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01
April
2015

Strain- Counterstrain Techinque: A manual therapy approach

(Taken from Wikipedia)

Strain- Counterstrain Techinque:  A manual therapy approach

Within manual therapy, Strain-Counterstrain is a type of "passive positional release" created in the early 1960s by Lawrence Jones, D.O. It is a hands-on treatment that alleviates muscle and connective tissue tightness by the use of very specific treatment positions held for 90 seconds (can be held for up to 3 minutes in neurological patients).[citation needed] During the procedure, the involved tissue is "slackened" causing a relaxation of the "spasm" which, in turn, allows local areas of inflammation, trapped within the painful tissue to dissipate. Following this "release" there is an immediate reduction of pain and tension in the involved tissue. This relaxation helps restore normal joint mobility and is also beneficial to other structures in the region that may have been compressed. This gentle and painless technique is a very effective treatment for a wide variety of orthopedic conditions such as headaches, fibromyalgia, sciatica, tendinitis, chronic neck pain, and post-surgical conditions.

Our Healthways Medical Group Physical Therapist is knowledgable and experienced in this technique. Please call for a consultation if you are interested in it.

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03
March
2015

Glucosamine Sulfate For Knee and Spinal Arthritis

Glucosamine Sulfate For Knee and Spinal Arthritis

(Taken from Medline Plus a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institute of Health)

Glucosamine sulfate is a naturally occurring chemical found in the human body.  It  is in the fluid that is around joints. Glucosamine is also found in  other places in nature.  For example, the glucosamine sulfate that is  put into dietary supplements is often harvested from the shells of  shellfish.  Glucosamine sulfate used in dietary supplements does not  always come from natural sources.  It can also be made in a laboratory.

Glucosamine sulfate is commonly used for arthritis. Scientists have  studied it extensively for this use.  It is most often used for a type  of arthritis called osteoarthritis.  This is the most common type of arthritis.

Over the years, people have tried glucosamine sulfate for a variety of  other uses. For example, it has been tried for glaucoma and for weight  loss.  But glucosamine sulfate has not been adequately studied for these uses. There is no proof that glucosamine sulfate is beneficial for  these conditions.

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11
February
2015

Therapeutic Taping for Lymphatic Drainage

Therapeutic Taping for Lymphatic Drainage

Many high profile and everyday athletes are realizing the benefits of therapeutic taping. One very useful purpose is for supporting lymphatic drainage and to reduce edema. Therapeutic taping has analgesic effects as well as benefits for decreasing inflammation and bruising.

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13
January
2015

Effect of oral L-Arginine supplementation on blood pressure : a meta-analysis of randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials

Effect of oral L-Arginine supplementation on blood pressure : a meta-analysis of randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials

A 2011 study published in the Dec 2011 edition of the American Heart Journal concluded that L-arginine, an amino acid that is gaining popularity for patients with hypertension and Erectile Dysfunction (ED) does significantly lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. The mechanism is that L-arginine promotes Nitric Oxide in the body which functions to dilate smaller arterioles in the body reducing overall blood pressure. This study was a meta-analysis of 11 other randomized, double blind placebo controlled trials involving 387 participants. This can be good news for people with hypertension and or ED looking to avoid medication and wishing to utilize a more natural treatment approach.

Am Heart J. 2011 Dec;162(6):959-65. doi: 10.1016/j.ahj.2011.09.012. Epub 2011 Nov 8.

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19
December
2014

Office Workers Gain Energy When Given Vitamin C At Work

Office Workers Gain Energy When Given Vitamin C At Work

A double-blind randomized trial on 141 healthy volunteers aged 20 to 49 years old was performed in which one group received 10 grams of vitamin C intravenously while a placebo group received saline intravenously.

Fatigue scores, oxidative stress and plasma vitamin C and side effects were all measured. Fatigue levels, at two hours and one day post supplementation, were significantly reduced in the group receiving vitamin C, especially in those whose initial vitamin C levels were particularly low. No major side effects were reported in either group. (Nutrition Journal, January 2012)

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19
December
2014

Vitamin D And K Deficiencies Are Common In Patients With Bowel Disease

Vitamin D And K Deficiencies Are Common In Patients With Bowel Disease

Bone mineral density and levels of vitamin D and K, both of which play a vital role in bone development, were measured in 87 patients that had either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. Researchers found that bone vitamin K was insufficient in patients with Crohn’s disease and the low levels contributed to the inflammatory process of Crohn’s disease. Levels of vitamin D were also lower in patients with low bone density when compared to healthy controls. (Nutrition, October 2011)

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