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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...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 i can do to alleviate pain from costochondral separation?

Are there any exercises i can do to alleviate pain from costochondral separation?

Ouch!: Unfortunately, cartilage (costo- ribs, chondro-cartilage) is very slow healing tissue. Need to take it easy for 2-6 wks & let tissues heal. Wrapping w ace wrap may feel better, but is controversial due to concerns re pneumonia. If you wrap take it off every 2-4 hrs & try to breathe deeply. Hugging a pillow may help w this. Ibuprofen if not contraindicated. Try exercising arms & legs. Walk in 2 wks. ...Read more

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Are there any good exercises to do with a strained back?

Are there any good exercises to do with a strained back?

Pool exercises: In a warm swimming pool, you are essentially weightless. Therefore, less stress on your back. ...Read more

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Are there any stretching exercises I can do to help my ankle arthritis?

Are there any stretching exercises I can do to help my ankle arthritis?

Yes: Arthritis in any joint should be exercised primarily through stretching or "range of motion" exercises. For the ankle, i encourage patients to improve their range of motion by dorsi-flexing (toes towards you) and plantar-flexing (toes pointing away from you.) additionally, making clockwise and counter-clockwise circles with your toes also helps. Remember, "motion is lotion." always keep moving! ...Read more

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Are there any exercises i can do to improve my walking posture?

Are there any exercises i can do to improve my walking posture?

Core strengthening: Yes, you can improve your posture if you focus your effort on strengthening your core muscles. The abdominal, oblique, and back muscles work in conjunction to maintain a neutral position and, therefore, equilibrium of the spine. Use of a stability ball to perform core strengthening and conditioning exercises will help you improve and maintain good posture during both stance and gait phases. ...Read more

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Are there any cardio exercises i can do at home?

Are there any cardio exercises i can do at home?

Exercise: Many including running, jump rope, kickboxing, treadmill, swimming to mention some. ...Read more

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What are some good things i can do to relieve stress?

What are some good things i can do to relieve stress?

Stress relief: Yoga, dance, expressive arts, meditation, tai chi, walking in nature, gardening, listening to music you like, getting a massage, taking care of pets, giving and receiving affection, watching movies, and many more that you can dream up. Enjoy! ...Read more

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Are there any good exercises that are good to do after I have torn my pcl?

Are there any good exercises that are good to do after I have torn my pcl?

Quad strengthening: The best thing for a PCL tear is to strengthen the quadriceps muscle such as leg presses, quad extensions. The PCL prevents the leg from moving backwards. When it is torn the leg sags backward just below the knee. The quads move the leg forward when they fire, and thus having strong quads keeps the leg forward under the knee. Also using a brace with a posterior bump can set the leg more forward. ...Read more

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Are there any exercises I can do to help with tmj?

Are there any exercises I can do to help with tmj?

YES and NO: I would not necessarily follow exercises that you may have discovered online or from friends, etc. I would go in a have a consult with a tmj/tmd specialist and be supervised in doing the types of exercises designed for your unique set of tmj/tmd circumstances. ...Read more

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Is there any cure for morton's neuroma or any thing i can do to help relieve the pain. I tried orthotics and that did not help at all. I am a cyclist ?

Is there any cure for morton's neuroma or any thing i can do to help relieve the pain. I tried orthotics and that did not help at all. I am a cyclist ?

Variety of treatment: Neuromas are inflammation and/or damage to the nerve. If you treat the problem early, you have a better chance for success. Cortisone injections, nsaids, good shoes and supports can sometimes help. If your symptoms have been present for greater than 6 months, then conservative care is not as successful. Usually, surgical removal is the definitive treatment for chronic problems. Dr l. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are good low back pain exercises?

Can you tell me if there are good low back pain exercises?

Core: Core excercises are very good for low back pain. There are several examples of "core exercises" on the internet. Your physical therapist should also be able to show you examples. It is also important to stay flexible with emphasis on stretching your hamstrings. ...Read more

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Are there any exercises or natural ways to ease my TMJ pain?

Tmj: How sure are you of your correct diagnoses , there's a difference between TMJ and tmd . You need to be diagnosed by some one who understand the difference . What caused your joint pain, is it your bite , your dental work , trauma , or grinding your teeth , my suggestion don't chew gum , or eat chewy food and take large bite check the internet there are several exercises for your neck and joint. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are good creams or home remedies to help ease the pain of MS sufferers?

Can you tell me if there are good creams or home remedies to help ease the pain of MS sufferers?

Mostly not: Patients with more advanced MS and limited mobility can have pain from joints & contractures. But MS pts have much less physical disability these days with all the disease-modifying therapies of the last 20 years or so. MS pain is often central, i.e. not due to injured tissue; the CNS is giving itself false pain messages. Topical agents won't work for that; you need modern centrally-acting drugs. ...Read more

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Are there any easy things at home i can do to help my ibs?

Are there any easy things at home i can do to help my ibs?

Diet and fluids: I rarely prescribe meds for ibs. In my experience teaching people to eat and drink properly resolves most if not all symptoms when the patient is compliant and follows through. Hi fiber, 80-100 ounces non caffeine, non alcoholic beverages each day, regular meal times, excercise. Consistency is the key to being symptom free. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are good homemade remedies for pain relief?

Can you tell me if there are good homemade remedies for pain relief?

Sure: Warm shower or a bath can decrease muscular tension and spasms/cramps. Make sure you are well hydrated and consider a multi-vitamin as these can cause cramping. Green tea and other foods may lessen inflammatory processes. Tart cherry extract, ginger, curcumin, omega 3 fatty acids all have potential to reduce inflammation & thus pain. Massage and meditation also help at home. ...Read more

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Are there any cardio excercises you can do with a foot injury?

Are there any cardio excercises you can do with a foot injury?

Low impact: Depending on the injury, you should be able to do low impact exercise, such as a stationary bike. Would clear any specific exercise with your doc. ...Read more

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What are safe exercises to do with a stress fracture?

What are safe exercises to do with a stress fracture?

Non weightbearing: Non weight bearing activity such as light cycling, swimming and weight lifting (while sitting and lying down). Discuss with your doctor. Will probably be able to gradually increase stress as symptoms resolve. Dr l. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress Management (Definition)

"stress" is mental, physical, or emotional tension or strain. For each of us, the experience is a little different -- and the situations that trigger it are individual also. "stress management" is the process of using tools or skills such as guided imagery/visualization, meditation, biofeedback, breathing exercises, yoga, etc to decrease or contain this ...Read more