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In this week’s news: We’ll Be Looking At –
- Covid-19 and Lack of Movement
- And Finally, a Story about Cervical Muscle Disease
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Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #713 recorded May 29, 2020
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Covid-19 and Lack of Movement
The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented health crisis as entire populations have been asked to self-isolate and live in home-confinement for several weeks to months, which in itself represents a physiological challenge with significant health risks.
A recent paper published in the European College of Sport Science, describes the impact of sedentarism on the human body at the level of the muscular, cardiovascular, metabolic, endocrine and nervous systems and is based on evidence from several models of inactivity, including bed rest, unilateral limb suspension, and step-reduction.
Data form these studies show that muscle wasting occurs rapidly, being detectable within two days of inactivity. This loss of muscle mass is associated with fibre denervation, neuromuscular junction damage and upregulation of protein breakdown, but is mostly explained by the suppression of muscle protein synthesis.
Inactivity also affects glucose homeostasis as just few days of step reduction or bed rest, reduce insulin sensitivity, principally in muscle.
Additionally, aerobic capacity is impaired at all levels of the O2 cascade, from the cardiovascular system, including peripheral circulation, to skeletal muscle oxidative function.
While the exercise dose–response relationship is currently unknown, low to medium- intensity high volume resistive exercise, easily implementable in home-settings, will have positive effects, particularly if combined with a 15–25% reduction in daily energy intake.
This combined regimen seems ideal for preserving neuromuscular, metabolic and cardiovascular health.
Remember to discuss all exercise recommendations with your Qualified Healthcare Provider.
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Cervical Muscle Disease
Patients with various and indefinite symptoms in the whole body occasionally have coincident with stiffness or tenderness of the cervical muscles.
This prospective case series examined the effect of local modulation of the cervical muscles in patients with cervical disorders reporting indefinite whole-body symptoms.
All patients underwent daily physical therapies to the cervical muscles during hospitalization. Self-rated records on the medical interview sheets documenting 30 representative symptoms including cervical/shoulder pain or stiffness and 28 representative indefinite whole-body symptoms at admission and discharge were compared across the population.
The conclusion stated that cervical muscle lesions may contribute to indefinite whole-body symptoms, possibly through dysfunction of the parasympathetic nervous system in the muscles.
Local modulation of cervical muscles could lead to a breakthrough in the management of patients with indefinite whole-body symptoms.
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