Great article in the International Journal of Epidemiology in June of this year. The authors describe how small amounts of exercise appear to make a significant difference to bone density. You can read a summary of the original article here. Remember it’s only two minutes per day!
There was an interesting article published last month in the Journal of the American Medical Association. It was a research study into the effectiveness of spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) for acute low back pain. The outcome of the study was very positive. What was really great (from our point of view) was the editorial encouraging medical doctors to refer patients with back pain for manipulative treatment. It was encouraging to see such a cooperative attitude towards the chiropractic profession. Thanks to Dr Richard Deyo MD, MPH! You can read the research study by Neil Paige MD and colleagues here: http://jamanetwork.com/journ…/jama/article-abstract/2616395…
A recent paper published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine has concluded that ‘Exercise therapy appears to be a safe way to improve functional capacity and reduce disability in individuals with chronic disease’. What was particularly interesting to me was the huge array of conditions for which this appears to be the case, from haematological conditions to Parkinson’s disease. I guess that intuitively we all know that this makes sense, but in an age where we all tend to look for an easy answer in a pill, this is a great reminder of some common sense. It’s great to see some science that backs up this approach!