Tag Archives: exercise

MSM, Strenuous Exercise, Cytokine Release

The Influence of Methylsulfonylmethane on Inflammation-Associated Cytokine Release before and following Strenuous Exercise – Oct 2016 – free full-text PMC5097813

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

MSM, Oxidative Stress, Muscle Damage, and Pain

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

Occupational vs Athletic Use of Muscles

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

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

Yoga can cause musculoskeletal pain

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

How Walking Benefits the Brain

How Walking Benefits the Brain

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

DIY Help for Cervicogenic Headaches

Both I and my mother with EDS have found that our occasional episodes of severe headaches are related to instability problems in our cervical spines. (See What Are Cervicogenic Headaches?)

Misalignment of the cervical vertebrae can cause pain from the neck up the back of the head and even into the forehead. So it makes sense that:

“muscle strengthening of the deep neck flexors may ameliorate forward head posture, cervicogenic headache, and tension-type headaches.”
(from Cervical Muscle Dysfunction and Head/Neck/Face Pain)

This set of isometric neck exercises can be done sitting in a chair and are much milder than the previous ones I posted (Exercises to Prevent Cervicogenic Headaches). I had my first success with this set of exercises, and they relieved my mother’s headaches too.
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Intelligent Cognitive Rest Secret to Brain Success

Secret to brain success: Intelligent cognitive rest – Harvard Health Blog – Harvard Health Publications – May 2017 – Srini Pillay, MD, @srinipillay

Many people do focused brain exercises to help develop their thinking. Some of these exercises work, while others do not. Regardless, the focus network in the brain is not the only network that needs training. The “unfocus” network needs training too.

The “unfocus network” (or default mode network)

Called the default mode network (DMN), we used to think of the unfocus network as the Do Mostly Nothing network.   Continue reading

Exercises to Prevent Cervicogenic Headaches

Cervicogenic Headache Exercises – Treat That Killer Headache With These Exercises | The Prehab Guys

My mother and I have both found that neck-strengthening exercises reduce the frequency of our headaches, so I highly recommend these methods.

Anatomy and Physiology of a Cervicogenic Headache

What distinguishes a cervicogenic headache from your more classic headaches like migraines or tension type headaches are that cervicogenic headaches are actually caused from dysfunction in your neck.
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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