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What are the best stretches for lower back or vertebrae alignment?

What are the best stretches for lower back or vertebrae alignment?

The ones done : Regularly. There is no one best regimen but exercise is good for your back includuping stretching such as through yoga along with core stabilization and cardiovacular routines. Lifestyle changes like a good night's sleep, avoiding tobacco and staying trim help as well. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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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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Is massage ok for pain in the back of calf?

Is massage ok for pain in the back of calf?

Calf pain: As long as your calf pain is not coming from a clot. That would be associated with deep calf pain and swelling of the leg and foot. If it is a clot, massage would be contraindicated. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of chiropractic therapy for lower and middle back pain?

What are the benefits of chiropractic therapy for lower and middle back pain?

Good Benefit: Research shows for spinal conditions chiropractic adjustments and rehabilitation over the long term are best. Doctors of Chiropractic are being trained in and are specialists of both spinal manipulation and rehab. There is much research, unfortunately it is impossible for clinician's to keep up in their own field, let alone someone else's specialty. Check out www.chiro.org/research ...Read more

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What's the treatment for spondylolisthesis pain in legs and back?

What's the treatment for spondylolisthesis pain in legs and back?

First: It must be established that your back and leg pain are being caused by the condition. If this is established, then conservative care in form bracing, trunk stabilization exercises, prescription or otc nsaids should be tried. If there is no relief of symptoms over a. 6 months period, then a decompression with fusion (anterior & posterior) may be necessary with or without hardware. ...Read more

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What's the best exercise(s) for lower back pain?

What's the best exercise(s) for lower back pain?

Yoga!: Often the best exercise for your low back doesn't involve exercising the low back at all. Stretching the back, and strengthening the abdominal and oblique muscles, as well as stretching hamstrings and glutes (buttocks) can really help. Massage (rolling on one or two tennis balls in a sock on a carpeted floor) is good, but in the longer run, yoga is terrific. ...Read more

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What are some good exercises to strengthen the back muscles (i have chronic back pain from sitting down at work)?

What are some good exercises to strengthen the back muscles (i have chronic back pain from sitting down at work)?

"superman" exercise: Back injuries should always be checked by your doctor, especially if chronic or if one experiences symptoms down the leg(s). The superman exercise is ideal for strengthening the back muscles. Lie on your stomach, arms outstretched in front; lift the rt. Arm/shoulder and left leg/hip off the floor for 5 seconds, then repeat on the opposite side, do 12 sets, twice a day. ...Read more

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List of exercise bike that good for lower back pain?

Several ways: You must be proactive in terms of lifestyle changes including: weight control, regular exercising & not smoking. Make sure to have adequate sleep & good vitamin d/calcium intake. Stretching, core strenghtening and cardiovascular exercise are all important components of any regimen. Walking and biking, can be good cardiovascular components. ...Read more

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What's the best cure for back spasms? In the lower back?

That is dependent on: Their cause but in general: heat, gentle stretching, massage and rest are common things along with some tincture of time. Otc meds can help as can various perscription medications depending on your health status. Be awre that opther issues like a kidney stone may be a non spine cause as well. So if they persist or worsen, see your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more

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What's the best relief for lower back pain when you have screws in the back?

What's the best relief  for lower back pain when you have screws in the back?

Spinal cord stim: Spinal cord stimulator high rate of impvt in revision setting beat redo surgery for axial back fusion to relieve backache is primarily a diagnostic and patient selection exercise if u are the wrong patient with wrong diagnosis surgery can't help. ...Read more

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What are the best exercises for a bad back and knees?

What are the best exercises for a bad back and knees?

Non or low impact.: "bad back and knees" is pretty nonspecific, but you should focus on achieving & maintaining appropriate weight for your height and general fitness. Your knees absorb 40% of your weight on impact, so favor them with low or no impact exercises like swimming, cycling, walking, and low impact aerobics. For your back, work the "core" muscles in your back and abs. A "bridge" is a classic sore exercise. ...Read more

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Can the panchakarma techniques work for back pain?

Possibly: According to ayurveda, panchakarma can be helpful for many health issues by restoring balance and clearing toxicities from the body. Back pain, in particular, is addressed as a vata disorder for which the panchakarma therapy of basti treatments is prescribed. In addition, daily massage treatments can also be helpful for back pain. If it persists, however, consider a full medical consultation. ...Read more

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When to start physical therapy for sciatica and lower back pain,while in pain or wait until the pain is reduced?

When  to start physical therapy for sciatica and lower back pain,while in pain or wait until the pain is reduced?

Not Known: Nothing can work fast, however if PT can relieve pressure on the spine where the nerve is getting pinched gets relief than pain relief can occur. If you are not improving after 2-3 weeks with regular therapy sessions, I would suggest seeing a pain/spine specialist to see if a cortisone injection might be helpful. ...Read more

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Can the back 2 lift machine work for hip and back pain?

For some: I have patients who have reported to me that the back to life machine works for back pain. I have not heard report about hip pain but patients whose hip region pain was related to the back did report relief. This is only information reported to me by patients using the product. ...Read more

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What are the best yoga poses or stretches to release upper back tension?

What are the best yoga poses or stretches to release upper back tension?

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

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Which types of exercise are best for strengthening the upper back and shoulders?

Which types of exercise are best for strengthening the upper back and shoulders?

Exercises: I typically think of pull ups, chin ups, lat pull downs, rows & presses to exercise & strengthen upper back & shoulders. Also check out http://www.shape.com/fitness/workouts/important-muscles-women-ignore, http://www.webmd.com/men/features/strength-training-building-shoulder-back-muscles & http://www.active.com/fitness/articles/3-exercises-to-strengthen-the-shoulders. Start w/low weights & reps. ...Read more

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What are the acupuncture points for back and neck?

What are the acupuncture points for back and neck?

U can see a book: As i remeber there are 12 maridians on the body and about 760 regular points in addition to local points that can be used for treatment , depending on patient's presentation ...Read more

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I have growing pains in my lower back. Know of any alternative ways to help with the pain (yoga for example)?

No such thing: There is no such thing as growing pains in your back. You are 32 years old and there are much more likely causes for the pain. A suggest a rheumatology opinion. Have x rays been done? ...Read more