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Archive for the 'Pain-Shoulder' Category

Acupuncture: Effective to treat chronic pain

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Although it’s widely used for chronic pain, there’s controversy as to its value.

Now, researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, in New York City, reviewed the evidence in 4 chronic pain conditions. (more…)

Review: Acupuncture to treat pain

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Prof. Ernst and a colleague reviewed previous Cochrane reviews. (more…)

TENS to treat latent myofascial trigger points

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

Myofascial trigger points may cause joint pain, headaches, and other kinds of pain so severe that it doesn’t respond well to painkillers.

Researchers at CEU-San Pablo University, in Madrid, Spain, assessed the response to burst application of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). (more…)

TENS to treat trapezius muscle trigger points

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

The trapezius muscle contains trigger points (hyperirritable spots). Referred pain from these trigger points frequently cause patients to seek treatment.

Researchers at Anglo-European College of Chiropractic, in Bournemouth, UK, studied the immediate effect of electric point stimulation (TENS). (more…)

Feldenkrais as group treatment for chronic pain

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Researchers at Umea University, in Sweden, report on the experiences of people with chronic pain after Feldenkrais group intervention. (more…)

Tai chi in female computer users

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Workplace computer use has been linked to musculoskeletal disorders, a leading cause of work disability and productivity losses in industrialized nations.

Researchers from York University, in Toronto, Ontario studied tai chi as a workplace physical exercise for health promotion. (more…)


Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Type “naprapathy” into Google and — you guessed it, — you’re asked, Did you mean: Naturopathy?

No…I meant N A P R A P A T H Y ? the stealthy CAM.


Treating rotator cuff pain with exercise

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

shoulder-painRadial extracorporeal shockwave treatment was compared to supervised exercises by researchers at Ullevaal University Hospital, in Oslo, Norway. (more…)

Cupping in patients with carpal tunnel syndrome

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Cupping is a treatment in which evacuated cups are applied to the skin to draw blood through the surface.

Researchers from Immanuel Hospital Berlin, in Germany reported the response to this traditional method of treating musculoskeletal pain. (more…)

Using Gausha to treat musculoskeletal pain

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Guasha (aka Gha Sha) is used in Chinese medicine to control pain. It uses tools to scrape or rub the surface of the body to relieve blood (Xue) stagnation (video here).

Researchers from the Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine, in Daejeon, South Korea reviewed the supporting evidence. (more…)

Acupuncture plus physiotherapy for painful shoulder

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Researchers in Spain evaluated single-point acupuncture as an adjunct to physiotherapy to improve shoulder function in patients with unilateral subacromial syndrome. (more…)

Massage for chronic pain not related to cancer

Friday, December 5th, 2008

Dr. Jennie Tsao from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in California has reviewed the evidence and concludes it depends on the type of pain being treated. (more…)

Caution: neck rolls and stretches during yoga

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Writing in Yoga Journal, Julie Gudmestad says, “There are 2 concerns to keep in mind when working with neck positioning in yoga.”

Here’s the “what” and “why” of it. (more…)

Indian Head Massage: aka Champissage

Friday, September 7th, 2007

Let’s start by stating that neither of the above terms — Indian Head Massage, nor the trademarked term Champissage — results in an article on PubMed.

So, what’s it good for? (more…)

Prolotherapy and low-back pain

Saturday, July 14th, 2007

When combined with spinal manipulation, exercise, and other co-interventions, prolotherapy may improve chronic low-back pain and disability.

Think of it as complementary therapy for complementary therapy. (more…)