The Importance of Exercise and Why it is Not Always the Answer
It is a well-established principle that exercise is a useful component of pain management.
It helps improve muscular support, correct joint dysfunction and also stimulates growth factors in the body.
This has led exercise to be frequently overemphasized as a “magic bullet” by both health professionals as well as alternative healthcare providers.
What is less well appreciated is that when used wrongly, exercise can also cause further inflammation, injury and pain to the patient, making things worse instead of better.
In specific situations, exercise as a treatment option is simply not possible.
For example, we often encounter patients with severe back pain or advanced knee arthritis who were told to lose weight and increase muscle strength with more exercise, when it is clearly not practical.
Such patients are often left frustrated, when their healthcare provider tells them to “just try harder”.
In situations where exercise is appropriate, close supervision by a good physiotherapist is often necessary to prevent injury.
Unfortunately this is often difficult both because of the cost of frequent physiotherapy visits, as well as difficulty in getting frequent appointments with some medical institutions.
For patients with sports injuries, it is often necessary to strengthen one particular muscle in the body.
Because most muscles work as a functional group, it is very difficult to isolate one muscle optimally.
How Electromedical Stimulation Achieves Targeted Results
Fortunately, modern medical science offers electromedical stimulation as a solution.
Using technology invented by Dr Gerry Pollock, (one of the inventors of the first pacemaker in the UK), electromedical stimulation contracts muscles in a way that simulates intense exercise.
Unlike TENS and other electrical stimulation devices that cause superficial muscle twitches and jerking muscle movement, the high definition pure analogue frequency smoothly yet strongly contracts each targeted muscle.
Manufactured in the European Union funded Innovations Science Research Centre, electromedical stimulation employs 16 channels to intensely train specific muscles while patients simply rest in a very relaxed and comfortable position.
Cleared by the US FDA for Muscle Conditioning under prescription, it offers applications in sports science, rehabilitation medicine and pain therapy.
If you are unsure of the cause for your aches, pain and stiffness, or if your condition has not improved despite other treatments,
Simply call us at +65 6732 2397
or leave a message below for Dr Tan to discuss whether electromedical stimulation is a suitable solution.
What To Expect When I Visit The Pain Relief Clinic
A typical visit will involve our doctor first understanding your medical history, concerns and previous experience with other pain treatments.
For patients who have consulted many people but have yet to receive a clear diagnosis, selecting an affordable imaging scan might be recommended to confirm the cause of your pain..
Some patients have already done scans with other doctors for their pain condition but are still not clearly told what they suffer from.
Dr Terence Tan is happy to offer you a second opinion and recommend how best to manage your condition.
We also see patients who already have a confirmed diagnosis from specialist pain doctors, but are "stuck” because treatment options offered are not practical or acceptable.
We can help by discussing options that you might have potentially never been told of.
A common experience is when a patient has already consulted a specialist doctor for pain management and is told to consider orthopaedic surgery which they find too aggressive.
Or they may have seen doctors for their pain and were prescribed painkillers with potential side effects which made them feel uncomfortable.
Many of our patients have also first tried complementary treatments or acupuncture with traditional Chinese pain doctors.
They look for a second opinion after finding any relief experienced from other treatments to be temporary or requiring repetitive treatments, which add up to time and cost.
Especially in such situations, we emphasize using non-invasive medical technology you likely have not been told about .
This can make a big difference to your results.