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  • Yoga can help increase strength in very specific muscles and muscle groups. It requires concentration and specific use of muscles throughout the body. Many postures in yoga gently strengthen the muscles in the back, as well as the abdominal muscles. Back and abdominal muscles are essential components of the muscular network of the spine, helping the body maintain proper upright posture and ...
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  • Core muscles are the underlying muscles of your trunk or torso. It is important to have strength in this area for many reasons. Core strength can help reduce pain in your back (both now and in the future) by improving your posture. Strong core muscles help keep the spine in alignment and decrease strain on the lower back, preventing future injuries such as disc herniation or vertebral (bone) ...
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  • Often times, I come across patients who believe that exercise has not helped them or has even made their pain worse. When this happens, I question what they did in the gym, at home, in formal physical therapy, or simply what exercise program they attempted. Many times, they were in too much pain to realistically progress in their given program. They would be sent to physical therapy in so much ...
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  • Postural awareness is important because it has many benefits in maintaining an optimal state of health. Proper posture is maintaining a neutral spine by keeping your head over your pelvis. Think about a plumb line dropped from the ceiling. If you stood next to it, this line would pass through the center or just behind the ear, through the center of the shoulder line up with your hip bone, the ...
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  • I always encourage my patients to exercise and stretch. We all have to begin somewhere. Getting started is the hardest part of any exercise program. I encourage my patients to make it a part of their daily routine, like brushing their teeth. If they say they do not have time, then we will discuss making time. Everyone can find 20 to 30 minutes a day when they are motivated and inventive. You can ...
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