Newsletter excerpts: 10 New Research Articles on Chronic Pain--July 2019

Michelle Burns
July 16, 2019

Here is some of the information I recently shared in my Julynewsletter. Each newsletter has a specific focus.  This month is focused on chronic pain information. If you would be interested in receiving my newsletters, please head over to my contact page and sign up.


I receive a weekly update on anything published anywhere on the internet that includes information about chronic pain and fibromyalgia.  I try to glean the best of the information and provide a brief synopsis of the information. If you come across any information that you think would be good to share, please also feel free to pass that information along to:

1. An article, titled A comparison of the clinical manifestation and pathophysiology of myofascial pain syndrome and fibromyalgia: implications for differential diagnosis and management published in J Can Chiropr Assoc in 2018, provides a wonderful overview and comparison between the two disorders.

2.  An article, titled Effects of auricular acupressure on pain and disability in adults with chronic neck pain, published in Applied Nursing Research in Feb 2019 concludes: auricular acupressure can be used for alleviating chronic neck pain and more than 4 weeks of treatment is necessary for alleviating neck disability.

3.  An article, titled A qualitative study of the experiences and perceptions of adults with chronic musculoskeletal conditions following a 12-week Pilates exercise program, published in Musculoskeletal Care in Nov 2018, concludes: The Pilates-based exercise program enabled the participants to function better and manage their condition more effectively and independently.

4.  A study, titled A study to assess the effectiveness of core muscle stabilization regimen in patients with mechanical low backache, published in International’s Journal of Adapted Physical Education & Yoga in Sept 2018 concludes: Core muscle stabilization regimen is more effective along with back care and ergonomic advice than the spinal extension maneuver alone to reduce pain and to improve functional ability of the lumbar spine in subjects with mechanical low back ache.

5.  A study, titled Effect of aerobic exercise in the treatment of myofascial pain: a systematic review, published in Journal of Exercise Rehabilitation in 2018 concludes: Pain pressure thresholds significantly increased in muscle areas of the cervical spine in the water exercise group

6.  A study, titled Functional and neurochemical disruptions of brain hub topology in chronic pain, published in Pain in Apr 2019 states: A critical component of brain network architecture is a robust hub structure, wherein hub regions facilitate efficient information integration by occupying highly connected and functionally central roles in the network. Across a wide range of neurological disorders, hub brain regions seem to be disrupted, and the character of this disruption can yield insights into the pathophysiology of these disorders. We applied a brain network–based approach to examine hub topology in fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition with prominent central nervous system involvement….these findings reveal altered hub topology in fibromyalgia and demonstrate, for the first time to our knowledge, a neurochemical basis for altered hub strength and its relationship to the perception of pain.

7.  A study, titled How do Satellite Glial Cells control chronic pain, published in Journal of Anesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, concludes: SGC’s are now recognized players in the pathogenesis of chronic pain through the secretion of neuroactive signaling molecules and controls of nociceptive neurons.

8.  A study, titled Evidence for kinesiology taping in management of myofascial pain syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis, published in Clinical Rehabilitation in Feb 2019, concludes: kinesiology taping could be recommended to relieve pain intensity and range of motion for patients with myofascial pain syndrome at post-intervention.

9.  A study, titled Exposure to cold unmasks potential biomarkers of Fibromyalgia Syndrome reflecting insufficient sympathetic responses to stress, published in The Clinical Journal of Pain in May 2019, concludes: the convergence of the effect of cold on 4 relatively simple measures of thermogenic, cardiovascular, and metabolic activity, each regulated by sympathetic activity, strongly indicate that individuals with FMS have impaired sympathetic responses to stress that are observable and highly significant.

10.   A study, titled Fibromyalgia: Increased reactivity of the muscle membrane and a role of central regulation, published in Clinical Neurophysiology in Jan 2019 concludes: …muscle membrane propagation speed increases independently of the force load or amount of muscle activity produced. When adopting a limb position, the patients show an augmented muscle membrane reaction, suggesting deregulation from higher neural centers

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