Posts Tagged ‘exercise’

Got Office Butt? Try These Exercises. . . .

The April 7th edition of The New York Times magazine has a fun spread in honor of the recent reprint of “Exercises for Gentlemen: 50 Exercises to Do With Your Suit On,” originally published in 1908.  http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/04/07/t-magazine/webstory_execrisesonsuit.html

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Weight Lifting and Lymphedema

Photo credit: Candace di Carlo (Penn Current)

. . . . . . Kathryn H. Schmitz, Ph.D., MPH . . . . . . Photo credit: Candace di Carlo (Penn Current)

This is an extremely important topic, especially in light of some recent news coverage.  I (Amber) was going to do a little write-up on the matter, but just can’t put it better than Joe Zuther.  Here are his words as published in Lymphedema Today:

As some of you may know, an article published August 13, 2009 in the New England Journal of Medicine addressed the topic of weight lifting in women with breast cancer-related lymphedema. The article summarized an 18-month study performed by Dr. Kathryn Schmitz and colleagues in a controlled trial of twice weekly progressive weight lifting involving 141 breast cancer survivors with stable upper extremity lymphedema.

Shortly after this article was published, we received a large number of phone calls and email messages from patients and graduates of our lymphedema management certification courses asking us for clarification on some misleading and inaccurate statements that were made on the results of this study.

One of the more prominent questions we received from patients was: “If it is okay and safe for me to lift weights as this study suggests, is it okay then to lift heavy items at home or at work as well?”

The obvious answer to this question is “NO!”

This is not what this study suggested either, it is clearly a misunderstanding. As a result of these misconceptions, the National Lymphedema Network’s Medical Advisory Board asked Dr. Schmitz to address the many misleading statements that were made in the media about the results of her study. I am very glad to report that Dr. Schmitz answered the NLN’s call and her response was published in the April/June 2010 issue of the LymphLink. This response was necessary to clarify the results of this important study, and what they mean to patients living with lymphedema, or those individuals at risk of developing this condition. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Massage, compression, exercise to ease lymphedema symptoms

By Linda S. Mah | Kalamazoo Gazette

November 12, 2009, 10:19AM

DELTON —

Fern Taylor, of Delton, wears a compression sleeve and glove on her right arm to help prevent buildup of lymph fluid after having lymph nodes removed from her breast.

Fern Taylor never knows when her lymphedema is going to flare up. She’ll notice a rash, then there’s a burning sensation and soon her arm swells up to three times its normal size.’

The first time it happened in 2003 “I had no idea what was going on,” said Taylor, who lives in Delton.

Since then, Taylor has learned that the swelling in her right arm is the result of a buildup of lymphatic fluid, which occurs because the lymph nodes in that arm were removed as part of her treatment for breast cancer.

“Basically, the fluids in my body went where they were supposed to go, but the lymph nodes were not there anymore to carry it through the body,” Taylor said. “So it got stuck.”

The lymphatic system drains fluid from bodily tissue and allows immune cells to travel throughout the body. Lymphedema occurs when the lymph nodes are unable to drain that fluid. The fluid pools in an area, causing the body part to swell and sometimes leading to discomfort from the pressure of the fluid buildup, a sense of heaviness, a decreased range of motion, chronic wounds and ulcers and skin breakdown.

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Right Foods and Plenty of Water Can Help You Deal With Arthritis

By Janet Martin

In the US alone, there are over 70 million people suffering from some type of arthritis. Most people who are suffering from this condition will tell you that the pain from the inflammation of joints and bones are truly excruciating, enough to even make some sufferers avoid moving or doing activities they previously enjoy. This debilitating problem is preventing a lot of people, particularly the elderly, from enjoying an active and a happy life.

The food that you eat and don’t eat can actually influence the development, or treatment, of your arthritis. Sometimes getting rid of the pain, inflammation and other symptoms of this condition is as simple as eating an apple a day or including certain types of food that contain minerals and vitamins that can combat the pain, inflammation, accumulation of uric crystals and cell damage caused by arthritis. Here are the types of food you need to start incorporating in your diet to help ease arthritis symptoms. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Having Foggy Memory? Don’t Forget to Deal With Stress

By Janet Martin

It is quite normal to forget where you have placed your keys or parked your car once in while. Everybody has dealt with such phenomena. However, if you keep on forgetting a lot of things, then you may need to see your doctor. Remember that even if you are getting older, it doesn’t mean that you should accept memory lapses and fogs as if they are inevitable age-related changes.

For so long, people were led to believe that difficulty in remembering things often are just symptoms of old age. Most of the time, however, fuzzy memory is actually caused by stress and anxiety. If you want to minimize or totally eliminate memory lapses, you should first alleviate stress or deal with what makes you feel anxious and tensed. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Practice Yoga For Back Pain

By Asheesh Mani

Pregnancy is a joyful period for a couple; however, a nagging back pain can convert this blissful tenure into an uncomfortable experience. In recent times, yoga to relieve back pain has emerged as a popular option amongst pregnant women.

A pregnant woman can benefit immensely by practicing yoga. Some of the benefits include a boost to the energy level that is highly required during labor, respite from back problems, weight control that helps reduce pressure on the spine and of course, release of stress. Pregnancy yoga consists of very low-impact exercises that gently relax the muscles and improve blood circulation. In the long term, it prepares you for the final day when you require extra energy to deliver the little one. Read the rest of this entry »

 

Sports Massage – When Should You Get One?

By Korbin Newlyn

If you are an athlete or exercise frequently, you might go through muscle cramps or fatigue after attempting a new type of exercise routine or if you have been inactive for some time. A sports massage might be just what you would need to make sure your muscles are loosened up and prepared for your next game. Read the rest of this entry »