Does Yoga Improve Chronic Non‐Specific Low Back Pain?

What’s This Research About? This Cochrane review evaluates the current evidence about yoga as a therapeutic intervention for individuals with NSLBP compared to no specific treatment, a minimal intervention such as education, or another active treatment, such as exercise. Pain, function, and adverse effects are also considered. TITLE: Yoga treatment for chronic [...]

By |2019-02-13T14:09:38-04:00February 19th, 2019|Conditions, Musculoskeletal, Pain, Yoga Methods|1 Comment

Do People With Back Pain Use Their Back Muscles Differently Than Those Without Back Pain?

What’s This Research About? Some people experience back pain after standing for long periods of time (pain developers (PDs)) while others do not (non-pain developers (NPDs)). Is it possible that they use their posterior muscles differently? This study investigated exactly that by assessing whether or not there was altered muscular recruitment during [...]

By |2019-01-25T11:54:23-04:00January 29th, 2019|Conditions, Motor Learning, Musculoskeletal, Pain|0 Comments

Effects of Stretching on Joint Contractures: A Systematic Review

What’s This Research About? A contracture is a severe medical condition that negatively impacts quality of life through diminished joint function. The etiology of contractures, however, is not well understood. Contractures could be caused by burns, fractures, muscle atrophy, rheumatoid arthritis, joint capsulitis, stroke, cerebral palsy, brain or spinal cord injuries, surgery, [...]

By |2018-11-06T15:47:20-04:00October 30th, 2018|Musculoskeletal, Stretching|0 Comments

Is Sacroiliac Joint Instability Related to Chronic Pelvic Pain?

What’s This Research About? Sacroiliac joint instability is one of the possible causes of low back pain and pelvic girdle pain. However, it is difficult to determine true movement of the SI joint.  This study measures movement in the SI joint using Radiostereometric analysis (RSA is considered a highly precise and accurate way [...]

By |2018-07-09T22:03:49-04:00July 10th, 2018|Conditions, Musculoskeletal, Pain|0 Comments

Do Strengthening and Stretching Exercises Alter the Resting Position of the Scapulae?

What’s This Research About? The aim of this research review is to examine whether the evidence supports an exercise intervention of stretching the anterior aspect of the shoulder and strengthening the scapular retractors to alter the resting position of the scapula in individuals with abducted scapulae. TITLE: Effectiveness of Strengthening and Stretching [...]

By |2018-06-04T22:14:13-04:00June 5th, 2018|Musculoskeletal, Stretching|0 Comments

Does Scapular Stability Matter?

What’s This Research About? This perspective article examines the idea that an unstable scapula is related to shoulder pathology and dysfunction. The authors question this long-held belief, challenging the concepts of scapular instability and scapula dyskinesia as causes of shoulder pain and dysfunction. TITLE: Critical and Theoretical Perspective on Scapular Stabilization: What [...]

How Scapula Position Affects Muscular Activation in Plank

What’s This Research About? The prone plank is often used to improve core strength, stability, and endurance. Previous research has shown the prone plank activates a variety of core muscles, including the internal oblique, rectus abdominis, external oblique, and the erector spinae. To correctly perform the prone plank requires keeping the spine [...]

By |2018-04-16T17:57:17-04:00April 17th, 2018|Musculoskeletal, Other Exercises, Yoga Poses|2 Comments

Should Exercises be Painful when dealing with Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain?

What’s This Research About? Musculoskeletal pain (MP) and musculoskeletal disorders are highly prevalent and costly on a global scale, with back pain and neck pain being two of the most pervasive kinds of MP. It’s been estimated that 25% of the population in the United Kingdom alone, develops chronic MP. Previously, most [...]

By |2018-04-02T17:19:12-04:00April 3rd, 2018|Musculoskeletal, Pain|0 Comments

Can Isometric Exercises Help with Pain Relief?

What’s This Research About? The primary goal of this research was to determine if isotonic or isometric exercise was effective at inducing an analgesic effect within a physical therapy protocol. The secondary goal was determining changes to cortical motor function in the CNS directly following an acute bout of exercise. Tendinopathy can [...]

By |2018-03-01T10:36:39-04:00March 6th, 2018|Conditions, Musculoskeletal, Pain|0 Comments

Stretching Concepts for Exercise and Rehabilitation

What’s This Research About? This paper looks at the research surrounding stretching and how it fits into a well-rounded physical activity program and/or in a rehabilitation setting. TITLE: Current Concepts in Muscle Stretching for Exercise and Rehabilitation ORIGINAL LINK PUBLICATION: International Journal of Sports and Physical Therapy DATE: 2012 AUTHORS : Phil Page Active muscle tension: [...]

By |2018-02-05T11:24:43-04:00February 6th, 2018|Musculoskeletal, Stretching|0 Comments