Tag Archives: anatomy

Cervicogenic Headache & Cervical Instability

Cervicogenic Headache – Physiopedia

Due to our overly-stretchable tendons and ligaments, we with EDS often get these headaches that arise from misalignments of our upper cervical spine.

Cervicogenic headache is a chronic headache that arises from the atlanto-occipital and upper cervical joints and perceived in one or more regions of the head and/or face

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Could My Feet Be Causing [some of] My Chronic Pain?

Could My Feet Be Causing My Chronic Pain? – By Lisa Ellis – Apr 1017

Dr. Rothbart has an intriguing approach to foot pain, using insoles to shift the positioning of the foot to alter the signals it sends to the brain.

A healthy foot sends signals to the brain, which is used to regulate posture, says Brian A. Rothbart, DPM, PhD.

When the foot is structurally unstable, as in these two foot structures, the signals are distorted and bad posture results.

When the body is not properly aligned, it can cause related muscle and joint pain.  Continue reading

CerebroSpinal Fluid Flow and Pain Management

Editor’s Memo: Spinal Fluid Flow and Pain Managementpracticalpainmanagement.com – Editor’s Memo June 2017 By Forest Tennant, MD, DrPH

Spinal fluid flow (SFF) [also called cerebrospinal fluid, CSF] has been a silent subject in pain management.

This has to change.

For a while, pain practitioners have unknowingly been utilizing a variety of measures that likely enhance SFF.

Progressive research that involves SFF has shown how it occurs, how it may promote pain, and how it may impede treatment efforts.   Continue reading

Piriformis syndrome: Symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

What is Piriformis Syndrome? spine-health.com – By John P. Revord, MD – Sept 2012

Piriformis syndrome is a condition in which the piriformis muscle, located in the buttock region, spasms and causes buttock pain.

The piriformis muscle can also irritate the nearby sciatic nerve and cause pain, numbness and tingling along the back of the leg and into the foot (similar to sciatic pain).

The Piriformis Muscle

The piriformis muscle is a small muscle located deep in the buttock (behind the gluteus maximus).   Continue reading

Bone pain mechanism in osteoporosis

Bone pain mechanism in osteoporosis: a narrative review free full-text PMC5119722 Clin Cases Miner Bone Metab. 2016 May-Aug

Bone pain in elderly people dramatically affects their quality of life, with osteoporosis being the leading cause of skeletal related events.

Peripheral and central mechanisms are involved in the pathogenesis of the nervous system sensitization.

Osteoporosis in the elderly has been associated with increased density of bone sensory nerve fibers and their pathological modifications, together with an over-expression of nociceptors sensitized by the lowering pH due to the osteoclastic activity.   Continue reading

Hip Mobility Exercises to Prevent Pathologies

Restricted Hip Mobility: Clinical Suggestions for self-mobilization and muscle re-ediucation – free full-text PMC3811738 – 2013 Oct;

Restricted hip mobility has shown strong correlation with various pathologies of the hip, lumbar spine and lower extremity.

Restricted mobility can consequently have deleterious effects not only at the involved joint but throughout the entire kinetic chain.

Promising findings are suggesting benefit with skilled joint mobilization intervention for clients with various hip pathologies.

Supervised home program intervention, while lacking specifically for the hip joint, are demonstrating promising results in other regions of the body.   Continue reading

Fascia: A Hidden Piece of Fibromyalgia Pain

Fascia: A Hidden Piece of the Puzzle of Fibromyalgia Pain – Fibro News Daily | April 25, 2017 | By Ginevra Liptan, MD

Many studies have shown that the fibromyalgia nervous system has become sensitized and therefore has overactive responses resulting in pain.

This is the target of the three FDA approved medications for this illness, and these medications can indeed be helpful—usually resulting in about 30 percent reduction of pain.

In my experience, both as someone with the illness personally and as a physician treating fibromyalgia, utilizing these medications alone is inadequate.  Continue reading

Lab-grown cartilage as strong as natural

Lab-grown cartilage as strong as natural | Science Codex | June 17, 2017

This could finally be a solution to replace defective deteriorating cartilage in joints of patients with connective tissue disorders. Perhaps the same methods could eventually be used to grow sturdy tendons and ligaments for us too.

Lab-grown cartilage grown shows similar mechanical and chemical properties to natural cartilage, which allows our joints to move smoothly, according to a new study.

The biomedical engineers from University of California, Davis, created a lab-grown tissue similar to natural cartilage by giving it a bit of a stretch, they wrote in their Nature Materials study.   Continue reading

The Liver: A Blob That Runs the Body

The Liver: A ‘Blob’ That Runs the Body – The New York Times – By NATALIE ANGIER JUNE 12, 2017

I’m posting this just because I found it fascinating – hope you do too.

To the Mesopotamians, the liver was the body’s premier organ, the seat of the human soul and emotions. The Elizabethans referred to their monarch not as the head of state but as its liver,

Yet even the most ardent liverati of history may have underestimated the scope and complexity of the organ

In one recent study, researchers were astonished to discover that the liver grows and shrinks by up to 40 percent every 24 hours, while the organs around it barely budge.  Continue reading

How Slow Breathing Induces Tranquility

How Slow Breathing Induces Tranquility – Neuroscience News – Mar 2017

Stanford scientists have identified a small group of neurons that communicates goings-on in the brain’s respiratory control center to the structure responsible for generating arousal throughout the brain.

Try it. Breathe slowly and smoothly. A pervasive sense of calm descends. Now breathe rapidly and frenetically. Tension mounts. Why?

It’s a question that has never been answered by science, until now.

In a new study, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and their colleagues have identified a handful of nerve cells in the brainstem that connect breathing to states of mind.   Continue reading