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Olympics: What is cupping?

Why do some of the world’s top athletes look as though they’ve been on the receiving end of a brutal paintball firing squad? US swimmer Michael Phelps’s skin is strewn with livid polka dots, and his compatriot, the gymnast Alex Naddour…
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IMS/ dry needling: Frequently asked questions

Dry needling involves the application of very fine sterilised acupuncture needles into muscle and surrounding tissues to assist in the release of myofascial trigger points, reduce tightness and spasm, improve muscle function and relieve pain.…
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Foot Orthotics can reduce foot pain.

Custom-made insoles known as foot orthoses can reduce foot pain caused by arthritis, overly prominent big toe joints and highly arched feet, a new systematic review shows. A team of Cochrane Researchers found that custom orthoses were safe interventions…
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Sports Knee Injuries for Teenage Athletes

A new study finds the overall rate of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries among high school athletes is significantly higher among females, who are especially likely to experience ACL tears while playing basketball, soccer and lacrosse. The…
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50% of Americans have a musculoskeletal condition!

An estimated 126.6 million Americans (one in two adults) are affected by a musculoskeletal condition--comparable to the total percentage of Americans living with a chronic lung or heart condition--costing an estimated $213 billion in annual…
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Soccer Injuries: 12x more common in game situations

The risk of injury during competition matches is twelve times higher than during training sessions in players of the Professional Football League. The most common ones are muscular injuries and those resulting from overexertion, which imply…
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Back Pain for Golfers: Fix it with Science

Golfers with low-back pain may be helped by a University of Pittsburgh research study, the findings of which may assist clinicians in designing appropriate back-specific exercise programs for golfers to prevent or rehabilitate low-back injury. The…
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The Tragic Hip

She wasn't born this way, but even Lady Gaga experienced groin pain -- typically a symptom of hip disease such as arthritis of the hip -- or, in her case, a hip labral tear. Groin pain is a common health complaint. According to a literature…
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Got Knee Pain? Get Dancing!

Dancing eases hip or knee pain and helps older adults move better, according to a small Saint Louis University study. “After dancing, over several months they reported less pain and were able to walk faster,” said Jean Krampe, Ph.D., assistant…
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Ankle Sprain: What are the possible implications?

Ankle sprains are a common injury after a fall, sudden twist or blow to the ankle joint. Approximately 40 percent of those who suffer an ankle sprain will experience chronic ankle pain, even after being treated for their initial injury. A review…