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JBMTs Top 25 Downloads: January to March 2010: emerging trends…..

Every 3 months I receive an update on the most popular downloads (from Elsevier’s ScienceDirect) of JBMT articles for a three month period.

Around 12,000 articles a month are downloaded, and the topics selected tell me a great deal about what’s of interest to readers, helping me to select available submissions more appropriately, and to commission articles when submissions fail to meet the perceived interests of our many readers.

The current Top 25 list – to the end of March 2010 – which you will find below – contains many interesting trends.

If you click on this link JBMT articles ….you will go straight to the journals page on Elsevier’s site….and there you can get a sneak preview of the current most popular downloads (the list discussed in this posting is up to the end of March, however top of current interest is a superb article from Italy, from the Stecco group in Padua titled: How much time is required to modify a fascial fibrosis? (Borgini Ercole, Stecco Antonio, Day Julie Ann, Stecco Carla )

This article is currently In Press, and will be published in print form later in the year, but is available to subscribers to ScienceDirect.

A/ 10 of the top 25, to end of March, are ‘core stability’ related – either achieved via Pilates or Yoga (2 articles), with one article questioning the validity of aspects of the core-stability concept.

Eyal Lederman’s January 2010 article “The myth of core stability” is the top download for the 2nd quarter running.

The fact that it’s publication was accompanied by a reasoned response from one of my associate editors, Warwick McNeil, has allowed that controversy to be aired and discussed very widely indeed.

Many of the Pilates papers in the current list, focus on balance, stability and mobility, as well as on back pain.

B/ 5 of the top 25 downloads relate to various aspects of manual stretching methods

C/ Specific topics that were part of the top 25 include:

  • Ginevre Liptans evaluation of the fascial component of fibromyalgia
  • Dimitri Kostopoulos’ carpal tunnel article
  • Mel Cusi’s overview of sacroiliac joint assessment and treatment
  • Field et al’s study of massage in relation to sleep and back pain
  • Bell’s paper on massage effects on back pain and sciatica
  • Kalamir et al’s review of manual therapy for Temperomandibular joint dysfunction

D/ Countries represented in the authorship of this quarter’s ‘top 25 downloads’ include submissions from : Australia, Brazil, Greece, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Norway, Spain, Turkey, UK and USA.

E/ Many of the downloaded articles have been cited numerous times by other authors – with a top place for citations on Scopus, of 18, for “The effect of manual pressure release on myofascial trigger points in the upper trapezius muscle” by Fryer & Hodgson from Australia.

F/ Two authors appear in the list twice: Gary Fryer and Virginia Cowen

G/ Elderly females featured in 2 of the papers; one on stretching by Zakas and the other on Pilates by Rodrigues

I’m sure other patterns will emerge when I look at the list again later….but for now those are my initial impressions. See what you can elicit from them?

The top 25 are:

Left/Right Differences in Connective Tissue of the Legs as Measured by Needle Torque

1. The myth of core stability • Article Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Volume 14, Issue 1, 1 January 2010, Pages 84-98 Lederman, E. Cited by Scopus (1)

2. Investigation into the long-term effects of static and PNF stretching exercises on range of motion and jump performance • Article Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Volume 13, Issue 1, 1 January 2009, Pages 11-21 Yuktasir, B.; Kaya, F.

3. Treating non-specific chronic low back pain through the Pilates Method • Article Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Volume 12, Issue 4, 1 October 2008, Pages 364-370 La Touche, R.; Escalante, K.; Linares, M.T. Cited by Scopus (2)

4. Fascia: A missing link in our understanding of the pathology of fibromyalgia • Article Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Volume 14, Issue 1, 1 January 2010, Pages 3-12 Liptan, G.L.

5. Functional fitness improvements after a worksite-based yoga initiative • Article Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Volume 14, Issue 1, 1 January 2010, Pages 50-54 Cowen, V.S.

6. Paradigm for assessment and treatment of SIJ mechanical dysfunction • Article Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Volume 14, Issue 2, 1 April 2010, Pages 152-161 Cusi, M.F.

7. Effects of Pilates exercise on trunk strength, endurance and flexibility in sedentary adult females • Article Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Volume 11, Issue 4, 1 October 2007, Pages 318-326 Sekendiz, B.; Altun, O.; Korkusuz, F.; Akin, S. Cited by Scopus (3)

8. Massage therapy helps to increase range of motion, decrease pain and assist in healing a client with low back pain and sciatica symptoms • Article Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Volume 12, Issue 3, 1 July 2008, Pages 281-289 Bell, J.

9. Physical and perceptual benefits of yoga asana practice: results of a pilot study • Article Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Volume 9, Issue 3, 1 July 2005, Pages 211-219 Cowen, V.S.; Adams, T.B. Cited by Scopus (5)

10. Altered motor control, posture and the Pilates method of exercise prescription • Article Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Volume 13, Issue 1, 1 January 2009, Pages 104-111 Curnow, D.; Cobbin, D.; Wyndham, J.; Boris Choy, S.T. Cited by Scopus (1

11. A comparison of two muscle energy techniques for increasing flexibility of the hamstring muscle group • Article Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Volume 12, Issue 4, 1 October 2008, Pages 312-317 Smith, M.; Fryer, G.

12. Effects of a program for trunk strength and stability on pain, low back and pelvis kinematics, and body balance: A pilot study • Article Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Volume 12, Issue 1, 1 January 2008, Pages 22-30 Carpes, F.P.; Reinehr, F.B.; Mota, C.B. Cited by Scopus (1)

13. The role of exercise in the conservative treatment of the anterior shoulder dislocation • Article Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Volume 10, Issue 3, 1 July 2006, Pages 211-219 Karatsolis, K.; Athanasopoulos, S.

14. Treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome: a review of the non-surgical approaches with emphasis in neural mobilization • Article Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Volume 8, Issue 1, 1 January 2004, Pages 2-8 Kostopoulos, D. Cited by Scopus (5)

15. Muscle activity of the upper and lower rectus abdominis during exercises performed on and off a Swiss ball • Article Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Volume 13, Issue 4, 1 October 2009, Pages 364-367 Duncan, M.

16. The effect of manual pressure release on myofascial trigger points in the upper trapezius muscle • Article Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Volume 9, Issue 4, 1 October 2005, Pages 248-255 Fryer, G.; Hodgson, L. Cited by Scopus (18)

17. The effects of Pilates-based exercise on dynamic balance in healthy

adults
• Article Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Volume 11, Issue 3, 1 July 2007, Pages 238-242 Johnson, E.G.; Larsen, A.; Ozawa, H.; Wilson, C.A.; Kennedy, K.L. Cited by Scopus (5)

18. Lower back pain and sleep disturbance are reduced following massage therapy • Article Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Volume 11, Issue 2, 1 April 2007, Pages 141-145 Field, T.; Hernandez-Reif, M.; Diego, M.; Fraser, M. Cited by Scopus (6)

19. Yoga techniques as a means of core stability training • Article Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Volume 13, Issue 1, 1 January 2009, Pages 98-103 Omkar, S.N.; Vishwas, S. Cited by Scopus (1)

20. Pilates method in personal autonomy, static balance and quality of life of elderly females • Article Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Volume 14, Issue 2, 1 April 2010, Pages 195-202 Siqueira Rodrigues, B.G.d.; Ali Cader, S.; Bento Torres, N.V.O.; Oliveira,

E.M.d.; Martin Dantas, E.H.

21. The horse as the healer-A study of riding in patients with back pain • Article Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Volume 13, Issue 1, 1 January 2009, Pages 43-52 Hakanson, M.; Moller, M.; Lindstrom, I.; Mattsson, B.

22. The effect of stretching duration on the lower-extremity flexibility of

adolescent soccer players
• Article Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Volume 9, Issue 3, 1 July 2005, Pages 220-225 Zakas, A. Cited by Scopus (4)

23. Effect of Pilates and taiji quan training on self-efficacy, sleep quality,

mood, and physical performance of college students
• Article Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Volume 13, Issue 2, 1 April 2009, Pages 155-163 Caldwell, K.; Harrison, M.; Adams, M.; Travis Triplett, N.

24. Acute effects of stretching duration on the range of motion of elderly women Article Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Volume 9, Issue 4, 1 October 2005, Pages 270-276 Zakas, A.; Balaska, P.; Grammati-kopoulou, M.G.; Zakas, N.; Vergou, A. Cited by Scopus (7)

25. Manual therapy for temporomandibular disorders: A review of the literature • Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, Volume 11, Issue 1, 1 January 2007, Pages 84-90 Kalamir, A.; Pollard, H.; Vitiello, A.L.; Bonello, R.

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