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Small Ball Exercises For Senior Citizens
Iam cracking may hand allot now i feel pain in my hand if i didnt do it often ,, i tried to exercises my hand by holding a small ball all the time ??
Knuckle cracking: Although knuckle-cracking has never been shown to cause arthritis, it is possible to strain ligaments when you pull on the fingers so hard. The cracking sound is from an air bubble that pops. It is a sign that you pulled too hard. Excessive hand exercises may just aggravate the soreness. Leaving your hands alone except for normal activities will eventually reduce pain. ...Read more
If its not painful : You can, but you still need to see the foot doc to figure out what that bump is. ...Read more
Fell&hurt my wrists7 mths ago.Have been doing PT.A wk ago,a small shelf hurt/scratched the back of my right hand.Can I still doPT exercises(wrist extensor stretch,wrist flexor strtch,stress ball squeeze,Tyler twist,wrist curls,wrist extension curls)?
Yes: A small/superficial injury to the skin of your hand should heal without any issue, even with your wrist exercises. It sounds like the injury is not over a joint so you should be fine. Just keep the wound clean (frequent hand washing and keep it covered until it heals or a scab forms) to prevent infection. ...Read more
Many kinds: There are many kinds of exercises that can strengthen the "core abdominal and back muscles. My favorite happens to be yoga but pilates also strengthens the core very well. I usually recommend that people who do not exercise alot or at all start with a beginner class in yoga or pilates and work up. Also it is a good idea to consult with your doctor before starting any exercise program ...Read more
Three suggestions...: Aquatics, body weight, or resistance bands/ tubing are good places to start for anyone, regardless of age. Aquatics allow you to perform body weight exercises, but being in water actually reduces the stress on your body due to buoyancy. Once you are able to perform body weight activities then look to add light resistance with bands/ tubing. ...Read more
Exercise for seniors: It is best for seniors to check with their physician before launching a program of excercies. Many of us jump in too fast, over-do it, and fail. Remember it is a gradual, cumulative benefit; needn't rush, be consistent most of all. Water based exerc is good for old joints and muscles, swim, water aerobics, "walking." weight training done right is great, keep u out of wheelchair and active. ...Read more
Blood flow: By increasing blood flow to the brain and thereby increasing oxygenation and metabolism, memeory can improve. I would also add that there may be benefit from improved mood and overall increased vitality. The other benefit is that as you increase exercise, you are more engaged and less bored, this improves memory as well. There are probably other reasons such as hormones, etc but those r basics. ...Read more
Upper trunk: Shouldrs & neck. Lifting arms on your side & make rounds front & back. Lift up & down with small weights. Deep breathing & hold for 8 to 12 sec. There are many. ...Read more
Many types: Seniors can benefit from low weight, high rep exercises to build strength. Also, building core strength is essential to maintain strong bones. Also, balance exercises are important to prevent falls. Tai chi is a great example of how to do core exercises without weights and balance exercises at the same time. ...Read more
Try a senior center: Most senior centers have "silver sneakers"programs which are exercise programs designed for the elderly. So do ymca s. Or even check with your local hospital about programs in yor area. ...Read more
Low impact: Aquatics, body weight, or resistance bands/ tubing biking, and/or elliptical. Aquatics allow you to perform body weight exercises, but being in water actually reduces the stress on your body due to buoyancy. Once you are able to perform body weight activities then look to add light resistance w/ bands/ tubing. ...Read more
I'm a volunteer at a nursing home and I am now doing activities with seniors. I need some ideas for safe exercises in chairs?
Kee[p it simple: This is great thing to do.. Just keep it simple. Reaching one arm at a time , forward, then upward, then out to the side. Repeat on the other side. Rotate head toward left shoulder, pause, then return to midline.. And repeat to the other side. Now lean one ear towards the shoulder on the same side... Pause and return and repeat on the other side. Good luck. ...Read more
Geriatrics doctors: are there specific physical exercises you recommend to senior or physical metrics they should track (i.E. Balance/strength)?
Do several things: There is no specific answer. One should do both cardio and resistence training. It is extremely important to maintain muscle strength as one ages.Walking is a great way to start. ...Read more
Came home on paid meds, had small hard stools, can a senior safely use a glycerin suppository for relief?
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
Muscle pain after exercise. Do you think it's okay to start another long and senior exercise session?
See your doctor: These symptoms can only be adequately diagnosed only after a thorough evaluation by your doctor. This may include labs and other satudies. Once all of the information is in, your doctor can let you know what's going on, and what to do to help you. ...Read more
Walk: A good exercise program for seniors is walking. Start slow in distance and pace and gradually increase both over a period of weeks to avoid overuse injuries.Remember to stretch hamstrings, quads, and calf muscles before and after u walk. Adding some basic sit- ups and push-ups to this will add core and upper body strength. Best of Luck! ...Read more
Yoga ball: Every exercise has some benefit. You are likely working on core, balance, & proprioception with this. ...Read more
Xray: Need an xray to localize. A single one may pass if small enough but if more than one is swallowed, they may cause complications if they contact each other through tissues. So go to ER. ...Read more
Will come out: depends on the size, but if it went in easily, then it should come out with BM. Sometimes people need doctor assistance - usually a surgeon to remove. ...Read more
I accidentaly got a small rubber ball stuck is my anus, i don't know what to do! please help me asap .
If : If indeed the rubber ball is small, you should try to poop it out. If you can't, you should go to your local emergency department (ed) for a physician to remove it. Don't be afraid to go out of embarassment. Every experienced ed physician (or general surgeon) has had to deal with this problem. Good luck! ...Read more
Once every cycle I get discharge that sticks together in a small ball shape. What is this? What stage of cycle?
Discharge: If the discharge is thick and cloudy that represents the time in your cycle when not ovulating. At midcycle mucus /discharge is clear and stretchy like egg white. That is a female's fertile time. If at any time the discharge itches, burns, or has an odor, i recommend you see your doctor as that most likely means a vaginal infection. ...Read more
My tailbone started hurting out of nowhere on Monday n I have like a small ball their. I did buy a donut yesterday?
Tailbone pain: You may have an infection there that needs to be drained. you should go see your doctor to get this evaluated. ...Read more