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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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Would a torsoplasty give me a smoother shape than a lower body lift? My abdomen, thighs and hips all have loose, sagging skin, and I have very little muscle tone in my stomach area. I've recently lost over 100 pounds, and exercise isn't tightening everyth

Would a torsoplasty give me a smoother shape than a lower body lift? My abdomen, thighs and hips all have loose, sagging skin, and I have very little muscle tone in my stomach area. I've recently lost over 100 pounds, and exercise isn't tightening everyth

Wonderful : Wonderful that you have been able to lose so much weight. Your question is difficult to answer without an exam or at least photos. A lower body lift generally will improve the buttocks and upper and inner thighs and less so the abdomen. I find that the abdominal area will usually be best approached with a circumferential abdominoplasty that will also help the buttocks and upper outer thighs to some degree. Most massive weight loss patients need several operations over time to achieve the very best results. ...Read more

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Do sit ups help in toning butt and decreasing tummy fat?

Do sit ups help in toning butt and decreasing tummy fat?

abdominal ex.: Sit-ups work your abdominal muscles and hip flexors predominately.They may increase your abdominal muscle tone if you do them consistently.They are not an exercise for the'butt muscles'. ...Read more

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Do core exercises and overall health exercises like walking and biking help you get rid of a belly pouch. Its this little pouch under my belly button.?

Do core exercises and overall health exercises like walking and biking help you get rid of a belly pouch. Its this little pouch under my belly button.?

Eat less; & exercise: To help the tummy look flatter, one can do exercises to build very strong abdominal muscles. It will take a lot of work, and will burn off calories. One must not eat more calories than he burns off, or he cannot lose weight. Helpful weight loss foods are natural foods that take time to chew but contain few calories. Examples include carrots, celery, and iceberg lettuce (without salad dressing). ...Read more

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Can the tummy tuck belt really work?

Can the tummy tuck belt really work?

Not likely: In all probability, all this belt does is help to make you more self conscious of the core muscles by promoting abdominal muscle tone which have secondary benefits of i proving your abdominal appearance without reducing loose skin. ...Read more

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Will toning my stomach (pushups, situps, pullups, etc.) help my stretch marks?

Will toning my stomach (pushups, situps, pullups, etc.) help my stretch marks?

Nothing: Stretch marks are tears in the skin cause by weight gain. They can be covered up, but not improved by creams and lotions. The only possibly effective therapy is cosmetic plastic surgery, but that's a big step for a non-health and non-life threatening problem. ...Read more

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Lower stomach sags and hangs like a loose 5 lb bad of jello after surgery. Please..Is there any remedy to fix. Exercise yielding no results. Weight?

Lower stomach sags and hangs like a loose 5 lb bad of jello after surgery.  Please..Is there any remedy to fix.  Exercise yielding no results.  Weight?

Abdominoplasty: An abdominoplasty, commonly called a tummy tuck, is a surgical procedure to remove loose, excess skin from the abdominal wall and tighten muscles of the stomach that typically loosen with changes in weight or pregnancy. This is not a substitute for weight loss and is very common to fix a woman's (or man's) "muffin top" or the appearance of the waist after finishing having children. ...Read more

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Can upper arms get flabbier after liposuction and reduction?

Can upper arms get flabbier after liposuction and reduction?

Yes : Some patients are simply not good candidates for liposuction surgery of the upper arms. Much depends on the patient's specific anatomy ( including characteristics such as the quantity and quality of the overlying skin. Patients with loose skin and/or loss of skin elasticity will not do well with liposuction surgery. ...Read more

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What exercises work the best for losing abdominal fat below navel after childbirth?

What exercises work the best for losing abdominal fat below navel after childbirth?

Spot fat loss does : Ot occur naturally. By losing weight in general a certain amt will probably be abdominal fat. However, we don't get to chose what area of the body the fat is lost from. Eat healthfully ; be physically active. Calories burned must > calories consumed. To tighten ab's do crunches, reverse crunches, exercise ball crunches, pelvic thrusts, lying leg raises, side bridge ; “bicycling” exercise on back. ...Read more

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Can doing abdominal exercises shrink my stomach?

Can doing abdominal exercises shrink my stomach?

Ab exercises: Do you mean shrink in a way to lose weight or mass or shrink the stomach itself ? Many people refer to ' shrinking the stomach' meaning losing weight . To shrink the stomach itself ( so you feel full sooner when eating ) , simply eat less , but enough to sustain your needed caloric expenditure with exercising . ...Read more

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Have had tight hamstrings and inner thighs all my life stretching helps very minimally. Any causes treatments suggestions etc...?

Have had tight hamstrings and inner thighs all my life stretching helps very minimally. Any causes treatments suggestions etc...?

This is most likely-: -genetics B-ing present @ Ur age. The only thing that U can do is stretching every day 2-3ttimes a day. It should not B forceful but gentle. U can also vary the way U sit, especially on a couch. Sit with 1 leg on the couch & lean forward towards Ur toes & then switch 2 the other leg. These tips may help U but it it is a slow process. @ Ur age U get board & don't keep @ it. Give it a try. ...Read more

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Ab workouts such as sit ups and planks hurt my back and neck, so what exercises can I use?

Ab workouts such as sit ups and planks hurt my back and neck, so what exercises can I use?

Core Exercises: Typically core strengthening exercises are the best to help relieve pressure and forces in the spine. I would try and google some or look them up on youtube to see descriptions. If you can do them yourself, wonderful otherwise ask your doctor to get a referral to a good physical therapist for further assistance. If you hurt that much, recommend getting imaging studies to see whats up. ...Read more

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If i stretch everyday, do the cobra stretch other back stretches neck stretch and leg stretches will i grow taller? Also taking multivitamins

If i stretch everyday, do the cobra stretch other back stretches neck stretch and leg stretches will i grow taller? Also taking multivitamins

No: You can find out if you can grow taller by having a bone age study done. This takes an x-ray of your wrist/hand and evaluates the growth centers seen in the bones to come up with a Bone Age, or standardized reading of your bone maturity. If your bone age is adult & the growth centers have closed, nothing will help you grow taller. No diet, no hormones, no stretches. They are good for health. ...Read more

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How can I know if muscle tightening has been done by my plastics surgen during my tummy tuck surgery?I don't feel any tightening above my belly ?

Talk to your surgeon: A panniculectomy is a procedure that only removes the abdominal skin without tightening the muscles. If your surgeon did a true tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), s/he almost certainly tightened your abdominal muscles. Speak with your surgeon and ask if this was indeed the case. ...Read more

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Back pain L4/5 bulging discs, physical therapy doesn't help, but sitting on large excercise ball helps. Can i strengthen back/core muscles this way?

Back pain L4/5 bulging discs, physical therapy doesn't help, but sitting on large excercise ball helps. Can i strengthen back/core muscles this way?

Yes: there are a few ways to strengthen your core and take some strain off of your low back joints and disks somewhat - usually the PT can help design core strengthening exercises for you to work on nand progress with over about 8 weeks - however, it is possible that PT in general can aggravate whatever the pain generator in the back is as well ...Read more