Multimodal Therapy for Multimechanistic Pain

To a patient, pain is pain. But to clinicians, it is important to understand the underlying pain mechanisms in order to find the appropriate modalities for pain control.1 Pain can be divided into two broad categories: physiological (nociception, inflammation) and pathological (neuropathic). Nociceptive pain occurs when there is an injury at the periphery (for example, hitting your thumb with a …

Tips for Improving Tissue Quality and Health

In the video below, Dr. Kelly Starrett discusses how tissue quality and tissue health can be improved by using the TimTam Power massager to re-perfuse tissues that may not have the blood flow or nutrients they need to be healthy. Perfusion is the passage of fluid through the circulatory system or lymphatic system to an organ or a tissue, usually referring …

Pain Specialists Awareness of Topical Analgesics and Their Use in Pain Control

Joseph V. Pergolizzi1,2*, Robert B. Raffa3, Robert Taylor4, Charles Fleischer4, Gianpietro Zampogna4, Lynn Nopper5, Frank DiLorenzo5, Clay M. Duval4, Alana N. Edun4, Jasmine Salamara5 1Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA 2Department of Pharmacology, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, USA 3Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Temple University School of Pharmacy, Philadelphia, PA, USA 4NEMA …

JAMA Study: Opioids No Better Than Nonopioids

JAMA Study: Opioids No Better Than Nonopioids in Improving Pain-Related Function, Intensity for Chronic Back Pain, Hip/Knee OA In brief: 240 patients with chronic back pain or hip or knee osteoarthritis pain were divided into 2 treatment groups: 1 group received opioids, 1 group received nonopioid medications After 12 months, researchers found no differences between the groups’ reported improvement in …

Exercise program proven to stimulate TMJ musculature… will also make you look younger

If you were to look under the layers of facial tissue, you would see bundles of thin threads. These threaded bundles of muscle are attached to your skeletal frame on one end and integrate themselves into your facial tissue along their entire extent. The support system holds your entire facial structure together and makes you look like “you.” Research has …

How does blood flow restriction training really work?

Blood flow restriction training, or BFR training, is an exercise modality that uses a manipulation of the body’s circulatory system in combination with lightweight exercise to achieve training results similar to high intensity strength training (traditional heavy weight lifting). Key advantages of the system are: Light weights = less risk of muscle strain or joint injury Light loads = less …

When it comes to Tendonitis, Inflammation Deserves a Second Thought

Back in the 1990s there was a major shift in thinking regarding chronic tendinopathies. Histologic data pointed to a lack of acute inflammatory cells in the load-bearing regions of tendons, and some studies noted collagen separation and thinning without inflammatory cell infiltrates1,2,3,4. As the thinking changed to ‘chronic tendinopathies are caused by an unknown degenerative process without inflammation,’ treatment strategies …

Dr. Stuart Tomares

Doctor of Medicine, Founder and CEO of übertherm LLC

Webinar Alert: Utilizing Directional Skin Drag to Solve Difficult Shoulder Cases

FREE Webinar Utilizing Directional Skin Drag to Solve Difficult Shoulder Cases  Featuring Mitch Hausschild, MA, ATC, CSCS The shoulder is the most complex joint in the body. Solving many cases of shoulder pain and dysfunction can prove challenging because of the delicate balance of stability, mobility and motor control that is needed to ensure proper function. In this webinar, we …

Mitch Hauschildt

Mitch Hauschildt

MA, ATC, CSCS

APTA 2018 Combined Sections Meeting recap

Dr. Kevin Wilk (right) answers questions from physical therapists after an educational workshop at the MeyerPT booth. If you were in New Orleans this year for the annual American Physical Therapy Association Combined Sections Meeting, you were a part of history. This was the largest meeting in the APTA’s history – with over 17, 000 combined in attendance! If you …

John Pecora

Dr. John Pecora

MeyerPT Vice President, Managing Editor, Communities and Education

Exacerbation of Inflammation by Aggressive Cold Therapy: Preventing Microcellular Ice Crystal Injury

Exacerbation of Inflammation by Aggressive Cold Therapy: Preventing Microcellular Ice Crystal Injury. An Alternative to Conventional R.I.C.E. Therapy Stuart Tomares, M.D. Abstract Exposure to sub-0°C temperatures has long been known to cause mammalian tissue damage and cell death (frostbite). The biological mechanisms of such injury were elucidated in the 1970s and 1980s in research into the viability of cold storage …

Dr. Stuart Tomares

Doctor of Medicine, Founder and CEO of übertherm LLC