Your taste for coffee may be in your genes. An analysis of genetic data and coffee drinking habits on more than 1,200 Italians revealed that individuals with a gene variant called PDSS2 drank one less cup of coffee per day on average than those without the gene variation. Researchers say that PDSS2 reduces a cell’s ability to break down caffeine, which means caffeine stays in the body longer. The study adds to existing research that suggests our drive to drink coffee may be embedded in our genes. Scientific Reports, August 2016
Chiropractic: Cervical Dysfunction and TMD?
A team of Brazilian researchers found evidence that patients with a diagnosed temporomandibular disorder (TMD) may also have cervical dysfunction that may possibly contribute to their TMD symptoms. In this study, twenty TMD patients and 20 healthy controls underwent a series of tests that measured pain, disability, and sensitivity to hot and cold at several body sites. They found the TMD patients were significantly more likely to report neck pain and disability and also more likely to have abnormal sensitivity to pain and cold sensations in their cervical region than those in the control group. The authors of the study believe their findings point to a relationship between TMD and the neck. Journal of Oral Rehabilitation, February 2016
Chiropractic: Musculoskeletal Problems Among Hospital Staff.
Musculoskeletal pain is an extremely common complaint among hospital workers. A review of questionnaires completed by 416 hospital staff regarding musculoskeletal pain complaints found 74% experienced an episode of low back pain during the previous year while between 50-60% of participants also experienced neck, upper back, and/or shoulder pain during the same time frame. Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, January 2016
Since the 1990s, the deep neck flexors have been getting most of the attention as being the “missing link” in rehab of the neck after whiplash. As important as the deep neck flexors are, the deep neck extensors cannot be ignored. In fact, BOTH the deep neck flexors and extensors have to work in concert to control segmental movement! A 2013 study reported the deep neck extensors can become quite de-conditioned and weak in patients with neck pain. Recent studies confirm that neck pain patients typically display reduced activation AND a less defined activation pattern in the deep neck extensors, and the amount of weakness and poor activation is proportional to the amount of pain present (i.e., the higher the pain level, the worse the activity response).
Chiropractic: Excessive Video Game and Computer Use May Increase Musculoskeletal Pain in Teens.
Using data collected from nearly 1,000 male and female adolescents, a team of Brazilian researchers notes the average teen in their sample spends over five hours per day using a computer or electronic device or playing video games. Additionally, 65.1% of the 963 participants in the study reported the presence of musculoskeletal pain, most notably back pain, and one in five reported upper extremity pain. The research team concludes the excessive use of electronics appears to be a risk factor for musculoskeletal pain among this population. Journal of Pediatrics, December 2016
Whiplash Associated Disorders (WAD) is the appropriate terminology to use when addressing the myriad of symptoms that can occur as a result of a motor vehicle collision (MVC). In a recent publication in The Physician and Sportsmedicine (Volume 43, Issue 3, 2015; 7/3/15 online:1-11), the article “The role of the cervical spine in post-concussive syndrome” takes a look at the neck when it’s injured in a car accident and how this relates to concussion.
Chiropractic: Manual Therapies Help TMD Patients.
An analysis of eight published studies concludes that manual therapies are an effective treatment for patients with temporomandibular disorders (TMD). In particular, the report notes the efficacy of myofascial release and massage on the masticatory muscles as well as spinal manipulative therapy and mobilization applied to the upper cervical spine. Such treatments are commonly performed by doctors of chiropractic. Journal of Oral Rehabilitation, June 2015