Magnesium deficiency and its potential link to Inflammation

The study below briefly discusses the importance of having the right levels of magnesium and the potential systemic health concerns of being deficient for yourself and for your patients. Also, did you know that Epsom salt is made up of magnesium sulfate? Read below . . . Dietary magnesium and C-reactive protein levels. King DE, Mainous AG 3rd, Geesey ME, Woolson RF Department …

John Pecora

Dr. John Pecora

MeyerPT Vice President, Managing Editor, Communities and Education

Why are strength gains stability-specific? Part 4

In Part 3  of this series, we touched on magnitude of external load affecting stability-specific strength gains. Here in Part 4, we’ll discuss if the need to balance causes stability-specific strength gains. Does the need to balance affect stability-specific strength gains? When using machines to perform an exercise, the balance challenge involved is smaller than when using free weights to perform a very similar exercise. Similarly, …

Chris Beardsley

Christopher Beardsley

Director of Strength and Conditioning Research

A Smarter, More Powerful Way to Address Chronic Pain

As part of our mission to improve health through technology, we’re happy to introduce Quell 2.0, our latest breakthrough for the treatment of chronic pain. Taking our FDA cleared, 100% drug-free neurotechnology to a new level, Quell 2.0 is smarter, more powerful and 50% smaller than our first generation Quell. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuUUX8RA0rQ Since first launching Quell in 2015, over 170,000 people living …

Beyond Opioids: How Physical Therapy Can Transform Pain Management to Improve Health

APTA isn’t a newcomer to the opioid fight. The association’s involvement dates back to late 2015 and includes the #ChoosePT public awareness campaign. The white paper below is a comprehensive summary of the problem and APTA’s recommendations to address it. “Moving forward, the health care system must reexamine its approach to pain, including how causal factors are identified, what tools …

Recorded Webinar: Elite Athletes to the Everyday Patient: Treatment and Manual Therapy Tips from World Surf League Medical Director Dr. Tim Brown

From Elite Athletes to the Everyday Patient/Client Treatment and Training Tips from World Surf League Medical Director Dr. Tim Brown When: Thursday, September 20, 2:00 pm ET DESCRIPTION: Original Medical Director of the Pro Beach Volleyball Tour (AVP) and the current Co-Medical Director of the Pro Surf Tour (ASP/WSL) Dr. Tim Brown will discuss tips, tools and what he’s learned …

Dr. Tim Brown

Dr. Tim Brown

Co-Medical Director for the World Surf League (formerly the ASP)

Circadian Rhythms and Your Immune System, Part 2

Part 1 of this article was posted on Sept. 11. http://news.meyerpt.com/physical-therapists/for-your-patients/circadian-rhythms-immune-system-part-1/ We discussed cortisol production and its relationship to Circadian Rhythms. In Part 2 we’ll discuss Inflammation … Noon to 5 p.m. – The Rise of Inflammation The afternoon hours see a steady decline in cortisol along with the most intense hours of sunlight (Vitamin D). Research tells us it …

Circadian Rhythms and Your Immune System- Part 1

Circadian Rhythms and Your Immune System Why is there an increased risk of colon cancer the farther we live from the equator? (Bostick 2015, Dimitrov and White 2016) What is the connection between chronic insomnia and joint disease? Without ignoring environment (stress, diet, air quality) to account for chronic degenerative diseases, we often overlook the body’s daily rhythm of “break-clean-repair,” …

Psychological Measures for Return to Play Following ACLR, Part 3

Psychological Measures for Return to Play Following ACLR, Part 3 In this series we’ve been talking about kinesiophobia (fear of movement) and specifically how this is related to an increase in re-injury risk with athletes returning to play. In the last post, we provided a case study with an athlete who was being assessed for return to sport-specific testing. 19 …

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Dr. Trent Nessler

MPT, DPT, Founder/Developer the Athletic Movement Index™ and Developer TheraBand CLX ACL Kit

A Case for Cupping – Effectiveness of Cupping Therapy on Relieving Chronic Neck and Shoulder Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Below is a great RCT out of Hualien City, Taiwan, on the Effectiveness of Cupping. It was conducted in a nursing research laboratory at the Tzu Chi University of Science and Technology. Lee-Mei Chi, 1 , 2 Li-Mei Lin, 3 Chien-Lin Chen, 4 , 5 Shu-Fang Wang, 6 Hui-Ling Lai, 7 and Tai-Chu Peng 1 , 7 , * Evid …

Sue Falsone PT

Sue Falsone

PT, MS, SCS, ATC, CSCS, COMT, first female head athletic trainer in any of the four major sports in the US

Topical Menthol Gel versus a Placebo Gel on Post-manipulation Pain and Range of Motion in Patients with Mechanical Neck Pain

Topical Menthol Gel versus a Placebo Gel on Post-manipulation Pain and Range of Motion in Patients with Mechanical Neck Pain Robert Topp, Kara Solem, Jena Etnoyer-Slaski, and Barton Bishop Journal of Performance Health Research Volume 1, Issue 2. Pages 40–47DOI: 10.25036/jphr.2017.1.2.topp.2 © 2017 Performance Health www.performancehealthresearch.com OBSERVATIONAL COHORT Purpose: The purpose of this study is to determine whether patients with …