Tuina: Ancient Chinese Healing Techniques

This ancient Chinese healing technique was not always known as Tuina, but has always been relied upon to relieve injuries. WHAT IS TUINA? Tuina practitioners brush, knead, roll, press and rub an injured person’s body, using their palms, fingertips and knuckles to remove blockages along the meridians of the patient’s body to stimulate qi and blood to promote healing. As […]

Recharge Your Batteries With This Fungus

Remember the team of female runners from China that dominated long-distance running from early- to mid-1990s? They were dubbed Ma’s Army because their coach was Ma Junren. In addition to his tough training regimen, Ma attributed his charges’ amazing performances to a diet that included turtle’s blood and a curious animal-vegetable hybrid known as cordyceps. […]

How to Deal with Chronic Pain

It is estimated that by 2030, chronic pain will affect 20% of the population in Singapore. Musculoskeletal pain such as neck, back and shoulder pain are highly prevalent. Chronic pain can give rise to other complications like fatigue, restlessness, and mood swings, decreased productivity at work and low mood. Thankfully, physiotherapy, among other treatment options, can […]

Food and Sleep

In our pursuit of healthy sleep, many of us try to follow the mandates of sleep hygiene. Keep the bedroom cool and quiet, switch off electronics, and avoid eating and drinking before bed. But what if we’re hungry, or need to have a late dinner? Which foods are safe to eat close to bedtime, and […]

Circadian Rhythm: A Key to Health

The circadian rhythm is a 24-hour biological cycle that governs when we fall asleep and wake up. A vital part of health and wellness, the circadian rhythm also influences other essential bodily functions such as hormone release, eating habits, digestion, and body temperature. (1) A synchronized circadian rhythm can promote better physical and mental health […]

Sleep and the Immune System

If you want to improve your quality of sleep, you need to maintain a healthy immune system. In this article, we’ll look at how the immune system works, how it relates to sleep, and how you can improve your own immune system. While we’ll look at advice from medical experts, keep in mind that we […]

4 more Unusual Ways to Prevent or Treat Neck Pain

In the first part of this article series, we looked at some off-beat remedies for treating back pain. Although visits to your physiotherapy clinic may still be required for diagnosing and managing acute injuries or chronic pain conditions, you can use some alternative treatments methods simultaneously. Here are some more unusual yet effective ways to […]

Let’s talk about Dietary Control

Last night I read a social media post that is stuck on my brain. It involved a topic that I feel very strongly about, and one that I encounter both personally and professionally on a daily basis: dietary control. If you follow triathlon, chances are you’re familiar with Holly Lawrence. If not, you can read […]

Between Information and Application…

It is no longer surprising to hear athletes make statements such as “I should focus on the process rather than the outcome.” Compared to when I first started coaching, both coaches and athletes today are better informed about the need to focus on the process. However, there is still a gap between information and application. […]

5 Classifications of Excessive Sweat

1. Deficient Lung, Defensive Qi Symptoms: flu, fatigue, pale complexion, aversion to wind while perspiring Treatment Principle: replenish qi Prescription: Yu Pin Feng pills 2. Disharmony of Nutritive & Defensive Qi Symptoms: sweating, pain, feeling hot and cold Treatment Principle: watch diet Prescription: cinnamon twig soup 3. Heart-Blood Deficiency Symptoms: spontaneous or night sweating, heart […]