Tag Archives: exercise

Yoga Ruined My Life

It’s Nothing Personal, Yoga, But You Ruined My Life: Raising Awareness of EDS

Perhaps it’s too harsh to say yoga ruined my life, but it has given me chronic pain and joint issues that forced me to completely change my daily routine.

All you yogis out there might be wondering- how is that possible?

Well, unbeknownst to me, yoga is the last thing a person with my condition should do. Continue reading

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Upper crossed syndrome: Causes, symptoms, exercises

Upper crossed syndrome: Causes, symptoms, and exercises – August 2017

People with hypermobility (EDS) tend to develop this muscular imbalance, but it’s one of the few structural problems we can fix – with exercise.

Upper crossed syndrome refers to a particular configuration of overlapping overactive and underactive muscle groups in the neck, chest, and shoulders.

Typically, poor posture causes the syndrome, including the forward head posture, which occurs when people use electronic devices, read, and drive. Those with upper crossed syndrome usually have the same or similar set of postural irregularities that people may describe as slouching.   Continue reading

Forget Pills and Surgery for Back Pain

Forget Pills and Surgery for Back Pain – Scientific American – By Daisy Yuhas – Oct 2017

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

Autoimmunity Causes Exertion Problems in CFS, FMS, POTS

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 CSF

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

Should exercises be painful for chronic pain mgmt?

Should exercises be painful in the management of chronic musculoskeletal pain? A systematic review and meta-analysis | British Journal of Sports Medicine – June 2017

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

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