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BACKGROUND Physical activity (PA) plays an important role in the prevention and management of a number of chronic conditions. AIM to investigate the evidence for effectiveness of pedometer-driven walking programs to promote physical activity among patients with musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). METHOD A comprehensive systematic review was performed(More)
BACKGROUND Current evidence supports the use of pedometers as effective motivational tools to promote physical activity and improve health-related quality of life in the general population. The aims of this study are to examine whether a pedometer-driven walking programme can improve health-related quality of life, and increase ambulatory activity in a(More)
Joint kinematic assessment using an electromagnetic tracking device (EMTD) requires palpation-digitization (PD) of bony landmarks to define the anatomical axes. Errors in PD of bony landmarks can perturb the anatomical axes and affect the validity and reliability of kinematic measurements. The validity and reliability of PD for kinematic measurement needs(More)
Lower-back pain (LBP) is a common secondary condition following lower-limb amputation. The purpose of this study was to investigate LBP prevalence and the relationship between LBP and physical activity (PA) levels in a national sample of persons with traumatic transfemoral amputation (TFA). Questionnaires were mailed to a random sample of people with(More)
BACKGROUND In New Zealand, meat processing populations face many health problems as a result of the nature of work in meat processing industries. The primary aim of this study was to examine the feasibility of using a pedometer-based intervention to increase physical activity and improve health-related outcomes in a population of meat processing workers. (More)
BACKGROUND Normative two-point discrimination thresholds (TPDTs) have been reported for different body regions and the relationships between TPDT and body schema integrity and physical performances are previously shown. However, such relationships with shoulder physical performance have not been investigated. OBJECTIVES To quantify TPDT of the shoulders(More)
Title: Short-term outcomes of extracorporeal shock wave therapy for the treatment of chronic non-calcific tendinopathy of the supraspinatus: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial.
The autonomic nervous system and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis have been shown to be dysfunctional in a number of chronic pain disorders. Spinal manipulation is a therapeutic technique used by manual therapists, which may have widespread neuro-physiological effects. The autonomic nervous system has been implicated to modulate these effects. A(More)
Acupuncture has been studied for several decades to establish evidence-based clinical practice. This systematic review aims to evaluate evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture in influencing the functional connectivity of the central nervous system in patients with musculoskeletal pain. A systematic search of the literature was conducted to identify(More)
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