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Free-Weight Lifting helps a LOT for Low Back Pain

Free-Weight Lifting helps a LOT for Low Back Pain

The effects of a free-weight-based resistance training intervention on pain, squat biomechanics and MRI-defined lumbar fat infiltration and functional cross-sectional area in those with chronic low back. Welch N, Moran K, Antony J, Richter C, Marshall B, Coyle J, Falvey...

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Chad Reilly December 14, 2017 2 Comments

Dry Needling Collapses Lung, on Video

Dry Needling Collapses Lung, on Video

I had a physical therapist stop by my office last week and try and sell me on dry needling. I said heard all about dry needling and that I thought that like the force, it can have a strong influence...

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Chad Reilly December 31, 2015 8 Comments

Massive Herniated Discs and Low Back Pain, the Good News

Massive Herniated Discs and Low Back Pain, the Good News

Conservatively treated massive prolapsed discs: a 7-year follow-up. Benson RT, Tavares SP, Robertson SC, Sharp R, Marshall RW. Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 2010 Mar;92(2):147-53. Abstract INTRODUCTION: The natural history of a lumbar hernia of the nucleus pulposus (HNP) is...

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Chad Reilly November 5, 2015 13 Comments

Vertebral Fractures after Yoga in Women with Osteopenia

Vertebral Fractures after Yoga in Women with Osteopenia

Yoga spinal flexion positions and vertebral compression fracture in osteopenia or osteoporosis of spine: case series. Sinaki M. Pain Pract. 2013 Jan;13(1):68-75. [FREE FULL TEXT with good pics] Abstract OBJECTIVE: The objective of this report is to raise awareness of...

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Chad Reilly March 30, 2015 3 Comments

Emetophobia and the Biopsychosocial Model of Low Back, Neck Pain

Emetophobia and the Biopsychosocial Model of Low Back, Neck Pain

Exposure therapy for emetophobia: a case study with three-year follow-up. J Anxiety Disord. 2013 Jun;27(5):527-34. Maack DJ, Deacon BJ, Zhao M. Abstract Emetophobia, also referred to as a specific phobia of vomiting, is a largely under-researched and poorly understood disorder...

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Chad Reilly December 11, 2014 No Comments

Kinesio Tape Sure Smells Like Placebo

Kinesio Tape Sure Smells Like Placebo

Current evidence does not support the use of Kinesio Taping in clinical practice: a systematic review. J Physiother. 2014 Mar;60(1):31-9. Parreira Pdo C, Costa Lda C, Hespanhol Junior LC, Lopes AD, Costa LO. Abstract Questions: Is Kinesio Taping more effective than...

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Chad Reilly September 15, 2014 No Comments

Cervicogenic Headaches Reduced Most with Strength Training

Cervicogenic Headaches Reduced Most with Strength Training

Effect of neck exercises on cervicogenic headache: a randomized controlled trial. J Rehabil Med. 2010 Apr;42(4):344-9. Ylinen J1, Nikander R, Nykänen M, Kautiainen H, Häkkinen A. Abstract OBJECTIVE: To compare the efficacy of three 12-month training programmes on headache and...

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Chad Reilly September 8, 2014 No Comments

How to Herniate a Disc, and How Not to

How to Herniate a Disc, and How Not to

  Intervertebral disc herniation: studies on a porcine model exposed to highly repetitive flexion/extension motion with compressive force. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2001 Jan;16(1):28-37. Callaghan JP, McGill SM. Abstract OBJECTIVE: To determine whether repeated motion with low magnitude joint forces,...

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Chad Reilly August 18, 2014 2 Comments

Central Sensitization and Chronic Pain

Central Sensitization and Chronic Pain

Central sensitization: implications for the diagnosis and treatment of pain. Pain. 2011 Mar;152(3 Suppl):S2-15. Woolf CJ. [FREE FULL TEXT] Abstract Nociceptor inputs can trigger a prolonged but reversible increase in the excitability and synaptic efficacy of neurons in central nociceptive pathways,...

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Chad Reilly July 26, 2014 No Comments

Neck Pain/Tender Points Reduced Most by Strength Exercise

Neck Pain/Tender Points Reduced Most by Strength Exercise

Effect of long-term neck muscle training on pressure pain threshold: a randomized controlled trial. Eur J Pain. 2005 Dec;9(6):673-81. Ylinen J, Takala EP, Kautiainen H, Nykänen M, Häkkinen A, Pohjolainen T, Karppi SL, Airaksinen O. Abstract Muscle tenderness has been measured...

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Chad Reilly July 23, 2014 No Comments

Neck Pain Immediately Reduced After Strength and Posture Exercise

Neck Pain Immediately Reduced After Strength and Posture Exercise

Specific therapeutic exercise of the neck induces immediate local hypoalgesia. J Pain. 2007 Nov;8(11):832-9. Epub 2007 Jul 19. O'Leary S, Falla D, Hodges PW, Jull G, Vicenzino B. Abstract This study compared the effect of 2 specific cervical flexor muscle...

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Chad Reilly July 23, 2014 No Comments

Strength Training with Chronic Neck Pain Improves Quality of Life

Strength Training with Chronic Neck Pain Improves Quality of Life

Effect of neck strength training on health-related quality of life in females with chronic neck pain: a randomized controlled 1-year follow-up study. Health Qual Life Outcomes. 2010 May 14;8:48. Salo PK, Häkkinen AH, Kautiainen H, Ylinen JJ. Abstract BACKGROUND: Chronic...

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Chad Reilly July 22, 2014 No Comments

Strength Better than Stretch for Neck Pain AND Range of Motion

Strength Better than Stretch for Neck Pain AND Range of Motion

This was one of the earlier cervical strength training studies on neck pain that influenced my physical therapy treatments for neck pain. Active neck muscle training in the treatment of chronic neck pain in women: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA....

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Chad Reilly May 19, 2014 No Comments