According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke , about 80 percent of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetime.
It’s the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed work days. Back pain can be quite severe in the acute phase, and when it becomes chronic it can alter the quality of your life and be quite resistant to therapy. A new study suggests that Pilates can improve disability, pain, flexibility and balance in patients who suffer with low back pain.
What is Pilates?
Pilates is one exercise approach that consists of low-impact movements that incorporate flexibility, muscular strength and balance. These exercises can be performed on a bed-like machine (reformer) which has a series of springs and pulleys attached to a moving carriage (in some cases you will be in a standing position and other times you will be lying on your back), or you can perform ...
Life can be a pain in the groin. You hear about groin pain all the time if you watch enough football, baseball and basketball. But, you do not have to be an athlete to experience a pain in the area where the abdomen meets the legs. Actually, it is quite easy to understand why so many people experience groin pain at some point in life because so much is happening in that region of the body. Many different muscles attach in that area. The major bones of the spine, pelvis, and legs join in that area. And some very important internal organs lie nearby as well. With so much that can go wrong, it is no wonder why life can be a pain in the groin.
By far and away, the most common cause of groin pain is muscular. Did you ever wonder why a big 300 pound lineman could hit the ground and wince like a baby due to a groin injury? Hey, those muscles really can hurt. One muscle is the Iliopsoas which flexes the hip. Because of its deep position along the spine before it attaches in the groin, ...
In this paper researchers try to explain why treatment aimed at psychosocial factors did not have better results than usual care for low back pain (LBP) patients. Other studies have already shown there is an effect of psychosocial factors on LBP. It makes sense to think treatment aimed at those factors should be helpful. The results of their first study published earlier in 2005 were a surprise. They were certain a psychosocial approach would make a difference but it didn't. Taking a look at why this might be so, the scientists suggest four areas: Physicians' attitude Physicians' behavior Patient satisfaction Patient compliance Doctors’ attitudes may be one way to explain the results. They found that the training session for the doctors helped steer them away from a biomedical model of LBP. However it didn't move them toward a behavior model as planned.
Doctors’ behavior was another possible problem. Doctors didn't always follow the researchers' plan. For example patients in the psychos...
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