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yoga and DC
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02/15/04 01:38
susan

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02/15/04 01:38
susan

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yoga and DC

Does anyone have experience with using yoga to help with DC? I have been diagnosed 1 year and find that DC is uncomfortable while doing yoga, but I would like to continue as a therapy if there are benefits.
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02/17/04 01:34
Jane

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02/17/04 01:34
Jane

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Get A Grip

I too have a Yoga practice which I enjoy and have had conflicting thoughts as to it's benefits re DC. On one hand, I feel that keeping my hands, wrists and fingers flexible and as extended as possible (especially in the weight-bearing poses) cannot help but stave off contracture. On the other hand, I'm concerned that the extensions and even hyper-extensions may be defined as the sort of 'trauma' which exascerbates the condition. I have begun to modify the hand position on certain of the poses because of this and that seems like a workable compromise.I am convinced that any sort of purposeful, focused body work is of value...with an emphasis on being gentle with yourself. Good luck.

02/18/04 01:22
Mr. Blunt

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02/18/04 01:22
Mr. Blunt

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Get A Grip

Jane, Susan:

Please, I'm sorry, but I must advise you not to be hopeful or even conflicted about Yoga as a treatment for the Big D. Yoga, in all it's wonderfulness, with it's psychological, physical and emotional benefits, is no match for the Dark Side. Trust me......Use the Force. Presently The Force (in the U.S.) resides in the hands of one Dr. Eaton of Florida. He alone possesses the power you will need to avoid the horrors of the Knife. Do so at all costs. Stretch, meditate, and ingest all the Chinese herbs and bio-nutriments available to those so inclined. However, when the contraction of a single of your digits approaches 35%, add NA to the abundance of the neo-scientific approaches your may wish to employ and get your b*** on a plane for Florida and get your hands fixed. I have no doubt that you would have come to this rather blunt conclusion by yourselves, but suspecting you've come here for answers, I feel compelled to cut to the chase.

Gals, "Get A Grip". If you can't.......your man is Eaton.

02/18/04 01:18
Jane

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02/18/04 01:18
Jane

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re: Hypermobility in hands and feet

I agree, I agree Mr. Blunt. My only 'conflict' is Florida...or Paris?!

02/18/04 01:48
Mr. Blunt

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02/18/04 01:48
Mr. Blunt

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re: Hypermobility in hands and feet

Jane:

If you've ever hand serious Dupuytren's hand surgery in the past, your current proximity to Florida would be of little relevance. And Paris would simply be about adding a little adventure to the trip.

Good Luck.

02/18/04 01:38
Jenny

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02/18/04 01:38
Jenny

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re: Hypermobility in hands and feet

I have DC in my hands and Ledderhose in my feet and both my hands and feet are "double-jointed". I'd be interested to know whether this is common in both disorders.

06/15/06 02:48
Bill James

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06/15/06 02:48
Bill James

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I have Dupuytren's disease in both hands. I live in San Jose. I take a yoga class at a Yogiraj Bikram Choudhury yoga teacher. They heat the room to 103 and we do all kinds of stretching. After I warmed up my bent fingers got loose and they straightened out. They contracted again after I cooled off, but I was happy to see them straighter for a while.

07/07/06 02:21
Red

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07/07/06 02:21
Red

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I enjoy yoga. It keeps my hands loose. I had NA a few years ago. My hands are usually stiff and sore. Yoga loosens my hands. My hands feel much better after yoga.

07/10/06 02:55
Pratima

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07/10/06 02:55
Pratima

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Yoga for Dupuytren~sq~s

I was looking around to find info on other's experience with DP, since my husband was just diagnosed & had his first hand nodule removed. I am also a Yoga Teacher. I was intrigued by this string of discussion & thought I would add my 2 cents. It makes sense that Yoga would be beneficial to Dupuytrens, not so much to treat areas already affected, but as a prevention for further problems. The reason is that a regular yoga practice actualy benefits the facia tissue through manipulation and massage. The facia tissue is actually getting exercise in a sense and thus would become free-er. Constant attention to this area, which is where dupuytren's affects, could very well minimize one's chances of developing more nodules. I don't know if it would break up current nodules, I guess it's possible, anything is as I've seen over the years, but as a preventative, I would definately recomend Yoga. I would caution anyone seeking yoga as a therapy not to put all your eggs into that basket, but it can't hurt. Who knows you may find it helps in other ways as well. Also, make sure you go to an experience yoga teacher who understands the facia tissue. I am partial to Kripalu, but there are many theraputic schools of yoga. So find the one that you enjoy the most, because then you will likely turn it into a lifelong practice.

Namaste'
Pratima

07/11/06 02:14
Jen

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07/11/06 02:14
Jen

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Yoga for Dupuytren~sq~s

Randy,

As I said in my last post <I would caution anyone seeking yoga as a therapy not to put all your eggs into that basket, but it can't hurt. Who knows you may find it helps in other ways as well.> There is no harm in trying something that's been around for thousands of years, and has been proven to be benefitial to the facia tissue. I have seen people with all sorts of medical conditions that are just as dipilitating, and permanent find confort, relief, and improvement of their conditions. I thought that since this discussion was already in progress, I would add the experience & knowledge of a certified yoga instructor. The fact is that Yoga, as well as massage, manipulates facia tissue. It frees areas that have become stuck, and theoretically could benefit an ongoing struggle with any condition that affects facia and lymph.

There is a really good article in the current issue of yoga journal about feet. It gives terrific advice on exercises specifically for foot health. (for anyone interested)

On the other topic, the hand surgeon did not know it was dupuytren's until he removed the nodule, it was only after the nodule was sent for pathology testing that it was discovered. He is very young & none of his doctors expected this condition to show itself so early. There is no one in his family who'd been previosly diagnosed & quite frankly, we'd never heard of this disease until the surgeon suggested that he'd suspected dupuytren's during the surgery. I thank you for your advice on this topic & will pass it along.

There will be no other posts from me in this forum. If anyone wishes to ask any questions, or for recommendations on the topic of Yoga & it's benefits, please contact me privately. I am not currently teaching, so this is not a solicitation, just an offer for further information & resources.

I am not nuts. I have seen and experienced the benefits of this ancient practice first hand. It is widely known in eastern medicine that it is when the mind and body are stuck that disease occurs. Heredity or not, it is optomism that opens us up to recieve the gifts we never knew were there.


Happiness & healing for all of you....
Pratima

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