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Yoga Poses For Glaucoma
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
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
See below: Pretty much all of the standing yoga asanas with work your calves. The important thing is to focus on proper alignment and build the pose from the ground up by activating all of your muscles in any pose. The provides a whole body work out. Other poses that build the calves would be bridge pose and tip toe bridge pose, all of the warrior series, dancers pose, tree pose and many others. ...Read more
Yoga: That is really a question for your instructor. Since most physicians are not yoga instructors, i would suggest you discuss the technique issues with your instructor. Now for posture on a daily basis, i would recommend you place a book on your head and balance it. That, is the position your spine should be in during your day. Head centered over the pelvis/hips from the front and side. ...Read more
Many benefits: Many yoga poses that elevates the affected limb / limbs above the level of the heart are helpful with helping it drain the lymphatic fluid . Yoga breathing is very helpful for lymphedema . The deep diaphragmatic breathing help empty lymph in the chest. All these exercises help lymphedema. ... and they are relaxing too. ...Read more
None unless they: Aggravate your symptoms. Exercise in terms of flexibility, core strengthening and cardiovascular routines will help to control your symptoms along with lifestyle considerations like: adequate sleep, weight control , not smoking and good dietary intake of calcium and vitamin d. ...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
Crunches: Abdominal crunches are best for you.Get a more detailed answer ›
Poses & Activity: There are many poses that can help with pelvic weight/fat loss. In general, anything that fires the muscles under the area you are describing. This is most often achieved with your knees bent causing big muscles to fire, like the glutes, quads, etc. The sun salutation would be one to consider, but pretty much anything that uses the legs and glutes would be good. ...Read more
Apanasana: (Pawanmuktasana) This site will give you 14 poses to help with GI function: http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20737691,00.html ...Read more
I've got lymphedema. Lymphedema is not draining much especially around abdominal area. Are there any good yoga poses for lymphedema drainage?
First try: The traditional treatments , measured eastic bandages elivation , edema pumps etc, advise from your doctor , including physical thrapy. If there is infection to eliminate it( treat ) , then if you want and if you can do try 'shirashasana' for couple of hrs stay on your head with legs up in air . Easpecially good for leg edema. ...Read more
Pain and yoga: Assuming everything is ok with you and your are doing the yoga correctly and you lived a sedentary life before yoga....(Lots of assumptions since your question does not provide much detail)...the pain is from being de-conditioned. (assuming its a small amount of pain). It will resolve when you gain more strength over time ...Read more
How many days after having had botox on your forehead and crows feet can you do inverted yoga poses safely without affecting the botox?
4 hours: After 4 hours the Botox should have been completely absorbed into the appropriate muscles. ...Read more
Yoga poses caused tingling of hand+ twitching of finger. 3 week of yoga later symptom now less. Did it help or did i kill off the nerve?
Interesting: From your description and history, yoga was not harmful. You did not kill a nerve. Degenerative disc disease in a 26 year old man requires exercise, posture training and review of your lifestyle. Yoga with an instructor that understands your condition would normally be a good thing. Breathing properly during postures can change the pressure on your discs. Inversion postures recommended. ...Read more
Hip joint of 1 leg painful n inflamed after riding bike. Electric shock sensation down leg when doing certain yoga poses. Why? Will celebrex (celecoxib) help?
May be pinched nerve:
Two strong possibilities: 1) pinched nerve of the the low back 2) hip osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis of the hip is a result of wear & tear. This can be diagnosed by x-ray. Celebrex (celecoxib) is an anti-inflammatory med & could help.
The electric shock sensation could be a radiculopathy, aka "pinched nerve" in, or "sciatica." Celebrex (celecoxib) could help, as could physical therapy, or an epidural steroid injection. ...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
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
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
Yes: Putting excess pressure on an already injured part will not help it heal. ...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
It can: There are 2 main types of glaucoma, closed-angle (acute) and open-angle (chronic). Acute glaucoma is less common, but can present with sudden eye pain due to an increase in intraocular pressure. Chronic glaucoma commonly does not present with eye pain as the process of the disease is more gradual. Be sure to see your doctor if you are experiencing any eye symptoms or are concerned about glaucoma. ...Read more