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  • Exercises after Achilles tendon reconstruction: an EMG-based progression

    October 13, 2011

    Post-operative rehabilitation depends on 3 people: the surgeon, the patient, and the therapist. Obviously, the surgeon must be technically proficient, the patient must be compliant, and the therapist must promote healing without damaging the surgical repair.  Orthopedic surgeons often have therapists follow specific rehabilitation protocols, usually based on tissue-healing timeframes. Prescribing therapeutic exercise at the […]

  • Cervicogenic Headache Treatment: What’s the Evidence?

    October 11, 2011

    How many of your patients with neck pain suffer from headaches as well, or vice-versa? Cervicogenic headaches are characterized by unilateral headache radiating from the posterior to anterior head, unilateral upper cervical pain and facet “locking,” which is often aggravated by sustained neck positions.  Cervicogenic headaches are thought to result from a convergence of sensory […]

  • Does the new Thera-Band Stretch Strap increase flexibility?

    October 10, 2011

    Stretching interventions are important to restore normal muscle length and joint range of motion (ROM). Contract-relax stretching has been shown more effective than static stretching to increase muscle flexibility. PNF-style contract-relax stretching requires a partner to provide resistance for a pre-stretch contraction, followed by passive movement into the newly acquired ROM. Stretching straps are sometimes […]

  • Does Biofreeze reduce hand pain in massage?

    October 6, 2011

    Biofreeze® topical analgesic has been shown to reduce pain in patients with neck pain, low back pain, and knee osteoarthritis. Massage therapists often use Biofreeze with massage. According to Dr. Tiffany Field at the University of Miami, hand massage reduces pain and increases grip strength. Dr. Field wanted to know if applying Biofreeze after hand […]

  • Biofreeze reduces pain and improves function in knee osteoarthritis patients compared to placebo

    October 4, 2011

    Dr. Robert Topp at Marquette University has published several studies on the mechanisms of Biofreeze® topical analgesic, as well as exercise interventions using Thera-Band resistance in knee osteoarthritis patients. At TRAC 2011, Dr. Topp presented research on the efficacy of Biofreeze in 20 patients with knee osteoarthritis. The patients had either Biofreeze or a placebo […]

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