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The list of tips for sore feet is not complete without mentioning the butt muscles. This group of muscles may be the laziest in the entire body. When the butt muscles become weak, the entire leg is affected, including the feet. Everything starts to turn inward. The thigh bone rotates inward causing "knock-knees." The ankles turn inward to the point that the arch of the foot can become plastered to the ground. This misalignment of the leg leads to a chain reaction of chronic pain.
Anyone with back, hip, knee, ankle, or foot pain should remember to strengthen the butt muscles. The easiest and most practical way to improve strength in the buttocks is to stand on one leg. Go ahead and try it (if needed, hold onto a chair for safety). Your beltline should remain parallel to the ground and your body should remain upright. If that was difficult, try it again only this time focus on tightening the butt cheek on the same side you are standing on. Once the butt muscles engage, the leg be...
Yoga is an excellent form of exercise. Excellent for stretching muscles and joints. Excellent for physical and mental relaxation. Excellent for focusing the mind. Excellent for learning to respect your body.
We talked last month about how I was coming back to yoga after years of ignoring it’s powerful healing. One thing that renewed my interest was an email from my local chapter of the NMSS which announced a few classes in the area appropriate for MS patients being offered through the local hospital system.
I didn’t join the adapted ability class, but the class I did join was labeled as Gentle Yoga in the session catalog. The class description: “Gentle Yoga class aims to help you restore flexibility, regain strength & ease tensions. All levels are welcome.” Both classes are led by the same instructor.
So far, we have had five sessions. The first session went well as I left feeling more loose and limber i...
Congestive heart failure - right-sided
Heart failure requires periodic monitoring by your health care provider. The goals of treatment include controlling the symptoms, reducing the heart's workload, and improving your heart's ability to function. Any underlying disorders and causes should be treated, if possible.
The most common therapy for right-sided heart failure is treating left-sided heart failure.
Valve replacements and procedures such as bypass surgery (CABG) and angioplasty are the solution for some people.
Generally, you must reduce the salt in your food and the amount of liquids you drink. You should also consider losing weight if you are overweight, stopping smoking, and avoiding too much alcohol.
Diuretics (water pills) can help reduce fluid accumulation. Furosemide or bumetanide can help moderate to severe symptoms. Hydrochlorothiazide, chlorthalidone, and chlorothiazide may be used for mil...
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