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Do hamstring stretch exercises help back pain?

Do hamstring stretch exercises help back pain?

Frequently: The hamstring muscles insert directly on the bottom of the pelvis called the ischial tuberosities. The degree of hamstring tightness directly influences the curve of the lower lumbar spine. Tight hamstrings flatten out the normal curvature which tends to cause poor weight bearing characteristics in the lumbar spine. Stretching the hamstrings is an important part of back exercises. ...Read more

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Core strengthening exercises to do after low back spinal fusion?

Core strengthening exercises to do after low back spinal fusion?

Core exercises: Neutral spine core stability exercises of mcgill can be done almost immediately even while in a brace, these include planks and "bird dog" as well as abdominal pull ins. The key here is to maintain a neutral spine. Videos are on youtube and may be adapted. Definitely coordinate this with your surgeon and physical therapist. ...Read more

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Will neck stretching exercises actually work?

Will neck stretching exercises actually work?

Absolutely: Movement and stretching is very useful to help disorders of the neck and spine. ...Read more

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Do planks workout the lower back stabalizer muscles?

Do planks workout the lower back stabalizer muscles?

Not so much: Planks are excellent 'core' workouts that can be done in the gym or at home . Planks work primarily the abdominal muscles and glutes if done correctly . Best of luck on your workouts! ...Read more

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What are good neck exercises and back exercises?

What are good neck exercises and back exercises?

See below: The best exercises for low back are gentle core strengthening exercises. A great program for this can be found at www.therehabzone.com ...Read more

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Can strengthening muscles mean building muscles?

Can strengthening muscles mean building muscles?

To a point.: Strengthening usually requires lower reps per set (2-4) than muscle building (6-8), with consequent heavier weights. That being said, stronger muscles can be bigger muscles, just maybe not as large as those built through muscle building techniques specifically. ...Read more

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What're some ankle strengthening exercises?

What're some ankle strengthening exercises?

Many: Hi: there are many and most you already know such as belt pulls, ankle lifts, jump rope, balance boards and etc. Best regards: dr. Mark reed placentia-linda foot & ankle group drs. Mark and melanie reed 1275 rose drive, suite 136 placentia, ca 92870 fax: (714) 528-0739 office: (714) 528-2252 www.Footpain.Org drmreed@footpain.Org. ...Read more

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What yoga exercises can relieve back pain?

What yoga exercises can relieve back pain?

Forward folds: Forward folds and hamstring stretches are good for the back. When you stretch our legs you are also stretching your back at the same time. ...Read more

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Are lower back hyperextension exercises good to avoid back pain?

Are lower back hyperextension exercises good to avoid back pain?

Yes: Over time, gravity tends to pull us into a flexed position. Extension exercises counter this effect and help keep the spine neutral. Twisting exercises also help keep the spine limber and lubricated. ...Read more

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Suggestions for low/no impact.Exercises to strength core muscles?

Suggestions for low/no impact.Exercises to strength core muscles?

Mayo Clinic: Mayoclinic.Com has a good list of non-impact core exercises under multimedia tab. The slide show and explanation is pretty informative. ...Read more

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OA in neck, upper back spasms. Overhead exercise tightens back. Should I try doing overhead exercises or avoid? Weights OK? Flabby upper arms/obese.

OA in neck, upper back spasms. Overhead exercise tightens back. Should I try doing overhead exercises or avoid? Weights OK? Flabby upper arms/obese.

OK to avoid them: First it may help to work with a certified personal trainer to modify an overhead exercises so that they are more "tolerable". Otherwise, no exercise that is done overhead is "necessary". Be reassured that you can readily find alternatives that will be suitable without compromising your the benefits you are receiving. ...Read more

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Exercises to change bulk up pectoral muscles?

Exercises to change bulk up pectoral muscles?

Pushups, for one. : Push-ups, and bench presses are the most common. Make sure that you are also doing exercises that build your back and biceps so that you keep your posture stable. ...Read more

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Can yoga and Pilates cure scoliosis?

Can yoga and Pilates cure scoliosis?

No: Over hundreds of years, the medical field has tried hundreds of things to cure scoliosis. This has included strengthening exercises, physical therapy, chiropractic care, estim, traction, yoga, pilates, and many other things. Nothing has ever been shown to help. Mild cases don't usually need treatment. Severe cases need surgery. Thank you for your question. ...Read more

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What are good exercises for strengthening quad muscles?

What are good exercises for strengthening quad muscles?

Quad exercises: The muscles of the quadriceps femoris include the rectus femoris and the three vastus muscles (medius, intermedius, and lateralis). They primary function to help extend the knee, but the rectus also helps flex the hip. Exercises that strengthen the quads include leg extensors, squats, lunges and leg presses. Cardio exercises that condition the quads include running, cycling, and stair climbing. ...Read more

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Will strengthening the trapezius muscle decrease neck pain?

Will strengthening the trapezius muscle decrease neck pain?

Depends: This totally depends on the cause of your neck pain. Strengthening the muscles supporting your neck can help the pain but strengthening some but not all of these muscles can make it worse. You need to work with a physician and/or physical therapist and craft a specific plan to treat the specific cause of your neck pain. ...Read more

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