Work-related Physical Activity: Boon & Bane!

Research Paper Title Physical Activity as Cause and Cure of Muscular Pain: Evidence of Underlying Mechanisms. Abstract Work-related physical activity (PA), in terms of peak loads and sustained and/or repetitive contractions, presents risk factors for the development of muscular pain and disorders. However, PA as a training tailored to the employee’s work exposure, health, and… Read More

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The Utility of Iloprost in Treating Non-freezing Cold Injuries

Research Paper Title Potential new treatment for non-freezing cold injury: is Iloprost the way forward? Background Non-freezing cold injury (NFCI) remains largely under-reported, and is of particular importance in the armed forces where its prevalence is greatest. Iloprost, a synthetic prostaglandin I2 analogue, has previously been used with some success in the treatment of vasospastic… Read More

Body Diagram Scores & Psychosocial Factors to Pain Intensity & Disability in Patients With Musculoskeletal Pain

Research Paper Title Unique Contributions of Body Diagram Scores and Psychosocial Factors to Pain Intensity and Disability in Patients With Musculoskeletal Pain in a Military Primary Care Clinic. Background Body diagrams are often use to document symptom and have also been used as a proxy to assess psychological influence. However, literature on their value for… Read More

Chronic Widespread Pain (CWP) in Men: Resistance Exercise versus Pool Exercise

Research Paper Title Effects of exercise on fatigue and physical capacity in men with chronic widespread pain – a pilot study. Background There is very limited knowledge about the effects of exercise on men with Chronic Widespread Pain (CWP), especially regarding fatigue. The researchers wanted to investigate the effects of resistance exercise compared with pool… Read More

Pain, Music & Workouts

“…what gives music its power to induce euphoria? The brain’s natural opioids could be key.” Research by Robin Dunbar, University of Oxford, suggests that actively engaging with music (e.g. singing, dancing or drumming) will raise a person’s pain threshold more significantly than being passive (i.e. just listening). Tom Fritz and Daniel Bowling, of the Max… Read More

What is the Impact of an Acute Pain Service on Pain Outcomes in Combat-injured Soldiers?

Research Paper Title Impact of an Acute Pain Service on Pain Outcomes with Combat-injured Soldiers at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. Background Few studies demonstrate the impact of early aggressive analgesia with acute pain service (APS) involvement at combat support hospitals (CSHs) using real-time data. Collaboration between the British and the United States (US) Army led to… Read More

Research: Optimism & Pain Sensitivity

A causal link between optimisim and lowered sensitivity to pain has demonstrated in a novel experiment that involved manipulating university students into a temporary optimisitc state (by writing about and visualising a future best possible self) and subjecting them to a cold pressor test to induc pain (involving the immersion of the non-dominant hand in… Read More