It is a common misconception that poor circulation is the likely culprit when we get tingling or pins and needles. This is perhaps because people with uncontrolled diabetes have both pins and needles and poor circulation but these two aren’t causal.
Inflammation is bad and we need to eliminate it to feel good, right? Wrong!
We mainly see patients complaining of non-traumatic injuries. Where the person may or may not have tried previously to identify why the pain started, why it isn’t healing with time/rest/rehabilitation or why it keeps coming back…
We often find that our favourite activity results in pain or that its being blamed for causing the pain through repetitive strain or damage. It doesn’t matter if you have longstanding or progressive spinal pain, knee pain or even nerve referral into an arm or a leg – the instruction is usually the same: “Unless you want me to operate, stop [insert your activity here]”.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome refers to nerve-like symptoms such as pain, tingling, burning or numbness in the hand. This has always been believed to originate from pressure on the Median Nerve as it runs through the wrist bones into the hand. However, this is only one explanation for such symptoms - and not even the most probably one.
Our bodies are made with activity in mind. We have been engineered specifically for movement with more than 250 joints and over 600 muscles. This complex musculoskeletal system functions best with regular exercise which also results in positive effects for many other systems within the body.
Research shows that a surprising 81% of the time, we experience pain in an arm or a leg (like shin splints, tennis elbow, rotator cuff syndrome or plantar fasciitis), when the spine is in fact the origin. This occurs even without experiencing any spinal symptoms at all! We should therefore always suspect the spine unless we have a clear indication of tissue damage (bruising or disfigurement) to the symptomatic area.
Many women in our modern world have bunions develop over time but it does not exclusively affect women. Bunions can be unsightly and incredibly painful or completely pain-free and may only become symptomatic when further advanced. What can you do to prevent this problem from occurring in the first place and what can you do if its already there?
Our physiotherapy practice is open to assist our patients during the COVID-19 outbreak. We understand the health risks and have therefore taken a wide range of security measures to safeguard our patients and staff.
Lockdown has changed many aspects around everyone’s working lives – especially for those who are working from home. So, how do you convert your living room into an ergonomically correct workspace?
Contact us today to take charge of your health!
082 334 9028
Valley Centre Offices
396 Jan Smuts Avenue
(Convenient parking off Marian Road, behind the centre, up the ramp)
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