Neuromuscular Trigger Point Massage in Manhattan Beach: Massage Improves Vascular Health; Relieves Pain
Nina Cherie Franklin, a University of Illinois at Chicago postdoctoral fellow in physical therapy, lead a study of the effects of massage on the body. Volunteers were broken into three groups: one that did strenuous leg exercises and received no treatment, one that did the exercises and received massage therapy, and one that did no exercise but received massage therapy anyway. One set of results was expected: the exercise+massage group reported no soreness 90 minutes after the massage, and the exercise-only group was still reporting soreness a full day later. But more impressive was the other result: all three groups had their blood flow measured, and the exercise-only group had reduced blood flow up to 72 hours later — but both of the other groups had improved blood flow 72 hours after their massage. This means that patients with impaired vascular function and/or limited mobility may benefit significantly from regular massage therapy. If you want to get lasting relief from back pain, neck pain, sciatica, and more, then call and book neuromuscular massage today!
Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, April 2014
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Manhattan Beach Pain Management: Metabolic Syndrome Common Among Workers with Back Pain.
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that includes high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels that occur together, increasing one’s risk for diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. A recent study involving 656 healthcare workers who experienced an episode of lower back pain in the previous year found that those with metabolic syndrome reported higher levels of disability related to their back pain. The findings suggest that addressing metabolic syndrome may be an effective way to reduce disability due to low back pain. Call today for your pain management needs.
International Journal of Occupation of Medical Environmental Health, November 2017
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Mental Attitude Manhattan Beach: Spanking May Heighten Adult Mental Health Issues.
The results of a new survey suggest that individuals who were spanked as children face a greater risk for certain mental health problems later in life. The survey, which included over 8,300 adults, revealed that 55% were spanked during childhood at least a few times each year. Those who were spanked were 37% more likely to have attempted suicide and about 30% more likely to have abused drugs during their lives. The findings add to previous research showing both the physical and mental health dangers of this form of discipline. Researcher Dr. Andrew Grogan-Kaylor adds, “And there’s almost no literature suggesting spanking has positive effects.”
Child Abuse & Neglect, September 2017
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Health Alert: Belly Fat Increases Emergency Surgery Issues.
An analysis of the health records of 600 patients who had emergency surgery showed that those with excess belly fat were five-times more likely to experience complications and eight-times more likely to die than slimmer patients. The findings are important, as two thirds of Americans are currently overweight or obese.
American College of Surgeons, October 2017
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Diet: Western Diet May Increase Risk of Diabetes.
In a recent study involving rodents, researchers observed that a high-fat diet could cause blood vessel damage and increased blood pressure—symptoms common in diabetics—within a short period of time. Researcher Dr. Maria Alicia Carrillo Sepulveda writes, “Our findings suggest that short-term exposure to the western diet can put individuals at risk for developing vascular damage long before the tell-tale signs of diabetes are present. This may explain why some diabetics who successfully manage their blood glucose still experience other cardiovascular diseases, like hypertension, even while receiving treatment.”
New York Institute of Technology, October 2017
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Exercise in Manhattan Beach: Aerobic Exercise May Benefit OCD Patients.
Patients under care for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) who participated in a twelve-week supervised aerobic exercise program achieved greater improvements in regards to OCD symptom severity, depression, and anxiety than patients who simply attended health education classes. The authors of the study conclude, “The results of this preliminary study suggest that exercise and health-focused interventions may be beneficial adjuncts to existing OCD treatment.”
General Hospital Psychiatry, November 2017
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Wellness/Prevention: Healthier Lifestyle May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk in Women with Higher Genetic Risk.
Previous research indicates that women with the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations have an elevated risk for developing breast cancer. A pilot study involving 68 BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation carriers indicates that the incidence of breast cancer is lower among those who regularly exercise and refrain from smoking. The research team recommends a larger scale study to confirm their findings.
Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics, December 2017
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