Tag Archives: exercise

The effect of exercise on pain

Exercise for pain – undated , sometime after 2012

This article points out the effects of exercise are very non-specific and different for individuals, and it may not be possible to know which are responsible for causing or alleviating pain.

A question I often ponder is – “Do we really know the mechanisms behind how exercise might help with pain?” And the honest answer is I don’t think we really do!

Article at a glance.

  • We are mostly unsure of exactly HOW exercise can help for pain
  • Part or all of this may not be specific to physical factors
  • WHY people get better is not always clear when thinking critically
  • We can under consider the non specific effects of exercise  Continue reading

Is Running Backward Good Exercise?

Is Running Backward Good Exercise? – The New York Times

Recent studies show that running backward improves fitness. It may result, though, in falling. 

The biomechanics of running backward are, unsurprisingly, almost exactly the inverse of the forward version.

According to a 2011 study, when runners stride ahead, they typically strike the ground near the back of the foot and roll onto the front, coiling muscles and tendons and, in the process, creating pent-up energy in the tissues that is forcefully released as the foot pushes off.   Continue reading

Single Session of Exercise has Beneficial Impact

Study Finds Even Moderate Exercise has Beneficial Impact – PAIN Week – January 13, 2017

Results from a study conducted at University of California San Diego School of Medicine conclude that a single session of moderate exercise can stimulate the immune system to produce an anti-inflammatory response.

The authors say that the findings may point to new approaches to the management of chronic conditions including fibromyalgia, celiac disease, and arthritis.

The article abstract may be read here.

Not all people respond to exercise equally

Is Your Workout Not Working? Maybe You’re a Non-Responder – The New York Times

Research and lived experience indicate that many people who begin a new exercise program see little if any improvement in their health and fitness even after weeks of studiously sticking with their new routine.

Among fitness scientists, these people are known as “nonresponders.” Their bodies simply don’t respond to the exercise they are doing. And once discouraged, they often return to being nonexercisers.

The studies showed that, on aggregate, endurance training increased people’s endurance.  But when the researchers examined individual outcomes, the variations were staggering.   Continue reading

The anti-inflammatory effect of exercise

The anti-inflammatory effect of exercise | Journal of Applied Physiology– 1 April 2005

This long and detailed article explains the biochemistry of exercise and how it can reduce chronic low-grade inflammation.

Regular exercise offers protection against all-cause mortality, primarily by protection against cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes mellitus.

The latter disorders have been associated with chronic low-grade systemic inflammation reflected by a two- to threefold elevated level of several cytokines.

Adipose tissue contributes to the production of TNF-α, which is reflected by elevated levels of soluble TNF-α receptors, IL-6, IL-1 receptor antagonist, and C-reactive protein.   Continue reading

Pilates Training, Instruction and Practice

Free Pilates Exercises for Pilates Training, Instruction and Practice (Pictures)

Here is a description and explanation of many of the most used Pilates exercises. They overlap with the Alexander Technique and require no special equipment.

The Nine Pilates Controlology Introductory Exercises…

(1) Relaxation Scripts

Key words: The Relaxation, and Alexander Technique “Inhibiting”, Pilates Relaxation exercises, relaxation techniques, scripts, Alexander Technique”,

(2) Pilates Pelvic Alignment & Pelvic Alignment Exercises   Continue reading

The Benefits of Controlled Breathing

Breathe. Exhale. Repeat: The Benefits of Controlled Breathing – The New York Times

Take a deep breath, expanding your belly. Pause. Exhale slowly to the count of five. Repeat four times.

Congratulations. You’ve just calmed your nervous system.

Controlled breathing, like what you just practiced, has been shown to reduce stress, increase alertness and boost your immune system. For centuries yogis have used breath control, or pranayama, to promote concentration and improve vitality

Science is just beginning to provide evidence that the benefits of this ancient practice are real.   Continue reading

Link Between Breathing and Anxiety

The breathing conundrum – interoceptive sensitivity and anxiety  2013 Oct – free full-text PMC article

This review focuses on the relationship between breathing and anxiety.

Several anxiety disorders have been associated with

  • altered breathing,
  • perception of breathing and
  • response to manipulations of breathing.

Both clinical and experimental research studies are reviewed that relate breathing dysfunctions to anxiety.   Continue reading

Holding Breath Reduces Pain Perception

Breath-Holding During Exhalation as a Simple Manipulation to Reduce Pain Perception | Pain Medicine  

Abstract: Baroreceptor stimulation yields antinociceptive effects. In this study, baroreceptors were stimulated by a respiratory maneuver, with the effect of this manipulation on pain perception subsequently measured.

Methods: Thirty-eight healthy participants were instructed to inhale slowly (control condition) and to hold the air in lungs after a deep inhalation (experimental condition).

It was expected that breath-holding would increases blood pressure (BP) and thus stimulate the baroreceptors, which in turn would reduce pain perception.   Continue reading

How to Use a Foam Roller

How to Use a Foam Roller – Applied Movement Neurology

Foam Rolling, also known as self-myofascial release, is apparently designed to release muscle tightness or ‘trigger points’ and is the go-to thing to do when you’re feeling a bit tight or restricted.

Myofascial release (or self myofascial release, as it’s referred to when you’re going at it solo) aims to

  • relax contracted muscles,
  • improve blood and lymphatic circulation and
  • stimulate the stretch reflex in muscles

according to An Osteopathic Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment (3rd Edition) Chapter 12.   Continue reading