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Doctor insights on: Holding Muscular Contractions With Pilates

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Dx with pelvic floor dysfunction (muscles in spasm) are physio exercises concentrating on the core/abdo muscles going to make PFD worse?

Dx with pelvic floor dysfunction (muscles in spasm) are physio  exercises concentrating on the core/abdo muscles going to make PFD worse?

NO: strenghten pelvic floor and PC muscles with Kegal maneuvers, pelvic thrusts and abdominal bridging and planking exercises. PT will work. Strenghtening gluteal and pelvic floor muscles. Ask you GYN about the use of pelvic/vaginal weights. ...Read more

Contraction (Definition)

This usually has to do with the onset of labor. It is a muscular tightening of the uterus. Contractions are timed from beginning to end of hardening of the uterus (duration) and from beginning of one contraction until the beginning of the next (frequency). A third descriptor is intensity or how hard ...Read more


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Does muscle contraction deal with muscles that are tense during working out?

Does muscle contraction deal with muscles that are tense during working out?

Yes: Muscles contract or become tense when you exercise. There are 3 type of muscle contractions. Concentric = muscle length shortens as it contracts (when you do a biceps curl). Isometric=no change in muscle length (when you show off your biceps). Eccentric=muscle lengthens as it contracts (plyometric exercises such as a box jump) - best way to become stronger or treat muscle injury. Hope this helps. ...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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Does lifting weights make back muscle spasm worse?

Does lifting weights make back muscle spasm worse?

Yes: Typically yes it will make spasms worse. Take a break until spasms have subsided then start lifting again but at a lower weight. Work your way slowly back to your goal weight. Stretch well before any exercise. ...Read more

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Do running, brisk walking and doing sit ups also exercise the pubococcygeus muscles in men?

Do running, brisk walking and doing sit ups also exercise the pubococcygeus muscles in men?

Probably not: Those exercises are good for your body and overall health. There might be some indirect effects on your pubococcygeus. Not sure why you think you need to exercise your pubococcygeus. ...Read more

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Can neck strain during exercise cause lhermitte's sign (sit ups, push ups, stair climbing).Began w/pulled muscle in lower back&spread to neck.

Can neck strain during exercise cause lhermitte's sign (sit ups, push ups, stair climbing).Began w/pulled muscle in lower back&spread to neck.

Really shouldn't: Understand that lhermitte's sign is a shock-like sensation that radiates to arms and legs during a flexion or forced flexion maneuver of the neck. Classically, this was used to identify ms. It is presently used to commonly identify symptomatic spinal cord compression. So, if you are not having the arm/leg symptoms, this is not lhermitte's sign. If yes, you should consider evaluation by spine md. ...Read more

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I have 35 degree congenital lumbar scoliosis along with spina bifida occulta in L5 vertebra. Is lifting weights and doing push ups a good idea?

It is fine: Typically spina bifida occulta is not highly destabilized and more of an incidental finding. The scoliosis should also not be a huge problem. My recommendation would be to work out, but don't do exercises that are bothersome to your low back. If it hurts, don't do it. ...Read more

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Can workout sit ups or jump-rope exercises aggravate kidney stones?

Can workout sit ups or jump-rope exercises aggravate kidney stones?

Stone position: Exercise will not "aggravate" kidney stones. However, if you have a stone in the lower pole (bottom) of the kidney, then the activity could change the position of the stone where it could pass down the ureter and cause pain. ...Read more

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Which is better lifting weights or push ups?

Which is better lifting weights or push ups?

It depends: Depending on your personal goals, abilities, and preferences, push-ups and/or weight training can be successfully incorporated into an exercise program. Push-ups are a single exercise working mainly the chest and shoulders, while lifting weights can entail multiple exercises working all major muscle groups. ...Read more

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Can an endomorph build muscle by only doing body weight excersizes? Such as push ups, pull ups, sit ups etc.

Can an endomorph build muscle by only doing body weight excersizes? Such as push ups, pull ups, sit ups etc.

Yes: But your muscle growth is limited with only body weight exercises. Resistance training with heavier weights will grow your muscles larger. ...Read more

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Could lifting weights count as strength training, or is doing squats, crunches, kickbacks, etc strength training?

Could lifting weights count as strength training, or is doing squats, crunches, kickbacks, etc strength training?

Strength training: Training your muscles for increased strength and endurance should be a gradual process to avoid injuries. Lifting your own body weight such as in pushups, pullups, squats, lunges has similar benefit for staying fit. A good healthy diet plan is a must. Avoid junk calories and focus on nutrition with veggies and fruits. Stay regular and consistent. Good luck. ...Read more

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With a tailbone injury can you do strength training w weights ie squats,leg press, hip abducter and cardio - elliptical?

With a tailbone injury can you do strength training w weights ie squats,leg press, hip abducter and cardio - elliptical?

Varies: It varies somewhat based on the severity of the injury. If it is a fracture, you would be well suited to avoid exercises that put extra strain on that area such as seated military press, etc for 6-8 weeks. If it was more of a soft tissue injury, than basically you would just try to keep your activities to such a level that your pain is not aggravated, but could increase them as tolerated. ...Read more

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Is foam rolling and/or light stretching good or bad for abdominal muscle strain?

Is foam rolling and/or light stretching good or bad for abdominal muscle strain?

Muscle strain: Muscle strain is a tear of the muscle fibers. After a prescribed period of R.I.C.E treatment, it is appropriate to do LIGHT stretching to prevent the muscle from tightening down during healing. But it must be done gently! Remember, when recovering from a strain, if it hurts, don't do it. ...Read more

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Could doing neck stretches or exercises break your neck?

Could doing neck stretches or exercises break your neck?

Unlikely: It is generally good for your neck to stretching and exercises. The only way it could be a danger is if you have some rare pre-existing condition such as a collagen disorder or loss of bone density (rare in a 30 year old). ...Read more

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Leg pains and muscle spasms in hip. Am i overdoing senior exercise class?

Leg pains and muscle spasms in hip. Am i overdoing senior exercise class?

Possibly: If you are exercising and having acute pain while doing the exercises, you may need to rethink this activity. Also if you have severe pain or prolonged pain the next day after exercise you may be overdoing it. Talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more

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Which upper body exercises, such as push-ups, biceps curls, etc., are better for not enlarging your neck muscles?

Which upper body exercises, such as push-ups, biceps curls, etc., are better for not enlarging your neck muscles?

There r some, but...: Curls will build biceps muscles on flexion, and triceps muscles with slow extension back; there are various nautilus and other exercise machines that will be rather specific for biceps and triceps; however it's better to think in terms of what group of muscles r used to hit baseball, tennis, or golf ball, shooting hoops, pitching, all require using all upper body muscles for prime performance. ...Read more