25 February 2020

Dr Chris Ho Ying-fai

licensed chiropractor and physiotherapist
  • Careless diving places a lot of pressure on the spine. Photo: Reuters

    Bad swimming postures can cause rather than ease pain

    - Aug 10, 2018 3:29pm
    Swimming is a favorite summertime sport. Many arthritis patients take swimming as a form of therapy, believing that it would not hurt their muscles and joints. The truth is, wrong swimming postures or swimming for too...
  • Sealy and Serta Simmons mattresses displayed for sale in a store. To get a good night's sleep, a comfortable bed is essential. Photo: Bloomberg.

    The harder the mattress, the better?

    - May 25, 2018 5:35pm
    Many people pay attention to maintaining proper postures when working and standing, but often overlook the importance of sleep products. If you spend eight hours of sleep a day, you will spend around one-third of the...
  • The ability to deliver first aid can save lives during accidents, such as those that might take place during hiking expeditions. Photo: HKEJ

    First-aid tips for travelers

    - Mar 29, 2018 5:15pm
    Easter is around the corner and many people are preparing to travel overseas during the long holiday weekend. The following quick-fix tips may be helpful in case of minor injuries while traveling. 1. Ice treatment: Ice...
  • British Prime Minister Theresa May hikes in a forest with her husband Philip using trekking poles. Photo: Reuters

    Trekking poles versus walking canes

    - Mar 16, 2018 3:32pm
    Trekking poles and walking canes share the same purpose of providing users with extra support. The fulcrum created by the stick allows the upper body, especially the arms, to share the pressure on the lower body...
  • If the length difference between the left and right leg exceeds 1cm, orthopedic shoes with special footbeds are recommended. Photo: Reuters

    Leg length discrepancy can cause back pain

    - Mar 2, 2018 5:30pm
    Leg length discrepancy (LLD), defined as a condition in which the two limbs have a noticeably unequal length, can be diagnosed through careful observation. Check from the back if the shoulders, hips, and hems of the...
  • Most chiropractors and physical therapists opt for cervical traction or manual adjustment to correct the displacement of spine shifts, soothe the muscle spasms and improve neck movement. Photo: Reuters

    How to soothe a stiff neck

    - Dec 22, 2017 3:34pm
    Normally, a mild stiff neck will disappear after a few days of rest. Unless there are hidden ailments like bone spurs in the body, a stiff neck is easily curable. First, apply heat to the affected...
  • When sleeping, it is better to lie on your back to avoid having a stiff neck. Photo: Bloomberg

    How to avoid having a stiff neck

    - Dec 15, 2017 5:32pm
    Many people wake up with a stiff neck when they do not keep themselves warm in bed during winter. The pain is caused by prolonged tightening of neck muscles, followed by spasms, inflammation or dislocation of...
  • Starting your workout with warm-up and stretching exercises can help prevent leg cramps from occurring. Photo: Internet

    How to prevent leg cramps

    - Nov 24, 2017 4:03pm
    Many people have experienced leg cramps once in a while but not all of them know how to prevent it from happening. Here are some quick tips. Start your workout with warm-up and stretching exercises, and...
  • When we lower our head to study, process documents or use a computer for a long period of time, our upper back comes under significant strain. Photo: Reuters

    What is T4 syndrome?

    - Oct 13, 2017 5:40pm
    When people have neck and shoulder pain, or when their hands lose strength and become numb, they most likely assume that it is because their cervical nerves are constantly compressed. Some would then buy a stretch...
  • Hikers need to be adequately equipped to meet the challenges ahead. Photo: CNSA

    Gear up for hiking: Choose the right equipment

    - Jan 13, 2017 5:31pm
    You need to prepare well for hiking or trekking challenges. First of all, you must be adequately equipped. Here’s a checklist: 1) Footwear. Hiking shoes should be made of breathable and lightweight materials. Avoid too high-cut...
  • Office workers face a higher risk of developing kyphosis as they often keep their head bent low while reading books and documents. Photo: Bloomberg

    Wrong posture could lead to serious spinal condition

    - Oct 28, 2016 5:31pm
    Kyphosis, or excessive outward curvature of the spine, results in a hunchback posture with the top of the back appearing more rounded than normal. People usually think the condition happens mostly to children because they carry...
  • The best way of surviving long hours in the office is to take turns standing and sitting. Photo:

    Sitting or standing at work – which is better?

    - Apr 22, 2016 5:33pm
    Research studies have found that too much sitting is harmful. Standing workstations have been widely promoted as better and healthier. However, will office workers free themselves from occupational pain and injuries by standing rather than sitting...