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How to deal with mental and physical signs of stress

Attractive ethnic woman suffering from headacheOur daily activities and responsibilities constantly place stress on our minds and bodies, and this manifests as aches and pains. We invite naturopath Eugene He to share the best ways to tackle stress and body aches.

Eugene is the Chief Executive Officer of Tek Eight Laboratories and the founder of the NatroSlim programme.

 

What a Headache

I realise that when I get stressed and anxious about work, I get very bad migraines too. Are my migraines caused by my stress at work? How can I prevent them?

-Stressed Out 

Eugene says:

Stress and anxiety can indeed lead to migraine although there could also be other factors including lack of sleep, loud noises, flickering lights, dehydration and the consumption of certain foods. To ascertain that work stress is the culprit, keep a ‘migraine diary’ of the time, date, activities and food consumed during each migraine episode. The following can be helpful if stress is the trigger:

  1. Take 500mg magnesium and 250mg calcium with meals twice daily.
  2. Try 250mg of the herb feverfew every morning.
  3. Mix 10 drops each of lavender and marjoram essential oil with 20ml of vegetable oil. Gently massage the back of your neck and temples using a few drops of this mixture every two hours at work.

 

Help! I Need Back Up

I’ve suffered from severe and constant back pain for about a year. I think my back pain comes from carrying my 16-month-old baby as he is getting heavier and heavier. I’ve tried back massages but they only ease the pain temporarily. Please help!

-Miserable Mummy

 

Eugene says:

Check with a physiotherapist, osteopath or a chiropractor to see if there are any postural problems that could be causing the pain. Back pain should not be taken lightly as it can develop into a chronic problem. In the meantime, try a herbal formula that contains at least two of the following herbs: turmeric, frankincense, devil’s claw and ginger.

 

Is aching normal?

My husband recently joined a gym to try to lose weight. He has been doing weights as well as running. He complains that he aches all over after each session but thinks this is okay. Is it normal for him to be aching all over after going to the gym, or is this something we should be concerned about?

-Worried Wife

Eugene says:

Muscular aches after lifting heavy weights at the gym are normal. As long as your husband is under proper guidance at the gym, there is no need to be worried. The aches will also decrease as his strength increases. Some supplements that can reduce post-workout soreness are:

  1. Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) – consume 1 to 5 g daily post-workout or before sleep.
  2. Fish oil – 1 to 3g daily after meals.
  3. Bromelain (pineapple enzyme) – take 500mg once daily on an empty stomach.

 

 

 

SittiBusinessman with lower back acheng on a Problem

I sit for long hours as my job is quite sedentary and I’m working on my computer most of the day. Lately, I have been experiencing pain in my buttocks when I first sit down and stand up, like a dull ache, and also numbness when I’ve been sitting for a long period of time. What’s wrong with me?

-Com Tom

 

Eugene says:

Dull pain, weakness numbs or tingling sensations from the lower back that runs down to the leg can indicate sciatica, which happens when there is pressure or damage to the sciatic nerve. As this is a condition that definitely involves the posture, I strongly recommend you see a physiotherapist or osteopath as soon as possible. The use of a posture improver (e.g. BackJoy) can prevent your condition from deteriorating. Pilates or yoga would also strengthen your lower back by acquiring the right sitting posture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our daily activities and responsibilities constantly place stress on our minds and bodies, and this manifests as aches and pains. We invite naturopath Eugene He to share the best ways to tackle stress and body aches. Eugene is the Chief Executive Officer of Tek Eight Laboratories and the founder of NaturoSlim Programme.
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