Although sudden pain in the lower back can be excruciating, it often feels more irrevocable than it truly is. Some 80 percent of people experience such distress at some point in their lifetime; the vast majority of cases pass without requiring any medical attention.
I was lucky—my travail resolved within 24 hours, and aside from a missed class, the incident had no notable repercussions.
That scenario is fairly typical: most cases of lower back pain subside on their own within 12 weeks. For some sufferers, however, the pain becomes chronic, seriously disrupting home and work life. Continue reading
Exercise Tests Suggest Autoimmunity Causes the Exertion Problems in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and POTS – Health Rising – by Cort Johnson | Aug 16, 2017
Researchers and doctors get interested in ME/CFS in different ways. Many have a personal connection, but for David Systrom, a pulmonologist, it was all about demand.
He didn’t seek chronic fatigue syndrome patients out – quite the contrary. When Systrom was given control of a clinical cardiopulmonary lab, he started doing invasive cardiopulmonary exercise tests (iCPET’s) on people with exercise intolerance.
Invasive Cardiopulmonary Exercise Testing (iCPET) Continue reading
Forced Exercise With CBT Fails for CFS – Journal of Health Psychology – August 29, 2017 – free full-text Research Article
The results of this study showed what patients have known all along:
For sufferers of CFS/ME,
exercise is the problem, not the solution,
it’s in the body, not the mind.
Cognitive behavioural therapy and graded exercise theapy are promoted as evidence-based treatments for myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome.
This article explores patients’ symptom responses following these treatments versus pacing therapy, an approach favoured by many sufferers. Continue reading
Background: Chronic musculoskeletal disorders are a prevalent and costly global health issue. A new form of exercise therapy focused on loading and resistance programmes that temporarily aggravates a patient’s pain has been proposed.
The object of this review was to compare the effect of exercises where pain is allowed/encouraged compared with non-painful exercises on pain, function or disability in patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain within randomised controlled trials. [385 participants met the inclusion criteria]
Results: There was short- term significant difference in pain, with moderate quality evidence for a small effect size of −0.27 (−0.54 to −0.05) in favour of painful exercises. Continue reading
Inflammation is associated with strenuous exercise and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties.
Methods. A total of 40 men began the study and completed testing.
Subjects were healthy, physically active, and nonsmokers and did not have any cardiovascular or metabolic disorders.
Physically active men were supplemented with either placebo or MSM (3 grams per day) for 28 days before performing 100 repetitions of eccentric knee extension exercise. Continue reading
Effects of Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) on exercise-induced oxidative stress, muscle damage, and pain following a half-marathon: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial – free full-text PMC5521097 – 2017 Jul
Oxidative stress and muscle damage occur during exhaustive bouts of exercise, and many runners report pain and soreness as major influences on changes or breaks in training regimens, creating a barrier to training persistence.
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is a sulfur-based nutritional supplement that is purported to have pain and inflammation-reducing effects.
To investigate the effects of MSM in attenuating damage associated with physical exertion, this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study evaluated the effects of MSM supplementation on exercise-induced pain, oxidative stress and muscle damage. Continue reading
Muscle activity pattern dependent pain development and alleviation. – NCBI – 2014 Dec
The folly of standardization: recommendations based on invalid generalizations.
Muscle activity is for decades considered to provide health benefits irrespectively of the muscle activity pattern performed and whether it is during e.g. sports, transportation, or occupational work tasks.
Accordingly, the international recommendations for public health-promoting physical activity do not distinguish between occupational and leisure time physical activity.
However, in this body of literature, attention has not been paid to the extensive documentation on occupational physical activity imposing a risk of impairment of health – in particular musculoskeletal health in terms of muscle pain. Continue reading
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
Yoga can cause musculoskeletal pain – Medical News Today – by Honor Whiteman – 2 July 2017
Yoga is often hailed as an effective practice for pain relief.
This has become almost a religious belief among pain specialists, along with general exercise as a “cure” for pain.
A new study, however, notes that yoga can also cause pain, and yoga-related injuries are much more common than one may think. Continue reading
You probably know that walking does your body good, but it’s not just your heart and muscles that benefit.
Researchers at New Mexico Highlands University (NMHU) found that the foot’s impact during walking sends pressure waves through the arteries that significantly modify and can increase the supply of blood to the brain.
Until recently, the blood supply to the brain (cerebral blood flow or CBF) was thought to be involuntarily regulated by the body and relatively unaffected by changes in the blood pressure caused by exercise or exertion.
The NMHU research team and others previously found that the foot’s impact during running (4–5 G-forces) caused significant impact-related retrograde (backward-flowing) waves through the arteries that sync with the heart rate and stride rate to dynamically regulate blood circulation to the brain. Continue reading