3 Biggest Fears I’ve Developed Post TSW and Recovery

1) Fear of “not-moving”

Topical steroid withdrawal symptoms were highly debilitating. I remembered days and weeks of not wanting to move, because the simple act of moving is associated with hurt and pain. I had the fear of moving then.

My neck had it worse. It was constantly raw, flaky, oozy. Every time I turned my head, it hurt. Every time I responded to someone, it hurt. I had to move like a zombie from point to point, in order to minimize pain.

The back of my knees and calves were another issue. Simply stretching out your leg split my skin. Every bedtime was trouble. I had to place my legs in an uncomfortable and unnatural position so that my raw skin would not have contact with the bedsheets. I hoped for a movement-less sleep, which was near impossible. Every roll on the bed meant new contact with my raw, oozy skin, which equates to more pain and distress.

When I managed to get a solid handle of my skin condition (thanks to MW), and regained some form of mobility, I wanted so badly to move about in order to forget about my debilitation state.

I started playing soccer near towards the end of month 3 of my withdrawal. There were still open wounds, mostly dry, and plenty of patches of “stained” patchy looking skin. I wanted to sweat it out, reboot my cardio system, and hopefully sweat my way out of TSW.

I started jogging, then running, then doing body weight exercises whenever I could. It has continued from month 3 (Jan) till today. I’d take walks often and enjoy them. I’d shop for hours with my partner and not complain when my feet hurts. I’d choose to work out unless I had muscle fatigue from DOMS. I may be over-compensating for my debilitation I experienced, but I don’t mind a single bit. I developed a fear of “not-moving”. Simply because of TSW, I understand that good health is something that you have to work hard to achieve, and being able to move is a sign of good health.

I do not, ever, want to go back to where I was previously – bed ridden, sluggish, zombie-like. And I’ll work hard to maintain the status I have currently.

2) Fear of missing out

I missed out on so many things during my TSW because I could not do them: activities that I loved doing, food that I loved eating, events that I’d like to go and etc.

Now, I just want to do stuff, while I can.

Going through TSW gave me the perspective that one should not take the ability to do basic stuff (moving, functionality, conversing, speaking, listening, seeing) for granted.

Life is short, so experience as much as possible, while you can.

One day you will be ill and bed-ridden. Tick tock, tick tock, your time is running out. Make meaningful use of your time starting from now.

3) Fear of unknown iatrogenics

Now, I think about iatrogenics constantly: every activity I do, every food I eat, every supplement I take, even every text I type.

The reality is that everything has their upsides and downsides, pros and cons, risks and benefits. Running can help build stronger muscles and skeletons, but they also wear out your ligaments. Using moisturizers can give you comfort, but they can change the structural integrity of your skin. Eating stuff gives you energy, at the expense of tissue oxidation that damages our cells.

I was less concerned about all these before TSW, but post TSW, I’m more attuned and savvy towards understanding risks.

The key is to minimize risk and maximize rewards. It is always easy when the risks are well documented. The trouble occurs when there are unknown risks or iatrogenics. It is known that negative trials are rarely published in research/clinical trials. Thus a potential source of information is just not available to the public. As consumers, we face advertisements of products that have skewed representation of their benefits, with little to none given to their risks. Most of the times, consumers take supplements based on the product’s face value, without little consideration of “what could go wrong”.

And it is this unknown risks that worries me, sometimes a little too much. But thanks to TSW, it is a lesson learnt. I will not make the same mistake twice.

I see these fears as something good to have, something to keep me on my toes so that I won’t fall back to where I was before. Fear can be a very strong motivating factor when put to good use.

Text Neck – The Next American Epidemic

Advancements in technology have made all of our lives easier. Imagine a life where Siri isn’t around to give directions to the closest Starbucks, or answer random questions. Smart phones might as well do chores because they are an integral part of the family. Is it possible, however, that there is a downside to this phone relationship? A growing body of evidence appears to suggest this.

Computers and smart phones garner our attention two to four hours a day according to numerous estimates. This shouldn’t be an issue, except that our posture is less than ideal while using them. Typically, the user has their neck flexed for an extended period of time and this creates structural problems. The head typically weighs 10-12 pounds. As it moves away from the body, it gets relatively heavier and strains the muscles, ligaments and bones of the cervical spine. It is suggested that for every inch the skull moves forward from a neutral position, it gains ten pounds. To experience this, hold a ten pound weight with two hands next to the chest and see how long it can be held. Next, extend the arms away from the body and see how long the weight remains elevated. One can imagine it becomes a harder task in the extended position as time progresses. The same difficulty experienced in position two is what the neck experiences during prolonged head flexion. This is what many refer to as text neck.

Why is this bad? Text neck forces the ligaments, muscles, and bones of the cervical spine to compensate for the poor posture. The cervical vertebrae may form bone spurs for stability, ligaments might become thicker, and muscles can become tightened to counteract the strain. This could cause neck pain, headaches, TMJ and many more conditions including back pain! How could poor head posture possibly cause low back pain? The spinal cord is anchored firmly near the top and bottom of the spinal column. Specifically, it is anchored to the cranium around the foramen magnum and down in the pelvis attached to the coccyx. When the head is flexed, it actually lengthens the entire spinal cord. This physical arrangement causes tension in the cord to be transmitted to other areas, rather than just locally. Therefore, tension in the neck can be experienced in the low back as well. If there is any pre-existing pathology in the lumbar spine it will be at an increased risk to cause low back pain because of the increased pressure! Text neck may just be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

What can be done to address this? To begin with, holding a smart phone at eye level will not require the head to be flexed. It may not always be practical to do this, but when it can be done it will spare the neck unnecessary strain. Also, chiropractors, physical therapists and other health care practitioners frequently are able to make ergonomic recommendations as well as address any of the body’s compensations and symptoms secondary to the abnormal head position.

The advent of smart phones is a phenomenon. We live in a day where limitless information is constantly at our fingertips. Unfortunately, there is a downside. As the idiom goes, too much of a good thing is a bad thing. The text neck population is increasing as more and more people get their hands on the latest smart phone. Don’t become the next victim. Be mindful of this troublesome posture and avoid a future pain in the neck!

Grant Tully is a chiropractor who focuses on structural correction. He is planning to open a practice in metro Detroit in the near future.

The Advantages Of Using Resistance Bands For Resistance Training

The advantages and uses of resistance bands are multitude. They are available in various sizes, tensions, colors, strengths and styles so that they can be used according to requirements. Exercise bands can be incorporated into different exercises without needing to worry about strength. They are effective in working all the muscle groups. They can be easily stored and can be carried around easily thereby making them highly versatile and in demand.

It is very easy to expand your exercise routine using the fitness bands. Exercises can be modified using these resistance bands. When you have complete knowledge of your body’s strength you can go ahead and do more such that the limits are touched. By exhausting the body you would be able to achieve more strength benefits. This can be done by increasing the toughness of the band. Also you can use resistance bands of lower strain for basic exercises like the biceps curl.

Creativity is the key in designing a workout schedule and what better way to bring in creativity other than using resistance bands. The movement of the body in different directions helps you with improving flexibility. The use of these bands helps you in broadening your array thereby helping in extending the muscular tissues furthermore.

Fitness bands are not only used by fitness enthusiasts but they are also used by people in rehab. These wonder bands are also sometimes used to treat injuries caused when performing sports. These bands aid in working out separate muscle groups which is impossible to achieve when lifting weights. Targeting underused muscles are therefore possible when using bands to exercise.

Treatment of injuries sometimes causes more pain to the injured body. This is where the use of bands helps because they are able to target muscles that are not hurt without attacking the hurt muscles. The blood flow increases on using resistance bands and this increase of flow aids in recovery of the hurt muscles. This is how they are used in sports rehabilitation centers.

Using bands is any day better than lifting weights as they are easily portable and can be stored anywhere. There is not much of space required to perform these exercises. All in all using a resistance band to exercise has a lot of advantages. The bands are highly durable and are efficient and so they are a worthy investment. You can use them to break the monotony of your regular exercises in the process you will benefit with gaining strength and muscle mass.

Exercise resistance bands are not very expensive and so using them in your exercise regime is a wise decision. Visit us for an array of options and styles.

Basic Course of Treatment For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is broadly classified as a painful medical condition of arms and wrists, caused by a squeezed nerve in the wrist. It afflicts women more commonly than men and is most prevalent during 30 to 60 years of age. Around five in hundred women and three in hundred men have been affected by the condition at some time in their life.

Symptoms and Effects

Carpal tunnel syndrome is characterized by a clumsiness of hand while gripping objects or a tingling sensation in thumb, fingers or palms. In some cases, the pain may extend to elbow or wrist of both hands. This may weaken the grip or cause weakness in hands.

Who is at risk?

The condition is more common in people who play musical instruments. Other common causes include driving, painting, writing or sports like squash or handball. Sometimes, excessive working hours or working before the computer terminal may also lead to carpal tunnel syndrome.

What Are the Causes?

When the median nerve in the wrist is compressed, it leads to carpal tunnel syndrome. Excessive stress on median nerve can hinder nerve signals, and effect hand movements or sense of touch. Some common factors which increase chances of prevalence of the condition are a family history of the same, health conditions like diabetes or injuries to the wrist. The condition may also be initiated by activities which involve a tight grip, excessive movement of the wrist or exposure to vibration, such as manual labor or working with chainsaws.

Course of Treatment

If a person feels that he is suffering from any symptoms of this condition, he should consult a physician. Assessment of the medical condition often involves an identification of workplace hazards and understanding the processes involved in everyday work. Intensity, duration and frequency of daily tasks are also important determinants that define the chances of occurrence of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Once a person is diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome, he should take some due precautions to make sure that the condition does not worsen.

Treatment mainly involves ways to alleviate discomfort by subduing the pressure on median nerve. If a person is less than 30 years of age, mild symptoms of the condition may improve within six months without the need for any medical treatment. Some common ways to relieve minor pain and discomfort caused due to carpal tunnel syndrome include resting the hands and wrists frequently or using a hot and cold pack. One should try to avoid any activities that make the symptoms worse.

Specialized procedures for treatment are also prevalent and commonly used. These include wrist splints that keep the wrist straight and minimize pressure on compressed nerve. Topically applied medications and herbal oils are also known to be particularly effective.

Other commonly used techniques for discourse include acupuncture, which relieves the symptoms. Carpal tunnel release surgery is also an option if symptoms are severe, and it involves cutting the carpal ligament to make more room for nerves and tendons in the carpal tunnel.

If you have been afflicted by the carpal tunnel syndrome, or have a loved one who has been afflicted by the condition, you really must try Sandhi Sudha Plus.

Sandhi Sudha Plus is a tremendous Ayurvedic remedy which works effectively for all sorts of joint pains, including back pain, knee joint pain and carpal tunnel syndrome as well. This works in a very scientific way to yield results, and is sure to help you out with the condition.

There is no need to go for surgery, or travel long distances for therapy sessions. Sandhi Sudha Plus is a must try.