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Are there any exercises that can prevent muscle atrophy during pregnancy?

Are there any exercises that can prevent muscle atrophy during pregnancy?

Yes: Isometric muscle contractions prevent atrophy and can be done for most muscle groups. But ask your OB for their recommendations for any other exercises for your specific pregnancy issues. ...Read more

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Muscle (Definition)

It is a body tissue that has the ability to contract. It shortens and generates force. It relaxes and returns to its original length. Muscles move joints, stabilize the body, move air and food through the organs, act as valves for bladder, bowel and other organs. They control movement of the eyes. They help us express ourselves by changing the shape of our ...Read more


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Are there any exercises that can help ptosis ?

Are there any exercises that can help ptosis ?

None: Eyelid ptosis is a droop of the upper lid due to muscle weakness or malposition. Surgery is the only permanent corrective. There is a temporary appliance hooked onto glasses called a ptosis crutch which can lift the lid but this is uncomfortable and not a long term solution. No exercises will help. ...Read more

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Are there any foods that can help prevent myalgia or muscular pain?

Are there any foods that can help prevent myalgia or muscular pain?

Some patients have: Some patients have food allergies or sensitivities that can contribute to muscle pain. Of course each situation needs to be individualized under the direction of a knowledgeable physician. In my practice we often incorporate the rotation elimination diet to assess for any food sensitivities. Some foods may have an anti-inflammatory affect. The clinical impact is still subject to more research. ...Read more

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Are there any exercises that you can do with cervical dystonia?

Are there any exercises that you can do with cervical dystonia?

Yes and no: Careful rom exercises ok, but must be aware that the cause of dystonia may take a while to correct. Special pt places may have equipment. ...Read more

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Are there any safe ab exercises you can do in early pregnancy? Or pregnancy in general?

Please discuss with : Ob as your OB knows you, if you have been doing abdominal exercises and you are having absolutely no problems i allow my pts to continue, pregnancy is not the time to start doing new ones and if u develop any problems you may not be able to do them. ...Read more

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Are there any exercises that can tighten extra skin?

Are there any exercises that can tighten extra skin?

No: Skin cannot be tightened with any amount of exercise. But good exercise and weight loss can decrease the amount of fat bulging beneath the skin, and the skin may shrink back if it isn't stretched too far to do so. ...Read more

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What is the most effective way to gain muscle mass? Are there some exercises that actually lead to a drop/reduction of muscle mass? E.g. do aerobics?

What is the most effective way to gain muscle mass? Are there some exercises that actually lead to a drop/reduction of muscle mass? E.g. do aerobics?

Use it or Lose it.: The most natural way to build muscle mass is to use that particular muscle. In general, our bodies perform efficiently when they are being used. This is the same for muscles. Gradually building up workload on a particular muscle with proper hydration and nutrition is the most effective way. There are pharmacologic therapies that can also help, but are not clinically indicated for your goals. ...Read more

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Are there any home exercises to increase testesterone?

Are there any home exercises to increase testesterone?

Testosterone: If your testosterone levels are within the normal range it would be very unwise to consider taking extra testosterone. If your testosterone levels have not been measured recently please see your primary care doctor. To much testosterone is not good for you. ...Read more

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Are there any natural ways that can increase fertlity in women?

Are there any natural ways that can increase fertlity in women?

Stay healthy!: Healthy diet, limit caffeine/alcohol, no tobacco, moderate exercise all support natural fertility. Understanding when you are able to conceive, using natural family planning also increase success. Herbs, otc drugs, diets, supplements, and tricks to 'make you fertile' don't work and can be dangerous. Politely, if 45 is your correct age i'd skip 'natural' and see a specialist tomorrow. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Are there any tonics that can help to prevent headaches?

Are there any tonics that can help to prevent headaches?

Probably: But you need to understand their origin and deal with that first. If there are food triggers, then eliminate those foods from your diet. Drink more eater. Are you stressed? Out of alignment? Chiropractic care can work wonders. A tonic will help when it is best directed at your body's needs. ...Read more

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Are there any exercises that help or prevent carpal tunnel?

Are there any exercises that help or prevent carpal tunnel?

Yes: Be sure to practice proper ergonomics. If your at a keyboard, use a wrist rest, keep wrists straight and don't overextend or flex while typing. Take breaks to stretch the tissues across the wrist- usually flexion/ extension of the wrist, hands, and fingers. Try to keep items you use frequently close at hand to avoid repetitive reaching and grasping. Carpal tunnel syndrome is an overuse problem. ...Read more

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I have fibro are there any exercises or diet that can help minimize the pain?

I have fibro are there any exercises or diet that can help minimize the pain?

Healthy diet works!: Moderate intensity exercise helps. High intensity is not necessary. In my clinical experience, Diet is more important though. Make sure you dont have any food allergies, get an objective serum/urine nutritional profile and start an anti-inflammatory diet. No sugar or alcohol, minimize simple carbs/grains, avoid trans and omega 6 fats, processed food. Eat lots of veges and fruit, monounsat fat ...Read more

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Are there any exercises that will firm the breasts?

Are there any exercises that will firm the breasts?

Not Really: Breast tissue is glandular. No exercise will firm this tissue. The underlying pectoralis major and minor muscles can definitely be firmed and enlarged with exercises. ...Read more

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Are there any good ways to prevent onset of tendinitis?

Are there any good ways to prevent onset of tendinitis?

Stretch and ice: Prevention takes planning. Taking antiinflammatory meds may help prior to activity, ice afterwards (even if not painful or swollen), hydration or recovery fuel, massage, stretching, etc. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Are there any safe drugs that can help prevent muscle waste caused from to much surgery and where muscle has been scraped out?

Are there any safe drugs that can help prevent muscle waste caused from to much surgery and where muscle has been scraped out?

No: But eating properly with enough protein and vitamins can help. Also, targeted exercise to the area to "build up and strengthen" the muscle might also help if you are far enough from your actual surgery. ...Read more

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Could you tell me if there are any birth controls that are known to help enhance breast size?

Could you tell me if there are any birth controls that are known to help enhance breast size?

No: At best, bcp's will only make a small and temporary change in size. The only proven reliable method that is permanent is surgery - either with implants or fat transfer. ...Read more

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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


Atrophy (Definition)

Atrophy usually refers to the skin-as you get older or if you have had alot of sun in the past-the dermis (that is the layer below the top layer which is called the epidermis) gets thinner and the skin looks more wrinked. Muscles and fat can also get thinner -this is another form of atrophy. Even the top layer gets thinner ...Read more