Browsing Archive: March, 2015

**Yoga and Self Inquiry; Health Outcomes of Introspection**

Posted by Scott White on Monday, March 2, 2015, In : Mindfulness 


Mindful exercise is defined as physical exercise executed with a profound inwardly directed mental focus.

This focus allows postures to be performed with a meditative, proprioceptive, sensory awareness component.

The term mindful may be best described in several ways as: Self inquiry to gain knowledge to answer questions on self- control and understanding, or maintaining moment-to-moment awareness.

The inwardly directed attention in mindful exercise is performed with specific attention to breath...


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*Yoga May Benefit Heart as Much as Aerobic Exercise*

Posted by Scott White on Monday, March 2, 2015, In : Other 


New research reveals that the ancient mind-body practice of yoga may provide the same benefits for your heart as traditional types of aerobic exercise, such as biking or brisk walking.

The similarity of yoga and exercise’s effect on cardiovascular risk factors, according to the researchers, “suggest that there could be comparable working mechanisms, with some possible physiological aerobic benefits occurring with yoga practice, and some stress-reducing, relaxation effect occurring with aer...


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Fibromyalgia Bends To Yoga

Posted by Scott White on Monday, March 2, 2015, In : Persistent Pain 


Key Points from the article below:

1. Clinicians should explain to interested patients that yoga may take away some of the debilitating symptoms of fibromyalgia.

2.Women who practiced yoga had greater improvements in symptoms and functioning, including: pain, fatigue, mood, pain catastrophizing, acceptance, and other coping strategies.



See: http://www.medpagetoday.com/PainManagement/Fibromyalgia/22733



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Yoga Mindfulness Explained:

Posted by Scott White on Monday, March 2, 2015, In : Mindfulness 


Hatha Yoga is a form of Yoga that employs a number of different body positions. These postures are held in place for a period of time before moving to the next while utilizing a specific breathing technique.

Movement is slow, and focus is placed on the body and how the body reacts to different postures. Practitioners scan their bodies to become aware of stiff muscles, which they can then loosen until the posture is correctly attained. The abdominal breathing technique and focus of awareness on...


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Yoga and High Level Balance: Children and Adults

Posted by Scott White on Monday, March 2, 2015, In : Other 


Adults:

Muscle weakness and impaired balance are risk factors underlying many falls and fall related injuries experienced by older people [1]. Recent studies have demonstrated the capacity for individualised yoga to reduce age-related balance decline and reduce fall-related injuries.

A 2014 systematic review found that yoga practice can:

>Enhance balance and postural control, based on objective assessment

> Reduce the incidence of balance-related falls

> Reduce fear of falling

This supports other r...


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**Treatment and Prevention of Headaches**

Posted by Scott White on Monday, March 2, 2015, In : Persistent Pain 


Nonpharmologic Management:

Educating patients about headache and its management, identifying and managing triggers (via diaries), modifying lifestyles, and understanding the importance of adopting and adhering to interventions are relevant to all persons with headache.

Strong candidates for nonpharmacologic treatment include individuals with significant headache-related disability, comorbid mood or anxiety disorders, difficulty managing stress or other triggers, medication overuse, and patients...


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Screening and management of idiopathic scoliosis

Posted by Scott White on Monday, March 2, 2015, In : Other 


>Screening<:

Don’t screen adolescents for scoliosis.

There is no good evidence that screening asymptomatic adolescents detects idiopathic scoliosis at an earlier stage than detection without screening [1], [2]. The potential harms of screening and treating adolescents include unnecessary follow-up visits and evaluations due to false positive test results and psychological adverse effects [1], [2].

>Management<:

Yoga and movement re-education for the treatment of idiopathic scoliosis has been sh...


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Plantar Fasciitis Management

Posted by Scott White on Monday, March 2, 2015, In : Persistent Pain 


**Two things physiotherapists and patients should know**

>>Plantar Fasciitis Management<<

1. Don’t recommend surgery to patients for plantar fasciitis before trying six months of non-operative care.

With six months of consistent, non-operative, exercise based treatment, plantar fasciitis will resolve up to 97% of the time. Surgery has a much lower rate of success and has the added possibility of post-operative complications.

2. Don’t routinely recommend X-ray for diagnosis of plantar fasciiti...


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Treating osteoarthritis of the knee

Posted by Scott White on Monday, March 2, 2015, In : Osteoarthritis 

**Popular supplements don’t work**


Many people with osteoarthritis have knee pain. They often try over-the-counter treatments to help the pain, and to avoid knee surgery.

The supplements, glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, are very popular. In 2012, Americans spent $813 million on these supplements, according to the Nutrition Business Journal.

Knee osteoarthritis begins with breakdown of articular joint cartilage. This is the tough flexible tissue that covers the ends of the knee and other j...


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Choosing Physiotherapy Treatment Wisely

Posted by Scott White on Monday, March 2, 2015, In : Persistent Pain 


**Two things physiotherapists and patients should know**

1. Do not employ passive physical agents for chronic pain conditions. Instead, encourage participation in an active treatment program:

There is limited evidence for use of passive physical agents to obtain clinically important outcomes for musculoskeletal conditions.

A carefully designed active treatment plan has a greater impact on pain, mobility, function and quality of life.

While there is some evidence of short-term pain relief for cert...


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What is mind-body exercise? Explanation and evidence:

Posted by Scott White on Monday, March 2, 2015, In : Mindfulness 


Mind-body exercise couples muscular activity with an internally directed focus so that the participant produces a temporary self-contemplative mental state.

This internal focus is in contrast to conventional body-centered aerobic and muscular fitness exercise in which there is little or no mindful component.

Research on mind-body exercise programs such as yoga and reveal they have significant mental and physical value.

There also are numerous primary and secondary preventive indications for card...


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