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Best Sleeping Positions For Muscle Strains
I have cervical strain. can you recommend pillows for side sleeper without causing muscle strain? I sleep with two pillows.
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
What are best sleep position(s) & pillow height/firmness for reducing/preventing back, neck & shoulder tension/soreness?
Left shoulder impingement/cervical strain. What are some exercises to aid this?What exercises are ok for other body parts? Ortho said no overhead move
Shoulder impingment: Impingement is typically aggravated by overhead lifting, so exercises should consist of range of motion and strengthening in the motions that are not aggravated by condition. Band work for internal and external rotation is a good start. Consult a pt. ...Read more
Lots of reasons: Yes you do rest but your body goes through an active phase too. Also from staying in basically one position you can get stiff especially if you are older. ...Read more
What types of stretches/exercises are good for relieving sciatica caused by a mild lower back muscle strain?
Core Exercises: Typically core strengthening exercises are the best to help relieve pressure and forces in the spine. I would try and google some or look them up on youtube to see descriptions. If you can do them yourself, wonderful otherwise ask your doctor to get a referral to a good physical therapist for further assistance. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Greeting;What is best relief for mighty muscle spasms during resting or sleep hours, please. They are worst than ever in strenghth. Thank you.
Answer is obvious: If your car was making a funny sound, would you think, "How can I get rid of that funny sound?" or would you think, "I need to take my car in to the mechanic to find out what's making that sound so HE can get rid of the sound"? It's just as true in medicine as in auto repair: First diagnosis, THEN treatment. How can you treat something when you don't know what is causing that something? ...Read more
Rounded shoulders causing shoulder and neck pain. Is wearing a posture brace to bring the shoulders back a good idea? Will it weaken muscles?
Exercise is better.: It is far better to exercise and strengthen the muscles in your shoulder and back to correct posture. See your doc, and get a referral to a physical therapist if necessary and to be sure you don't have scoliosis or another problem of the spine that is affecting your posture. Stronger muscles will help no matter what the cause, though. ...Read more
Experiment: Yoga is a way to stretch. Keeping your "core" (tummy and back muscles) limber and strong can help reduce back pain. Experiment with the movements and positions. Choose those that work the "core." a little discomfort is okay. If a position is really uncomfortable (during or after), try something different. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are some good exercises to strengthen the back muscles (i have chronic back pain from sitting down at work)?
"superman" exercise: Back injuries should always be checked by your doctor, especially if chronic or if one experiences symptoms down the leg(s). The superman exercise is ideal for strengthening the back muscles. Lie on your stomach, arms outstretched in front; lift the rt. Arm/shoulder and left leg/hip off the floor for 5 seconds, then repeat on the opposite side, do 12 sets, twice a day. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Injured upper back falling. Muscle is burning/tearing with daily movement and basic living tasks. Treating with cyclobenzaprine/heat. Recommendation?
Time is generally : needed to allow muscular injuries to heal whether they be contusions &/or pulls. Local modalities like heat &/or ice can help as can activity modification to avoid restraining the muscles as they heal. Use of medication can help with symptoms like cyclobenzoprine, Tylenol (acetaminophen) & an OTC NSAID if no reasons not to medically. Physical therapy may also be of help if other possible injuries are ruled out ...Read more
Could you suggest the best position and props to achieve most comfort while sleeping with torn meniscus?
It depends: There are 2 menisci in the knee, medial and lateral. Tears can be anterior (in the front) or posteriorly (in the back). The most common tear is medial and posterior. Sleeping with the knee partially propped up in flexion will work, but your knee will typically tell you what feels best. If it continues to interfere with sleep and activites of daily living, you shuld have it treated (arthroscopy). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Better to focus on stretching or building muscle for back pain? New job turning, changing and lifting adults killing my back. Need quick results!
Back pain: Having a strong and flexible back is always a good thing, but consider the role of proper rest on a comfortable mattress as a therapy. You also need to contact your supervisor at work since your back pain is work related and you are entitled under workman's compensation law to be treated for you problem without you having to pay. ...Read more
What other than benzos work in the same way to relax muscles. 5mg Valium relieves most of chronic pain for 1/2 days & no side effects. Robaxin (methocarbamol) horrid.
Cyclobenzaprine: is a muscle relaxant. It works by blocking nerve impulses and pain that are sent to your brain. Valium, an anxiolytic, is not classified as a skeletal muscle relaxant but is often used in the management of acute muscle pain for short period of time only. Benzodiazepines are very addictive. See your PCP for more information and options. ...Read more
Gentle Stretching: Gentle poses that stretch the psoas and quadratus lumborum musculature can often be helpful in treating/preventing low back pain. Positions such as downward dog, cobra and "warrior 1" can help. However, it is best to use these positions as part of a broader yoga routine. I recommend taking a local yoga class to learn how to safely and gently utilize these forms. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
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