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Massage And Other Hands On Therapies Can Help Reduce Pain

Massage, manipulation and other hands-on approaches can safely and effectively help with pain management. The January issue of Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource discusses the uses and benefits of massage, spinal manipulation, and Rolfing, as well as the Alexander technique and the Feldenkrais method. Massage: Almost everyone feels better after the soothing strokes of a massage. This process involves applying pressure to the body's soft tissues by rubbing, kneading or rolling. There are a variety of techniques and styles, such as deep tissue massage, where deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue are manipulated. Another approach focuses on trigger points -- muscle "knots" that are painful when pressed.

Does Electro-Acupuncture Prevent Prolonged Postoperative Ileus?

A research article published on January 7, 2010 in the World Journal of Gastroenterology addresses this question. In this prospective randomized clinical trial, the authors examined if acupuncture could prevent prolonged postoperative ileus (PPOI) after intraperitoneal surgery among patients with colon cancer in Shanghai, China. Acupuncture did not prevent PPOI in this population. Subset analyses in patients who developed PPOI also suggested acupuncture was not useful in this setting to treat PPOI once it developed. The study was part of a unique collaboration between researchers in the United States at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas and China at the Fudan University Cancer Hospital in Shanghai.

China Aoxing Pharmaceutical Company Announces Successful Completion Of Phase II Clinical Study Of Novel Menstrual Pain Drug

China Aoxing Pharmaceutical Company, Inc. (OTCBB: CAXG) ("China Aoxing"), a pharmaceutical company specializing in research, development, manufacturing and distribution of narcotic and pain-management products, today announced that it completed Phase II clinical study for oral TJSL capsules, a novel investigational drug to treat primary dysmenorrhea ("PD"), or menstrual pain, in adult women. Top-line results from this study are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. The Phase II clinical study was a 12-week, multi-center, randomized, double-blind and placebo-controlled study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of TJSL capsules among 240 patients with primary dysmenorrheal.

Stung By A Duck-Billed Platypus? Unlocking The Mystery Of The Venom

Abandon any notion that the duck-billed platypus is a soft and cuddly creature -- maybe like Perry the Platypus in the Phineas and Ferb cartoon. This platypus, renowned as one of the few mammals that lay eggs, also is one of only a few venomous mammals. The males can deliver a mega-sting that causes immediate, excruciating pain, like hundreds of hornet stings, leaving victims incapacitated for weeks. Now scientists are reporting an advance toward deciphering the chemical composition of the venom, with the first identification of a dozen protein building blocks. Their study is in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, a weekly publication. Masaki Kita, Daisuke Uemura, and colleagues note that spurs in the hind limb of the male platypus can deliver the venom, a cocktail of substances that cause excruciating pain.

What Is Tennis Elbow? What Causes Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is a painful condition. It often occurs as a result of strenuous overuse of the muscles and tendons of the forearm and around the elbow joint. As its name suggests, tennis elbow can sometimes be caused by playing tennis, but many other common activities can cause tennis elbow. It is also known as "shooter's elbow" and "archer's elbow". The main symptom of tennis elbow is pain and inflammation on the outside of the elbow. Pain can also spread into the forearm and wrist. According to Medilexicon's medical dictionary : Tennis elbow is a "chronic inflammation at the origin of the extensor muscles of the forearm from the lateral epicondyle of the humerus, as a result of unusual or repetitive strain (not necessarily from playing tennis).

Obesity And Anesthesia- Yes, There Is A Connection

At a time of year when people make plans to drop a few pounds, perhaps even consider bariatric surgery, the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) wants to ensure the public has the facts regarding one's weight and the impact it may have on his or her anesthesia experience. The ASA has launched a campaign to educate the public on the issue, and empower the patient to make important lifestyle changes, whenever possible, before going under the knife. "The health implications of obesity are enormous. Illnesses associated with obesity such as Type 2 Diabetes, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, hypertension and cardiovascular disease have significant implications for patients requiring surgery and anesthesia, " said Martin Nitsun, M.

What Is Tendinitis Tendonitis ? What Causes Tendinitis?

Tendinitis, also known as tendonitis, is the inflammation of a tendon. Tendinitis is a type of tendinopathy - a disease of the tendon. Tendinosis is similar to tendinitis, but requires different treatment. Tendinitis refers to larger-scale acute (sudden, short-term) injuries with inflammation. Usually tendinitis is referred to by the body part involved, for example, Achilles tendinitis which affects the Achilles tendon, or patellar tendinitis which affects the patellar tendon (jumper's knee). Tendinitis can occur in various other parts of the body, including the elbow, wrist, finger, or thigh. It is caused by overusing a tendon or injuring it, as may happen during sport.

New Tools Use Light To Turn Off Brain Cells And Possibly Treat Brain Disorders

Neuroscientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a powerful new class of tools to reversibly shut down brain activity using different colors of light. When targeted to specific neurons, they could potentially lead to new treatments for abnormal brain activity associated with disorders including chronic pain, epilepsy, brain injury and Parkinson's disease. Such disorders could best be treated by silencing, rather than stimulating abnormal brain activity. These new tools, or 'super silencers, ' exert exquisite control over the timing in which overactive neural circuits are shut down --an effect that is not possible with existing drugs or other conventional therapies.

American Orthopaedic Foot Ankle Society Offers Advice For Treatment Of Heel Pain

Holiday shopping and holiday feasting may make you a prime candidate for a case of plantar fasciitis. Prolonged walking or standing and an increase in body weight are two leading causes of plantar fasciitis, a painful overuse injury affecting the sole of the foot, warns the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS). According to the AOFAS, plantar fasciitis typically starts gradually with mild heel pain. The pain classically occurs with the first step in the morning. Treatment options include stretching exercises, and modifying activities until the initial inflammation goes away. Ice application to the sore area for 20 minutes three or four times a day may also relieve symptoms.

Abuse In Childhood Linked To Migraine And Other Pain Disorders

Researchers from the American Headache Society's Women's Issues Section Research Consortium found that incidence of childhood maltreatment, especially emotional abuse and neglect, are prevalent in migraine patients. The study also found that migraineurs reporting childhood emotional or physical abuse and/or neglect had a significantly higher number of comorbid pain conditions compared with those without a history of maltreatment. Full findings of the study appear in the January issue of Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, published on behalf of the American Headache Society by Wiley-Blackwell. According to a report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, state and local child protective services (CPS) investigated 3.

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