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What is Sciatica?

The sciatic nerve is the largest and longest nerve in the body with a diameter of almost 2cm. It starts from a network of nerves in the pelvis region, branching out down into each of the legs.

The sciatic nerve carries out two basic functions, namely motor (movement) functions and sensory (feeling) functions. When the nerve is compressed, the symptoms are called sciatica. Aside from sharp shooting pain, symptoms such as loss of reflexes, weakness and numbness are often present when both its motor and sensory functions are imparied.
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Preventing Morning Neck Pain

How often do you wake up in the mornings with soreness and neck pain? You are not alone. This is one of the most common complain we hear about. However most people think it’s just a sign of ageing and that they have to live with it. This is not true. You don’t have to wake up every morning with pain and stiffness.
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Common Running Injuries to Avoid

Whether you’re out on the pavements or in the gym, running is a great cardio activity that burns calories and strengthens your heart and lungs. But it can also take a toll on your body if you’re not careful. Here are the top five common injuries you can avoid on your next run.
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Tip For Preventing Shoulder Injuries

There’s no denying that the popularity of high intensity sports is on the rise. Forget about marathons – there are Ironman Triathlons (225KM on bike running and swimming) and obstacle-ridden Spartan Races. But as these sports become more popular, we see a worrying trend of rising shoulder injuries.

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Turn “mummy tummy” into “happy mummy”!

Contrary to popular belief, a woman’s enlarged belly developed during pregnancy is not necessarily a result of fat build-up from eating for two or bloating from water retention, but the expansion of the Transverse Abdominal muscle. The transverse abdominal muscle is just that: the muscle in the abdominal area that is shaped (and moves) in a lateral or horizontal direction. Much like a corset, this muscle wraps the waist from the back and around the sides towards the front. As a woman’s pregnancy advances, the transverse abdominal muscle expands or stretches outwards, in tandem with the growth of the foetus, and is later engaged to assist in delivery.

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