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Dr. Kathryn Mosher
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Muscular Dystrophy (Definition)

Muscular dystrophy includes a number of disorders which are associated primarily with abnormalities of the architecture of the cells, often causing changes in size and function (weakness). These disorders are typically inherited, and recognized early in life, although there are of course exceptions to this. Prognosis is based on the type of MD and expression ...Read more


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What is the difference in the exercise prescription for building muscular endurance vs muscle strength ?

What is the difference in the exercise prescription for building muscular endurance vs muscle strength ?

Str vs Endur: Strength is looking for maximum output over a short period of time. An example of this would be powerlifting. Endurance would be training for long periods of time usually at a reduced rate. This would be a distance runner. Usually it is best to cross train, or train for both as in doing so you can develop both types of muscle fibers, fast twitch (strength) and slow twitch (endurance). ...Read more

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What is a disadvantage of performing calisthenics for muscular fitness?

What is a disadvantage of performing calisthenics for muscular fitness?

Not much: If done without over stretching and with attention to excessive plyometrics. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of cardio exercises over strength training?

What are the benefits of cardio exercises over strength training?

Multiple: The advantages to a daily jogging / aerobic program are these: increased aerobic fitness , better leg muscle tone, and increased endorphin release which usually results in better concentration powers and ability to relax . Strength training with weights increases muscle strength, endurance and general body habitus. Good Luck! ...Read more

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Are pacemakers advisable for those with duchenne muscular dystrophy and a low ejection fraction?

Are pacemakers advisable for those with duchenne muscular dystrophy and a low ejection fraction?

NO: Muscular dystrophy affects the heart muscle. The poor ejection fraction means that the heart is too weak to pump adequate blood with each stroke. A pace maker is a device to shock the heart to make it contract when the usual electrical conduction of the heart is not working well. Conduction defects are rare in muscular dystrophy. ...Read more

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Are there benefits of kegel exercises for men?

Are there benefits of kegel exercises for men?

Maybe: Some medical research suggests that pelvic floor exercises can improve erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation, via improved muscular control of the pelvis. Given that there is virtually no risk, kegel exercises are a logical first approach to these problems, before considering medications. ...Read more

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What is the link between immobility and the complications of duchenne muscular dystrophy?

It's progressive: The most common forms of muscular dystrophy are progressive. Immobility in general is related to muscle atrophy independent of disease. Patients with muscular dystrophy who stay active retain independence longer than those who do not, and some medications and surgeries can assist in this goal. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the exercise prescription for building muscular endurance and muscle strength?

What is the difference between the exercise prescription for building muscular endurance and muscle strength?

Training: Endurance training will usually involve doing cardiovascular training such as running, biking, swimming. Muscle strength training usually uses resistance training or weight based exercise. That said you can do resistance training in a cardiovascular way and vice versa. ...Read more

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How effective is skelaxin (metaxalone) in helping with the spasmodic symptoms associated with myotonic dystrophy (related to muscular dystrophy)?

How effective is skelaxin (metaxalone) in helping with the spasmodic symptoms associated with myotonic dystrophy (related to muscular dystrophy)?

Muscle relaxants: It's really just trial and error. It does have the advantage of being one of least likely to be sedating. You may need to trial Baclofen or Zanaflex (tizanidine) if skellaxen does not work. ...Read more

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Good treatments for hypotonia/low muscle tone?

Hard to say: Is this part of a condition? Can u excercise? If you have recurrent pain issues coming from the body an snri would help, like cymblata 30mg but unsure if you are out of shape or have a muscle disease. ...Read more

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What are some good isotonic exercises for the trapezius muscle?

What are some good  isotonic exercises for the trapezius muscle?

Her my answer: I like to do dumbell shrugs, and upright rows to work my traps. ...Read more

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Is isometric exercise good for muscle building, definition or power?

Is isometric exercise good for muscle building, definition or power?

Mostly, first two: Isometric exercises are one where one uses muscle strength against an immovable or difficult to move resistance...Like standing in a doorway and with the arms at your side pushing against the inside of the door with the back of hands as hard as possible and maintain the push. This helps mainly the long muscle fibers definition and strength. ...Read more

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Is walking a good form of exercise for people with spinal stenosis?

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Is walking a good form of exercise for people with spinal stenosis?

Depends: Walking may increase spinal stenosis symptoms because the spine tends to be in a more extended position with walking. If walking causes symptoms, patients may consider biking, where the spine is more flexed. ...Read more

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What forms of physical exercise are safe for people with retinal problems?

What forms of physical exercise are safe for people with retinal problems?

Quite variable: If you have a retinal detachment than exercise that lead to significant valsalva(abdominal straining) like heavy squats/resistance training or inverted exercises(like hand stands) probably should be avoided. But in the case of macular degeneration exercise is usually encouraged to help to stave of progression. ...Read more

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What is the national morbidity rate of duchenne muscular dystrophy?

What is the national morbidity rate of duchenne muscular dystrophy?

Historically, DMD: results in loss of ambulation between 7-13 & demise in the teens-20's, but aggressive medical management can prolong ambulation & address cardiac & pulmonary complications to increase life-span to ~ 28 years. Families can find regional MDA/ALS Clinics by calling (800) 572-1717 or on http://mda.org/services/your-mda-clinic for optimal medical & mental health services. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more