Show Notes for May 30, 2014

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of HealthBeat, Chiropractic OnLine Today’s Health, News and Informational Podcast.

In this week’s news: We’ll Be Looking At –

  • Articular dysfunction patterns in patients with mechanical neck pain
  • And Finally, a Story about Posture of the cervical spine influence dorsal neck muscle activity when lifting

For HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow!

Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #461 recorded May 30, 2014.

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RSS Info – In this edition of HealthBeat, we discuss Articular dysfunction patterns in patients with mechanical neck pain,

And Finally, a Story about Posture of the cervical spine influence dorsal neck muscle activity when lifting.

 

Articular dysfunction patterns in patients with mechanical neck pain

A study in the journal Manual Therapy was published to look at articular dysfunction in patients with mechanical neck pain.

In view of a didactical approach for teaching cervical mobilization and manipulation techniques to students as well as their use in daily practice, it is mandatory to acquire sound clinical reasoning to optimally apply advanced technical skills.

The aim of this study was to present a clinical algorithm to guide (novice) therapists in their clinical reasoning to identify patients who are likely to respond to mobilization and/or manipulation.

The presented clinical reasoning process is situated within the context of pain mechanisms and is narrowed to and applicable in patients with a dominant input pain mechanism. Based on key features in subjective and clinical examination, patients with mechanical nociceptive pain probably arising from articular structures can be categorized into specific articular dysfunction patterns.

Pending on these patterns, specific mobilization and manipulation techniques are warranted. The proposed patterns are illustrated in 3 case studies. This clinical algorithm is the corollary of empirical expertise and is complemented by in-depth discussions and knowledge exchange with international colleagues.

Consequently, it is intended that a carefully targeted approach contributes to an increase in specificity and safety in the use of cervical mobilizations and manipulation techniques as valuable adjuncts to other manual therapy modalities.

Surf to our Show Notes for links – http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1356689X13001604

 

Posture of the cervical spine influence dorsal neck muscle activity when lifting

Another study published in the journal Manual Therapy looked at the connection between dorsal neck muscle activity during lifting.

Previous studies have shown that postural orientations of the neck, such as flexed or forward head postures, are associated with heightened activity of the dorsal neck muscles.

While these studies describe the impact of variations in neck posture alone, there is scant literature regarding the effect of neck posture on muscle activity when combined with upper limb activities such as lifting.

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of three different neck postures on the activity of the different layers of the dorsal neck muscles during a lifting task.

The findings of the study suggest that neck posture should be considered during the evaluation or design of lifting activities as it may contribute to excessive demands on dorsal neck muscles with potential detrimental consequences.

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1356689X13001161

 

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