Archive for March 2017


Osteopathic Manipulation Helps

Musculoskeletal chest pain can be effectively treated by osteopathic treatment. In this study a group of people who had the complaint of musculoskeletal chest pain were treated using different methods of therapies, including osteopathic medicine. The results conclude that the use of osteopathic manipulation can be done as an adjunct and even as the principal mode of treatment of musculoskeletal chest pain.

The American Journal of Medicine, January 2017

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Yo-yo Dieting Can Help People With Diabetes

Life can be difficult for people with both types of diabetes. Constantly needing insulin, accompanied by needle pricks and blood tests.


Super-exciting breakthrough research has shown that a type of yo-yo dieting in mice with type-1 and type-2 diabetes can regenerate the cells in their pancreas that regulate insulin. Meaning that a new way of treating diabetes in humans may have just been discovered.


The mice were given a low-calorie, low carb, and low-protein diet but high in saturated fat. Over a course of 5 days the mice were starved and then given a regular diet for 25 days, then starved again.


This type of crash diet triggered the cells in the pancreas to reprogram to check blood sugar and release insulin.


This breakthrough also confirms that your cells can be reprogrammed solely by your diet.


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Weekly Health Update Week 12

“A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.” 
~ David Brinkley

Mental Attitude: Driving self-regulation is associated with attitude towards driving in women.
A research carried out to access the self-regulation towards driving in men and women showed that the disabilities due to vision and cognition may affect the attitude towards driving in men. However, the self-regulation in women is associated with the negative attitude that has an effect on the driving confidence. A total of 399 men and women, between 48-91 age group participated in this study. Most of the drivers were Australian. There was no difference in the attitude towards driving between the baby boomers and the older age women.
Accident Analysis and Prevention, May 2017(issue in progress)

Health Alert: Undertreatment of people with major depressive disorder in 21 countries.
The data collected in the World Health Organization’s world mental health survey shows that only 1 in 5 people in the high-income and 1 in 27 people in the middle and the low income countries receive adequate treatment for major depressive disorder. The survey also cites the lack of outreach of information and education about the disease and the supply of resources for proper treatment as the cause of undertreatment. Major depressive disorder is a debilitating condition affecting many people worldwide and proper treatment is required for its effective management.
British Journal of Psychiatry, February 2017.

Diet: The diet after weight loss surgery.
A proper diet is essential for maintaining the health after the bariatric surgery. The diet after weight loss surgery should include sufficient amount of proteins (60-120g/d) first, vegetables second, and fruit as third one in the list. Potato, corn and other starchy vegetables should be avoided and fruits with more fibre should be preferred. Protein is essential after a weight loss surgery and starchy foods can cause dumping syndrome and so should be avoided.
JAMA, March 2017.

Exercise: Exercise therapy helps in treatment of Polycystic ovary syndrome PCOS.
Polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS is a common endocrine disorder affecting women. The syndrome is a major cause of morbidity among women. The data collected in the study reveals that other diseases like asthma, depression, thyroid and cancer may be found along with PCOS. It is a lifelong condition and the prognosis can be worsened by sedentary lifestyle, unhealthy diet and smoking. The symptoms can be relieved and the prognosis can be improved by carrying out lifestyle modification including regular exercise.
European Journal of Endocrinology, February 2017

Osteopathy: Osteopathic approach helps in diagnosing unusual symptoms in infantile congenital torticollis.
Congenital muscular torticollis often presents without any facial asymmetries or without the presence of cranial base patterns. The diagnosis and the treatment of this condition can be facilitated through the use of osteopathic medicine. The application of balanced ligamentous tension and counterstrain OMT can be used for the treatment of this disease instead of going for the invasive surgical approach.
International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, March 2017

Wellness/Prevention: Proper technique of washing hands helps in preventing infections.
Maintaining hand hygiene can reduce the incidence of morbidity and mortality due to the spread of communicable diseases. A research study was carried out to find out the effective method of washing hands. The participating group was from Harare, Zimbabwe. It was found that performing specific steps like scrubbing, cleaning under the finger nails, rubbing the finger tips, and increasing the frequency of washing hands effectively reduces the microbial load.
American Journal of Infection Control, March 2017

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Sunshine and Outdoor Activities Can Lead to a Healthier You

You’d be hard-pressed strolling through your local park and seeing a sickly person playing catch or football with their friends. That’s why local parks and outdoor venues that cater to an active lifestyle are important to staying healthy.

Biologically we are wired to love nature and the outdoors, and having a park to go be active at has real tangible benefits.

Read more about how local parks affecting your health here

A telephone survey conducted by researchers at Penn State University found that those who frequently use local parks and outdoor recreational areas are more likely to self-rate their health higher than those who don’t go outside and enjoy the public parks.

While this shouldn’t come as a surprise, it is noteworthy that the same survey was conducted in 1991 and found that people back then didn’t self-rate their health as highly as the survey participants did in 2015.

This could mean that those parks are used for more physical activities today, and people in 1991 probably used local parks for picnic outings.

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The Weather’s Not to Blame For Your Aches and Pains

New research from The George Institute for Global Health has revealed the weather plays no part in the symptoms associated with either back pain or osteoarthritis.

It’s long been thought episodes of both back pain and arthritis can be triggered by changes in the weather, including temperature, humidity, air pressure, wind direction and precipitation.

Professor Chris Maher, of The George Institute for Global Health, said: “The belief that pain and inclement weather are linked dates back to Roman times. But our research suggests this belief may be based on the fact that people recall events that confirm their pre-existing views.

“Human beings are very susceptible so it’s easy to see why we might only take note of pain on the days when it’s cold and rainy outside, but discount the days when they have symptoms but the weather is mild and sunny.”

Almost 1000 people with lower back pain, and around 350 with knee osteoarthritis were recruited for the Australian-based studies. Weather data from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology were sourced for the duration of the study period. Researchers compared the weather at the time patients first noticed pain with weather conditions one week and one month before the onset of pain as a control measure.

Results showed no association between back pain and temperature, humidity, air pressure, wind direction or precipitation. However, higher temperatures did slightly increase the chances of lower back pain, but the amount of the increase was not clinically important.

The findings reinforce earlier research on back pain and inclement weather from The George Institute which received widespread criticism from the public on social media.

Professor Maher, who led the back pain study, added: “People were adamant that adverse weather conditions worsened their symptoms so we decided to go ahead with a new study based on data from new patients with both lower back pain and osteoarthritis. The results though were almost exactly the same – there is absolutely no link between pain and the weather in these conditions.”

Back pain affects up to a third of the world’s population at any one time, whilst almost 10 per cent of men and 18 percent of women over the age of 60 have osteoarthritis.

Associate Professor Manuela Ferreira, who led the osteoarthritis research at The George Institute, said: “People who suffer from either of these conditions should not focus on the weather as it does not have an important influence on your symptoms and it is outside your control.”

A/Prof Ferreira, Senior Research Fellow at The George Institute and at the Institute of Bone and Joint Research, added: “What’s more important is to focus on things you can control in regards to managing pain and prevention.”

The studies were carried out across Australia with average daily temperatures ranging from 5.4C to 32.8C.

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Article: Acute Low Back Pain? Do Not Blame the Weather – A Case-Crossover Study, Keira Beilken BPhty, Mark J. Hancock PhD, Chris G. Maher PhD, Qiang Li MBiostats, Daniel Steffens PhD, Pain Medicine, doi: 10.1093/pm/pnw126, published online 15 December 2016.

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Studies Find Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment Improves Low Back Pain, Avoid Surgery

Studies published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found that osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) reduced pain and improved function in patients suffering from chronic, nonspecific low back pain. Further, patients reporting the worst pain and higher degrees of disability received the most substantial benefit from the treatments.

Researchers from the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth reported two studies from a randomized double-blind, sham-controlled trial to determine the effectiveness of six OMT sessions over an eight week period. Recovery was assessed at week 12 using a composite measure that included pain severity and functional status. The trial included 455 men and women ages 21-69 with at least a three month history of low back pain.

While the initial study was intended to measure whether OMT aided in recovery, the second study sought to identify characteristics of patients who received the most benefit from the treatments. It found patients with baseline disability scores of 17 or greater, on a scale of 24, experienced large positive effects and those with initial scores of 7 or greater experienced medium effects.

Substantial benefit was defined as an improvement of 50 percent or more from the baseline pain and disability assessment. The findings led researchers to suggest patients try OMT before resorting to surgery.

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Recovery From Chronic Low Back Pain After Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment: A Randomized Controlled Trial
John C. Licciardone, DO, MS, MBA; Robert J. Gatchel, PhD, ABPP; Subhash Aryal, PhD
Journal of the American Osteopathic Association
Published online February 29, 2016

Source: American Osteopathic Association

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Osteopathic Manipulation Can Improve Pain in Postpartum Women

Preliminary results demonstrate that osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) helps reduce acute pain in postpartum women, regardless of whether they delivered vaginally or via cesarean. The study results published by The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

Pain is one of the most common postpartum complaints by women. Many OMT techniques are able to help postpartum women relax contracted muscle tissue, reduce join pain and alleviate ligamentous strain. Through the use of OMT, the number of patients reporting lower back pain decreased by 30 percent, abdominal pain by 17 percent and vaginal pain by 10 percent.

Michael and Joanna agree that “A mother’s body goes through a great deal of stress both physically and mentally during childbirth,” said Dr. Octavia Cannon, DO, vice president of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “This study shows that by combining osteopathic manipulation with other pain therapies, we can help new mothers get back on their feet quicker and improve their quality of life with their new infant.”

With OMT, physicians manually apply a specific amount of pressure to different regions in the body. These techniques can help treat structural and tissue abnormalities, relieve joint restriction and misalignment, restore muscle and tissue balance and promote the overall movement blood flow throughout the body. When appropriate, OMT can complement, and in some cases replace, medications or surgery.

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How To Avoid Gardening Injuries

Gardening is hardly a contact sport. But it can still damage your joints, causing back and knee pain. It’s good exercise if you use certain techniques and not overdo it.

These body-smart techniques will keep your thumb green and your wrist pain-free. Before you go out with your wicker basket of herbs and vegetables wearing your best straw hat, and overalls. It’s important to stretch just like any labor-intensive exercise. Doing some basic stretches can loosen joints and muscles. That way you only need to worry about planting and plowing.

Read more about these techniques to help you garden safely.

One tip that seems unconventional, but may save you a lot of stress is using your forearms instead of your fingertips to carry awkward heavy loads like plant flats or bags of soil. You also want avoid pinching, squeezing, or twisting motions. And you should use a knife or scissors to open bags instead of tearing them open with your hands. We know you’re one with the earth now that you can summon plants from the ground. Please use caution, and take breaks often.

The most important tip is using good posture; use a stool or kneeling bench instead of crouching or bending over. That’s why raising plant beds and using trellises to grow and hang plants.

These tips can be lifesavers if you love gardening and want to keep doing it every season. Gardening and growing your own backyard food should be fun exercise. At the end of the day when you return inside covered in dirt wiping the sweat from your brow. The last thing you should reach for is the aspirin because your knees and back feel like they’re going to fall off.

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