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Swan Pose Yoga
Cleft Chin: Filler injection is a very easy treatment for a cleft chin with little recovery. In the past, collagen injections were used, generally due to lack of better options. Currently, hyaluronic acid fillers (restylane, juvederm) and calcium hydroxylapatite (radiesse) offer better long term correction than collagen -3 months vs 6 months or more. ...Read more
Can practicing karate stances (horse stance, bow stance, etc) and katas aggravate herniated discs or are they safe to practice?
No: Over hundreds of years, the medical field has tried hundreds of things to cure scoliosis. This has included strengthening exercises, physical therapy, chiropractic care, estim, traction, yoga, pilates, and many other things. Nothing has ever been shown to help. Mild cases don't usually need treatment. Severe cases need surgery. Thank you for your question. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can knocking knees be corrected through yoga,physiotherapy, pasture correction techniques etc.
No: Valgus deformities of the knees cannot be corrected by exercises. ...Read more
Possibly: First you need a postural assessment to determine if your posture problems are based on scoliosis or spinal ligament . Pmr doc, physical therapy, or chiropractic can do this. Specific stretching and balancing exercises fm be added to correct and then maintain some issues. Yoga is general stretching, but not specifically targeted to your specific situation. ...Read more
Yoga is good: What are your goals? If you are worried about your bone density, then would focus on weight bearing exercise. Yoga is a good exercise in general and definitely activates the muscles as well so would be good for you. Would also consider adding in some light weighttraining as well. ...Read more
Claims: Claim are out there that they do - but I have not seen a true structural kyphosis improve with twisting and "adjustments". I often see patients who have been diagnosed with horrific sounding spine problems (and treated for them) by chiropractors and on careful exam and xray workup there is nothing at all wrong with them. Go see a trained spine specialist. Chances are your spine is all right. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Bikram yoga: If any should help with joint pains, fatigue , better mobility , feeling of well being. Lupus nephritis patients and renal failure patients should consult with their doctors prior to undertaking bikram ypga due to fluid loss and dehydrates toon as a result if heat associated with bikram yoga. ...Read more
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
Dextroconvex 5degree & 7degree levoconvex at L3, both minimal scoliosis.. is swimming as exercise be helpful??? Thanks!!
Yes and no : Swimming is a great exercise in general for core strength, flexibility, and cardio; that being said, exercise will not have any affect on the size of the curve itself. Thankfully, the curves are so small no treatment is required and there is no increased risk of problems with your back than the general population. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Each has benefits: This is a bit like asking which is better, apples or oranges. There are many benefits for each of these. Yoga & tai chi are ancient techniques whereas pilates is more recent. All can benefit both mind & body.There are many varieties of yoga & tai chi & many different teachers. Some individuals will prefer/do better with one while another may prefer a different approach. You might want to try each! ...Read more
See below: If done with proper alignment, trikonasana (triangle pose) will work your hip extensors including buttock muscles and hamstrings, core abdominal and back muscles and provide an excellent stretch to your obliques. ...Read more
Not likely: unless you had specific complications that would contraindicate physical activity. Prenatal Yoga will teach techniques (ujjayi) to enable you to breath deeply & to relax. This is calming & will help face the demands of labor & delivery. It works to maintain flexibility, muscle tone, balance & circulation. Poses used are safe & designed to have low joint impact. Best when combined with low -impact ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: It can help condition and relax some of your back muscles. It may even help your flexibility, strength, and allow for better concentration, possibly improved posture, and could lead to development of better breathing techniques. But it does not affect or improve spinal deformity in any way. ...Read more
Tricky to answer: I doubt many muscle disease specialists or neurologists are expert in yoga. The principal to be followed is to not overtax the muscles with rapid repetitive motions or those which involve sustained contractions against more than a nominal load. With that in mind, ask a yoga instructor. ...Read more
See below: The best thing to do in my opinion is to start out with a gentle yoga class with an experienced teacher who can show you the proper alignment techniques. Do not be in a hurry to "graduate" to more advanced classes and power classes. I see many people in these upper level classes who are using poor form and alignment and will likely hurt themselves. It takes time but it is well worth it. ...Read more
Meditation: To start with and progress from it to various techniques. ...Read more
Never!: Most wise yoga teachers do not want you to "push" a pose when it pains. This may vary slightly depending on the location and type of pain. Instead, they encourage you to pay attention to your body and breathing, and move up to the point of resistance -- and maybe just a little past the point you feel you "can" do. If in pain, you back off. Get a seasoned yoga teacher ; make aware of your pain. ...Read more
See below: The tree pose is a wonderful asana. It promotes improved balance significantly, it helps you to tone your trunk muscles including the abdominal and back muscles and it improves the flexibility of your hips. Many people need to improve their balance particularly as we age. ...Read more
Many poses help: Yoga in general is great for upper body stretches. Try going you beginner yoga class. You could also start with sun salutations. Others poses that may be good for upper back tension include down dog, child's pose, twists ( standing and seating), cat/core stretch., cobra, locust, bridge. Make sure you adjust your posture at work. ...Read more
Yoga: There are so many poses in Yoga that as you go through a regular routine of them you MAY gradually be able to to the Boat pose more easily. We all have certain poses that are more of a challenge than others and having inner peace about that (and other things life hands us) is also a fruit of yoga. Shanti and good health. ...Read more
Lotus pose: See above.Get a more detailed answer ›
I can't seem to straighten my back for the yoga downward dog pose and my back gets a slight bump when I do it. Any tips?
See your doctor: With symptoms lasting this long you need to be seen by your doctor who will examine and test you to see what's wrong. ...Read more
Many varieties: Yoga is a Hindu discipline of various techniques to integrate mind, body and spirit, improve physical health and grow spiritually. There are many types of yoga. Hatha yoga, the stretches that improve physical health, is very popular but the forms that emphasize meditation and breathing are also very beneficial. See http://tinyurl.com/q5mrqxv for more detailed descriptions of diff. types of yoga. ...Read more
Definitely. Yoga: is one of the best ways to naturally decrease anxiety, but also to increase mindfulness, physical well-being through passive exercise, and a sense of slowing down in a very fast, busy world. Usually, Yoga is also taught with some form of meditation. Knowing what kind of anxiety is also helpful. Here's a reference: http://www.psychologyproductsandservices.com/page2.html ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
As part of a healthy: lifestyle. If the underpinning question is one of 'how do I live in such a way that I take good care of my self?' - hot yoga may for some people provide part of the answer. Some of the potential virtues include time to notice (and stretch) parts of our body we ordinarily pay little attention to. Time to focus on body, to be present, mindful. Opportunity to develop our core strength and flexibility ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer