29 Dec

STRENGTHENING FOR ANKLE SPRAINS

Eccentric exercise restored the strength of the injured evertor muscles in study participants with their 1st ankle sprain while engaged in sports activity, say authors of an article published in the April issue (Vol 2 Issue 2) of Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports. These results show the value of the exercise, especially…

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29 Dec

STICK WITH YOUR HOME EXERCISE PROGRAM!

Better adherence to recommended home exercises as well as being more physically active improves the long-term effectiveness of exercise therapy in patients with osteoarthritis (OA) of the hip and/or knee, say researchers in an article published in the August issue of Arthritis Care and Research. Both within and after the treatment period better adherence is…

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29 Dec

METABOLIC SYNDROME ON THE RISE

A new study finds that 34% of US adults in government health surveys conducted between 1999 and 2006 had metabolic syndrome, up from 29% in similar surveys done between 1988 and 1994, says an article by Reuters Health based on a study in Diabetes Care. The syndrome is a collection of risk factors for type 2…

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29 Dec

FOR DIABETICS: AEROBIC EXERCISE & WEIGHT TRAINING

People with diabetes should mix aerobics with weight training to get the best results in lowering blood sugar, a new study suggests. The combination worked best for weight loss too, compared to aerobics or weight training alone. The results of a recent study in JAMA [the Journal of the American Medical Association] suggest that aerobic…

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29 Dec

IMPROVING YOUR RUNNING PERFORMANCE WITH GAIT ANALYSIS

Gait Analysis has long been used in medical settings to help people with movement disorders. Patients with cerebral palsy have learned to move more efficiently and with more stability after gait analysis. Today, casual joggers and walkers are using the same technique to find the right footwear, to prevent injury, and to assess chronic injuries…

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29 Dec

STRENGTH TRAINING REDUCES PHYSICAL DISABILITY

Progressive resistance strength training appears to be an effective intervention to reduce physical disability in older adults, say authors of research published in the January 2011 issue of Disability and Rehabilitation. To maximize the effect, the authors suggest therapists use responsive outcome measures and multi-component intervention approach. 2 reviewers independently researched data. The trial inclusion…

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29 Dec

I WANT TO GARDEN BUT MY BODY WON’T LET ME!

Spring is finally hear, after a very long winter. Most people start thinking about gardening – what flowers to plant, which vegetables to buy this year, which shrubs need pruning? Some people are more passionate about it and get antsy thinking about digging in the dirt…er…soil. But if you have – arthritis in your hands…

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29 Dec

MASSAGE THERAPY BENEFITS

Research was performed on 53 healthy adults. Volunteers who received a 45-minute Swedish massage experienced significant decreases in the stress hormone cortisol in both blood and saliva; there also was a decrease in arginine vasopressin, a hormone that is a precursor to cortisol. To schedule your massage therapy appointment, call the Killingly office of ECRC-PT…

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29 Dec

EXERCISES IMPROVE FUNCTION

Researchers at the Queen’s University, Kingsland, Ontario, Canada, and Columbia University, New York, conducted a randomized clinical trial involving 136 sedentary older adults who were abdominally obese, meaning they had a waist circumference of at least 40″ for men or 35″ for women. For 6 months, participants were randomly assigned to one of 4 groups:…

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29 Dec

TIPS FOR BABY BOOMERS TO DEAL WITH ACHES AND PAINS

As baby boomers age, more of them are facing the aches and pains that often come with arthritis or chronic joint pain. It is estimated 66 million, or nearly one in three adults, live with chronic joint pain. Baby boomers are at prime risk for the disease. Sandeep Varma, MD, rheumatologist in Norwich, CT, said…

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