Abstract of The Week: Effects of stretching exercises for posture correction

With my 20th PT Class Reunion coming up this year, I’ve been feeling a little nostalgic—reflecting on the good old days of Gross Anatomy lab, the camaraderie with classmates, and an abundance of time dedicated to establishing a foundation in physical therapy. One of the fundamentals we learned, of course, was how to assess correct posture. We… Continue reading Abstract of The Week: Effects of stretching exercises for posture correction

Abstract of the Week: Turning a Negative Into a Positive

Abstract of The Week: Negative Neurodynamic Tests Do Not Exclude Neural Dysfunction in Patients With Entrapment Neuropathies by Larissa T. Baselgia, MSca, David L. Bennett, PhDb, Robert M. Silbiger, MScc, and Annina B. Schmid, PhDb. We chose this abstract to highlight this week because ULTT are commonplace in clinical practice. As with all tests, sound clinical reasoning is imperative… Continue reading Abstract of the Week: Turning a Negative Into a Positive

Abstract of The Week: The effect of direction specific thoracic spine manipulation on the cervical spine: a randomized controlled trial

Admittedly, we didn’t have to search too hard to find this particular Abstract of the Week, as its authors include NAIOMT faculty. Thus, it goes without saying that we find this an important topic to research, read about and discuss. The effect of direction specific thoracic spine manipulation on the cervical spine: a randomized controlled trial by Steve Karas,… Continue reading Abstract of The Week: The effect of direction specific thoracic spine manipulation on the cervical spine: a randomized controlled trial

Abstract of the Week: The effects of a standardized belly dance program on perceived pain, disability, and function in women with chronic low back pain.

Alright, this week’s abstract isn’t your average study. And while I know that an “N” of one does not hold a lot of statistical power, I still think this one warrants a quick read. Why? Let me tell you. For one, how could you resist reading an article discussing the influence of belly dancing on decreasing chronic… Continue reading Abstract of the Week: The effects of a standardized belly dance program on perceived pain, disability, and function in women with chronic low back pain.

Abstract of The Week: The influence of weather on the risk of pain exacerbation in patients with knee osteoarthritis

Living here in Colorado I hear a lot of predictions regarding the weather based upon how a person’s joints feel on any particular day.  Patients will come in and tell me that it is going to rain/snow because their joints are “acting up.” Do you have a similar experience with your patients? If so, how… Continue reading Abstract of The Week: The influence of weather on the risk of pain exacerbation in patients with knee osteoarthritis

Abstract of The Week: The association between dry needling-induced twitch response and change in pain and muscle function in patients with low back pain

This week we recommend taking a look at the following abstract: Koppenhaver SL et al.  The association between dry needling-induced twitch response and change in pain and muscle function in patients with low back pain: a quasi-experimental study.  Physiotherapy (2016) Objective: To investigate the relationship between dry needling-induced twitch response and change in pain, disability,… Continue reading Abstract of The Week: The association between dry needling-induced twitch response and change in pain and muscle function in patients with low back pain

Abstract of the Week: Neuromechanical response to spinal manipulation therapy: effects of a constant rate of force application.

This week, we recommend taking a look at an abstract that was published in June 2016: Neuromechanical response to spinal manipulation therapy: effects of a constant rate of force application. Why do I think this one matters? Well…physics. It all comes back to physics. Speed. Velocity. Amplitude. All words that made my head spin during college… Continue reading Abstract of the Week: Neuromechanical response to spinal manipulation therapy: effects of a constant rate of force application.