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Back pain

Best Car Seats for Back Pain

Ford claims the new Ford Focus will give relief for back pain sufferers due to the optional comfort seats for the driver and front-seat traveller.

The seats adjust in eighteen ways to add support and comfort – earning Ford Focus the seal of approval from Aktion Gesuner Rücken e.V. (AGR), a German group movement for healthier backs.

To obtain the seal, the seat should be able to adapt to the person in their sitting position, instead of the person adapting their position to the seat. The Ford Focus is the 1st vehicle to receive AGR recognition.

To read more about back pain and car seats click here. You may also like our pages on getting help for your back pain and sciatica.

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Osteopathy – Treatment Possibility for Spinal Curvature/Scoliosis

Scoliosis affects 2-3% of youngsters age 10-16 years. A recent literature review found that manipulation, mobilisation, and soft tissue techniques can help. These treatments are ordinarily provided by Osteopaths. For this reason Osteopathy is an effective treatment to help pain and mobility in patients with Scoliosis. Michael and Joanna routinely use spinal adjustments, mobilisation and soft tissue techniques to treat scoliosis. We also advise on lifestyle modifications and home based exercise treatment so you are in very safe hands. You may also like reading our Sciatica, Back Pain, Adjustment & Scoliosis pages .
Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, January 2019

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Back Pain

Back Pain With Working Long Hours

Long Work Hours Linked to Musculoskeletal Back Pain

Using data from the Fourth Korean Working Conditions Survey involving nearly 25,000 workers, researchers report that working over 40 hours a week is associated with up to a 40% increased risk for pain in men and up to a 66% elevated risk for pain in women. To learn more visit this link
Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, December 2018

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Active or Static Stretching for Neck Pain

Among a group of 24 sedentary workers with neck pain, researchers found that both active and passive stretching resulted in similar improvements in range of motion, pain threshold, and perceived disability. Joanna and Michael commonly incorporate these types of stretches into their treatment plans for patients with neck issues.
Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, November 2018

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Headaches May Lead to Impaired Brain Function Later in Life…

Following a review of data from six published studies that included a total of 291,549 participants, researchers report that individuals with a history of headaches may have a 24% elevated risk for dementia. Though further research is necessary to identify the nature of the relationship between the two disorders, the research team notes that previous research has demonstrated that chronic headaches may lead to changes in the brain which could set the stage for cognitive impairment over time.
Journal of Headache and Pain, October 2018

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Does Spinal Manipulation Improve Pulmonary Function?

 Thoracic spinal manipulation may improve pulmonary function in stroke patients. In this study, researchers tested the pulmonary function of 36 stroke patients before and after they received either a thoracic spinal adjustment or a sham treatment. The participants in the thoracic manipulation group experienced significant improvements in forced vital capacity and forced expiratory volume at one second.
Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics, August 2018

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Whiplash Sufferers and Chronic Pain…

Current research estimates that about 20% of whiplash patients will go on to experience chronic pain. In this study, researchers compared the number of painful locations and pain intensity between patients with chronic whiplash and patients with other types of chronic pain. The investigators found that whiplash sufferers had a higher number of painful locations and felt pain more intensely than the other participants. The results underscore the need for patients who sustain a whiplash injury to get appropriate treatment to reduce their risk for developing chronic pain.
Scandinavian Journal of Pain, July 2018

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Back Pain and Mobility Problems Are Common During Pregnancy.

The sacroiliac joints are located between the sacrum and the ilia which make up the pelvis. Among a group of 1,500 pregnant women, researchers found nearly 80% were diagnosed with sacroiliac dysfunction. This can lead to both pain and reduced mobility. The researchers suspect the combination of weight gain and a loosening of ligaments is most likely to blame for the prevalence of sacroiliac dysfunction among expectant mothers. Osteopaths are trained to treat this condition with spinal manipulative therapy.
International Journal of Gynecology Obstetrics, June 2018

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Spinal Manipulation Benefits Common Low Back Conditions.

A recent study investigated the effects of spinal manipulation of the lumbar and sacroiliac joints in twenty patients with lumbar disc herniation combined with lack of sacroiliac motion (hypomobility). The patients received five spinal manipulations over a two-week period, which led to significant improvements in back and leg pain that persisted up to one month following their final treatment. The results show that spinal manipulation can be beneficial in the management of pain and functional disability in patients with lumbar disc herniation and SIJ hypomobility.
Manual Therapies, May 2018

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Head Posture Can Affect Nerves.

Head Posture Can Affect Nerves.
Forward head posture is a common problem associated with musculoskeletal pain, but does it also affect the nervous system? A recent study evaluated nerve function in 100 patients with neck and upper extremity problems as well as 34 healthy controls. The researchers found that those with a forward head posture exhibited significant nerve conduction differences in the median and ulnar nerves, both of which extend through the neck to the shoulder and down the arms to the hands and fingers. The findings suggest that persons with forward head posture may be more prone to peripheral entrapments.
Acta Neurlogical Belgica, May 2018

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