pain

Emotional Pain

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Low self-esteem
  • Shyness
  • Self-consciousness
  • Feelings of shame
  • Feelings of unattractiveness due to the physical deformity
  • Insecurity

About Adult’s Scoliosis

Adult who have scoliosis will experience more back, shoulder, neck, knee pain and other bodily pains or hand and leg numbness as compared to the children; although not necessarily so. The pain can be made worse if you are having poor posture since young or due to bad habits and lifestyle.

Adults going through the ageing process can also experience faster wear and tear diseases like osteoarthritis for the back, neck and knees or other parts of the body as compared to a normal person.  As for ladies who are undergoing menopause or having osteoporosis, they will experience more bodily pains as it causes them to have brittle bones and weak muscles.

As a result, there may be instances where bone spurs can grow at certain parts of the body; impinging on the nerves causing arm and leg numbness.

About Children’s Scoliosis

Scoliosis causes not just physical pain but also lots of emotional pain and scarring to children. Children with scoliosis can be very conscious of their bodies as they grow up especially during puberty where there is a growth spurt. Children may feel embarrassed as to why their bodies are  different from their peers physically.

They tend to be more conscious of their hump behind their backs, which can deviate more towards the side or can result in protrusions of their shoulder blades, chest or breast bones.

Due to the obvious physical deformity, children are easily made a target of ridicule in school and become a victim of being bullied. Children with scoliosis are very vulnerable as they have to suffer both physical pain and emotional hurt causing them to have low self-esteem, trying to avoid school or having difficulty making friends altogether.

The risk of traditional surgical method or bracing for scoliosis!

In the past, people who has severe scoliosis treat their scoliosis through the traditional surgical method called the ‘Harrington rod’ technique. This technique may straighten the spine but does not get rid of the sufferer’s aches and pains and can come with many complications.

This ‘Harrington rod’ technique is a high risk and invasive surgery often left behind scarring on the back of the patients and a lack of feeling of their back.

People with scoliosis who has gone through such surgery, experience severe limitations to their range of motion in their bodies. Their bodies are unable to bend forward nor rounding their back normally. Neither are they able to turn their head from side to side freely. They also tend to lose their body flexibility and muscles strength, affecting their performance during daily activities.

Other than surgery, some children are advised to use a ‘scoliosis brace’ from young; which is not recommended too. The brace can be a ‘hard’ or ‘soft’ one depending on the scoliosis conditions. However, long term dependence will cause their muscles to be atrophied as it will hinder the other muscles to be activated and develop properly.

The ‘scoliosis brace’ can sometimes cause pain and restrict children’s bodily movements and functions.

Wearing a scoliosis brace may cause the child to feel embarrassed or insecure as they are more conscious of their appearance or body image during the growing up years.

They may refuse to wear the scoliosis brace as children; alienating them by feeling ‘abnormal’ instead of being an aid to help them.

What can be prevented to stop scoliosis from worsening?

Scoliosis can be managed well with proper education and lifestyle such as:

  • Education on strengthening the correct muscles that are ‘dormant’: inculcate good sitting & standing postures and spinal alignment
  • Practice of good lifestyle habits, study or office ergonomics for school children or working class
  • Seek out the correct treatment and scoliosis’ experts in time

What are the treatment for scoliosis without medications, injections and surgeries?

Fret not! Scoliosis can be managed well from childhood to adulthood through our Integrated Pain-X™ (IPX™) System therapy.

IPX program can teach the child or adult on the correct spinal and joint alignment of their bodies to prevent the scoliosis curvature from getting worse; through retraining the muscle and brain memory. Our Integrated Pain-X™ (IPX™) System will stop your pain and help to level out your spine if you put in your diligence.

IPX teaches you how one can manage your scoliosis by moving your spine freely, without any restrictions or limitations. It allows your spine to explore its full potential and move through the full range of motion in a 360 degree fashion with rhythmic breathing patterns to correct the scoliosis curvature.

IPX can also help those who has compression in their heart or lungs causing breathing problems, which tends to be consequences from suffering from scoliosis.

From early childhood, children must be educated on why they are born differently physically compare to other children and how they can take charge of their own health instead of focusing on the bad and negative side.

Instead of subjecting themselves to occasions of being bullied or ridiculed due to their physical deformities; children can fight back by being conscientious in their physical correction for scoliosis .

This can be done through the education of the correct spinal alignment and equip them with the knowledge of self-healing and self-correction using our IPX system to improve the scoliosis conditions.

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Back Pain

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What Causes Back Pain?

Back pain is prevalent among white-collar workers. Prolonged sitting with poor posture will cause your pelvic area to misalign as it tightens and strains your back muscles and that put lots of undue stress on the spinal discs. Back pain can also be triggered by carrying heavy things while having weak and tight muscles, accidents, obesity, pregnancy or sports injuries.For pregnant women, prolonged poor posture and habits will cause them more back pain.

Back pain for pregnant women often gets worse towards the end of the day or if they have been standing for a long period of time. This is due to the muscles becoming tired easily and their ligaments stretching slightly from the combined weight of the mother and foetus. According to Back Society Singapore, 1 in 5 Singaporean adults suffer from neck and back pain.

Knee pain can also give rise to back pain due to uneven walking pattern that misaligns the back which can develop the possibility of a slipped disc, scoliosis and bone spurs that impinge on your sciatic nerve causing numbness and weaknesses of your leg in the long run. Prolonged sitting also weakens your core muscles which can lead to back pain as it cannot support your lumbar spine well, compressing your disc.

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Spine Pain

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What Is Spine Pain?

The spine is made up of bones, also known as the vertebrae. Each vertebra has cartilage discs between them. The spine is connected to the ribs at the chest and is divided into three parts:

  1. Neck (cervical vertebrae)
  2. Chest (thoracic vertebrae)
  3. The lower back (lumbar vertebrae)

The spinal discs consist of a circle of connective tissues with a central gel-like core. This makes the spine flexible and also acts as a shock absorber. At the centre of this column of vertebrae and discs is the spinal canal, which contains the spinal cord and a bundle of nerve fibres stretching down towards the sacrum.

The sacrum is a large irregular triangular-shaped bone made up of the five fused vertebrae below the lumbar region and is known as the lower spine. The sacrum is inserted like a wedge between the two pelvic bones and is held together by the two sacroiliac joints. Many back pain sufferers usually feel the pain where the lumbar and sacrum region of the spine connect because this region is subjected to a large amount of stress due to bad postural habits or strenuous activities.

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Slipped Disc

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What is Slipped Disc?

 A sudden slipped disc in the lower back (lumbar spine) is a traumatizing experience as it could result in temporary paralysis of both your legs, excruciating shooting pain down your legs (sciatica), numbness or even burning sensation.

Slipped disc is a degenerative disc disease that can cause you to be immobile and wheel chair bound if it becomes serious.

Each spinal disc has two components. It consists of a tough outer ring called the ‘annulus fibrosus’ which protects the soft, gel-liked material inside the centre of the disc called the ‘nucleus pulposus’. Poor posture, weakness of lower back and core muscles or injury can cause the inner portion of the disc to protrude through the outer ring resulting in a slipped, herniated, or prolapsed disc.

 

What are the symptoms of a slipped disc?

If the slipped disc compresses one of your spinal nerves, you may also experience severe pain and numbness along the affected nerve which is often radiating down the outer or inner part of your thigh to the base of your foot; that’s in the worst case scenario.

The symptoms can also be radiating down your arm to the fingers causing pain and weaknesses if the slipped disc occurred in the cervical spine which is your neck.

If you have slipped disc, it means that the disc which sits in between each spinal vertebra has been damaged. Slipped disc can occur in any part of the spine but it is most common in the lumbar disc or cervical disc. This can cause you to lose control of your legs or arms.

Normally, patients who suffer from slipped disc also have lumbar degeneration that causes ‘bone spur’ that grows on the lumbar vertebrae. The lower back, legs, feet and buttock will feel the pain and numbness as the bone spur can impinge on the surrounding nerves.

 

What is the function of the spinal disc?

What is a spinal disc? You can find the disc in between each vertebrae of your spine that acts like a ‘shock absorber’ to protect the spine when you run, jump or walk. But as we age, we become shorter as the disc that cushions the spine starts to degenerate and dry up causing the spinal column to collapse due to gravity.

As a result, our body is more prone to injury as our spinal disc can no longer cushion any great impact or trauma well.

 

How does our spine look like?

Our spinal column consists of three ‘S’ shaped curves which acts like a spring to cushion any impact from executing our daily activities such as running, lifting and twisting.

The first ‘S’ curve comes from the cervical spine which is made up of 7 vertebrae (C1 to C7). The second ‘S’ curve comes from the thoracic spine which is made up of 12 vertebrae (T1-T12). The third ‘S’ curve is formed at the lumbar spine which consists of 5 vertebrae (L1 to L5).

The spine also consists of the sacrum which looks like a triangle shape with 5 vertebrae fusing together (S1 to S5). Lastly the tailbone which is known as the coccyx is formed at the end of the spine with four vertebrae fusing together.

 

Who can suffer from slipped disc?

Anyone can suffer from a slipped disc especially for those who are:

  • Sports enthusiasts who injured themselves during contact sports.
  • Overweight – Putting extra pressure, stress and strain on the spinal discs.
  • Having weak core or back muscles that cannot support the structure of the spine.
  • Having poor posture due to prolonged sitting, hunching over computer or bad habits causing muscles tightness and weakness as the imbalanced muscles are overwork or underuse.
  • Having congenital problem such as scoliosis, a condition which creates a crooked ‘S’ shaped spine causing a hump behind the shoulder blade, mid or lower back.
  • Living a sedentary lifestyle causing muscle tightness and inflexibility.

 

What are the serious implications if slipped disc is not treated properly?

Slipped disc can recur again if you become overweight or allow your core strength to weaken over time especially if you have history of slipped disc. Spinal misalignment may cause slipped disc to relapse if you give in to poor posture due to bad habits.

If your slipped disc is not being given the proper treatment, it may lead to possible permanent nerve damage to the cauda equina nerves.

This can cause you to experience intermittent loss of bowel or bladder control as well as recurring lower back pain with muscle weakness and numbness.

Sciatica symptoms may also occur in one or two legs.

 

What must you do to prevent a slipped disc?

In order to avoid slipped disc, please be aware of the following:

  • Avoid lifting heavy stuff such as a shopping bag or luggage. Adopt correct lifting techniques or ask someone for help to lessen the load.
  • Sleep with a pillow under your knee if you are having lower back pain.
  • Avoid prolonged sitting in the office or watching TV program. Stand up and walk around or stretch every 30 minutes.
  • Strengthen your core muscles and maintain flexibility of your back muscles.
  • Avoid bending forward when brushing your teeth. Stand upright instead.
  • Avoid excessive bending forward when changing bedsheets. Kneel down is a better option to prevent lower back pain.
  • Find an expert who specialize in spinal alignment to inculcate good body awareness and posture.

 

How to find out if I have a slipped disc?

If you have intermittent or perpetual numbness in both or either of your legs or arms, there may be a possibility that you have a slipped disc in your lumbar or cervical spine.

You can either go for an X-ray or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to ascertain the conditions of your slipped disc.

 

Heal your slipped disc without medications or surgery!

Slipped disc can be healed without surgery! Many of our clients have stopped their pain and numbness in their lower back, legs, neck or arms through our  Integrated Pain-X™ (IPX™) System with amazing results.

Integrated Pain-X™ (IPX™) System  helps to realign your spine to decompress your nerve impingement and inculcate you with the correct spinal alignment to better manage your pain. In the long term, you will be stronger and have a better posture to prevent your slipped disc to recur.

 

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