Monthly Archives: May 2013

Headaches and Neck Mobilisation

May 21, 2013
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Headaches are caused by a number of different things. A lot of headaches are the result of tension in the neck muscles and compression of the nerves in the upper part of the neck. A new study has compared massage with mobilising the joints of the upper neck to release pressure on these nerves. The…

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Rehab Vs Surgery for Torn Menicus

May 18, 2013
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New research has suggested that if you have a torn meniscus you might not need surgery after all. The study compared the progress of half a million people who either had an operation or had rehab. They found the surgery led to a quicker improvement, but that over time the results with rehab were great…

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Antibiotics for Chronic Back Pain

May 15, 2013
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New research is suggesting that bacterial infections might be the source of disc related pain. It’s an interesting mechanism – the bacteria, which exist in the mouth and hair, can be moved into the bloodstream by brushing of the teeth. They can be deposited into the disc as part of the body’s response to injury…

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Exercise can provide a “Brain Boost”

May 10, 2013
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Scientists have discovered that exercise provides yet another benefit – exercise improves cognitive functions like memory. An article I read on the New York Times website has a great summary of the study: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/10/how-exercise-may-boost-the-brain/?ref=health

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Exercise for Fibromyalgia

May 8, 2013
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Hey guys, just read a really interesting article which found that sufferers of fibromyalgia should engage in light to moderate exercise (light jogging or brisk walking for 20 minutes a day). The researchers found “that exercise does not worsen the pain associated with the disorder and may even lessen it over time”. A full review…

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Glucosamine and Fish Oil for Inflammation

May 6, 2013
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This article came out late last year but I’m a little slow I guess. A study which followed nearly 10,000 adults found that those who regularly used natural supplements to reduce inflammation had the following results: intake of glucosamine decreased inflammation by 17%, chondroitin led to a 22% decrease in inflammatory markersand fish oil lowered levels of inflammatory…

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“Barefoot Running” and foot injuries

May 1, 2013
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I get asked about those shoes that look like gloves all the time. People bring me copies of those books about the mountain men of Chile running barefoot and get all philosophical about how our ancestors ancestors ran barefoot and it’s more natural and better for us and for the environment. I look outside at…

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