Abdominal Exercise Explained
I’ve already lost 8-inches from my waist through weight loss and an abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) surgery . My goal is to lose an additional 4-inches from my waist. So, I am in search of the best exercises for developing flat, tight abdominal muscles. While many solutions claim to sculpt and strengthen the abdominal muscles, some are ineffective and may even increase your risk of injury.
Thus far, I like this isometric contraction called stomach vacuuming , which work the deep transversus abdominis muscle of the abdomen. Isometric contraction enables you to keep good form with each abdominal exercise. The claims are pretty inspiring, lose 2-4-inches in three-months. I’ll let you know if it works for me.
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My Results at 6-weeks Post Tummy Tuck: 5” Gone from My Waist
I am much improved in the three weeks since my last update, when I was just 3-weeks post op . Back then my swelling was such that I could not fit into my pre-op pants. As I mentioned before, my surgeon’s protocol is to not use compression garments to reduce swelling. His position is that it can impede circulation and cause skin necrosis, and that the compression neither speeds nor improves the final results.
However, I began wearing shape wear to offer some support and compression because my swelling became painful in the third to fourth week post op. I was carrying the bulk of my swelling in the central part of my lower abdomen. I especially could feel the pain when I walked. The shape wear definitely helped to relieve the pain by supporting that load.
Also I had little ener...
If I have right knee osteoarthritis, do I have to work out my left side as well?
I was recently asked by a patient why he had to work out both sides of his body in physical therapy if only his right knee hurt. I can understand some of the confusion. After all, if your right shoulder were painful and inflamed and required an injection, the medication would only be put at the site of inflammation -- in your right shoulder. You would not be a candidate for a right and a left shoulder injection! However, physical therapy, for the most part, is much different. I'll explain.
There are two basic components to physical therapy -- passive and active. In the passive component, the therapist may apply ice, heat, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and other modalities to the painful area. For the most part, these modalities are only placed at the site of injury (there are a few exceptions that are beyond the scope of this blog). So, in this sense, physical therapy is functioning si...
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