Tag Archives: exercise

Muscle impairment in women with hEDS – Part 2

Muscle mass, muscle strength, functional performance, and physical impairment in women with the hypermobility type of Ehlers‐Danlos syndrome

This is a continuation of the previous post of Part 1, and picks up at the “Discussion” section:

This study demonstrates severely reduced quantitative muscle function and substantial impairment in physical function in patients with EDS‐HT compared to age‐ and sex‐matched controls.

muscle pain and muscle fatigue were omnipresent in the patient group, increased remarkably due to the muscle strength tests, and decreased very slowly after each test.   Continue reading

Muscle impairment in women with hEDS – Part 1

Muscle mass, muscle strength, functional performance, and physical impairment in women with the hypermobility type of Ehlers‐Danlos syndrome – Rombaut – 2012 – Arthritis Care & Research – Wiley Online Library

Objective: To investigate

  • lower extremity muscle mass,
  • muscle strength,
  • functional performance, and
  • physical impairment

in women with the Ehlers‐Danlos syndrome hypermobility type (EDS‐HT).

This is exactly what I’ve been searching for: a study on muscle problems in EDS. Finally, I found some explanation of all the odd issues I’ve had with my muscles over the years. Continue reading

The Fascial (Connective) Tissue System

Fascial tissue research in sports medicine: from molecules to tissue adaptation, injury and diagnostics: consensus statement – free full-text /PMC6241620/ – Dec 2018

The fascial system builds a three-dimensional continuum of soft, collagen-containing, loose and dense fibrous connective tissue that permeates the body and enables all body systems to operate in an integrated manner.

Injuries to the fascial system cause a significant loss of performance in recreational exercise as well as high-performance sports, and could have a potential role in the development and perpetuation of musculoskeletal disorders, including lower back pain.   Continue reading

Stretching after exercise helps heal

Stretching impacts inflammation resolution in Connective Tissue – Free full text – /PMC5222602/Jul 2017

I’m encouraged to learn that stretching has been shown to be very beneficial for sore muscles. not before exercise, but afterward.

Abstract

Acute inflammation is accompanied from its outset by the release of specialized pro-resolving mediators (SPMs), including resolvins, that orchestrate the resolution of local inflammation.

We showed earlier that, in rats with subcutaneous inflammation of the back induced by carrageenan, stretching for 10 minutes twice daily reduced inflammation and improved pain, two weeks after carrageenan injection.   Continue reading

Low Energy Production and Pain in Fibromyalgia

Low Energy Production and Pain in Fibromyalgia – Is Your Microcirculation To Blame? – Health Rising – https://www.healthrising.org – by Cort Johnson | May 25, 2014

Exercise is highly recommended as an adjunct therapy in fibromyalgia. 

Those of us with fibromyalgia know how extremely difficult this becomes. Our bodies seem to resist us with all their might and this article offers a possible explanation.

A 2010 review of exercise studies found that ‘slight to moderate’ intensity aerobic exercise sessions done two to three times a week worked best, and that appropriate levels of exercise result in improved fitness but only modestly improved pain.   Continue reading

Can Pain Be Used to Treat Pain?

Can Pain Be Used to Treat Pain? — Pain News Network – By Jeanne McArdle – Apr 2019

“Can you cure pain with more pain?” was the provocative question posed last month by National Public Radio’s Invisibilia podcast, “The Fifth Vital Sign.”

The show features the story of Devyn, a 16-year old former gymnast living with chronic pain.

Devyn broke the end of her thighbone and required surgery, but the injury never fully healed and her pain was spreading.   Continue reading

Evidence summary for non-opioid pain mgmt

Noninvasive Nonpharmacological Treatment for Chronic Pain: A Systematic Review –  a thorough 23-page PDF document from AHRQ (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)

Scope and Key Questions

This Comparative Effectiveness Review focused on noninvasive nonpharmacological therapy, with a Key Question (KQ) for each of five common chronic pain conditions:

  • KQ 1: Chronic low back pain
  • KQ 2: Chronic neck pain
  • KQ 3: Osteoarthritis (knee, hip, hand)
  • KQ 4: Fibromyalgia
  • KQ 5: Chronic tension headache

Sadly, there’s no mention of pain caused by genetic disorders, like EDS or sickle cell.   Continue reading

Exercise Not a Panacea for Chronic Pain

Physical activity and exercise for chronic pain in adults: an overview of Cochrane Reviews. – PubMed – Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2017 Jan

For many years, the treatment choice for chronic pain included recommendations for rest and inactivity. However, exercise may have specific benefits in reducing the severity of chronic pain, as well as more general benefits associated with improved overall physical and mental health, and physical functioning.

Physical activity and exercise programmes are increasingly being promoted and offered in various healthcare systems, and for a variety of chronic pain conditions.

It is therefore important at this stage to establish the efficacy and safety of these programmes, and furthermore to address the critical factors that determine their success or failure.

So all this exercise and activity has been pushed on pain patients, but no one has done studies to show that the blanket recommendation to exercise has been beneficial? Continue reading

When walking makes your legs hurt

When walking makes your legs hurt – Harvard Health – Aug 2018

Experts used to stress the benefits of heavy-duty aerobic exercise — the kind that makes you breathe hard and gets your heart going. But the message changed to moderation after a number of studies showed that physical activity that’s far less taxing is associated with lower rates of heart disease, some cancers, and several other illnesses — if it’s done regularly.

Plain old walking usually tops the moderate-intensity exercise list because it’s easy, convenient, and free, and it requires minimal equipment — a comfortable pair of shoes

The trouble is that walking isn’t so easy for everyone. Indeed, it’s agony for many.   Continue reading

Why Sitting May Be Bad for Your Brain

Why Sitting May Be Bad for Your Brain – By Gretchen Reynolds – Aug. 15, 2018

Sitting for hours without moving can slow the flow of blood to our brains, according to a cautionary new study of office workers, a finding that could have implications for long-term brain health.

But getting up and strolling for just two minutes every half-hour seems to stave off this decline in brain blood flow and may even increase it.

That sounds so reasonable and almost trivial until you try it yourself.   Continue reading