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Will ice / heat therapy help a strained sternum?

Will ice / heat therapy help a strained sternum?

Esophagus: After a bypass your stomach can only hold a small amount of food or liquid . Any excess stays in the esophagus . It isn't supposed to be there so the esophagus cramps up trying to force the food down . These spasms are a strong message to stop putting so much into your mouth . Please contact your primary provider to evaluate this further if it dosen't resolve soon ...Read more

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Walking is painful. Will a massage or acupuncture help?

Walking is painful. Will a massage or acupuncture help?

Acupuncture may be: of benefit. I recommend seeing your physician to have the source of your pain evaluated. Diagnostic assessment will help determine what treatment options are available. Acupuncture is a good approach for many causes of foot/ walking pain (but not all). I have only commented about acupuncture (and not massage) as that is an area of expertise. ...Read more

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Can traditional Thai massages actually have happy endings?

Can traditional Thai massages actually have happy endings?

Give me a break: This is a serious forum. Take your infantile humor somewhere else. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture or massage help a torn tendon heal?

Can acupuncture or massage help a torn tendon heal?

Feels good: But, i don't see how it will help the tendon heal. Ideally, you would want to make sure both of the torn ends are placed back together if possible. There are other repair methods in case the tendon has retracted but this is something you need to see a podiatrist or foot and ankle orthopedist. ...Read more

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Docs, could a hot stone massage reduce cellulite?

Docs, could a hot stone massage reduce cellulite?

Not a chance!: Cellulite is caused by accumulations of fat (the bulges) between deeper grooves and pits caused by bands of connective tissue between the skin and the underlying fascia. No amount of hot stone massage from the outside can help this. It is difficult to treat with even invasive treatments like liposuction. Swelling from hot stone massage might temporarily mask its appearance but only briefly. Sorry! ...Read more

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Is using massage oil effective during a breast enlargement massage?

Is using massage oil effective during a breast enlargement massage?

No : Oils and massages will not enlarge breasts. The breasts enlarge naturally with weight gain, puberty, pregnancy and breast-feeding. Some oral contraceptives can be associated with increase in breast size in some women (sometimes). Building up pectoral muscles can lead to the breasts sitting on the chest wall in a manner that is attractive but will not increase cup size. ...Read more

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Hi there. Is vinyasa yoga more appropriate before after an intense cardio workout? (Wrestling, Mauy Thai, Jui Jitsu)

Hi there. Is vinyasa yoga more appropriate before after an intense cardio workout? (Wrestling, Mauy Thai, Jui Jitsu)

Warm up vs cool down: Active warm up is ideal prior to intense workouts. Depending upon how aggressive your yoga routine is, it might serve as warm up. With that said, cooling down is also a good idea after intense exercise too. Bottom line, there's no proof that any specific exercise routine is better than another for warm up or cool down, aside from general statements. ...Read more

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Is "icy hot" good for relieving muscle knots?

Is "icy hot" good for relieving muscle knots?

It will help.: Should provide relief, although i favor otc products like aleve (naproxen). See your doctor if pain persists! ...Read more

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Thai massage caused back to crack, is that good or bad?

Thai massage caused back to crack, is that good or bad?

Identify problem: It is not likely addressing the underlying problem.Most cases I see are due to sitters disease or gait (ex; foot position). But you need to identify the origin and rule out more serious causes. Any neurologic issues like numbness in the legs, no muscle weakness, no fever, no urinary pain, fever, genital discharge, acute trauma, insect bites, etc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TO8Il3vdxQ ...Read more

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What's better tai chi chih or yoga?

What's better tai chi chih or yoga?

Depends: The answer to that question depends on you. You have to ask yourself what you want out of a practice such as tai chi or yoga. What are you interested in more? Perhaps you don't have to decide, you could participate in both! it's all up to you. Enjoy it! ...Read more

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Should a shiatsu massage therapist take a complementary and alternative medicine course?

Should a shiatsu massage therapist take a complementary and alternative medicine course?

Why would s/he?: Someone already trained in shiatsu massage is presumably competent to practice his/her own area of complementary and alternative medicine (cam). Unless s/he wants to also learn about other treatments and systems of healing that are part of cam, it seems unnecessary. An "overview" course in cam would probably be less in depth in any one area than needed to really practice that modality well. ...Read more

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If massage benefits pain relief, does fancy massage oil enhance those effects at all?

If massage benefits  pain relief, does fancy massage oil enhance those effects at all?

Not necessarily: Massage can be useful in managing myofascial type pain. It promotes relaxing spastic muscles and may also improve blood flow in the muscle. The latter can further enhance tissue healing if there is injury to the muscle. Adding oil may enhance the experience and decrease rough friction on the skin which may be irritating otherwise. However, it may not directly improve the benefit on its own. ...Read more

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Calf swelling--do I apply ice or heat?

Calf swelling--do I apply ice or heat?

Depends: Ice is good on acute injuries to decrease the inflammation, like when an athlete sprains an ankle. Heat promotes blood flow to the area in order to help healing. Depending on the cause of your calf swelling will dictate which would be more helpful. Many times if both calfs are swelling it can be from decreased venous return and therefore leg elevation, and compressive stockings can help. ...Read more

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Diagnosed plantar fasctis. Done ice, stretch, strength, heat, massage. Tender with massage. Pain with movement along fascia. Could be any else advice?

Diagnosed plantar fasctis. Done ice, stretch, strength, heat, massage. Tender with massage. Pain with movement along fascia. Could be any else advice?

NEED FOR SUPPORT!: Most shoes aren't always what is bad, usually it's the crummy insoles they come with! there are many possible reasons (plantar fascitis or calcaneal apophysitis leaps to mind) that you may have pain in the heels, but try arch supports like spenco polysorb (http://www.Spenco.Com/products/footcare/poly-sorb) and otc anti-inflammatories (like aleve). If these don't help, see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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Should I learn yoga using dvd or instructor?

Instruct first: For the beginner it is helpful to start with an instructor. They are trained to spot and correct problems with your form. Once you become more aware of your body and position and can feel the right way to do the poses then supplementing or replacing with a dvd will provide continued benefit. I would still do occasional classes to keep up to date. ...Read more

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Which type of yoga would better help me relieve stress: ashtanga, vinyassa, hatha or iyengar?

Which type of yoga would better help me relieve stress: ashtanga, vinyassa, hatha or iyengar?

Hatha/Ashtanga: All are helpful but hatha & ashtanga are particularly good for relieving stress. ...Read more