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Neuropathic Pain Linked to Chronic Low Back Pain.

Neuropathic pain is pain caused by damage or disease affecting the somatosensory nervous system. Symptoms often include burning or coldness, “pins and needles” sensations, numbness, and itching. A recent study investigated the prevalence of neuropathic pain among a group of 1,200 Korean adults with chronic low back pain. The research team found that not only was neuropathic pain a common complaint among these patients but those with both chronic low back pain and neuropathic pain experienced a lower quality of life and greater disability.
Asian Spine Journal, December 2017

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Heel Posture Plays Role in Back Pain.

A recent study set out to investigate the influence of calcaneal (heel) position on the pelvic and trunk alignment of ten healthy subjects. Using 3-D motion analysis, the researchers found that calcaneal inversion (commonly seen among those with a high arch) can affect the alignment of the pelvic and trunk, increasing the risk for back pain. The findings reveal the importance evaluating the foot and ankle when assessing low back pain patients.
Journal of Physical Therapy and Science, November 2017

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shockwave therapy plantar fasciitis

What Conditions Can Shockwave Therapy Treat.

WHAT DISORDERS CAN BE TREATED?

Neck Pain (Myofascial pain syndromes)

Shoulder Pain (Calcifying tendinitis of the shoulder, subarominal pain syndrome)

Back Pain (Myofascial pain syndromes, idiopathic lowerback pain and pseudoradicular syndromes)

Elbow Pain (Lateral and medial epicondylitis)

Hand Pain (Dupuytrens disease, De Quervain disease, trigger finger and Carpal tunnel syndrome)

Hip Pain (Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome)

Hamstring Pain (Hamstring tendinopathy, insertional)

Knee Pain (Osteoarthritis, patella tip syndrome)

Osgood Schalter Disease

Achilles Pain (Achilles tendinopathy, insertional and mid body)

Heal Pain (Plantarfasciopathy)

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Trigger Point Pain Linked to Childhood Migraines.

 
Past research has demonstrated that dysfunction in the neck may play a role in the migraine headache process. In this study, researchers applied manual pressure to trigger points and non-trigger points in the trapezius muscle of 26 early adolescents with a history of migraines. Half of the subjects experienced a migraine headache when pressure was applied to a trigger point and none reported a migraine when researchers targeted a non-trigger point on the same muscle. The findings indicate that treatment aimed at resolving trigger points in the neck and upper back may reduce the frequency and intensity of migraine headaches. Osteopaths commonly treat trigger points with manual therapy techniques.
European Journal of Pain, September 2017

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Do Sit-Stand Workstations Reduce Back Discomfort?

An analysis of data from twelve published studies regarding sit-stand desks and musculoskeletal discomfort found that workers without back pain who utilized such workstations had a 30-50% reduced risk for back discomfort. The researchers note that further studies are necessary to determine the efficacy of sit-stand workstations for individuals with a history of back pain, as well as the ideal dosage of sit-stand time required to help reduce musculoskeletal pain.
Ergonomics, November 2017

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Diet: Reduce Your Salt Craving with Spicy Foods.


Individuals who enjoy spicier foods appear to eat less salt and have lower blood pressure. A study that involved 606 adults found that those who had a preference for spicier foods had an 8mm Hg lower systolic and 5mm Hg lower diastolic blood pressure and they consumed less sodium than individuals who largely avoided such fare. Additionally, brain scans showed that the areas stimulated by salt and spice overlap, and that spice consumption further increases brain activity in these areas. The researchers speculate that this may cause these individuals to be more sensitive to salt so that they can enjoy their food without having to consume very much of it.
Hypertension, October 2017

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Backpacks Affect Posture in Adults As Well…


Past research has linked heavy backpack use by children and teens with postural changes and an increased risk for musculoskeletal disorders. The results of a recent study indicates that a heavy backpack can also lead to problems for young adults. In the study, researchers assessed participants as they stood with no backpack and while wearing a backpack loaded with 5%, 10%, and 15% of their body weight. The investigators found carrying a backpack equivalent to 15% of one’s body weight leads to increased forward posture of the head on the neck, which could raise one’s risk for neck pain and headaches.
Work, June 2017

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