Modified Yoga Poses Assist Recovery From Hip Replacement Surgery

At least three of my current clients have hip replacements of one or both of the hips. For those who have hip or knee replacements, it’s very important to keep active, maintain flexibility and to continue to stimulate blood circulation to the post-surgery hip. In the current time, more and more people are living longer, and more have had hip replacement. Hip replacement is not just for the older person; but people in their forties and fifties are getting hip replacements. A few of my clients who have survived horrific car accidents, have been advised to get a hip replacement.

Modified yoga is made up of gentle lunges and poses that help stretch the hip- joint, and keep the ligaments and cartilage limber. This is one of the most important elements to post hip surgery is; blood flow and stretches that continue to aid flexibility. When the hip gets tight; hamstrings, quad muscles, the buttocks and the back can becomes super tight.

Poses like Downward dog, also called inverted “V” stretch the hamstrings, quad muscles and the Gluts. Standing lunges assist the hip ligaments, and warrior is another pose that lengthens and stretches the hamstring to the hip. Another great stretch for the hips, is to open your legs in a super wide stance, and lower your hands down, between your legs, to a center spot on the floor. Shift slowly side to side, towards each foot. This eases the hips open. If you can, you can go a bit further in the stretch, but only if you can do it without pain. Place our hands down in center, and place one elbow down, and shift slowly to one side for about ten seconds, and then to the other side. In order to do it, if you put the left elbow down, you would shift right for ten seconds or longer, and if you put your right elbow down, you would shift left for the same time.

You can also stretch in a modified CHAIR yoga class. It doesn’t have to be a mat class if you can’t get up and down. One great chair stretch is to pivot your hips along with your legs to the left while seated, and then stretch your right leg out to your right, as if you were lunging to the left. Bring your right palm to point at the right heel, and then sweep your right arm under your chin, past your body, to the left side of the chair arm. Stretch your arm out towards your left, and then sweep it back to your right heel once again. After a rest, in the same position, you can have both hands on the left arm of the chair, and stretch your right arm up towards the ceiling.

If you are able to stand with your back to the wall, bend one of your knees and bring it into your chest. This stretches the hip, in a gentle, effective manner. Bring your chin down to your knee. Release and put your foot safely back to the ground. Do the other side. If you are seated, you can bring one foot up on the chair, with your knee up in front of your chest, and bring your head down to meet your knee. Release and switch side. Place the other foot on the chair and bring your knee up, and bring your chin down to meet your knee.

The great thing about modified yoga classes, is that you will find, there are many gentle stretches that you can do to stretch your hip and legs. Modified poses means that you can use a strap when you are less flexible, and when you are recovering from a hip replacement, sometime you can’t do too much, so a strap is helpful to avoid strain. You don’t have to do all the exercises and poses. You can do what feels best for your body. It’s okay to rest while you are recovering.

Many clients with hip replacements don’t have the same stamina. At first anything you do will feel like an exertion. You have to be patient with yourself. Don’t rush, your recovery. Do what you can do, stretch in a modified yoga class, and little by little your body will recover post-surgery, and you will feel stronger and more agile than before you had a hip replacement. That’s right, many people are afraid to have a hip replacement, and it takes a couple of months to fully recover, but after it’s done, many people say they have no pain, and can move better than ever before.

Classic Cars: Original, Restored, Restored and Modified

Not all owners of classic cars think in the same way. Some prefer to keep them original (patina and minor issues), some completely restore them and some restore them and also do modifications. All three require the love and attention to detail of a classic car collector. No matter his preference the commitment, effort and knowledge associated with this very involved hobby is admirable.

Original Vehicles

An original vehicle is one that has been maintained so well that it has all of its original factory specified parts. Their parts have been mostly fixed rather than replaced and if they had been replaced at one time it will have been with the original part intended for the model from the exact year of its introduction. To determine the originality of a classic, enthusiasts look for “matching numbers”, serial numbers that are stamped on parts throughout the car that match each other and the number originally associated with the car in its year.

Pros and Cons

Original vehicles are extremely hard to come by. To produce one takes the most time and money because the original parts are as rare as or more rare than the car itself. Because of the lack of availability of models and their parts, many car owner’s claiming “original” are actually restored. A true original and a restored vehicle should look the same and nearly operate the same, but because of the difference in original parts vs. re-manufactured parts, the prestige and value of a true original is significantly higher. The value of the three types of vehicles fluctuates based on the changing demand of collectors just like many consumables, but original vehicles, even in their shabbiest appearances can sell for 35% more than their perfectly restored opponent, a reason why you’ll find a lot of speculation on which route to take.

Restored Vehicles

Restored vehicles are made to look and drive like they did the day they were introduced to consumers. Their owners however, choose to replace parts with factory refurbished remakes of original parts. Using the original as inspiration, a car restorer will match the interior, parts and paint as closely to its glory days as possible.

Pros and Cons

Because restoration parts are easier to obtain and the restoration route creates more of its kind, this vehicle is less rare and often less valuable than an original. This is also the reason a collector can achieve results faster and perhaps joyride in his car sooner and for longer, a pro that’s hard to argue if you’re familiar with the work required of an original. As previously stated, the monetary value of a restored is less than an original in many cases, but there is value in having the most fun in your car and if that’s a high priority for an owner than this is a fine choice!

Resto-mod Vehicles

Resto-mod is short for restored and modified. These vehicles are the furthest from originals. They are restored and often “modernfied” if you will. Some owners choose to enhance the engine, make it more fuel efficient, or add modern luxuries like a preferred sound system or safety features.

Pros and Cons

The sky is the limit for an owner with the freedom of modifications. He can build his dream car! Resell for these cars is difficult though and the return could be even less than was put in it so this is the biggest pit fall. The reward is grand and the risk too, is grand, but for many this is the perfect fit for them. The value of a restored and modified vehicle is very unpredictable because the vehicle has been tailored to its owner’s specific tastes and he’d have to find a similar buyer, something to consider when choosing this method and while choosing each modification as well, if reselling is an area of importance at all.

The debate and judgment of this sector of cars will always be, keeping this art form alive and well, but one thing is certain; classic car owners love their cars and that’s worthy of respect. After considerable research you’ll find that each collector has to make their car collecting decisions based on his own lifestyle and what he plans to do with it, re-sell or enjoy. Judge a collector not by the category of his car, but how well it’s been done and cared for.

What Are The Top 5 Most Modified Cars?

These days if you want to make an impact on the high street, don’t worry about having the latest shoes or the newest iPod, what you need is to have the best car. Not only do people want the best cars though, they want a car that they can modify and turn into a piece of art both on the surface and under the bonnet.

Over the years car manufacturers have tried to produce cars that are ready made for people who like to soup up their vehicles. They have tried including body kits, fancy stereos, alloy wheels and spoilers but most of the time they never quite manage to tap into the hearts and minds of true enthusiasts. For them a car needs to be a simple one to begin with that they can then make their own with modifications.

Here are the top 5 cars that people have been modifying since they were first produced:

Toyota Supra + Nissan Skyline

Two of the most popular imported Japanese cars are the Toyota Supra and the Nissan Skyline. Their popularity comes from the fact that they are equal in many ways to big expensive performance cars like Ferraris and Porches. They may not have the expensive badge, but they make up for that with their power and sporty profiles. As their popularity grew people became more creative and a modification scene followed so that people could stand out from the crowd.

Citroen Saxo

How many of these do you see on your high street in a week? Dozens? This classic French mini seemed nothing special on its release, but thanks to its simplicity and value it became popular among those looking for something small to modify. A body kit is the most popular modification for a Saxo.

Mitsubishi Evo

The Evo is now synonymous with cutting edge car technology. The Evo has evolved through 10 different versions produced by the factory and every one has been modified by enthusiasts. The Evo has been on the rally scene for a long time and along with features in movies it has become more popular than ever. Modifiers like it for its solid engine, performance brakes, 4 wheel drive system and its naturally perfect set up, for engine manipulation. Mitsubishi Evo parts are much easier to import now than they used to be. This makes the Evo more popular than ever.

Fiat Punto

Similar to the Saxo, Puntos have developed a reputation for their loud exhausts, small stature and inexperienced drivers. The most popular thing to do to a Punto is to add turbo or nitrous oxide. Pocket rocket indeed.