Exercise therapy for chronic fatigue syndrome

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In this blog, Tracey Howe looks at a Cochrane systematic review, examining the effects of exercise therapy for patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

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What influences adherence to exercise programs for older people?

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In this blog, Tracey Howe considers a recent systematic review on how people monitor and measure adherence to exercise and if any factors influence people’s adherence to exercise programmes.

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Subacromial impingement syndrome effectiveness of physiotherapy and manual therapy

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Some of our Elf friends who are regular swimmers have been suffering from sore shoulders. One of them has been diagnosed as having subacromial impingement syndrome (SIS). In this blog, Tracey Howe considers a best evidence review on SIS effectiveness of physiotherapy and manual therapy.

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Exercise type and dose on pain and disability in knee osteoarthritis

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In this blog, Tracey Howe looks at a recent systematic review examining the best type of exercise for reducing pain and improving knee function in knee osteoarthritis.

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Effects of pilates exercise programmes for chronic low back pain

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In her debut blog, Jacquelyn Ryan asks if Pilates exercise programmes help chronic low back pain. Jacquelyn considers a new systematic review, which examined the literature to determine the effectiveness of Pilates exercises on pain and disability on chronic low back pain.

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Promoting smoking cessation in people with schizophrenia

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Meg Fluharty summarises a recent clinical overview of smoking cessation in people with severe mental illness, which provides useful practical advice to clinicians who are trying to help service users with schizophrenia, psychosis and other conditions to quit smoking

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Is aquatic exercise training effective for fibromyalgia?

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One of our female Elf friends has fibromyalgia, a chronic condition that causes pain all over their body. Do you know that fibromyalgia affects around seven times as many women as men? The condition typically develops between the ages of 30 and 50, but can occur in people of any age, including children and the elderly. [read the full story…]

Does exercise improve pain and function for osteoarthritis of the knee?

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We learnt in an earlier post about the burden of musculoskeletal conditions that osteoarthritis (OA) develops around the age of 50. Blimey some of our elves are approaching that age. What can we do to help any symptoms that start to develop? We eleves are always looking to stay fit and thought that exercise might help. But [read the full story…]

Pointing the FINGER at a multi-component intervention to prevent cognitive decline and dementia

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Caroline Struthers critically appraises a recent RCT of diet, exercise, cognitive training and vascular risk monitoring to prevent cognitive decline and dementia in at-risk Finnish women.

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