In patients with osteoarthritis related pain sensitization of nociceptive pathways may result in patients perceiving low level stimuli as being overtly painful. In terms of clinical responses to non-pharmacological therapies, these can have an effect on supraspinal processes which influence nociceptive processing and therefore OA-related pain. This post gives a brief overview of non-pharmacological pain management strategies for osteoarthritis related hip, knee, and hand pain.Read More
The RMT Education Project
Interpreting and applying research to the field of massage therapy.
Posts look at ideas, discoveries and developments in the fields of sports medicine, neuroscience, pain physiology and clinical anatomy.
Physicians, now more than ever are recommending conservative treatment including manual therapy, acupuncture, education and exercise as part of a multi-modal approach for patients suffering from neck painRead More
Acupuncture as a therapeutic intervention is being embraced by the medical community. This is in part because it is a non-pharmacological therapeutic intervention that is simple to carry out, economical, and has very few side effects. One area that is being explored is the use of acupuncture to decrease the individual’s headache frequency, intensity, duration and acute medication requirements.Read More
I have been revisiting my notes on neuromodulation after his group released a very promising research study that looked at the effects of vagus nerve stimulation for Rheumatoid Arthritis. This was a landmark study that demonstrated for the first time that vagus nerve stimulation inhibits TNF production and attenuates inflammation in humans.Read More