By

Simon King
In July 2008, the British Medical Journal published a landmark study which established an association between muscle strength and mortality unrelated to fitness or exercise levels. You can see the study here: http://www.bmj.com/content/337/bmj.a439 They found that men in the weakest third were 33% more likely to die from all causes than men in the middle...
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Muscle tone is vital for health. It might be even more important than diet and exercise. But it’s poorly understood. Have you listened to your patients’ definition of health? My patients often get through telling me about their 6 worst health problems and their 8 different medications, but they always finish with “I’m quite healthy...
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The Gold Standard of Patient-Centred Evidence-Based Medicine Good science measures the outcome of an intervention on a subject and a control. The less identical the subject and control, the less reliable will be the outcome. An engineer can compare outcomes on identical subjects, which is why your mechanic can give you a money-back guarantee. A...
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Chronic Pain
The Afferent Input Masterclass Chronic pain affects between one-third and one-half of the population of the UK, corresponding to just under 28 million adults. The causes are multifactorial and are therefore largely overlooked in favour of pain management. We advertised locally for 7 chronic pain patients and had 30 applicants. We chose 7 because they were...
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Professor Lorimer Mosely has my greatest respect and admiration for the work he has done and his search for the understanding of pain, but I worry about how his work is interpreted. He uses visual and proprioceptive illusions to demonstrate that the senses can be fooled. Experiments like the rubber hand experiment prove that we...
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In a recent blog I covered the testing of the feet and ankles. Today we are going to cover the case of Jeremy Reilly, a personal trainer and golf pro. Jeremy published a video which showed his lack of ankle dorsiflexion. Jeremy’s approach, like 99% of therapists and trainers was to try to regain mobility...
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Here are the 5 most useful Ankle Tests. Why give patients orthotics when all they really need is better muscle tone?
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When your patients don’t get better in spite of everything you’ve been taught, do you blame the patient or realise that your own education is lacking? This chiropractor needed help to recover normal function but nothing in his training prepared him for the answer to his problem. Find out exactly how he got better in...
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60 Studies These studies firmly establish the link between muscle weakness and early death. Some measure handgrip strength, others use the large axial and limb muscles but all reach basically the same conclusion. The stronger you are, the longer you live and the less disability you suffer. This effect is independent of age, fitness, exercise...
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