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Best exercises to treat hamstring injuries

The Hamstring muscle group consists of three muscles which are located at the back of your thigh. The primary function of the hamstring is to bend your knee, but it also assists in moving your hip back. 

Hamstring injuries are one of the most common injuries in sports. Particularly in sports which require repetitive movement, fast acceleration and deceleration, and change in direction. This includes, but not limited to: football, rugby, basketball, running and cycling. One of the main reasons why hamstring muscles are prone to injuries is because it is a biarticular muscle, meaning it spans two joints, which are the bottom of your hip and the knee. 

Hamstring injury treatment islington

Because the muscle is biarticular, it constantly has to perform two different tasks every time we run. For example, when a person is pushing off to initiate the run the knee is being extended and straightened. Simultaneously, the hip is being extended too. However, because of the attachment sites of the hamstring muscle, it almost has to be able to contract and stretch at the same time to allow this to happen. It places a significant amount of strain on the muscle.

Other potential reasons for hamstring strains are insufficient strength and length of the muscle or muscle having to overcompensate for the weaker links such as glutes, your bottom muscles, and weak core. The muscles may also be predisposed to injury by biomechanical alterations in the body, particularly the pelvis area and the knees. Common hamstring injuries are listed below:

  • Hamstring strains
  • Pes Anserine tendinopathy
  • Pes Anserine bursitis

Hamstring strains

Hamstring strains are the most common hamstring injuries. Strain is a tear in the muscle and it can occur in the muscle belly, which is the middle of your hamstring, or at the tendons, which are there to connect the muscle to bone. 

  • Symptoms: You would usually feel sharp pain anywhere at the back of your thigh during the physical activity. Depending on the severity of the strain, you may also see bruising at the back of your thigh and feel indentation or a lump.
  • Causes: Injuries most commonly occur while sprinting, accelerating or decelerating vigorously, or going for a sliding tackle in football. There are few predisposing aspects for hamstring strain. Most often it gets injured due to insufficient strength and length. 
  • Self-management: Strengthening and stretching the hamstrings. Eccentric loading is known as being one of the most effective types of strengthening exercises.

Pes Anserine tendinopathy

Pes Anserine tendinopathy is an overuse related injury. It affects the hamstring attachment site which is at the inside of the knee just below the kneecap.

  • Symptoms: Pain at the inside of the knee just below the kneecap which comes on with physical activity. Depending on the severity of the injury, it may persist and worsen with activity or it may ease off with activity.
  • Causes: repetitive use of the muscle and insufficient stretching. 
  • Self-management: stretching, strengthening and foam rolling. Eccentric loading is known to be great in treating tendinopathies. You will have to moderate the physical activity.

Pes Anserine bursitis

Pes Anserine bursitis is known as the inflammation of the bursae which is located at the inside of the knee below the kneecap. Bursae is a sac filled of fluid which prevents the friction of the tendon over bone.

  • Symptoms: Pain at the inside of the knee just below the kneecap which is worsening with physical activity. Visual puffiness of the area might also be present.
  • Causes: repetitive overuse of the muscle and lack of flexibility.
  • Self-management: stretching, foam rolling and moderating the physical activity.

Exercises:

Bridge on heels:

Lie on your back. Bend your knees to approximately 70 degrees and lift your toes up towards the ceiling. Relax your neck and shoulders and have them flat of the floor. Push your hips up maintaining the toe elevation.

Sets: 2
Reps: 12
Hold: 3 seconds

Hamstring walk outs:

Lie on your back. Bend your knees and have your toes pointing up. Push your hips up and taking small steps walk out as far as you feel comfortable. Then walk back in again and lower your hips down.

Sets: 2
Reps: 5 walk outs

Foam rolling the hamstrings:

Place the foam roller underneath the back of your thigh. Slowly move your body up and down on the foam roller. Stop and hover at the tender areas for the tension to ease off.

Sets: 1
Reps: 1
Time: 45 seconds

Hamstring stretch:

Lie on your back. Use a towel to wrap under your foot and keeping your knee straight bring your leg up towards you. You can move the leg in and out to stretch different areas of the hamstring.

Sets: 1
Reps: 1
Hold: 30 seconds

Nordic curls:

Find a solid, heavy object which will be able to support you. Fix your feet or ankles under it. Get into kneeling position. From there engage your hamstrings and glutes and lower yourself down with control as far as you feel comfortable. Then disengage and allow your body to drop down. Ensure to catch yourself using your arms, then push off into the starting position and repeat.

Sets: 2
Reps: 8

 

At Perea Clinic, we treat you better because your integral wellbeing is our priority. If you have any question about our treatments, please contact us. You can find us 3 mins away from Angel station in Islington.

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Massage Therapy and the role on treating musculoskeletal conditions https://pereaclinic.com/massage-for-back-paintreatment-for-musculoskeletal-conditions/ https://pereaclinic.com/massage-for-back-paintreatment-for-musculoskeletal-conditions/#respond Fri, 09 Oct 2020 13:26:03 +0000 https://pereaclinic.com/?p=8913 33 conditions you didn’t know Remedial Massage can treat! Many of us think about massage as something that is just for relaxing, a luxury, pampering or a treat. However, many...

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33 conditions you didn’t know Remedial Massage can treat!

Many of us think about massage as something that is just for relaxing, a luxury, pampering or a treat. However, many studies have shown the important role of massage as an effective treatment for different musculoskeletal conditions.

After many years working as a soft tissue therapist, massage therapy is one of the most important elements I use in my practice to release muscle tightness, speed up recovery from injury and even to prevent them. Massage works not only in a physical level, it helps your mental health too.

Massage therapy has been used for centuries to help with back pain, to treat injuries and medical conditions that are muscle related. Most importantly, massage therapists works in collaboration with other professionals such as acupuncturist, osteopaths physiotherapists, sports therapist or chiropractors.

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What musculoskeletal & medical conditions can be treated with massage therapy? (click to expand)

Some of the most common conditions treated with massage are:

  • Post Covid-19 recovery process
  • Back and neck pain
  • Muscular tension
  • Sciatica
  • Piriformis syndrome
  • Knee pain
  • ITB syndrome
  • Shin splint
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Shoulder pain
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Trapped nerve
  • Headaches
  • Jaw pain
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Help to recovering from different kind of surgeries even mayor surgery
  • Muscle Strains
  • Muscle spams
  • Tennis elbow
  • Golf elbow
  • Rotator cuff syndrome
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sports conditions
  • Tendinitis & tendinopathies
  • Scoliosis
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Insomnia
  • Help to reduce side effect of cancer medications
  • Arthritis

How does massage help treat these conditions?

Remedial massage works at a deep muscle level releasing, tight muscle, tendons, fascia and restoring movement hence improving joint mobility. We aren’t talking about the spa type of massage, we are talking about the medical application of massage.  These involves having a huge knowledge and understanding of the human anatomy, your muscle function, the symptoms, causes, pathology and which muscle groups are causing the injury or pain.

This modality of massage can be uncomfortable sometimes, especially the first session, and not as relaxing as the normal relaxing massage you find in spas. Remedial massage therapists combines different massage techniques, use tools, stretches, equipment and even acupuncture to help release tight muscle and restore movement.

Massage therapy can reduce the need of surgery in the long term when the condition is treated on time and by the appropriate professional.

What does research say about massage Therapy?

Research conducted on massage therapy demonstrated the importance and effectiveness in reducing chronic or acute pain. It also helps you recover faster from surgeries and injuries; it boosts your immune and endocrine systems; and positively changes your number of lymphocyte (they are very important in defending your body from diseases).

Massage therapy and mental health

Nowadays, mental health practitioners recommend massage therapy as an important tool for reducing stress hormones. This allows the patient to feel better without the intake of medications or reducing the consumption of them. Remember that if your mind is calm, your body feels good and is in good health, too.

Moreover, massage therapy changes your biochemistry in a positive way, rising positive mood hormones (dopamine and serotonin) and reducing stress hormones (cortisol and epinephrine) which is the responsible of 80% of all diseases.

In conclusion, massage therapy has become an integral discipline when you talk about body and mental health. At the clinic you can find different types of massage such as:

Here you can find the best therapists who will cater to your needs by creating a bespoke massage treatment catered to your pain or injury.

At Perea Clinic, we treat you better because your integral wellbeing is our priority. If you have any question about our treatments, please contact us. You can find us 3 mins away from Angel station in Islington.

We are always happy to help.

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Benefits of Massages for your Mental health

You may have received a massage gift card for your birthday, mother’s day or Christmas. Many people see massages as a luxury or as a treat, something you only “allow” once per year. Stiffness and pains in muscles and joints are one of the most common reasons people book in for a massage at the clinic.

However, you should know that having regular massages is important for your mental health also. Many people are not aware of how massage can help them at an emotional level. Having massages regularly have a positive influence in your physical and mental health.

Professional massage therapists are great listeners and they can help you to relax your body and mind too. That’s why massage is a good investment for your mind and body and you shouldn’t feel guilty to include massages in your budget and having them regularly. 

How to improve mental & physical health

 What are the benefits of massages?

You may think massage is just for relaxing and comfort, but they are also therapeutic. Regular massages help to improve good health and wellness, but most important, they can help you change mental states. 

How can massage help your mental health symptoms?

  • Aid to balance emotions
  • Help to relieve symptoms of Anxiety
  • Massages clearly reduce the level of stress hormones giving you an amazing sensation of wellbeing
  • Assist to relieve symptoms of depression
  • Help with insomnia

How does stress hormones work in my body?

If you are anxious, stressed or depressed, your body pumps even more quantities of cortisol adrenalin and norepinephrine (stress hormones) fuelling your stress levels and causing them to rise. Massages reduce these hormones by releasing endorphins. 

When you receive a massage your body relaxes by reliving muscle tension and at the same time your mind relaxes, too. 

Massages are a temporarily relieve (they are not the cure). They alleviate stress symptoms, leaving sufferers feeling happier, relaxed and energised thanks to the rise of endorphins. Most importantly massage can help improve of mental health.

How can insomnia could affect your life?

Part of having a good night’s rest is having that relaxing sensation and off course not being stressed. All of us need to have a good quality sleep to function properly and for our wellbeing in general. Experts confirm that insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases, some examples are: obesity, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and depression.

How can massages help me with my insomnia?

Massages help your body produce serotonin, this is essential for the production of melatonin. But what is it? Melatonin is a hormone that is produced by the pineal gland in your brain. It helps control your body clock allowing your body function properly during the day and sleep properly at night.

For many of us, the melatonin level starts to go up about two hours before we go to sleep, but for those who can’t they should have other options. Some people use melatonin pills, check with your doctor first if there are suitable for you. These pills are usually used by people who suffer from insomnia or people who travel internationally to help with jet lag. On the other hand, having massages, is a natural way to increase your melatonin levels. In addition, it is the perfect drug free alternative for people who struggle with this condition.

In conclusion, massage isn’t a luxury or a treat, it can be beneficial to treat pain injuries or your just to help you with your mental health symptoms. If you are suffering from stress, anxiety or sleeping issues, consider that massage therapy is a natural alternative to deal with your mental health symptoms. 

We hope this information is useful. Similarly, if you have questions or need more information about our treatments please contact us. We are always happy to help.

 

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How to exercise your pelvic floor muscles to avoid incontinence 

When you are pregnant there are a number of changes that occur to your body, some will have a direct effect on your pelvic floor muscles. The most obvious effect is the weight of your baby pressing down on these muscles, which may result in urinary leakage especially when exercising, coughing or sneezing.

Having strong pelvic floor muscles will help you to  minimise any leakage before and after your baby is born. If you don’t experience urinary leakage during your pregnancy you are less likely to experience it after giving birth. A strong pelvic floor will also aid in a quicker recovery following the delivery of your baby by a natural birth. And the more familiar you are with your pelvic floor muscles the more able you are to relax it during the delivery of your baby.

Let’s have a closer look.

pelvic floor exercises blog

What are the pelvic floor muscles?

Pelvic floor muscles lie across the base of your pelvic.  They are responsible for keeping your bladders uterus and bowels in the right position. These groups of muscles stretch like a hammock from the pubic bone at the front to the coccyx at the back, and from side to side.

The pelvic floor muscles work together to help keep the bladder and bowel openings closed to prevent leakages (incontinence), and they relax to allow the bladder and bowel to empty.

The pelvic floor muscle in women also provide support for the baby during pregnancy and need to be relaxed during the birth

What is the role of the pelvic floor muscles?

It’s important to keep your pelvic floor muscles strong because they have a very important role in:

  • Supporting your internal organs
  • Supporting your back and pelvis
  • Controlling your bladder and bowel function (incontinence)
  • They help with sexual sensation and function
  • They are involved in delivering your baby

How can I find my pelvic floor muscles?

To engage your pelvic floor muscle you have to imagine you are trying to stop yourself from passing wind then urine, this will give you the sensation that you are tightening from back to front around your vagina. You should feel your muscles lift up inside slightly.

Why are my pelvic floor muscles weak?

They can be weak for different reasons, the most common is pregnancy; but there are other causes such us:

  • Lack of activity
  • Constipation
  • Overweight
  • Persistent heavy lifting
  • High impact exercise
  • Persistent coughing
  • Ageing

What can I do to improve the strength of my pelvic floor muscles?

They are like any other muscle of your body, you can make them stronger with regular exercise. Exercising your pelvic floor should be done at least three times a day. There are two exercises that you should complete, slow contractions and quick contractions.

Pelvic Floor Muscle Exercises

Ideally you should lift and squeeze your pelvic floor and aim to hold for 10 seconds repeating 10 times. This should then be followed by 10 quick squeezes lasting for only a second each. Do not worry if this isn’t quite achievable to begin with, test yourself, and count how many seconds you can hold for and how many quick ones you can do and work to that level, each time try to build on the number of contractions.

Remember where your pelvic floor muscles are, if you can feel you are squeezing your gluts then you are not engaging your muscles correctly, you may need to visit a specialist physiotherapist.

In short, exercising your pelvic floor muscles will help you in all stages of your life, especially during pregnancy, if you have problems finding the correct muscles or you need specific exercises, please contact our physiotherapist, they will create a personalised exercising routine for you.

Pilates during pregnancy is excellent for targeting and strengthening back and pelvic floor muscles. Maintaining and conditioning your pelvic floor muscles is  crucial during and after pregnancy.

We hope this information is useful for you. If you have questions or need information about our treatments please contact us, we are always happy to help.

 

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How to reduce lower Back & Pelvic Girdle Pain! https://pereaclinic.com/lower-back-and-pelvic-girdle-pain/ https://pereaclinic.com/lower-back-and-pelvic-girdle-pain/#respond Fri, 11 Sep 2020 14:09:47 +0000 https://pereaclinic.com/?p=8639 LOWER BACK AND PELVIC GIRDLE PAIN (PGP) During pregnancy it is possible that you may experience pain on your lower back and pelvic area (PGP or lower back and pelvic...

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LOWER BACK AND PELVIC GIRDLE PAIN (PGP)

During pregnancy it is possible that you may experience pain on your lower back and pelvic area (PGP or lower back and pelvic girdle pain), but don’t worry, you are not the only one; almost 20% of pregnant women experience pain or discomfort in the front or back of their pelvis during this period of time (ACPWH). This condition may also include musculoskeletal pain radiating to your thighs and perineum. 

First, let’s have a quick view of the anatomy of the pelvic. The Pelvic girdle is a ring of bones around your body at the base of your spine. It consists of two sacroiliac joints (located at the back of the ring) and one symphysis pubis (located at the front). Normally during pregnancy your hormones take effect on the ligaments in the lower back and pelvis, thus getting more movement at these joints than normal. This is a natural process when your baby grows in the womb, and prepares your pelvis for child birth. 

Causes of pelvic girdle pain 

PGP happens when the three joints move unevenly, which can lead to the pelvic girdle becoming less stable. The change in the way you sit or stand, baby growth in the womb and the extra weight can put more strain on the pelvis, thus illicit pain. Lower back pain is normally a result of your changing posture due to a shift in your centre of gravity from your growing bump. Pelvic girdle pain usually resolves spontaneously after birth.The main symptom of PGP is pain (from mild to severe) and this can occur while walking, going up and down stairs, turning over in bed,  putting on socks, getting in and out of the car and during intercourse.

Signs that you  may have PGP during pregnancy:

  • If you have previous history of low back pain.
  • Increased number of previous pregnancies.
  • If you Work with high physical demand.
  • High body mass index
  • Emotional distress
  • smoking

Luckily, at the clinic we advised you with several ways of easing and managing PGP and lower back pain. Also, our physiotherapist and acupuncturist can help you to reduce severe pain with our personalised treatments (specially designed according to your needs). Depending on the cause of your pain we can help by formulating a treatment plan and advising you on exercises and stretching. Pregnancy Pilates can also help you managing this pain better by teaching you exercises to help position your baby in ways that are less strenuous on your body.

 Tips to reduce  PGP

At the clinic, you can receive acupuncture or physiotherapy.  Pregnant ladies  who receive these treatments reported a highly reduction of pain.

  • Exercising and stretching will lead you to improve your posture, muscular tone and flexibility, resulting in pain reduction and better performance of daily activities, we tailor an exercise routine for you.
  • Wearing pelvic support garments may help you reduce pressure on this area.
  • Avoid high heels because they change your posture.
  • Reducing non-essential weight-bearing activities (e.g. climbing stairs, standing or walking for long periods of time)
  • Avoiding standing on one leg, for example you can sit down to get dressed.
  • Avoiding movements involving hip abduction (e.g. be careful while getting in or out of vehicles, baths or squatting)
  • You can apply heat to painful areas; it helps your muscles to relax.

We hope this information was useful for you. If you have questions about it or if you need more details about our treatments please contact us, we are always happy to help.

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The benefits of regular Massage – it’s not just about sore muscles https://pereaclinic.com/benefits-of-regular-massage/ https://pereaclinic.com/benefits-of-regular-massage/#respond Tue, 08 Sep 2020 08:00:31 +0000 https://www.pereaclinic.com/?p=5009 The common perception of massage Regular massage comes with a host of potential benefits, but many people only have massages sporadically. It is one of those things we might consider...

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The common perception of massage

Regular massage comes with a host of potential benefits, but many people only have massages sporadically.

It is one of those things we might consider if we are going on a holiday. Or possibly something that springs to mind when you start to feel pain and tension in a set of muscles.

But few people consider receiving treatments on a regular basis.

So we take a closer look at the benefits of factoring in a treatment on a regular basis.

 

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Regular Massage has numerous health benefits

Massage is about more than just pampering yourself or recovering from injury. Although, of course, it can suffice very well in either of those instances.

Let’s take, for example, the fact that massage can help to boost your immune system and endocrine system. This isn’t just hocus pocus or wishful thinking but is backed up by scientific evidence.

In this large-scale study it was apparent that hands-on intervention can have significant benefits. Of particular interest was the fact that massage can positively change your number of lymphocytes. These, in turn, have an important role in defending the body from disease.

Another area in which regular massage can help you is in improving the quality of your sleep. The chemistry of sleep is relevant in relation to massage because it directly influences the body’s production of serotonin, which is essential for the production of melatonin. Melatonin, in turn, plays an important role in helping to regulate sleep.

And increasingly, it is becoming apparent that sleep deprivation can have an adverse effect on health. So anything that can promote regular and deep sleep has to be beneficial.

There are also believed to be positive mental health benefits associated with massage. In the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, massage therapy was believed to help to ease depression.

In addition, massage can help to reduce stress and anxiety and elevate overall mood.

This is partly due to the increase in the feel-good hormone dopamine that plays an important role in learning, memory,  and positive emotions

The importance of time out

As we have already highlighted, massage has a host of benefits backed up by research. But just from a purely common sense point of view, it should not be under-estimated how valuable taking time out can be.

In the modern world, especially in a big city like London, it is possible to run from one activity to the next. Life becomes frantic and ever more challenging. Having a massage forces you to stop and fully rest. It is deeply restorative.

Of course, it is an investment. But it is an investment into one of the most important things there is, your health and your mental well-being.

So if you do live in or around the Islington (N1) area, please contact us with regard to the range of massage therapies we can offer.

We hope to see you soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD): https://pereaclinic.com/swollen-legs-during-pregnancy/ https://pereaclinic.com/swollen-legs-during-pregnancy/#respond Wed, 02 Sep 2020 07:00:11 +0000 https://pereaclinic.com/?p=8571 How to relieve swollen and heavy legs during pregnancy! Pregnancy is a beautiful experience but there are many changes to your body that could make you feel uncomfortable and not...

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How to relieve swollen and heavy legs during pregnancy!

Pregnancy is a beautiful experience but there are many changes to your body that could make you feel uncomfortable and not allow you to enjoy your pregnancy as you would like to. There are many treatments specialised in helping mothers reduce discomfort during pregnancy such as swollen and tired legs, back pain, cramps, incontinency and more.

Lymphatic drainage for Pregnancy

 What kind of discomforts might I have during pregnancy?

During pregnancy, there are many hormonal changes including increased levels of HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin); this is a protein-based hormone, it tells a woman’s body that it’s pregnant. HCG helps maintain the production of important hormones like progesterone, estrogen and prolactin which are essential for the development of the embryo and fetus. However high levels of hormones may cause different physical changes and discomfort, some of them are:

  • changes in vascular permeability
  • peripheral edema
  • varicose veins may appear
  • sensation of heaviness
  • cramps
  • swollen limbs

Why do I have swollen legs?

Your uterus is full of fluid and the weight of the baby pushes downwards into the pelvis and compresses nerves, blood and lymphatic vessels; all this together limits the amount of lymphatic fluid that can return to the blood. Also, water and sodium retention are other factors that produce inflammation in your limbs.

What can I do to reduce Swollen legs?

Studies made in Sao Paulo (Brazil), have shown that having manual lymphatic drainage after third-month pregnancy helps to reduce some of your physical complaints. 

Manual lymphatic drainage also helps to boost your immune system, keeping away viruses from your baby. It significantly reduces oedema, water retention and swelling in your limbs. It drains excess fluid of the area, making you feel less heavy and tired, and giving you more comfort.

Other common complaint during pregnancy

  • Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP):  It’s a pain in the front or back of your pelvis. The Pelvic girdle is a ring of bones around your body at the base of your spine. PGP is when the three joints move unevenly, which can lead to the pelvic girdle becoming less stable making you feel pain.
  • Pubic Symphysis Dysfunction (PSD). Is also known as Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD), it is also classified as PGP. This occurs due to much relaxation of the pelvic ligaments and an increase of the joint mobility during pregnancy. This pain can be mild or severe, disturbing or limiting your movement. 
  • Lower back pain,  is normally a result of your changing posture due to a shift in your centre of gravity due to your growing bump. The extra weight you are carrying causes a strain on your lower back muscles causing them to become stiff and sore.
  • Urinary incontinence and weak pelvic muscles; are caused by the weight of your baby pressing down on these muscles, which may result in urinary leakage especially when exercising. Having strong pelvic floor muscles will help minimise any leakage before and after your baby is born.

In conclusion

MLD is a comfortable, localised and safe treatment during pregnancy. Unlike some other forms of massage, we apply very light pressure combined with soft pumping movements in the direction of the lymph nodes. The treatment is focused on the areas of water retention such as legs and arms and hands and it helps you to reduce the excess of water retention and tire legs.

We also have special treatments such as physiotherapy and osteopathy for pregnancy. The treatments are designed to help you to reduce pain and discomfort during pregnancy, and speed up your recovery after the birth, through posture advice, exercising and individualised strengthening programmes. 

We hope this information is useful for you. If you have questions about Manual Lymphatic Drainage or any other of our treatments, please contact us. We are always happy to help.

Resources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3819918/#:~:text=Results.,the%20day%20of%20pregnant%20women.

 

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3 things you need to check

Going for a cosmetic surgery isn’t an easy decision to make.  When it comes to your body and your appearance you need to think carefully and choose the best. You need to feel you are safe and in good hands. Remember not only is your appearance  in the hands of your anaesthesiologist and your surgeon, but your life is too. This is why it’s so important to choose the right team: the best surgeon, the best anaesthesiologist and the best after care.  Let’s have a close look of what to look for when you are choosing a cosmetic surgeon.

How to find a good plastic surgeon

Why is important to find a good surgeon?

Before choosing a plastic surgeon, take your time to consider your options, remember that your appearance and your life are in hands of your surgeon and their team. 

Cosmetic surgery is a very safe procedure when it’s performed by a specialist. During or after surgery unexpected things may happen, that’s why the skills, speciality and experience of a surgeon are so important to minimise risks. 

There are some tips that can help you before choosing a good plastic surgeon:

1. Certification, skills and experience

  • Look for a board certified plastic surgeon. Certified surgeons should be registered in the GMC (General Medical Council) in the UK
  • Check the speciality the surgeon has, well-trained surgeons should be part of the BAAPS (British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons) or similar surgical associations.
  • Study what is the surgeon’s style and approach.  You can review their gallery of patients; look for before and after procedure photos and read patient’s remarks, all this information will give you a better idea about their work.
  • Look for surgeons with farther training in aesthetic surgery.
  • Read about their achievements. Try to find as much information as you can about their work, for example: degrees, prizes, distinctions, publications, awards; in other words, all you need to verify that this professional is a renowned surgeon.
  • Choose a surgeon who performs more than six of these procedures per week.
  •  Check if the surgeon has criminal records.
  • Visit the place where the surgery is going to be performed and verify it is a legal, authorise and safe place for these procedures.
  • Find a surgeon you can trust, be sure you feel really comfortable with them.
  • Ask your surgeon all you need to know about the procedure, for example: how is the surgery like (you can ask for videos or photos about how the surgery is done), how many people are involved in the procedure, what are the risks of it, what will be the recovery time, what treatments you can use after surgery for better and faster recovery, (for example lymphatic drainage as it helps to speed up recovery); when are you going to see the outcomes.

2. Choosing a surgeon abroad

  • When you choose a surgeon abroad, be sure that they and their staff (at least the people who are going to assist you) speak English fluently, that is crucial for a correct communication.
  • Investigate all you can about the surgeon, their staff and the place where the surgery is going to be performed. Try to visit the facilities before the surgery. 
  • Ask the surgeon what to expect during the recovery time and who is going to assist you during this period. Take into account that you have to come back home, and you will need medical examinations after the surgery and someone to assist you if you have any complication or doubt.
  • Choose your surgeon because is the best not because is cheap. Remember you get what you pay for; you should ask why this procedure is so cheap in that country. Is it cheap because of the currency exchange? Are they using poor quality products? Is it a fraud? Take your time to investigate

3. Before surgery

  • Before going to surgery you have to sign some papers, read them carefully and if you have any doubt ask your surgeon for more information, or ask a lawyer for help.
  • Before surgery, the surgeon will run  blood tests (for example: complete blood count , blood chemistry panel, liver function panel test, coagulation study, Arterial blood gas and pregnancy test). All these tests need to be in their normal range to proceed with the surgery or you have a higher risk of complications.
  • The surgeon will give you a thorough examination to be sure you are in good health for this procedure.
  •  Remember you will have a meeting with the anaesthesiologist before surgery, take your time to ask them all the questions you need.
  • Remember that if you smoke you will need to stop for at least two months before the surgery, as this slows your healing time and may cause complications.

When you get the list with your favourites candidates be sure what surgeon is the best option for you, take your time to make the right decision. We hope this information will help you to find the right surgeon.

For more detailed information about this topic feel free to contact us. We’re happy to help. Remember you can book a video consultation on 02079932720.

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11 common questions after BBL procedures 

Have you decided to have a BBL surgery?

You should take into account that it takes almost 4 weeks to come back to a normal daily life. The recovery period is long and needs very special care. First of all, you need someone to help you. Make sure you have someone to take you home and take care of you during the first 3 days.  

You cannot lift heavy objects and you should avoid doing strenuous activities during several weeks, that’s why you need someone to assist you with some tasks. Remember that, you can’t smoke 4 weeks before and after the surgery; if possible, don’t do it at all. Smoking causes blood clots and bad wound healing.

Do not take any herbal supplement, vitamins, Aspirin, or over the counter medicines 2 weeks before and after the surgery. They can cause bleeding.

Let’s start with the 11 most common questions people ask at our clinic

BBL- What you need to do after surgery

1. What can I do to have better BBL results?

-Avoid sitting on your buttocks

You must not sit or lay on your buttocks at least for 8 weeks after surgery. Sitting directly on your buttocks could affect blood circulation in the area, and transferred cells could die. For sitting use a special pillow (donut pillow, boppy pillow, original bbl pillow); even when you use it, try not siting for long periods of time. Avoid sleeping on your back too; this puts pressure on your buttocks. 

-Have a healthy lifestyle

During and after the recovery time, you should try to keep your weight stable and have a healthy diet. Avoid losing too much weight because it affects the volume of your bum. Once you get recovered, the number of fat cells does not increase or decrease.

It’s the size of the cells what changes according to your weight. In other words, if you gain weight your bum will have more volume, but if you lose weight, you bum will have less volume. For this reason we recommend you to keep your weight stable.

-Avoid tight clothes or elastic bands in the buttocks area

Don’t wear tight underwear; if possible don’t wear it at all. The elastic bands can leave marks on your buttocks. Avoid wearing tight clothes in the buttocks area; remember, direct pressure is bad for blood flow.

2. How can I rest after a BBL?

No matter what, you must avoid sitting, sleeping or resting on your buttocks. Fat cells need time to integrate with the rest of the tissues and receive a good blood flow, if not, fat cells cannot survive.There are some tips about how to rest: 

-Sitting

 If you want to sit in a traditional position, you can use a special elevated cushion; place it underneath your thighs. This way pressure is going to be on your legs not on your buttocks. Remember, sitting directly on your buttocks can cause the fat cells to shift and complicate the results of your surgery.  

To sit on a chair, you can use rolled towels, place one under your knees and place the other one behind your back. It allows you sitting without putting pressure directly on the buttocks.

Another way to sit on a chair is placing the back of the chair in front of you, place your legs on either side of the chair, rest on your thighs and leave your bum out of the chair.

-Sleeping

To sleep, do it on your stomach; try to use towels or pillows as obstacles to avoid turning while sleeping. Never put pressure on your buttocks, that’s why some doctors recommend no side sleeping.

3. Should I have a Lymphatic drainage?

Yes, you should, and do it as soon as possible (ask your surgeon for more details). It is recommended  for the areas with liposuction, however, massage on your buttocks are not recommended; remember you can’t put pressure on them. 

Some of  the benefits of Lymphatic drainage are: it makes faster the healing process, helps to avoid fibrosis, improves skin smoothness, prevents lumps, strengthens the immune system; stimulates blood flow and drains excess fluids reducing swelling. It’s the best you can do after surgery.

4. How long does the BBL result last?

Outcomes are as permanent as the work  you put in it. This means that, you have to follow your surgeon’s instructions and work hard to have healthy habits.  During recovery time your body will create a new blood supply to keep the new transferred fat cells alive. It is possible, no all cells can survive; but those which do will be permanent.

5. When can I see final results?

It can take almost 12 months to see them. This procedure is very complex. Good outcomes will be the result of a well performed surgery and good self-care. After the surgery, you will observe a big change in the volume of your buttocks; it is due to the post-op swelling.

You have to take into account that this volume is going to reduce. In areas with liposuction, swelling is going to reduce to 6 weeks after surgery, you will get an idea of how your bum is going to be. By that time, your body will absorb part of the transferred fat and swelling will be gone.

6. How much transferred fat can I lose?

Your body can absorb between 20% to 50% of the transferred fat; that’s why surgeons inject more fat that you really need.  If you lose more fat, the surgeon may inject more to compensate what you lost. 

7. When can I take a shower?

Wait 24 hours before taking your first shower and avoid hot water. Ask your surgeon before going to the beach or use a hot tub, these can cause infections in the incisions.

8. When can I return to my normal daily activities?

All patients are different; some of them need 6 to 8 weeks to continue with their daily routine. For high impact activities, ask your surgeon before starting them.

Surgeons recommend walking the same day of the surgery; it stimulates blood flow and avoids blood clots. After 8 weeks of recovery, the fat cells are going to be fully established, so you can have long walks, but avoid high burning activities like running or cross- fit.

Remember, if you lose weight fat cells will reduce their size.

9. Does BBL recovery hurt?

For a few days, you may feel pain in the areas with liposuction. The pain is caused by the swelling and the bruising. However, you shouldn’t feel so much pain in your buttocks, because the incisions are too small to produce bruises. If you are experiencing much pain ask your surgeon about it or visit the nearest GP.

10. What else may I expect after the surgery?

Few days after surgery, you will have fluid leakage; it is due to the excess fluids that need to rain out of your body. You shouldn’t be alarm if the fluid is tinged with blood, it is completely normal. When the incisions heal, the leakage will stop.

You can help your body to drain all these fluids and heal faster with lymphatic drainage. You may have sensations of pins or itching; they are normal. They are part of the healing process. Superficial nerves are slightly traumatized during the liposuction and when they began to regenerate they produce these sensations.

After surgery, you may experience nausea, dizziness or faint; they can be due to many things including dehydration and medications. You should check with your surgeon.

11. How long do I need to wear the garment for?

After the surgery, you will have to wear a special compression garment. It treats the areas where liposuction was performed (it helps them to heal properly). It is necessary to minimize swelling, decrease discomfort, and help the skin retract. Some surgeons recommend using it all day long during 8 weeks; even when sleeping. Then, wear it during the day (12 hours) for 6 months. 

The garment must have good adjustment to your body. It must be flexible in the buttocks area or have the rear end cut out, so will ensure good blood flow and no pressure in your buttocks.

You can use an abdominal board. It provides more compression to the abdominal area. The board also helps to achieve optimal results and a flat tummy. It also helps to avoid the formation of fibrosis, seromas and bruising.The garment could cause blisters or burns due to the friction of the garment against the skin. You can wear a cotton T-shirt under your garment to prevent friction. 

Conclusion 

As a conclusion, BBL recovery is a long process. A well performed surgery (find the best surgeon in the field), your own self-care, keeping in mind all your surgeon’s recommendations, and continue having a healthy life; even after the recovery time, will be the recipe for great outcomes.For more detailed information feel free to contact us. We’re happy to help. Remember you can book a video consultation on 02079932720.

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How easily we get de-hydrated

Why you should stay hydrated. In the modern world it often feels like we are dictated to by a series of priorities. Check emails, charge the phone, get out of the house to keep ahead of the rush hour crush. And of course, get the first caffeine kick of the day as early as possible.

But in the rush to get things done and get on with our day, we can very quickly become de-hydrated. And it is said that even mild dehydration can have an adverse impact on both mood and energy levels.

“Mild dehydration is about a 1.5 percent loss of body weight,” says Harris Lieberman, Ph.D., a scientist with the U.S. Army.

If you went about your day, taking time for some light exercise, without drinking water, you are likely to suffer mild dehydration.

 

Stay hydrated

Stay hydrated

What proper hydration will do for you

Remember back to those school biology lessons. Your body is mostly made of water!

Water allows your cells to function. And the proper functioning of your cells lies at the heart of good health.

In addition, water helps your body get rid of waste, regulate temperature and it helps your joints move smoothly. And what is often forgotten is that it is vital in helping to keep your brain working correctly.

The problem is, that we often don’t know that we are becoming dehydrated until we start to feel thirsty, and that can be a little too late for optimum health.

Tips to ensure you stay hydrated

Drink two large glasses of water as soon as you wake up. This is beneficial for two reasons. Firstly you will have spent a few hours without any water at all, and it will help kick start the body. And secondly, it can trigger a new habit, and making a ritual as soon as you wake up makes it easier to remember.

Carry a large water bottle around with you. This helps because ideally you should be taking on water little and often. The water bottle allows you to sip away until your hearts content. If you can manage to take a phone with you every where you go – you can develop the habit of taking a water bottle with you too.

Remember fruit and veg have high water content too. It isn’t just about drinking water all the time. Grapefruit, peaches and oranges, for example, all have very high water content.

 

What about diuretics?

A diuretic is any substance that makes you urinate more. Typically drinks such as tea, coffee and soft drinks have been considered diuretic. However, it turns out that unless you are drinking high quantities of these (7 servings a day or more), they won’t have a particularly adverse effect.

Alcohol, on the other hand, has strong diuretic properties, making you urinate more often, which can lead to rapid dehydration. Aim to limit alcohol to 1-2 drinks and take on at least 1 to 2 cups of water between each drink to help you stay hydrated. Your body will thank you for it in the morning.

 

 

 

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