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Could Your Mattress Be Causing Your Back Pain?
If you have back pain and haven’t considered how your mattress may be affecting your body, it might be time to start. A mattress with too much wear and tear can wreak havoc on your body by failing to support your spine and keep it aligned throughout the night, which can in turn lead to back pain and other joint issues. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) offers the following tips for recognizing when you need a new mattress, testing your current mattress, and what to look for in a new one.
Is it time for a new mattress?
Your mattress could be the cause of your aches and pains. Here are some signs you might be in the market for a new one:
•You’re waking up every morning feeling sore and stiff.
•You find that you sleep better in a hotel bed than you do at home.
•Your mattress is older than seven years.
How’s your mattress holding up?
It’s important to recognize when your mattr
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Active Lifestyles May Help Nerves To Heal After Spinal Injuries
Leading an active lifestyle may increase the likelihood of damaged nerves regenerating after a spinal cord injury.
The early-stage findings, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, come from studies in mice and rats with spinal cord injuries, in which scientists uncovered a mechanism for nerve fibres repairing after they had been damaged.
An international team, led by researchers from Imperial College London, found that providing rodents with more space, an exercise wheel, toys and company before an injury helped to 'prime' their cells, making it more likely their damaged nerves would regenerate following spinal injury.
The researchers were also able to mimic the effects of an active lifestyle by using a drug that targets the same underlying pathways in the cells -- 'reprogramming' the nerve cells to regenerate following a spinal injury.
The team says that while the
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Chronic Diseases Restrict The Mobility Of Older People -- Often Unconsciously
Chronic diseases are a key factor limiting the mobility of older people. Usually individuals are conscious of their condition in the case of an acute musculoskeletal disorder that causes pain or functional limitations. However, if the condition has progressed slowly, the gradual restriction of mobility often goes unnoticed.
"Healthcare professionals should pay attention to the mobility limitations caused by chronic diseases before older adults' independent living is endangered," says Professor Urho Kujala from the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences.
Participants in the MOBILETWIN study conducted at the University of Jyväskylä consisted of 779 twins between the ages of 71 and 75 years who were currently living at home. The study revealed that chronic diseases significantly decreased the measured amount of mobility without the research subjects noticing it. Typical diseases affecting t
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UTA Research Institute Partnering To Develop Robotic Gloves For Post-Stroke Hand Rehab
The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute is making flexible soft robotic gloves that will aid in rehabilitating stroke patients through virtual reality gaming.
Combining this glove with the virtual reality gaming to be developed by Neuro Rehab VR will enable stroke patients to engage in rehabilitation activities for regaining their hand function.
The team was recently awarded a $224,893 National Science Foundation grant to use robotic-assisted, virtual reality-based therapy for stroke patients. The grant is part of the NSF's Small Business Technology Transfer Fund and is aimed at helping technology startups commercialize products.
UTARI is partnering with Neuro Rehab VR and the University of North Texas Health Science Center.
Principal investigator Veena Somareddy, chief technology officer and president of Neuro Rehab VR, will lead the development of the 3D virtual rea