Yoga Poses and Workouts
While exercise, mobilization, and manipulation are mainstays of therapy, any regime must address postural factors identified in individual patients. Reduction in the number of pillows at night is often important, but there is no evidence to suggest that special pillows justify the additional cost. Stress management, yoga, Pilates and the Alexander Technique all improve neck posture and are useful, but require further study.
Patients like to have some control over the way their pain is treated, and many of them like and are interested in using techniques that are called alternative, integrated, integrative or complementary. This does not mean that they forego standard medical care, but that they add these additional treatment options into their pain relief regimen. Patients can use hot or cold therapy, yoga, or walking to help stay in shape and increase their ability to function. Patients like to have a holistic approach to treating pain that recognizes not only the physical pain but includes the mantel and emotional aspects. In many cases the patients do not have to forego standard medical treatment but can add a more comprehensive approach adding in integrative techniques that can enhance pain relief. Many patients have a favorite, tried and true pain relief measure they use before they consider trying to find help for a pain problem. Other patients are focused on wellness and have techniques they use...
CAM therapies can be very helpful in decreasing pain, relieving stress and enhancing relaxation. Music, storytelling, humor, massage, yoga and distraction are among a few of additional techniques. Most are benign and can only offer positive support for the medical regimen. Each patient is an individual and because there are many to choose from, every patient should be able to find a good CAM therapy to complement his or her conventional therapy.
Her physician advises her to discontinue all of them if possible. What alternative therapies can be recommended This case highlights the importance of CAM in the everyday practice of medicine. Herbal or nutriceutical treatments will most likely be avoided because of the uncertainty of these agents in pregnancy. Acupuncture may also carry at least a theoretical risk of premature labor. Self-management techniques such as biofeedback, yoga, and hypnosis can all be recommended. Osteopathic and chiropractic treatment can be beneficial, particularly if musculoskeletal factors trigger or influence headache. The herbal agent feverfew, which is commonly used in migraine, should be avoided during pregnancy.
Rehabilitation of the spine support muscles perhaps is one of the best studied and literature-supported treatments for CLBP patients.99 I In literature reviews, it appears that pain and function is improved best when therapy programs are supervised, individualized, intensive, and progressive.99,100 I Specific exercises that appear to be the most efficacious include stretching or strengthening of the spine support muscles and they appear to be nonharmful.101 II Both pilates and yoga, which involve exercises that address these core muscle groups, may provide a comparable benefit.102,103 II
Aphthous ulcers can be treated with triamcinolone acetonide in an 0.1 orabase-topical application. Alternative stress reduction strategies such as meditation and yoga can be employed. Vitamin B complex is often prescribed to forestall micronutrient deficiencies. Bruxism can be managed with night bite guards and dental crowns.
In the United States, the high rates of CAM use crosses socioeconomic, racial, and geographic boundaries but those who used CAM in 2002 were more likely to be white, female, college-educated, with age less than 65, living in the western US, with a higher annual household income.12 The types of therapies that patients use will depend on many factors besides patient preference, such as availability and cost. As reported in a 2002 survey by Tindle et al.,12 the most common therapies were herbal medicine (18.6 percent) and relaxation techniques (14.2 percent), chiropractic care (7.4 percent), and yoga (5 percent), while acupuncture was used by 1 percent of the population. The number of visits to a CAM practitioner varies depending on the nature of the therapy. Thus, chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage therapy will require more visits to a practitioner in a given time period than herbal medicine or homeopathy.
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