We’re not here to fear-monger. However, as manual therapist who spend some of the most time with patients among all of their healthcare practitioners, we need to be very aware of red flags with back pain and what they could mean. A good reminder of some of those basic questions that we learn in school and might be forgetting to ask.
When to Worry About Low Back Pain – Paul Ingraham
We’ve been hearing a lot of dialogue against the use of static stretching these days, but why? This article gives us a great explanation of the research method errors made in years past while reminding us of some of the evidence that does still support static stretching in certain circumstances.
It’s been a tough year and I’m sure there are people coming in for treatment simply to experience human touch. Touch has a huge impact on our physical and mental well being, so this is an interesting read at how this pandemic has affected some.
Lost touch: how a year without hugs affects our mental health – Elanor Morgan
Talking DOMS again! A lengthy study to read, but one that suggests that post-exercise muscle soreness may have much less to do with muscle fiber microtrauma and more with neural microdamage. Hopefully, this new direction of research will begin to suggest different strategies for mitigating the pain.
You have likely heard of exercise-induced analgesia, in which exercise creates a pain-dampening effect in the body. A very interesting study was done, however, that looked at the ability of suggestion to create a nocebo effect that directly counteracted this benefit.
Exercise Blocks Pain, But Only For Believers – Alex Hutchison