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Strengthening Exercises

Exercises that work muscles by moving them against resistance are called strengthening exercises. This resistance can be obtained with the help of elastic bands, stairs, dumbbells, and workout machines. It improves the core muscle strength, which is required to perform day to day activities.

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I am planning to do strength training daily. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 28-year-old male. I am planning to start doing strength training exercises daily. Please tell me the fundamentals of strength training. What are the potential health benefits gained with strength training? For someone new to strength training, what are the recommended steps to ge...  Read Full »


Shakti Mishra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Strength training is a type of resistance training that improves your muscle and bone strength and overall improves your physical health. Strength training activities should be included in every session three or four days a week. Weight trainin...  Read Full »

I have tightness and a rubbing feeling in my thigh. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a runner and was training for a marathon till about three weeks ago noticed tightness and rubbing feeling down the outside of my thigh. I had a sports massage and they said it was my IT band. I felt better after the massage and have managed a few 3 to 4 miles run since then which fee...  Read Full »


Thomas Jefferson K

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The problem you are having is IT (iliotibial) band tightness. Stretching would help a lot but it does not help everyone. You may start strengthening your core muscles and also the hip joint muscles. Work more on the quadriceps medialis muscles that is the inner thigh mu...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for pain in the ankle of the left foot while walking?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a history of ankle pain at the base of my left foot, and it causes pain when I walk. I went to physical therapy a few years back when it started, it worked for a while, but it came back a few months later. Massaging the area causes a lot of pain, and makes it more difficult to w...  Read Full »


Jani Hemang Sudhakarbhai

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understood your concern. First, you stop massaging it is contraindicated. It will promote more swelling and pain. Apply ice for 10 days. Physical therapy should be continued but in the observation. Take ultrasound therapy over heel with an analgesic gel for 10 days...  Read Full »

I have certain health issues. Kindly advise a workout routine.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a fit 52-year-old male with rounded shoulders with slight thoracic kyphosis. And I sit at the desk often, but I do shoulder, neck, back stretching exercises regularly to combat this. I think the main problem comes from weakness in my thoracic spine, causing me to use my arms to s...  Read Full »


Sreenivasa Rao

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. In my opinion, your posture is the main culprit more than the strength and weakness of your thoracic musculature. I wanted to know about your low back posture and pelvic tilt. From your narration, I presume you have weakness in the gluteus m...  Read Full »

I get a throbbing sensation in my knee while resting. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am getting throbbing in my knee every time I am resting. There is no pain just uncomfortable throbbing. Recently, came back from grade 2 MCL injury and ACL sprain. I am a female.  Read Full »


Sreenivasa Rao

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your concern. The throbbing pain is caused due to the activity you do like walking and standing, etc. The muscle gets activated normally during functional activities but in your case, since recovery has not happened completely you have post activity stiff...  Read Full »

I need right shoulder surgery. Will I need physiotherapy?

Query: Hello doctor, After my right shoulder surgery, do I need a physiotherapist? What would happen if I do not consult a physiotherapist?  Read Full »


Sreenivasa Rao

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I recommend you consult a physiotherapist for rehabilitation post surgery as it is very important that you gain strength and mobility. Otherwise, there would be some imbalance remaining within the muscle group and may give rise to minor nagging issues after a while. ...  Read Full »

Why my joints are popping?

Query: Hello doctor, A few months ago, I was not thinking and I hit a door with my hand and it has been a few months since then. I got tests and an MRI done on it and came back fine, just a mild motion artifact they could find, and I do not know what that means. The elbow popping will not go away and my wr...  Read Full »


Sreenivasa Rao

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your concern. The issue what you are narrating could be due to poor movement control in the joint. Do not worry. I presume that you do not have much of pain and any other issue except popping. I would suggest: Do strengthening for your upper body and stabil...  Read Full »

What exercises can be done to manage friction in kneecap?

Query: Hello doctor, My doctor said that I have friction in my kneecap and I have to do exercise to increase the strength of the muscle. Can you please give me the plan of exercises?   Read Full »


Sreenivasa Rao

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Kindly provide me with additional details regarding your issue to help me prescribe or to suggest exercises. As of now, do knee pressing against a small towel kept below the knee and hold it for 10 seconds done for 15 times. Lying on the stomach and bending the knee ...  Read Full »

My elbow pains a lot while doing exercise and climbing. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a climber's elbow, it has been there for years, and nothing I do helps to relieve the pain. My elbow's soreness is mainly isolated to the pronator teres muscle, and it pains whenever I do vertical pulling exercises such as pull up, pull-downs, and seated rows. I recently stopped e...  Read Full »


Sreenivasa Rao

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You would have probably lifted too much weight that your body could not handle in the first session. We need to first prepare your body for that activity with less load initially in any training. Once your body is ready to take it, you can increase the load by increasi...  Read Full »

How to stop losing muscle mass in the body?

Query: Hi doctor, I did exercises to relax and tighten the neck muscles. The exercises that I did has affected my entire body. I have lost muscle mass all over my body, and I have gained muscles in thighs and all the wrong places. I eat apples to stop muscle loss, as I read that eating apple stops muscula...  Read Full »


Shakti Mishra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Can you tell me what kind of exercises you did that resulted in such a situation? If you did exercises of the neck, then it cannot move the muscles on gluteus or back. I suggest you try doing the following. Go for a full body checkup. Stop doing exercises abruptly. Have...  Read Full »

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