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Liniment Oil: Old Folktale or Genius Anti-Inflammatory in Disguise?

Liniment Oil: Old Folktale or Genius Anti-Inflammatory in Disguise?

A common active ingredient in some liniments Vitex nengudo (more commonly known as the Chinese chaste tree) has long been hailed as a wonder in herbal medicine. It’s been touted as being able to treat conditions ranging from arthritis to asthma. This is because of its supposed anti-inflammatory properties. However, is there any truth to
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New Research on Neck Flexibility and Age

New Research on Neck Flexibility and Age

It appears that decreasing flexibility in the neck is common as we pass age 40, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do something about it. A study published recently in the peer-review journal Spine gives us new insight into how getting older affects the function of our neck. Physical therapists generally accept that neck range
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Sooner is Better than Later – Physical Therapy for Low Back Pain

Sooner is Better than Later – Physical Therapy for Low Back Pain

Doctors at the University of Utah started an innovative but practical policy that is really helping people with low back pain. Dr. Michael Campian and colleagues noted that practice guidelines call for treatments in physical therapy as first-line approaches for low back pain, but the average patient was waiting four weeks or more before getting
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After Neck Injuries, How Soon Can You Begin Motion?

After Neck Injuries, How Soon Can You Begin Motion?

Auto accidents rank as the most common source of neck injuries, and research in whiplash gives us one of the best answers to this question. After most neck injuries, you want to get to a physical therapist right away, without waiting. After assessment, the therapist will prescribe some level of motion in most cases. If
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The Smallest Room in the House Found to Be the Most Dangerous

The Smallest Room in the House Found to Be the Most Dangerous

In horror movies, the most dangerous room in your house is the basement. In real life, you should probably fear your bathroom. A CDC (Centers for Disease Control) study found that nonfatal injuries among people above the age of 15 were particularly likely to occur in bathrooms, especially among older adults. Two bathroom locations were
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