Newsletter 16


Points of interests
Dear Friends and Customers,
I would like to advise that tomorrow, Saturday 17th November, the clinic is closed, as I am going away for a long week-end on the banks of the Maroochy River with Ken and family. 
As we are heading towards the end of the year, I also would like to inform you that I will take a break from 22nd December 2012 until 22nd January 2013. 
I would like to inform you that Sergei joins the clinic from next week onwards to massage. Sergei has done his training in Estonia, where he comes from, and also in Australia. Are you looking for a strong massage? – Just think Sergei. I believe that he is also available for massaging in January at the clinic. If you are in a pre plum pudding phase in your life with lots of exercise and wish to keep up the pace, make an appointment for massage with Sergei. No pain, no gain is a fallacy – don't believe it! Have a massage to remove muscle soreness and increase your energy.
I have more news – the rewards card is coming back 1st December. It is only available for the month of December and it consists of having 10 massages within a year and enjoy a  massage Free Of Charge!!
I also would like to let you know that we have plenty of car parking spaces available at the back of the building. Some of you have noticed that a new building is in construction next door and occasionally the alleyway is closed due to machinery operating or for safety precautions.In this case, should you not find a car park at the front of the premises, it is possible to park in the Woolworths car park.
I have heard on the grapevine that a 24hours gym may occupy the new premises next door, as well as a Pharmacy and Nail Technician Salon.  I have also heard whispers regarding the remaining spaces but it is too early to talk.
Sports and Fitness Massage Benefits
Sports and Fitness massage should be an integral part of all sporting activities – not only because of injuries received – but because massage helps prevent injuries, prepares for sporting events, and assists in the recovery process. A massage can also help maintain physical peak and good conditioning of the nervous system.
Various massage techniques are used according to the treatment objective, such as releasing muscle tension and muscle soreness, or increasing muscle flexibility and speeding up recovery time. A massage can be performed prior to sporting events to warm up and excite muscle tendons or after an event to help remove lactic acid and muscle soreness. Massage can also take care of chronic pain resulting in compensation from structural imbalance. A good massage therapist is prepared to take the time to not only relieve the symptoms, but also try to determine and remove the main cause or the contributing factors for recurrent pain. He or she must be familiar with the  muscle groups and each individual muscle in order to understand the specific movements and stresses put on them.  Massage therapists should also look for over-training syndrome signs such as irritability, apathy, altered appetite and others. 
Sports massage is ideal to address the physiological and psychological aspects of a total conditioning program.
Lymphoedema: an underestimated health problem
Lymphoedema is a chronic condition characterized by oedema, usually of one or more limbs and in some cases involving the trunk, head or genital area. 
While it is acknowledged as a serious complication following treatments for cancer, there has been little appreciation that lymphoedema may affect many types of patients where the cause is not oncology-related, and provision of care has focused on patients following treatment for cancer. 
There is no proven drug treatment for lymphoedema. Management aims to reduce or delay the progression of swelling and prevent associated infection. This is
usually achieved using a combination of skin care, external pressure (bandaging or hosiery), isotonic exercise and massage.
However, this study shows that care is poorly provided for patients with non-cancer-related lymphoedema. There is a clear need for an integrated approach to care provision for this patient group.
While chronic oedema/lymphoedema can occur at any age, there was a clear increase in rate with age. Over the age of 65, the prevalence was 1 : 200. There was also a clear gender difference, with 83% of all patients identified being women. The difference between men and women is not explained purely by arm oedema related to breast cancer, as the prevalence of leg oedema was more than double in women compared to men. 
A key finding of this project has been the impact that lymphoedema has on many aspects of patients’lives. One third had experienced an acute infection over the previous year, with 14 patients having more than three episodes, and 16 requiring admission for intravenous antibiotics. The combined effects of these episodes are likely to have a major impact on the patients’ quality of life, as well as a clinical deterioration due to further lymphatic damage. While the acute complications associated with lymphoedema will cause major disruptions to daily life, there was clear evidence that even in the chronic phase, patients experienced significant deficits in quality of life, with particular emphasis on their ability to function physically and socially, and the emotional consequences of their condition. Despite professional perceptions that lymphoedema is not associated with pain, one half of all patients stated that they were experiencing pain or discomfort from their oedema. There was clear evidence that the condition affected their ability to work, forcing some to give up work completely, or take periods away from work for treatment. The study showed major deficits in care provision for patients with lymphoedema, with only 64%
Q J Med 2003; 96:731–738
From the 1 Centre for Research and Implementation of Clinical Practice, Faculty of Health & Human, Sciences, Thames Valley University, London, 2 St George’s Hospital Medical School, London, 3 The Haven Trust, London, 4 Department of Bio-engineering, Imperial College, London, UK
A mafioso’s son sits at his desk writing a Christmas list to Jesus. He first writes, ‘Dear baby Jesus, I have been a good boy the whole year, so I want a new…’ He looks at it, then crumples it up into a ball and throws it away. He gets out a new piece of paper and writes again, ‘Dear baby Jesus, I have been a good boy for most of the year, so I want a new…’ He again looks at it with disgust and throws it away. 
He then gets an idea. He goes into his mother’s room, takes a statue of the Virgin Mary, puts it in the closet, and locks the door. He takes another piece of paper and writes, ‘Dear baby Jesus. If you ever want to see your mother again…’




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