Browsing Archive: September, 2014

“Exercise is Neuroprotective- Inactivity is Neurodegenerative” [The evidence for prevention and treatment of Parkinson’s Disorder]

Posted by Scott White on Saturday, September 27, 2014, In : Neurological Disorders 

For many years, exercise was not a recommended rehabilitation strategy for persons with a diagnosis of idiopathic Parkinson’s disease (PD) [1]. Since it was believed that exercise had no measurable effect on PD, or might worsen the underlying pathology, it was to be avoided.

However, a rich vein of research now indicates that non-pharmological approaches- (exercise based physiotherapy), have a far greater effect on the cardinal features of PD than previously believed [2], [3], [4].


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Yoga and physiotherapy research:

Posted by Scott White on Sunday, September 21, 2014, In : Persistent Pain 

1. Pain Relief

Among people with chronic low back pain, doing yoga for just 12 weeks led to greater improvements in back function than usual care, [1] and yoga for 6 months has been linked to significantly less disability, pain, and associated depression. It’s not only back pain that stands to benefit, either.

Yoga has been found to benefit many types of pain, including that from fibromyalgia [2], arthritis [3], joint pain [4], and neck pain [5].

2. Anxiety and Depression

- Yoga may be an alter...

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Yoga improves dietary choices:

Posted by Scott White on Sunday, September 21, 2014, In : Mindfulness 

Researchers from the University of Washington found that regular yoga practice is associated with mindful eating, an awareness of physical and emotional sensations associated with eating. By facilitating breath awareness, yoga practice allowed individuals studied to improve emotional regulation associated with food cravings. Yoga practice was associated with reduced body mass index and improved dietary habits. 


1.) Framson, C., Kristal, A. R., Schenk, J. M., Littman, A. J., Zeliadt, ...

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What is the evidence for exercise therapy?

Posted by Scott White on Sunday, September 21, 2014, In : Persistent Pain 

A recent study examined 104 systematic reviews. The study concluded that exercise therapy is effective for a wide range of chronic disorders, including:

- Knee osteoarthritis
- Low back pain
- Cystic fibrosis
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
- Intermittent claudication
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Hip osteoarthritis
- Parkinson's disease
- Patients who have suffered a stroke

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