Turning down TFL — Rayner & Smale

TFL pain and tightness is a common problem in hip/knee injuries. Recently I asked a group of Australian Physiotherapists what their tips for reducing TFL overactivity were. Precision of technique and quality of movement was the message that came from every therapists.  The  aim

Source: Turning down TFL — Rayner & Smale

The Transverse Arch – POST COMPETITIVE INSIGHT

Everything I know about the transverse arch, I owe to Adarian Barr.  The following is my attempt to take his words and concepts and relate them to my own body and understanding.  It is, in effect, my translation.  The layers… Read more ›

Source: The Transverse Arch – POST COMPETITIVE INSIGHT

The plasticity of well-being: A training-based framework for the cultivation of human flourishing | PNAS

Source: The plasticity of well-being: A training-based framework for the cultivation of human flourishing | PNAS

Research indicates that core dimensions of psychological well-being can be cultivated through intentional mental training. Despite growing research in this area and an increasing number of interventions designed to improve psychological well-being, the field lacks a unifying framework that clarifies the dimensions of human flourishing that can be cultivated. Here, we integrate evidence from well-being research, cognitive and affective neuroscience, and clinical psychology to highlight four core dimensions of well-being—awareness, connection, insight, and purpose. We discuss the importance of each dimension for psychological well-being, identify mechanisms that underlie their cultivation, and present evidence of their neural and psychological plasticity. This synthesis highlights key insights, as well as important gaps, in the scientific understanding of well-being and how it may be cultivated, thus highlighting future research directions.

12-minute bursts of exercise have bigger impact than thought – Harvard Gazette

A new study describes how a 12-minute burst of cardio exercise impacted more than 80 percent of circulating metabolites, including pathways linked key bodily functions such as insulin resistance, oxidative stress, vascular reactivity, inflammation, and longevity.

Source: 12-minute bursts of exercise have bigger impact than thought – Harvard Gazette

Effect of Vitamin D Supplementation, Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation, or a Strength-Training Exercise Program on Clinical Outcomes in Older Adults: The DO-HEALTH Randomized Clinical Trial | Complementary and Alternative Medicine | JAMA | JAMA Network

In this randomized trial that included 2157 adults aged 70 years or older, 3-year treatment with vitamin D3 (2000 IU/d), with omega-3 fatty acids (1 g/d), or with a strength-training exercise program did not result in statistically significant differences in improvement in systolic or diastolic blood pressure, nonvertebral fractures, physical performance, infection rate, or cognition.

Source: Effect of Vitamin D Supplementation, Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplementation, or a Strength-Training Exercise Program on Clinical Outcomes in Older Adults: The DO-HEALTH Randomized Clinical Trial | Complementary and Alternative Medicine | JAMA | JAMA Network

Why doesn’t everyone have a pocket ultrasound machine?

For about 2 years now a tiny ultrasound machine has been part of my standard physical exam tools as I take care of patients in the hospital.

Source: Why doesn’t everyone have a pocket ultrasound machine?

Intact vitamin A transport is critical for cold-mediated adipose tissue browning and thermogenesis – ScienceDirect

Transformation of white into brown fat (“browning”) reduces obesity in many preclinical models and holds great promise as a therapeutic concept in met…

Source: Intact vitamin A transport is critical for cold-mediated adipose tissue browning and thermogenesis – ScienceDirect

Effect of yoga as add-on therapy in migraine

Objective To evaluate the effectiveness of yoga as an adjuvant to conventional medical management on clinical outcomes in patients with migraine.

CONTAIN was a prospective, randomized, open-label superiority trial with blinded endpoint assessment carried out at a single tertiary care academic hospital in New Delhi, India. Patients enrolled were aged 18–50 years with a diagnosis of episodic migraine and were randomized into medical and yoga groups (1:1). Randomization was computer-generated with a variable block size and concealed. A predesigned yoga intervention was given for 3 months. Outcomes were recorded by a blinded assessor. The primary endpoint was a decrease in headache frequency, headache intensity, and Headache Impact Test (HIT)–6 score. Secondary outcomes included change in Migraine Disability Assessment (MIDAS) score, pill count, and proportion of headache free patients.

Source: Effect of yoga as add-on therapy in migraine (CONTAIN) | Neurology

Yoga May Bolster the Brain Regions Most Affected by Aging – Scientific American

Brain-scan studies hint that the ancient practice may benefit areas associated with memory, emotion and thinking

Source: Yoga May Bolster the Brain Regions Most Affected by Aging – Scientific American

The Fastest Way To Increase

What works for a bench press also works for other ways of moving.

Increasing variety increases strength.

Increasing frequency increases strength.

Source: The FASTEST Way To Increase Your Bench Press (3 Science-Based Tips)