Relieving Migraines – We explore how osteopathy can help

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Understanding migraines

Relieving Migraines is a huge priority for sufferers. But what are migraines? And how are they different from headaches? Furthermore, what are some of the best ways to get some much-needed relief? And can osteopathy help? Let’s take a look.

Firstly, we need to understand what a migraine is. Sadly, we still don’t know the exact causes. But we do know they are believed to be linked to ad-hoc changes in the brain. More specifically, the problem is believed to be related to misfunctioning blood vessels or nerves in the brain.

Unlike normal headaches, migraines tend to affect just one side of the head. They tend to cause a throbbing sensation. And they usually leave you feeling sick or more sensitive to light.

They are often brought on by tiredness or stress. Certain people are triggered by particular types of food or drink. And it is well known that the early stages of a period can trigger problems. And sadly, this helps to explain, in part, why migraines affect more women than men.

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What are the 3 healthiest diets – and why are they so good?

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What makes a diet healthy?

Firstly, as we assess the 3 healthiest diets, we need some context.

So many diet plans focus on how much weight you can lose. And they often highlight just how quickly you can do it.

However, diets shouldn’t just be about what the number shows on the scales. And losing weight too quickly can often be unhealthy.

A healthy diet should provide you with a good balance of essential vitamins and minerals.

In addition, it should provide the required quantities of macronutrients.

In fact, diets should be as much about what to include as they should be about what to exclude.

Let’s dig deeper.

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3 healthiest diets

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Common Basketball Injuries – and how to prevent and treat them

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The demands of basketball

We would like you to avoid the most common basketball injuries. Of course, accidents will happen. But adopting just a few changes can help reduce your risks.

Basketball is a fast pace game. And it is truly a multi-directional sport. There are explosive movements forward and back, side to side, and even vertically.

It’s a game that requires you to change direction quickly and often. Consequently, many injuries occur as you decelerate your movement or push off to accelerate. Therefore, muscles and joints need to be properly prepared.

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Snapping Hip Syndrome – looking at causes and treatments

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It’s not just dancers

Snapping Hip Syndrome is also known as ‘dancer’s hip’. But if you have been unlucky to get it, you’ll know it can affect all sorts of people.

You will recognize it if you have pain when you either extend or flex your hip. Flexing the hip brings the knee toward the chest. (Think of the fetal position). And extending the hip will take the leg behind you in a similar vein to a dancer’s pose.

The pain of Snapping Hip Syndrome will often be accompanied by an audible popping or ‘snapping’ noise. Hence the name.

Thankfully, not all cases are too serious. However, you shouldn’t leave the condition untreated. Because in some cases the problem can last months and become very painful.

Let’s dig deeper.

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Long-haul flight recovery – a few tips to help you out

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The challenge of long flights

How do you find the best recovery methods from a long-haul flight? Getting it right can be tricky.

As a rule, flights become more detrimental the longer they last. And some flights can be excruciating long. Currently, the longest is from Singapore to Newark, timed at over 18 hours!

However, a long-haul flight can be a lot shorter than that. In fact, it is considered to be anything over 6 hours long.

So what can you do to reduce the physical, emotional and psychological impact? Let’s take a quick look.

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Understanding Sciatica – and what to do if you get it

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A very common problem

Understanding Sciatica is important. It is certainly something to watch out for.

It is a widespread condition. However, it’s difficult to know exactly how common it is. This is because it is often an underlying cause of a more generalized problem.

So, for example, you might have regular lower back problems. Or you might experience shooting pains down the back of your legs. Or even experience buttock pain.

In many, but not all, of these instances, sciatica could be to blame. It’s not always easy to know.

But, according to NICE, between 13-40%  of us will suffer an episode of sciatica. If not often, at least at some point in our lifetime. So what is it all about? And how can it be treated?

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Understanding Sciatica

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The physical impact of drugs on the body – a closer look

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What’s going on?

The physical impact of drugs on the body needs a closer look.

Often times, the experts go straight to the longer-term consequences of drug use.  There are, however, plenty of short-term consequences, both physical and psychological, that should not be overlooked.

Once again, we are not here to preach or judge. We just want to raise awareness of how drug use can affect the body.

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Common Motorbike Injuries – and how to deal with them

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The hazards of biking

We would like to take a look at some of the more common day-to-day motorbike injuries. And hopefully, give some pointers on how best to deal with them.

Of course, all riders are aware of the potential for serious injury. But fingers crossed, if you have enough experience, you can vastly minimize the risk of these happening.

There are still some injuries that we see, however, that can be a real nuisance. And it’s important they are dealt with properly.

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Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) post plastic surgery FAQ

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Q Why is Manual Lymphatic drainage important after plastic surgery ( Tummy tuck, Liposuction, face Lift or any other plastic surgery.

A: After a plastic surgery precede, you many notice a hardness, water retention, swollen, hematoma or lumpiness to the areas treated. This is normal right after your surgery. This post-surgical lymphedema is caused by inflammation and trauma from the cannula used to suck out the fat. The channels that are formed by the cannula become fill up with fluid and the tissue around become swollen.

Manual Lymph Massage helps to move the fluid by gently pumping it back into the lymph vessels, reducing the swelling, retention of fluids and pain after the surgery. Without Lymph Massage (MLD) the inflammation can evolve into fibrosis (a permanent hardening of the tissue) or a seroma (pocket of serum). Many doctors prescribe Lymph Drainage Therapy after liposuction or other plastic surgery procedures to make sure their patients get the best possible results from their procedure.

Q:  Is Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) a form of deep massage?

A:  No.   MLD is extremely light treatment although it may feels uncomfortable in the first week after the procedure as the area is very sensitive to touch. MLD it is the most efficient way to reduce swelling, water retention and bruising. It is based on scientific knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the Lymphatic System.  The Vodder Method is the most effective way to reduce swelling and bruising caused by the procedure. This method is used in hospitals and clinics all over world to treat patients with swelling, bruising and water retention.

Even though it may seem to you that a deep massage, therapeutic or other type of massage it may help decreasing the hardness following the procedure it is not. A deep massage is contraindicated after the procedure as it makes harder to evacuate lymph fluid and also could damage the surgery.

Q: Can MLD help get rid of bruising?

A:  Yes. Bruises are an accumulation of cellular debris and old red blood cells in the tissue. MLD significantly reduces healing time for bruises by cleansing the extracellular spaces where these substances are trapped.

Q: How many treatments will I need?

A: Most plastic surgeons recommend MLD after the surgery but it makes a significant difference before the surgery, as it help to filter waste and toxins, excess of fluid, viruses and bacteria preventing any infection before the surgery. Also increase the production of lymphocyte production (white blood cells) that help heal cuts and damage tissue.

We normally recommend between 5 to 12 sessions depending on the area, procedure and the recovering process which is deferent in each person.

Also, patients who get multiple procedures at the same time (lipo and a tummy tuck, or liposuction  and a buttock enhancement; Brazilian Butt Lift) may need more sessions than someone who only gets one procedure. Sessions may be paid for individually, or in discounted packages of 5.

Q: How often is MLD applied?

A: The first week we suggested one sessions daily or every other day, as it helps significantly with the inflammation and the elimination of fluids.  The second week, every other day, follow by maintenance one per month for the next 5 months for better results.

Q: When can I have my first Manual lymphatic drainage after the surgery?

A: The sooner you start your drainage the better. We normally recommend having the first drainage 24hours after the surgery as MLD is gentle enough and drastically reduces the appearance of bruises, swelling, stiffness, burn shooting pain, scars, lumps, bums and soreness that often occurs after the surgery.

Q: Can I have Manual Lymphatic drainage 1 moths after the surgery

A: yes, the healing process after these types of procedure is between 3 to 6 months. If it has been over a month since your procedure you can still get the smoothing benefits of MLD but you won’t get the same results as if you had your drainage in the first week.

Q: What is an MLD treatment like?

A: Firstly you complete your medical form follow by the initial consultation were you therapist will assess the type of surgery and stage of the surgery, any open drainages, bruises, inflammation to determinate the best way to perform the drainage. As you will be very weak in the first week your therapist will help you to undress and to get in the couch and you will be fully cover with a towel. The MLD is performed in the front of the body and only the area being worked on is exposed at any time. Gentle, rotating, pumping motions will be applied with hands.

Usually the entire session is performed with you lying in the face-up position because all of the areas of lymph nodes that need to be decongested are located on the front of the body, although some surgeries do require the patient to turn side to side, sit up or face down for a short time if tolerated.

After the session, your therapist will help you to wear you garment, get ready and will give your after care.

Q: Do I need a referral for MLD?

A:  No. Although many doctors recommend MLD, it is also perfectly fine to self-refer.


Short term smoking risks – that are rarely mentioned

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Up in smoke

The risks that smoking carries in the short term tend not to receive much coverage.

By contrast, the impact that smoking can have in the longer term has been covered extensively.

This imbalance can be deceptive. It can give smokers a feeling of complacency. It is almost as if they feel that they have a grace period, in which smoking won’t cause much harm.

We are not here to preach. We do, however, want to point out some of the harmful by-products that smoking can have on a day to day basis. Some of which, you may not have considered.

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