Until something goes wrong you don’t realise what a fantastic job your immune system does. So give it some support!
Surprisingly, it is not the freezing weather itself that causes illness, but being confined in small, inside spaces with others infected with a bug. Come November, we’re much more likely to lounge on a sofa than breathe in fresh air at a local park. Making a few simple changes to your diet and exercise habits can help to avoid most colds.
After having liposuction on my abdomen I was recommended MLD massage by my surgeon to help with the healing process. I found the MLD treatment with Jan an essential part of my aftercare and healing process. Jan is very knowledgable and after every treatment I noticed a difference in the swelling and texture of the underlying tissue. " A Riley
If you have recently had cosmetic surgery, Vaser lipo you may notice increased swelling, bruising and tenderness in the areas treated. Due to this you may not see any difference. This is where we can help with Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD).
MLD described as “One of the best kept secrets on the health and beauty scene”(Ref MLDuk), is a safe and gentle treatment. It will help with swelling, bruising, scaring and has an analgesic effect which helps to soothe. It is a very gentle, light touch massage that improves the efficiency of the lymphatic system-the body’s waste disposal system. Specific and gentle movements of the skin stimulate and increase the rate of removal of waste products, toxins and excess fluid from the body’s tissues. MLD is regularly prescribed in Europe to improve healing and reduce recovery time after cosmetic surgery.
To help the swelling, bruising and reduce and keep lumpiness to a minimum, book a course of MLD. You will need to wear compression hosiery as prescribed by your surgeon. We will give further written and verbal home care advice such as instruction on carrying out your own self massage to the areas treated, the importance of deep breathing exercises.
The number of MLD sessions you will need varies depending on areas treated-
It may be beneficial to book an MLD treatment before your procedure to get your lymphatic system in peak condition. If you wish to call or email me ahead of time we can discuss your options. After your procedure we may be able to see you on the same day or as soon as you are comfortable to start treatment.
Feel good. Call Jan on 07765526790R
MLDuk. Cosmetic Surgery. Speeding up recovery. www.mlduk.org.uk
Easter is my favourite time of the year. It’s a welcome break when the Christmas period feels a long time ago. Spring weather is nearly here (hopefully). The lighter evenings are with us. My thoughts turn to spending afternoon and evenings in the garden. What could be more relaxing.
It may be a time to think about boosting your health!!!
We all think about all those things we could be doing to boost our health and wellbeing. But the secret is how to make these positive changes.
Well here are some tips that boost your overall health and improve your wellbeing that you can easily build in to your everyday life.
1. DRINK WATER
Water is the best drink to help you stay hydrated. It has no calories or sugar so is a perfect choice to help ensure you maintain a healthy weight and teeth.
The benefits of water include:
The overall health of our body and mind can be influenced by the amount of pure, fresh air breathed however, as adults we are typically less likely to spend time outside Taking a deep breath of fresh air or oxygen in our lungs can
1. Take a long deep breath in through your nose, if possible counting to 5 in your head as you breathe in. You may not reach 5 at the beginning but with more practice you will.
2. Ensure the breath is filling your belly as you breathe in - you should feel / see it expanding.
3. Gently and slowly breathe out through your mouth.
4. Repeat for 3-5 times
Sleep is vital to our minds to processing information, and our body to repair its self. It can help curb inflammation, which is linked to heart disease, stroke, arthritis, premature ageing and diabetes.
Recent BBC1 programme with Michael Mosely- “The truth about insomnia”., looked at among things “prebiotics” to help improve quality of sleep. Prebiotics aid digestion and enhance the production of valuable vitamins. They also promote growth of beneficial bacteria (lactobacilli and bifidobacteria), without feeding the ‘bad’ types. The good bacteria play a significant role in regulating your immune system, inhibiting the growth of pathogens (disease causing bacteria) and digesting food. Further information from “ Bimuno”
Further help to get a good night sleep include: -
Optimism and pessimism can affect your day to day levels of stress which can in turn impact on your health and wellbeing. By thinking positively, you can improve psychological and physical wellbeing, coping skills, cardiovascular health, feelings of distress and anxiety.
Learning throughout your life can build your self-esteem and confidence as well as enhance social interaction and relationships. Doing something out of the norm can change thought patterns and boost wellbeing. This will broaden your mind can even help to lift you out of depression and boost wellbeing. Start small and build as you go along.
Here are some tips for learning something new:
Being active: -
Reflexology is a non-intrusive, complementary health therapy which helps the body to restore its natural balance and is excellent for promoting and maintaining good health. Reflexology can also reduce stress both physiologically and emotionally by bringing the body back into balance.
Best of all, reflexology feels good! Typically, following a treatment, the receiver will feel more relaxed, less stressed and tension will be reduced. As reflexology is a holistic therapy, each session treats the whole person. It not only helps to rebalance our body but promotes an overall feeling of wellbeing - what can be better than that?
Having regular treatments can ensure that the body continues to sustain optimum health.
Contact Janet on 07765526790 with any questions or to book a treatment
I have had an interesting conversation with a company called Comfizz. You may be familiar with them. They are a family run business producing hosiery for people who have had a stoma.
I spoke to Nozar Alikhanizadeh, Managing Director. The company have started to produce garments that are designed for people who have lymphoedema. At present they produce a unisex light compression boxer shorts that come in 2 leg lengths, knee length (£25.20) and mid knee length (£22.75). Colours available are white and black but they hope to include full range of colours soon. They are not available on prescription yet but this will hopefully also be available soon.
They may prove useful for some clients. Nozar Alikhanizadeh has said, “They offer light support for the abdomen and legs, which is comfortable”.
For further information visit- www.comfizz.com
Tel 0113 266 1767
Are we still keeping up with our New Year Resolutions?We are now in March and all good intentions of keeping our New Year’s resolutions may be starting to fade. The January detox and exercise regimes are losing their appeal. Therefore, I wanted to tell you about the benefits of looking after your fascia.
What is Fascia?
Fascia is made up of dense bundles of collagen and looks like cling film. It wraps around all muscles, organs, bones, nerves and blood vessels. This offers support and reduces friction allowing different structures to glide over each other. In health the fascia is well hydrated allowing smooth movement. If it’s affected by injury more layers of cling film develop causing shortening and thickening causing reduced movement.
Fascia release is a set of techniques that gives this cling film a work out, stretching and smoothing it so your body works at its optimum level. Movement and stretching are good ways to keep the fascia healthy and supple. Yoga can be a very effective way of achieving this. Each posture works to target the energy channels in the body. Working in a similar way to gentle massage, accupuncture and accupressure. It also does wonders to relieve stress from the mind and body. When fascia is damaged or blocked the energy no longer flows freely. In yoga we target these energy channels allowing energy to flow.
Ways to improve your Fascia
Yoga is a fantastic way of achieving this. Gliding slowly into a stretch, holding it for a few minutes and gliding slowly out is fascia stretching. The Sun salutation is an example of a good exercise to do every morning to keep the fascia in shape. It takes about 2-5 minutes.
Contact Janet on 07765526790 with any questions or to book a treatment
What can I do to look after my skin?
Cleanse your skin
Wash daily with warm water and soap/soap substitute.
The skin acts as a barrier to bacteria and other pathogens. Any break in the skin such as burns, chafing, dryness, cuticle injury, cracks, cuts, splinters, and insect bites can present an entry site for bacteria and cause infection. Well moisturised skin will reduce the risk of cellulitis. This is a skin infection.
CELLULITIS. Symptoms can appear suddenly and make you feel unwell.
What to look out for:
What do I do?
If you think you have an infection, seek medical help immediately from your GP. If you notice these symptoms out of hours, contact your out of hours GP service. It is important to act quickly to prevent infection from getting worse. You will need antibiotics as soon as symptoms occur and you must take them for NO LESS THAN TWO WEEKS.
I joined the sepsis support group “ well being” awareness walk at Roath Park last week. It was quite informative speaking to people who had survived sepsis with common ailments such as tonsillitis and kidney infections. I came away more informed of about how to spot and prevent the problem. The support group go into hospitals and teach the student nurses and doctors how to recognise Sepsis.
What is sepsis?
Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that arises when the body's response to an infection causes it to attack its own tissues and organs. In sepsis, patient's immune system goes into overdrive setting off a series of reactions including widespread inflammation. Sepsis can lead to multiple organ failure and death especially if not recognised early and treated quickly. According to the UK Sepsis Trust, someone dies from sepsis every 3-5 seconds.
What are the symptoms of SEPSIS?
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What is Lymphoedema?
In a normal person fluid is recycled back to the venous part of the circulation by a system called the lymphatics. Lymphoedema is where an excess of fluid builds up in the limbs, usually because of impairment to the outflow of lymphatic fluid from an affected area causing excessive swelling, restricted movement, pain, recurrent episodes of severe infection (cellulitis), and subsequently a greatly decreased quality of life for the patient. Up to 60% of patients treated for breast cancer and 60% of patients treated for gynaecological cancer are estimated to suffer with lymphoedema.
Lymphoedema may be classified as primary or secondary, based on underlying cause. Primary lymphedema is caused by abnormal development of the lymphatic system. It can be present at birth, or develop later in life. Most commonly in the UK, lymphoedema develops secondary to damage to normal lymphatics. The most common causes of lymphedema are lymphatic damage from surgery (axillary or groin lymph node dissection), or radiotherapy.
Conventional treatment for lymphoedema consists of meticulous skin care, self-massage, and specialist compression bandaging. This is performed by lymphoedema specialist nurses and therapists and can control the swelling, but it fails to address the cause - an obstruction to the outflow of lymph fluid from the affected region. Furthermore, lymphoedema of some areas, for example the head or the scrotum, is not amenable to compression therapy. Recent developments include:
Supermicrosurgery. Lymphovenous anastemosis
LVA - pioneered in Japan and developed further in Europe. Damaged lymphatic vessels are joined to a functioning vein to bypass the blockeage in early lymphoedema. Its diverting a blocked flow to where there is a good flow. This gives the lymphatic fluid an alternative route to escape from the affected area, effectively bypassing the area of damage to the lymphatics.
The problem is that lymph vessels are so small that visualising them is difficult to join up lymphatics. Professor Baumeister in Munich has performed lymphatic grafting or transplantation instead of joining lymphatic vessels to vein he has demonstrated significant improvement in limb volumes.
Lymph node transfer
This aims to kick-start the lymphatic system and involves microsurgical transfer of lymph nodes with their own blood supply from one part of the patients body to the limb with lymphoedema. As soon as the transferred lymph nodes are connected, they start releasing substances that encourage the growth of new lymphatic vessels as well as the old pathway to open. This has been performed on patients with arm oedema due to breast cancer by Anne Dancey, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and has been successfully used to reverse swelling and reduce or eliminate infections resulting from lymphedema
Whilst no cure exists for lymphoedema in 2008 the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recognised liposuction as an appropriate method for managing and alleviating the symptoms. Liposuction is a technique that removes fat through small metal cannulae. It is important that patients have minimal pitting oedema, are fully compliant with conservative therapy techniques and are wearing compression garments. Postoperatively, patients have to wear garments 24hrs a day for life. This technique has replaced the old fashioned debulking techniques that caused significant scarring and is much better cosmetically.The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) states that liposuction for chronic (long-term) lymphoedema appears to be safe, and may be effective in the short term. However, NICE says there is not enough evidence of its long-term effectiveness and safety.
Conservative therapies remain the appropriate treatment for most lymphoedema patients. Surgery (liposuction and other techniques) may only be appropriate for some patients, and should only be undertaken in a multi-disciplinary environment, with appropriate follow up and auditing of results.