242014Feb

NECK PAIN MUSCLE COMPOSITION CHANGE

A recent Australian study following up on previous study of MRI scans of cervical spine musculature in people suffering from whiplash related neck pain (as well as other causes of neck pain) showed significant alteration in neck muscles.  Atrophy, or wasting, of neck muscles was far more evident in patients suffering from chronic pain related to…

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232014Feb

EXPECTATION OF RECOVERY FROM LOW BACK PAIN

In a study published in the highly reputable journal “Spine” in January 2013 over 1000 participants completed questionnaires at their first consultation when they first saw a doctor for low back pain. Nearly 80% were followed up three months later.Very significantly, it was noted that patients’ expectations of recovery at the first consultation were strongly…

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122013Dec

Exercise

Here is some interesting information from an article “Are older Adults with Chronic Musculoskeletal pain less active than Older Adults with pain?” Pain Medicine Journal 2013 Older Adults with Chronic Pain are consistently profoundly less active than their peers without chronic pain. Less activity is associated with a number of negative effects including a less…

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262013Nov

Is Sitting down all day bad for you?

Sitting is it all that bad for you? Here are some snippets from a really interesting item that appeared in The Canberra Times last week: Research shows our lifestyles are now killing us earlier, via heart disease and diabetes. This research shows that’s people who are spending higher amounts of time sitting have an increased…

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142013Nov

A Case for Gender Specific Treatments

A Case For Gender-Specific Pain Treatments examining structural and functional differences in male and female pain wiring in the brain and spinal cord goes some of the way to explain some sex differences. So, female brains are different in some ways to male brains and female pain wiring is slightly different to that of men….

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162013Oct

Living with your Pain

Our lifestyle and our culture mean that many of us feel stressed and like we have no time for ourselves. In addition to the usual stresses of work, family and life, people suffering from chronic pain may also have stress from their pain, medical appointments and procedures, insurance and funding agencies and the court system….

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