Category Archives: Exercise

Emphasizing Physical Activity for Expectant Moms and Children

A rapidly developing evidence base demonstrates a link between academic performance and physical fitness (closely linked to physical activity) for children of all ages and socioeconomic groups. There is also an inverse association between physical fitness and reported violent and antisocial incidents in school. Physical education, games and sport for children have demonstrated positive impact on physical health,… Read More »

Sleep Problems and Risk of Chronic Pain

A new study using data from 26 896 women and men investigated the relationship between sleep problems and risk of chronic pain in the low back and neck/shoulders, and whether physical exercise and body mass index (BMI) alter this association.  Results showed that persons with sleep problems ‘sometimes’ and who exercised ≥1 hour per week had lower risk of chronic pain in the low back and neck/shoulders than inactive persons with a similar… Read More »

Chiropractic Improves Neck Pain in Seniors

Neck pain is a considerable healthcare problem for individuals of all ages. About 20% of individuals 70 years of age and older experience neck pain at least once a month. Neck pain is also associated with other health complaints and poorer self-rated health. A new study investigated the effectiveness of chiropractic care (consisting of manipulation, mobilization, light soft… Read More »

Effectiveness of Exercise vs Drugs on Mortality

Physical activity has well documented health benefits. Population studies have shown that people who exercise enjoy a higher quality of life and improved health status compared to those with sedentary behaviors. Large scale observational studies have established a clear association between exercise and reductions in mortality. Despite the evidence of effectiveness of physical activity and lifestyle on health,… Read More »

Chiropractic Manual Therapy and Hip Osteoarthritis

Hip osteoarthritis (OA) is a common joint disease and when symptomatic can have significant impact on regular daily activities. Recently, hip OA has been linked to higher mortality rates. Non-surgical interventions with documented effectiveness become essential for patients who do not need, or choose not to have surgery. A recent study investigated the effectiveness of a patient education… Read More »

Recovered from back pain?

Trunk neuromuscular alterations have been found in those with chronic low back pain, but are responses altered in those deemed recovered following an injury? Coordinated trunk muscle responses are deemed important for normal spinal function, but there are no studies of temporal patterns early after a low back injury. Recent research found that despite the perception of readiness to… Read More »

Exercise in the prevention of dementia

Dementia, a major cause of disability and institutionalization in older people, poses a serious threat to public health and to the social and economic development of modern society. Effective pharmaceutical treatment of dementia is currently unavailable. However, evidence suggests that increases in physical activity may prevent dementia and can reduce the risk of cognitive impairment in old age.… Read More »

Vigorous Exercise and Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a common, disabling, neurodegenerative condition, and the disease prevalence is expected to increase worldwide in the next few decades. A major focus of PD research has been on “disease-modifying” or “neuroprotective” agents to slow PD progression. No drugs to date unequivocally have that property. However, accumulating evidence, albeit indirect, suggests that ongoing vigorous exercise… Read More »

Why Exercise Works Magic

Routine physical activity of moderate or vigorous intensity substantially reduces the risk of dying from heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer and other ills. Scientists have recently identified numerous previously unknown ways in which habitual exercise can reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, can help control diabetes and can even facilitate learning. Prolonged sitting may, however, cancel some of… Read More »