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.

Common Motorbike Injuries

Common Motorbike Injuries

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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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Short term smoking risks

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Computer Related Wrist Pain – possible causes and treatments

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Hand and wrist pain at work

Unsurprisingly, many employees suffer chronic pain to the wrist related to time spent on the computer.

In fact, if you stop to think just how much time you spend in front of a screen, it may shock you. According to an article in the Independent, it can be as much as 1,700 hours a year!

Then, when you think about how many times you click your mouse, it gets serious. On average, about 5,000 times per day. It may require only a little effort per click, but it can be the hidden source of many problems.

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Computer-related wrist pain

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How to adopt the correct sitting position – in the work place

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Lazy habits at work

Do you take the time to make sure you are sitting in the correct position in your office chair?

The chances are you don’t.

After all, it is easy to get into a routine of unhelpful habits. You might moan that your lower-back aches. Or you might find yourself feeling overly drowsy late in the afternoon. However, you fail to attribute all this to poor posture.

But making just a few adjustments can make a big difference to how you feel on a daily basis. Let’s find out why.

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Correct sitting position

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Plastic Surgery Preparation – some things you really should know

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Plastic Surgery in Perspective

Making sure that you get advice on the best preparation for Plastic Surgery is vital. If you do choose to share your plans, you will inevitably encounter armchair doctors.

Friends and family may think they are giving good advice. However, even though they may have the right intentions, they are not professionals.

Furthermore, poor or misguided advice may lead to you becoming over-anxious.

The practice of plastic surgery has expanded rapidly over recent years. So much so, that there were over 28,000 procedures carried out in 2018. It has seen raised standards and greater scrutiny.

However, if you make that choice, you need to be in the hands of professionals from start to finish. In the first instance, we recommend you contact BAAPS.

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Plastic Surgery Preparation

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Lymphatic Drainage following IVF – How does it help?

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Looking after yourself post IVF

Booking in some Lymphatic drainage following IVF treatment can be hugely beneficial.

IVF has been around for over four decades now. It is now a widely accepted treatment. And it has enabled 1000s struggling with infertility to start a family.

And the success rate of the treatment has increased dramatically in that time. From about 10% in the early years to approximately 40% more recently.

But despite the fact that there have been massive leaps in carrying out the treatments, there are still potential medical concerns. And proper aftercare is vital.

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Lymphatic Drainage following IVF

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Treating Lymphedema – how manual lymphatic drainage can help

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Different ways of treating Lymphedema

Treating Lymphedema can be a challenge. However, there are a number of interventions that might help.

On the one hand, there are simple changes you can make such as incorporating light exercise into your daily routine. Then there are other options such as Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT). CDT can be extremely effective but some people find it a little complicated to carry out.

Other options for reducing the symptoms of Lymphedema include the use of compression garments.

Each of these treatments can be used in different ways depending on your unique circumstances. And sometimes, a combination of treatments is necessary.

But here, we would like to touch upon the role that Manual Lymphatic Drainage can play in your recovery. And discuss how it can help with the condition.

Treating Lymphedema

Treating Lymphedema

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Manual Lymphatic Drainage Benefits – clearing out the toxins

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An introduction to Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Manual Lymphatic Drainage benefits the body in a number of ways. It has helped patients during IVF treatment and others with Lymphedema. It can also help with autoimmune disease and before and after plastic surgery.

In a series of blogs over the coming weeks, we will discuss all of these areas. But first, we would like to take a closer look at what the Lymphatic system is, and the important role it plays.

And we will explain the benefits of having Manual Lymphatic Drainage massage to help get rid of toxins.

Lymphatic Drainage Benefits

Lymphatic Drainage Benefits

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Managing Swimming Injuries – keeping yourself healthy

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Managing the amount you swim

Managing any swimming injuries you might get should be straight-forward. However, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.

Swimming is, after all, often recommended for overcoming injuries. So in a broad sense, it is beneficial. But problems can arise if you don’t follow some simple guidelines.

For example, most injuries in swimming are overuse injuries. They are typically caused by trying to do too much too soon. As the old adage says, slow and steady wins the race. If you are new to swimming or haven’t swum in a long time, build up slowly. Your body needs to adapt. 

And swimming can be deceptively challenging.

So don’t dive in the at the deep end so to speak. Rest and recovery are as important for swimmers as with any other physical sport.

Managing Swimming Injuries

Managing Swimming Injuries

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