Browsing Archive: June, 2014

Shoulder pain: An evidence based treatment approach for impingement, rotator cuff tears and bursitis.

Posted by Scott White on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, In : Shoulder Pain 

MRI’s and the diagnosis process:

Tears and bursitis:

Firstly, the evidence is clear that no obvious causative link exists between rotator cuff tears, both full thickness and partial thickness, and shoulder pain symptoms. This has been borne out by multiple studies:

In one study, of 212 asymptomatic individuals, MRI confirmed a complete rupture of the supraspinatus tendon in 90% of patients. All patients reported no functional deficits (Schibany 2004).

In Sher et al’s (1995) study, the...

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The integration of yoga and physiotherapy

Posted by Scott White on Saturday, June 7, 2014, In : Persistent Pain 

The physiotherapy profession has undergone a paradigmatic shift in recent years.  In response to mounting research evidence that psychosocial issues cannot be disentangled from biomechanical factors, a conceptual ‘biopsychosocial’ model has been developed [1].  

The current research suggests that better patient outcomes are achieved when a broader view of a patients symptoms is used to contextualise the patient therapist interaction [1].

Subsequently, the emerging research has encourage...

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Yoga: An evidence-based therapy

Posted by Scott White on Monday, June 2, 2014, In : Stress 

Yoga is used for the treatment of cancer patients to decrease depression, insomnia, pain, and fatigue and increase anxiety control.[1] 

Yoga's ability to improve cognitive functions and reduce stress makes it appealing in the treatment of schizophrenia, because of its association with cognitive deficits and stress related relapse. In one study, at the end of 4 months those patients treated with yoga were better in their social and occupational functions and quality of life.[2]

Overall, studies ...

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Yoga Practitioners Exhibit Greater Gray Matter Volume and Fewer Reported Cognitive Failures

Posted by Scott White on Sunday, June 1, 2014, In : Neurological Disorders 

A 2012 study identified significant differences in gray matter volume and self-reported cognitive failures between hatha yoga practitioners and a sample of well-matched controls such that yoga practitioners exhibited volumetrically larger brain structures and fewer lapses in executive function in daily life[1]. 

Structural differences were particularly evident in brain regions subserving higher-order control of cognitive and motor responses.

Concomitantly, the extent to which the yoga and contr...

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