Hump Day Hustling – Weekly Research Summary – March 29, 2023

WA dry needling update, exploring the relationship between diet and pain, and much more! Enjoy, and if you want to dive deeper with ICE Physio check out our Upcoming Course Dates and Locations!

New Free Resource

Equipment checklist for pelvic health

Getting into the pelvic health space and wondering what essential equipment needs to be in your clinic to best serve these patients? Our pelvic division has you covered with our latest free resource drop: “Essential Supply List for the Pelvic Floor PT“. Enjoy!

Dry Needling: Washington

Legislation is looking good!!!

Status: HB1039 allowing PTs to perform ‘intramuscular needling’ which successfully passed the House of Representatives is now through the Senate health committee. It is currently waiting to be scheduled for a floor vote in the Senate.

Next steps: If the bill successfully passes the Senate, the bill would then wait to be signed by Governor Inslee prior to the DOH installing the licensure endorsement. These final steps could take a few months.

The requirements (in a nutshell): 325 total hours of instruction includes: 100 hours of didactic instruction (DPT education covers this), 75 hours of in-person needling instruction (would seem to imply 3×3-day courses), 150 hours of clinical review.

Washington Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine Association (WAEMA) agreed to stay neutral on the passage of the bill with the following changes:

  • Specifies that intramuscular needling includes stimulating underlying myofascial trigger points
  • Clarifies that intramuscular needling does not include needle retention without stimulation
  • Prohibits physical therapists from using intramuscular needling as a stand-alone treatment within a physical therapy care plan

ICE outlook: As soon as this bill is successfully through the Senate, we will get 3 courses posted in ASAP. #LFG

Full text of the bill

CrossFit, Testosterone, & Immunity

A fascinating relationship unpacked by WOD Science

What they tracked: Blood markers following recreational crossfitters partaking in 1-hour CrossFit class 5 days/week

What they found:

  • “The data shows that men had much higher overall testosterone levels, which increased over time when doing high volume CrossFit”
  • “In both genders there was an initial decrease in immune function (measured via markers), but this restored back to baseline after 6 months of training”

WOD Science Instagram Post 

Full Text Paper

Diet and Pain

The relationship continues to unfold

Not a slam dunk, and as always more better research is needed. However, this recent This recent systematic review and meta-analysis in April’s Pain Journal is contributing to a trend of findings suggesting a relationship between pain and diet quality.

“Of these studies, 10 reported an inverse association between adherence to a healthy dietary pattern and pain, 5 reported mixed results, and 5 reported no associations.”

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PTonICE Rewind

Did you miss any of our ICE Physio podcasts last week? Well here you go!

Monday: “Marketing for the cash based pelvic PT: Part 1” (Rachel Moore)
Tuesday: “Pain and Performance: Part 1” (Lindsey Hughey)
Wednesday: “What’s in a name? AMRAP, EMOM, and RFT” (Jeff Musgraves)
Thursday: “The fitness forward interview” (Zac Morgan)
Friday: “Fitness forward family” (Guillermo Contreras)

Thank You! – ICE Faculty

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