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Dr. Al Hegab
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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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Can particular stretching exercises help treat sciatica?

Can particular stretching exercises help treat sciatica?

Yes: Specifically if some of your pain is coming from a common condition called piriformis syndrome. ...Read more

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Can yoga and Pilates cure scoliosis?

Can yoga and Pilates cure scoliosis?

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 more

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Can yoga or Pilates help people with parkinsons?

Can yoga or Pilates help people with parkinsons?

Yes, Absolutely!!!!: Anything that can fight the rigidity or stiffness & loss of rom of the joints will help a person with pd to move better & have less imbalance! a good example of an internet available stretching handout is "be active" from the apda. Yoga, pilates, pd exercise classes in your area, massage chairs, or neck massaging devices, etc. Are very good choices. Anything that loosens joints & muscles can help! ...Read more

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Can yoga therapy help a person with tight leg muscles?

Can yoga therapy help a person with tight leg muscles?

Simple MSK?: Yoga helps a variety of problems, including balance, muscle imbalances, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, insomnia, mood porblems, and many more. I encourage you to give it a try--many studios have introductory packages. Each instructor and class has their own feeling, so try a few before you lay out a lot of money. ...Read more

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Could physiotherapy help with sciatica?

Could physiotherapy help with sciatica?

Stretching and PT: Many times acute sciatic pain will resolves after stretching the area abit. The muscles will loosen up and help resolve pain. If not, then consider further imaging studies to see which exact nerve in your spine is getting pinched for further treatment options. Physical therapy is often the first line treatment along with conservative care administered as well. ...Read more

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Could anyone suggest me some good yoga exercises to improve posture?

Could anyone suggest me some good yoga exercises to improve posture?

Supermans: Lying on stomach and arching back and hold for 15 seconds ... Chest and knees off ground about 3 inches... Aka supermans.... These help alot. ...Read more

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Can acupuncture help sciatica? Does acupuncture ever help with sciatica pain? .

Can acupuncture help sciatica? Does acupuncture ever help with sciatica pain?

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Possibly: Although not understood fully, acupuncture has shown good success in some pain syndromes. Only way to know is try it out. If after 2-3 treatments you can't see a difference I would seek out a pain/spine specialist for other options. ...Read more

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Can Pilates help with my herniated disc pain?

Can Pilates help with my herniated disc pain?

Yes: Pilates focuses on the transversalis muscle (among others) to stabilize the spine. It can be helpful by reducing muscle spasm, correcting postural imbalances, and reducing anxiety. In my opinion, studies looking at pilates as the only treatment have been disappointing. It is best used in conjunction with strengthening of the back muscles and depending on the disc configuration, mckensie pt. ...Read more

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Could yoga help with clumsiness?

Could yoga help with clumsiness?

Gradually, yes: Many poses in yoga increase balance, flexibility, and strength. All of these qualities would help increase coordination and a sense of one's own body. Clumsiness may often come from lack of awareness of one's body, or its location in space. Yoga transforms this because there is the constant focus on internal sensation, breath, and gentle practice with one's body in both motion ; stillness. ...Read more

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Can yoga help with anxiety?

Can yoga help with anxiety?

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 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

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Does feldenkrais or acupuncture help with arthritis pain?

Does feldenkrais or acupuncture help with arthritis pain?

Arthritis: It can, but first get clearance from your doctor who can also make the referral if he/she deems necessary. ...Read more

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Will yoga help with rehabilitation of my hip arthroplasty?

Will yoga help with rehabilitation of my hip arthroplasty?

It could: but you need to make sure that you are following the precautions that are set forward by your surgeon ...Read more

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Can yoga also help in strengthening muscles- i need to strengthen calves/upperarms/back ?

Yoga is Best: Yes. Of course. Your instructor should be made aware of your concerns about your body so that the appropriate yoga activity can be included in your yoga session to work on the areas of concern. ...Read more

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Can anusara yoga help with weight loss?

Can anusara yoga help with weight loss?

Anusara yoga: Yes, but it is a more static form of Yoga then some others,so effects are not usually dramatic. ...Read more

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Would yoga or Pilates help a back injury recover?

Yes: Yoga and pilates both help a great deal with back pain because they strengthen the abs and other core muscles. This in turn helps to support, straighten, and align the spine. ...Read more

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Is yoga beneficial for a person suffering from sciatica?

Is yoga beneficial for a person suffering from sciatica?

Yes: However extreme flexion and extension poses can be hard on the spine so stay away form those types positions. ...Read more

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Has it been shown that there are any yoga moves that will help alleviate sciatica?

Has it been shown that there are any yoga moves that will help alleviate sciatica?

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. ...Read more

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Injured my thigh/buttock sprinting a month ago after a hard workout.Fine two days later but now dull pain is back in both. Hope it’s not discs nor sciatica. I do yoga and stretch often. Pain isn’t bad; just when I stretch, tho also sometimes walking ?

Injured my thigh/buttock sprinting a month ago after a hard workout.Fine two days later but now dull pain is back in both. Hope it’s not discs nor sciatica. I do yoga and stretch often. Pain isn’t bad; just when I stretch, tho also sometimes walking ?

You are right: You are right in thinking it could have potentially been a "sciatica" from your back. But even if it is, if you are improving, you could still potentially give it more time to see if it resolves. Sciatica can resolve. ...Read more

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31yrold.Have sciatica since a yr.With yoga it became fine.Recently began to run&swim.A bone in spine is paining.Xray fine.Is operation only solution?

31yrold.Have sciatica since a yr.With yoga it became fine.Recently began to run&swim.A bone in spine is paining.Xray fine.Is operation only solution?

Well: Surgery is usually the last option so without seeing the MRI can't comment on this. However seems to me you did better with yoga. Now why are you running.? Better stop this. To much pounding on the back. Stay with swimming and yoga ...Read more

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30yrold.Had sciatica last year.With yoga,walking it got cured.Now it is back again.Legs burn when i do yoga.Will it recover again or surgery is must?

30yrold.Had sciatica last year.With yoga,walking it got cured.Now it is back again.Legs burn when i do yoga.Will it recover again  or surgery is must?

Likely to improve : Disk material softens with time so most often surgery can be avoided particularly if no significant loss of feeling or strength occurs. A good Neurology exam might be able to better reassure you. ...Read more

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Can yoga irritate siatica problems?

Can yoga irritate siatica problems?

Yes: Extreme flexion and extension poses can be hard on the spine so stay away form those types positions. ...Read more

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Can cts be treated with yoga exercises?

Can cts be treated with yoga exercises?

It will help.: I should provide some benefits, and also keep you active-hence more benefits! ...Read more

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Are there any particularly good exercises for sciatica?

Are there any particularly good exercises for  sciatica?

Yes: Mckenzie exercises are generally prescribed for sciatica or lumbar radiculopathy. Ideally, a physical therapist will design a customized exercise program for your particular problem. ...Read more

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What exercises can I do to mitigate the pain of sciatica?

What exercises can I do to mitigate the pain of sciatica?

Pain specialist 1st: Each person needs to be evaluated on an individual basis. There can be several reasons for "sciatica" or pain down the leg. Lumbar disc inflammation with or without nerve impingment, facet joint irritation, sacroiliac joint irritation, piriformis syndrome. A thorough physical exam and diagnostic studies will help determine what exercise will be best depending on your diagnosis. ...Read more

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What exercises combat sciatica?

What exercises combat sciatica?

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. ...Read more

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What are common exercises to combat sciatica?

What are common exercises to combat sciatica?

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. ...Read more

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What are some good exercises for sciatica pain?

What are some good exercises for sciatica pain?

Careful exercise: Start by avoiding prolonged positioning & any repetitive twist or bend maneuvers. If you had physical therapy, resume those exercises. Use of otc medication will help control symptoms. Cardiovascular workouts may help except for rowing & maybe running. If you did not have physical therapy, you may want to get a session to learn exercises. Weight control & not smoking are key. ...Read more

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Could there be a good exercise replacement for yoga?

Could there be a good exercise replacement for yoga?

Tai chi.............: This is a good replacement with emphasis on balance, flexibility and muscle tone! ...Read more

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Help please! is bouncing on a yoga ball good exercise?

Yoga ball: Every exercise has some benefit. You are likely working on core, balance, & proprioception with this. ...Read more

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What exercises or yoga help the most to increase height?

What exercises or yoga help the most to increase height?

Balanced nutrition: At nineteen your growth centers have limited potential for growth and simple measures help the best.Follow a healthy diet, rest and exercise, but no special diet or exercise will alter your genetic potential.If you want to know how much longer you have to grow, an x-ray of your wrist and hand can be analysed for bone maturity.If close to 15 you have a little left, if like 19 you are done ...Read more

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Are there exercises which can help with my sciatica pain?

Are there exercises which can help with my sciatica pain?

Non impact: Walking, swimming, and riding a bike are usually O.K. Avoid running, jumping, bouncing, overhead lifting or squats with weights. ...Read more

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Is yoga considered to be good exercise? Will it help me stay fit?

Yes and yes!: Yoga can be great form of exercise. You will develop good flexibility (which will prevent injuries), lower your stress level, and also help with back and other joint pain. It doesn't hurt to also incorporate some aerobic activity like jogging, walking, elliptical or swimming. Have fun! ...Read more

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Is it advisable to do yoga exercises while suffering from lumbago ?

Is it advisable to do yoga exercises while suffering from lumbago ?

Rehabiltitation: Strengthen the hips and retrrain them to fire before the back muscles do.. ...Read more

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I try yoga and exercise to help my trigger points, it didn't help much, what else can I do?

I try yoga and exercise to help my trigger points, it didn't help much, what else can I do?

Massage: Ice massage and deep tissue massage is often helpful. There are devices available online that allow a patient to administer the massage themselves if they don't have a family member available. If that doesn't help, injections can be helpful. ...Read more

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Which is good for my health?Exercise in gym or yoga in my garden? Or both? Iam 20/ m, moderatly obes!

Either: It doesn't matter. What matters most is which you like, which you will do and stick to, and which you are able to do physically. Yoga is very good but that can be done in the gym just like cardiovascular exercise can be done at home. You should have some cardiovascular exercise in addition to yoga. ...Read more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Sciatica (Definition)

A condition that results in pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg. It results from injury to or pressure on the sciatic nerve, which starts in the lower spine and runs down the ...Read more