Getting Treatment at Middle Park Physio for My Leg Cramps Problem

Leg cramps are commonly experienced by many including myself. It is characterized by a hardened lump on particular body area. The hardened portion is the muscle that contracted which causes the pain sensation. When leg cramps passes, it leaves behind some sort of pain and a little tenderness in the leg which can last for hours. It usually happens during night time. This is indeed true in my case. It is one of the common reasons that causes me to wake up in the middle of the night aside from bad dreams.

I usually do not mind having cramps because I have done internet searches regarding it. Most of the time, I look for solutions which comes with leg cramp causes. Based on my research, muscle cramp, which includes that of the leg, can be caused by our movements within the day. It may be caused by significant fatigue or a result of lacking electrolytes and water. Inadequate supply of these electrolytes causes an individual like me to have muscles which do not work smoothly. Frequent occurrences have alarmed me. Thus, I sought the help of professionals in Middle Park physio.

Before I went to Middle Park, I have tried home remedies recommended in the internet. Most of time, I stretch the cramped muscles with care in order not to worsen it. To match this, I have heating pad supplies which I often use too, especially after stretching. I have also tried adjusting my diet by adding magnesium intake through varying snacks like nuts. I have also changed my hydration practice, since dehydration also causes cramps. Other than these, I have availed regular massage services to make sure that my muscles, especially my leg muscles are relaxed. These practices used to be an effective way to reduce the occurrences of my cramps. However, as time passes, these no longer sufficed.

It was only a few months ago when I decided to Middle Park. I considered the episodes of my leg cramps quite an inconvenience. The incidence of the cramps caused great discomfort to me during the night. Although the cramps disappear within a couple of minutes, I have suspected that there is a serious underlying cause in my case. The former usual twitches during cramps became unusual unbearable pains. Thus, I inquired about the aforementioned Middle Park Physiotherapy services.

Physiotherapy is another term for physical therapy. Generally, physiotherapy is intended to cure illnesses, injuries and disabilities. Middle Park Physio specializes in body pain, whether back pain, headache, neck pain, work or sport injuries, arthritis, joint pain and of course, muscle pain. It offered deep tissue massages too! The clinic environment was conducive for relaxation. The practitioners were very welcoming to clients. There I saw other concerns with regard to body pains. For example, there was one client who was recovering from an accident that affected his walking ability. Others were there to avail of the mentioned massage services. Like me, there were others who were there in the hope of finding a solution to recurring machine pains.

To be honest, I had second thoughts in availing physiotherapy services. I feared that they would diagnose me with a condition that I would not be able to comprehend. I also did not feel like having regular scheduled exercises. But my friends and family members suggested that I do go to Middle Park. In the clinic, I was first subjected to tests and was given a diagnosis. Employees in Middle Park told me that such is necessary make sure that the treatments and sessions I would be subjected to suits me. Every client, including me, was given a manual wherein the movement exercises prescribed is enumerated. In the same manual are information with regard to my condition and all the advices that are geared towards the betterment of clients.

Only the best results are given by Middle Park. What I liked most about this clinic is that other than reducing the occurrences of my leg cramps, they also equipped me with the knowledge and skills so that I can better manage myself during occurrences. They often encouraged clients to live a better lifestyle because indeed prevention is better than cure. The positive results are assured because of the competitive practitioners in their clinic.

It was a good thing that I considered and did go to consult about my cramps. It turns out that frequent episodes are indeed related to bad lifestyle practices which I step by step changed in order to not shock my body. The clinic was very helpful in prescribing movements and in giving advices on a per case basis. My leg cramps are long gone and so are my bad thoughts about physiotherapy. Still, I regularly visit for check-ups, on site exercises and full body massages. I advise those who experience body pain not only rely mainly on internet recommendations. Professional treatments are still better.

How to Achieve Your Ideal Body Weight for a Healthier You

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Many individuals take for granted the kilograms or the pounds that they see reflected in their bathroom scales. For some it is just numbers showing how heavy they are. Unfortunately, many still fail to recognize the different diseases that have been shown to be directly related to weight abnormalities. Being underweight, overweight, or obese is not a disease in themselves but are important risk factors in the development of other health conditions. This is why experts always recommend achieving and maintaining an ideal weight as an important objective for healthier bodies.

Underweight is often implicated in malnutrition and other metabolic abnormalities. Overweight, especially, obesity, has been implicated in the development of hypertension, diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol levels, cancer, infertility, back pain, skin infections, gastric ulcers, and gallstones. Whether you believe these to be true or not, there is nothing harmful in achieving and maintaining an ideal body weight.

Here’s how.

Understand and Compute for Your Ideal Body Weight

While Body Mass Index, or BMI, is not the only measurement tool used in the identification of weight problems, experts agree that it provides a reasonable estimate of the fatness of your body. However, it does not give you the whole picture especially when talking about the distribution of fat in your body as well as the relative risk that you may have in relation to the different diseases associated with weight abnormalities. Nevertheless, it gives a reasonable estimate of how much fat is present in your body. Other tools used to provide and estimation of weight problems include body fat percentage and the waits-to-hip ratio.

To compute for your BMI, take your weight in kilograms and divide this with the squared value of your height in meters. For example if you weigh 100 kilograms and stand 1.7 meters tall, this gives you a BMI of 34.6 (100 ÷ 2.89).  A BMI of 34.6 will indicate that you have Class I obesity. A BMI of less than 18.5 is classified as underweight while a BMI of 25.0 to 29.9 is already considered overweight. BMIs higher than 40.0 is Class III obesity. What you would like to see is a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9. This is the BMI that will show that you have the ideal body weight.

Your BMI is just a rough estimate of your current weight status. For more accurate ideal body weight computations, you can use online ideal body weight calculators. For example, given the above situation and you are a 35-year old female, your ideal body weight should be 60.8 kilograms if you use the Robinson formula. The same situation will produce an ideal body weight of 62.6 kilograms on Miller formula. The problem is that because the result is very precise you will have to be very strict in your weight normalization activities.

Perform Fun and Enjoyable Exercises

Knowing your ideal body weight and BMR is one thing. Doing something to make the necessary adjustments is another. And while conventional wisdom will tell you to hit the gym immediately, this is not necessarily ideal. What is more important is to choose activities or exercises that you enjoy doing. The key point to understand is that the exercise regimen should be fun and enjoyable in order for it to be successful. However, if you have absolute self-control, then hitting the gym will definitely bring the results you want a lot faster. Otherwise, running or jogging or even biking at least 30 minutes every day should help you get on track. Why not join a dance class or even go swimming? Do something that you truly enjoy, increase the intensity and the frequency, and you should be able to shed off those excess weight.

Watch What and How Much you are Eating

Exercise alone will not get you the body weight that you are aiming for. Physical exercises should also be complemented with sensible dieting. You don’t have to starve yourself or skimp on your favorite foods. What is important is portion control with due diligence in finding out the number of calories in each portion. The trick is to put in less calories in your body than what it is using. What you want to achieve is to eat fewer calories than what your body actually needs, beyond its essential functions, of course. For example if your basal metabolic rate is 2,500 kcal, then don’t eat more than that. Take in more fruits and vegetables and none of the fried junk foods that you may be fond of. Additionally, avoid as much as possible sugary beverages.

Achieving an ideal body weight is often difficult. However, maintaining it is doubly hard because you will have to make diet and exercise as an integral part of your weight management efforts.

Understanding the Connection between Sleep and Health

good sleepMany individuals take sleep for granted. For them, sleep is nothing more than the practice of closing one’s eyes and trying to shut off everything else around them so that they will feel much more relaxed. Unfortunately, many people do not understand the unique and often complicated sleep and health correlation. While everyone might be correct in assuming that sleep is one good way to allow the body to rest after a very tiring day, there simply is too much about sleep that many do not fully understand when it comes to its effects on general health and well-being.

 

In order for you to fully appreciate the importance of sleep on health and wellbeing, it is important to understand a few things about the whole process of sleeping altogether. Sleep is composed of 5 different stages, 4 of which are progressive while the 5th is an entirely different phenomenon altogether. Stages 1 and 2 are considered light to moderate sleep where you can be aroused or awakened. The blissful sleep or deep sleep occurs in Stages 3 and 4. Here, you will feel more relaxed and all of your vital bodily functions go into a hypoactive mode. By stage 5 however, everything goes limp but your brain goes into hyperdrive. This is why experts call this stage the REM stage for Rapid Eye Movement. Now, the whole process of going from Stage 1 to 5 takes about 90 to 120 minutes. This means that every night you will have about 4 to 5 cycles. However, keep in mind that REM Stage will usually take a lot longer the deeper into the night you sleep. This means, lesser of the Stages 3 and 4 benefits and more of the Stage 5 (REM) brain activity.

 
The question now is why brain activity would be increased during REM sleep. As it turns out, researchers have found that this is the perfect time for the brain to detoxify, to remove toxic byproducts that may have accumulated the whole day. A few studies have also revealed that it is during REM sleep that the brain is trying to sort through the mountain of information gathered throughout the day and determine which ones need to be stored in the different memory cells of the brain. Some scientists believe that this is the basis for the dreams that all humans experience. REM sleep is thus important in boosting cognitive performance and functioning as well as help protect the brain against plaque formation that can usually be seen in neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer’s disease. It is for this reason that memory recall, critical thinking, logical thinking, and problem solving processes are enhanced with greater amounts of sleep.

 
During stages 3 and 4, scientists consider it as the deepest and most restorative stage of sleep. It is during this time when your blood pressure decreases to a healthy baseline and your breathing becomes slower yet deeper to allow for more oxygen to fill the lungs. Growth hormones are released from the pituitary gland to stimulate the body into building cells and tissues. Remember what your mom said when you were younger about how going to bed early will help you grow taller? It’s not necessary that you grow tall again but the point is that your body is constantly building, growing, and developing cells and tissues to replace those that have been lost due to aging and exposure to harmful environmental conditions. In short, it is your body’s way to repair and heal itself.

 
During sleep, your hunger hormones are also regulated. Lesser sleep increases ghrelin levels which should make you feel hungry. More sleep increases leptin levels which makes you feel full. So, the more sleep that you get, the more leptin levels present in your brain, the greater is the chance that you will be eating less because your brain is telling you your tummy is still full. However, if ghrelin levels predominate, then you will simply be craving for more food even if your tummy is already overstretched. This can play a significant role in the development of obesity and its many associated risk conditions.

 
There are numerous other health benefits of sleep. The point that needs to be understood is that sleep is a fundamental activity of the brain that affects every single cell, tissue, and organ in the body. Just like a device that needs recharging every now and then, sleep is the body’s way of shutting itself down, except for a few vital organs, in order to allow other more important physiologic and cognitive processes to be completed. This is why after a good night’s rest, you definitely feel a lot better, more energized to face the new day.