Vineland Chiropractic Weekly Health Update August 8th

Vineland Chiropractic: Take Breaks from Smartphone Use Every 20 Minutes. Smartphones have become ubiquitous, and people seem to be interacting with their electronic devices at every opportunity. In this study, researchers asked participants to sit and use their smartphones for varying lengths of time while they measured the muscle activity in their neck and shoulders, as well as whether or not they felt any pain. They found that participants experienced significant fatigue in the muscles the neck and upper back when they used their phones for more than twenty minutes. Additionally, the longer participants used their phone, the greater their risk for developing neck and/or shoulder pain. The researchers conclude it would be appropriate to recommend taking a break every twenty minutes to allow the muscles in the neck and shoulders to relax before resuming smartphone use. Journal of Physical Therapy Science, June 2016

Exercise: Just Walk. Walking is an inexpensive and simple exercise that has been shown to offer numerous health benefits for bones, muscles, and joints. Dr. Carolyn Hettrich, a spokesperson for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reports, “Sometimes the hardest part of working out is getting started… Walking requires minimal preparation, but yields significant benefits. Establish a routine by incorporating at least 30 minutes a day for five days a week.” American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, June 2016

Vineland Chiropractic: Being Tall Can Increase Back Pain Risk. A study seeking to determine risk factors for the development of back pain among United States Marines found that those over six feet in height (>1.86 meters) had four times the risk of developing back pain when compared with Marines of shorter stature. The researchers note, “[This increased risk] may reflect that personal equipment and work tasks are not adapted for the tallest Marines.” BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, July 2016

Exercise: Exercise Training Reshapes Proteins Vital for Heart Health. Human and animal cells have a protein quality control system that refolds or destroys misfolded proteins, allowing cells to keep only the “good” (correctly folded) proteins. A new animal-based study has found that aerobic exercise improves cardiac protein quality control. This is good news as previous studies indicate that the accumulation of “bad” (or misfolded) proteins in cardiac cells increases one’s risk for heart failure. The researchers note this finding further strengthens the importance of aerobic exercise as a non-pharmacological therapy in the treatment of patients with heart failure. Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, June 2016

Vineland Chiropractic: Many Suffer from Chronic Pain in the UK. A new research review of data collected from seven published studies investigated the prevalence of chronic pain (pain lasting >3 months) among residents of the United Kingdom (UK). The researchers found 35%-51.3% of the adult population suffers from chronic pain of one form or another, with women more likely to develop a chronic pain condition than men. The findings reveal that chronic pain may affect up to half of adults, and the authors believe the figure will likely increase in line with an aging population. British Medical Journal, June 2016

Exercise: Too Much Sitting Time Is Harmful for All But Most Active Adults. Using data collected from over one-million individuals who took part in sixteen studies, an international team of researchers reports that spending three or more hours watching TV each day increases the risk of early death in all but the most active (>60-75 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per day) adults. The researchers conclude, “These results provide further evidence on the benefits of physical activity, particularly in societies where increasing numbers of people have to sit for long hours for work and may also inform future public health recommendations.” Lancet, July 2016

Vineland Chiropractic: Musculoskeletal Pain Common Among Healthcare Workers. A survey involving 1,348 healthcare employees revealed that over 52% of those polled reported musculoskeletal pain in two or more areas of the body. Further analysis showed an increased risk for pain at multiple body sites among older workers, females, and those with poor work-life balance. Work, June 2016

Exercise: Exercise as Effective as Surgery for Meniscus Tears. A study the included 140 middle-aged adults suggests that supervised exercise therapy is a viable treatment option for middle-aged patients with meniscus tears. In the study, half of the participants received arthroscopic surgery followed by daily home exercise, while the other half received supervised exercise two to three times per week for twelve weeks. Investigators assessed thigh muscle strength at three months and patient-reported knee function at two years and found no clinically relevant difference between the two groups for outcomes such as pain, function during sports and recreation, and knee-related quality of life. The authors conclude, “Our results should encourage clinicians and middle aged patients with degenerative meniscal tear and no radiographic evidence of osteoarthritis to consider supervised structured exercise therapy as a treatment option.” British Medical Journal, July 2016

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