Saturday, October 11, 2008

New modalities for recovery after exercises

1. Our very own DR. AG Sinha (PHD, PT) have shown that faradic stimulation can be used as a recovery modality after exercise. Those attending the IAP conference at Kolcutta had a chance to hear his PHD thesis based on this concept.
2. According to a study by Broadbent S et al in British journal of sports medicine Vibration therapy reduces plasma IL-6 and muscle soreness after downhill running. Hence as Vibration therapy reduces muscle soreness and IL-6; It may stimulate lymphocyte and neutrophil responses, and be a useful modality in treating muscle inflammation.
3. Curcumin effects on inflammation and performance recovery following eccentric exercise-induced muscle damage.
Curcumin, a constituent of the Indian spice turmeric has been investigated for its anti-inflammatory activity. In an animal study Davis JM et al of Division of Applied Physiology, Department of Exercise Science, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, USA. examined the effects of curcumin on inflammation and recovery of running performance following downhill running in mice.

The findings ware:
a. Downhill running was also associated with an increase in inflammatory cytokines (24 h and 48 h) and creatine kinase (24 h) that were blunted by curcumin feedings.
b. These results support that curcumin can reduce inflammation and offset some of the performance deficits associated with eccentric exercise-induced muscle damage. How far the results of this study can be extrapolated to human beings is questionable.

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