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How is a spinal injury related to breathing?

How is a spinal injury related to breathing?

Pain & weak muscles: An injury to the bones of the spine can cause a lot of pain, which may cause someone to take shallow breaths. If the injury involves the spinal cord (paralysis), then the nerves that go to muscles in the chest that help with breathing can also be paralyzed. This can lead to breathing difficulties. ...Read more

Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Yoga (Definition)

The term yoga comes from a sanskrit word which means yoke or union. Traditionally, yoga is a method joining the individual self with the divine, universal spirit, or cosmic consciousness. Physical and mental exercises are designed to help achieve this goal, also ...Read more


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Chest pain & trouble breathing from multiple rib dislocations(spinal & sternal). Chiro tried hand manipulation 3x's but hasn't worked. Suggestions?

Chest pain & trouble breathing from multiple rib dislocations(spinal & sternal). Chiro tried hand manipulation 3x's but hasn't worked. Suggestions?

Did you receive: these dislocations from trauma? Fall off a climbing? There is the possibility that you have damaged your lung and developed a pneumothorax. You should go to an ER or stat care for a chest X-ray and evaluation. ...Read more

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Bruises everywhere, extreme fatigue, swelling in lymph nodes and spinal area, breathing difficulties and joint pain. my Cbc is normal. Leukemia?

Bruises everywhere, extreme fatigue, swelling in lymph nodes and spinal area, breathing difficulties and joint pain. my Cbc is normal. Leukemia?

Mgt: I would advise another CBC with a smear, ESR and imaging of affected areas. A lymph node biopsy may be indicated. There are many possible conditions which may present with these findings. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what's the best yoga/stretches/exercise for after a spinal fusion?

Could you tell me what's the best yoga/stretches/exercise for after a spinal fusion?

Avoid cobra: I would recommend avoiding the cobra stretch hyperextension is rarely comfortable in degenerative post fusion spine remember stiffness is part of fusion plan a stiff balanced spine that protects nerves was the goal i usually trcommend pilates and swimming use pain as guide replace running with elliptical or swimming. ...Read more

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What's the proper breathing technique for Bikram yoga?

What's the proper breathing technique for Bikram yoga?

Bikram Yoga: Working with a bikram-certified yoga teacher in the moment is the best way to learn the breathing techniques needed. S/he should give proper instructions. In some poses you are breathing normally, but keeping your lungs 80% full at all times; in others like forward bends you are exhaling completely. Pairing the breath with the pose being done is key. http://tinyurl.com/nfc6aqg. ...Read more

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Is iyengar yoga really effective in helping me control my breathing and circulation?

See below: Any yoga practice can help you learn to control your breathing which is called pranayama. Movement in yoga certainly can get your heart pumping and improve your exercise tolerance and your ability to extract oxygen and other nutrients from your blood and gastrointestinal system. I do not think there is any particular advantage of iyengar over other forms. ...Read more

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How does breathing through only the nose affect someone doing vinyasa yoga?

How does breathing through only the nose affect someone doing vinyasa yoga?

Relaxes you: Breathing through the nose allows your laryngwal muscles to relax and actually opens the vocal cords. It's will actually help most coughing fit to close your mouth and breathe through your nose ...Read more

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What are some sports or activities (ex: yoga) can you do after spinal fusion?

Swimming: Swimming with or without snorkel and zoomer fins, pilates stationary cycling eliptical without arms.Checkbwith surgeon ease back in to activity over a long time line a year slowly use pain as your guide pt and personal trainers can help I use a recumbent tricycle.Its easy on the human frame. I would recomend pilates over yoga avoid the cobra position the goal of surgery was a stiffer spine. ...Read more

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Hi, is it okay, if I do deep breathing with all the yoga postures? Or will it cause pain in ribs or ribs breakage in some postures?

Hi, is it okay, if I do deep breathing with all the yoga postures? Or will it cause pain in ribs or ribs breakage in some postures?

A young healthy girl: Ur age will not break or weaken ribs by deep breathing in Yoga . This would take constable force like a fall or auto accident. Don't worry. ...Read more

Breathing (Definition)

Breathing is the way we take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide (co2) through out lungs. When our lungs expand we take fresh air in that contains oxygen and then when our lungs ...Read more