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New Breakthrough in Treatment for Fibromyalgia

Posted by Arnold Fomo on

Hyperbaric oxygen chambers expose patients to pure oxygen at a higher-than-atmospheric pressure.   New research from Rice University and Institutes in Israel shows that women who suffer from fibromyalgia could benefit from a treatment regimen in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber. Researchers at the Sagol Center for Hyperbaric Medicine and Research at the Assaf Harofeh Medical Center and Tel Aviv University were studying post-traumatic brain injury patients when they realized hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT) could help patients with fibromyalgia. This led to a clinical trial involving women diagnosed with fibromyalgia in which the painful condition improved in every one of the...

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Stretching - Sensory Theory

Posted by Arnold Fomo on

There is compelling research in the field of stretching that has direct relevance to a ‘Neuroplastic trigger point theory’.     We all know that stretching makes us feel better BUT the research into stretching is fraught with complexity. For example, where is the end point for stretching? Pain? End point restriction? In 2010 Weppler explored the research base for stretching and presented the notion of a ‘Sensory Theory’ for Increasing Muscle Extensibility. “In the early 1990s, several researchers put mechanical stretching theories to the test by assessing the biomechanical effects of stretching. By including the dimension of tension in muscle...

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Understanding Trigger Points - Embryological Development of Fascia

Posted by Simeon Niel Asher on

An overview of the embryological origin of connective tissues may provide some insights into the formation and location of trigger points. Trigger points tend to manifest within the epimysium according to myofascial strain patterns, which start to develop very early on in the developing embryo, and may also be related to fetal alignment in the womb. These strain patterns develop as we mature from childhood to adulthood and are influenced by, for example, posture, weight gain, and mechanical injury. Fascia supports organs, wraps around muscles, and condenses to form ligaments, aponeuroses, and even bone when infiltrated by calcium salts. By...

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NAT - Frozen Shoulder Case History

Posted by Simeon Niel Asher on

  Thanks to Dr. Bates and NAT, I got my life back... Traditional approaches to the frozen shoulder either address the inflammation (steroid tablets, steroid injections and hydrodilatation) or the stiffness (physical therapy, exercise therapy and surgical manipulation). Some therapists will attempt to improve the range of motion by forcing the shoulder through the blockage; this in our opinion can make the condition considerably worse. How does NAT work?NAT works differently. We keep the arm still whilst we apply a sequence of pressure points to specific tissues. The treatment can still be painful, especially in the early freezing phase, but it...

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Trigger Point Therapy - Common Shoulder Treatment Sequence

Posted by Arnold Fomo on

Shoulder problems affect 25% of the population. Trigger point therapy can be very effective for treating a range of shoulder pain issues. There are well documented protocols for treating rotator cuff tendinopathy, tendonitis, bursitis, and frozen shoulder syndrome. Here I present a basic shoulder protocol, which should yield good results in terms of helping to alleviate symptoms for many common shoulder problems.   STEP 1: Study the anatomy and direction of the muscle fibers.             STEP 2: Sitting ICT to:   Supraspinatus     Upper Trapezius   Step 3: Massage area generously    STEP 4: Side-lying ICT to:   Deltoid—stroking...

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