Neil Lydon jokes with program co-ordinators Lisa Curtis and Robyn Palk. (Megan Macalpine/CBC - image credit)

Neil Lydon jokes with program co-ordinators Lisa Curtis and Robyn Palk. (Megan Macalpine/CBC - image credit)

As Neil Lydon adjusts the seat on a recumbent stepper machine, he chuckles, looking back on his first days in the Saint John-based pulmonary rehabilitation program.

"I was never brought up with sports, and I see a machine and I think, 'Oooh … effort,'" he says.

After living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, for more than a decade, a respirologist referred Lydon to the promising pilot initiative. There is no cure for COPD, but the program aims to build a patient's stamina and, ultimately, keep them out of the hospital.

"Blood oxygen is low, so you use up whatever energy you've got pretty quickly," he said.

"My doctor said, 'Maybe we'll try you on some meds,' and in the end I wound up on two different medications, and he thought it would be a good idea to get some physicality into the program.

"It sort of got me out of my inertia."

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Megan Macalpine/CBC

Lydon said the gym wasn't an environment he was familiar with, but then he found he could use the machines that best suited his fitness level at that time.

"I tried the treadmill, but I got very winded, very quickly on that … I did push my limits on the step machine," he says. "I increased that from three or four hundred steps up to 1,700-and-something by the time I'd finished. It took about half an hour."

The rehab program is a research project and is infused with students from the New Brunswick Community College and the University of New Brunswick. Students from a number of disciplines, such as respiratory therapy, nursing and pharmacy technology, work almost one-on-one with the seniors who take part.

To be eligible, participants have to be at least 60 years old and living with moderate to severe COPD with nothing to disqualify them, like a recent heart attack, uncontrolled blood pressure or being at risk for falls.

One in five seniors

Tammie Fournier, a respiratory therapist and chair of Allied Health programs for NBCC, says one in five New Brunswick seniors have COPD.

"People living with COPD experience shortness of breath and they have a chronic cough. The combination of those two symptoms would lead to inactivity which inevitably worsens with their condition," Fournier said.

"So the worsening shortness of breath and cough and decrease in activity really become this vicious cycle that robs people with COPD of their quality of life over time."

This program is meant to break that cycle, and Fournier says it's shown some exciting results.

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Submitted by Robyn Palk

"One person decided not to sell their home after completing the clinic reduced their shortness of breath while climbing their stairs," she said. "Two other participants both gained enough strength to travel to Toronto and receive life-saving lung transplantation."

In a computer lab-turned-gym at NBCC's Allied Health Education Centre on the UNB campus, the seniors in the program build their endurance using gym equipment, free weights and drumming exercises.

Besides helping participants increase their stamina, the program also teaches them how to properly take their medications to get the most out of them and what to do if symptoms suddenly get worse.

Robyn Palk, the co-ordinator of the program, says a participant told her that information helped her avoid calling an ambulance after accidentally inhaling fumes while she was cleaning her oven. The woman thought back to classes on breath techniques and was able to take control of her breathing, Palk said.

"The hospitals are full," Palk said. "You don't want to be short of breath and having to wait in an emergency room for an extended period of time. If there are steps you can take at home to keep yourself out of hospital, that's really important right now."

Big savings

New Brunswick spends $23 million annually on COPD, Fournier said, which equates to about 3,100 hospital admissions at $7,400 per admission.

"The program is decreasing the risk of lung attack in 80 men and women, or about 0.14 per cent of our New Brunswick COPD population," she said. "So by extension, if each one of those participants reduces their admission to hospital by only one, this could save almost $600,000 of health-care spending on those 80 people alone."

Funding for the program comes from the Healthy Seniors pilot project, a $75-million provincial and federal initiative to research ways to better support the aging population.

However, the funding ends in 2023, Fournier said, and they're now looking for a source of sustainable funding to ensure it can continue.

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Megan Macalpine

"I've been a respiratory therapist,and Robyn has as well, for over 20 years now," said program co-ordinator Lisa Curtis. "This is the most rewarding work we've ever done because we get to spend so much more time with people than you do in acute care."

Curtis says over the course of the program, they get to watch participants go from barely making it into the building to coming in with a smile, and getting on a treadmill and walking for 30 minutes.

What happens to the research?

Curtis and Palk say they've been in contact with other institutions across Canada hoping to set up their own programs, and they've developed a how-to manual or toolkit for getting a program started.

They've also been selected to present at an international conference on COPD.

Neil Lydon hopes more people hear about the program that's helped him.

"I think people who are out there who have COPD, they might not realize … there is a program that will assist them in dealing with it, getting some relief," Lydon said.

"It's important to get the word out."

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Amazfit has announced the new smartwatch in its fourth generation GTR and GTS series family, Amazfit GTS 4 Mini. The watch, designed to be particularly light, offers 24-hour health monitoring, 120 sports modes and a 1.65-inch HD color display. The case is made of aluminum alloy 9.1 mm thick and weighing 19 grams. Four colors available, including Midnight Black, Flamingo Pink, Mint Blue and Moonlight White. The display is a color AMOLED with a resolution of 336 x 384 pixels and 309 ppi, with more than 50 quadrants already available to choose from and the always on function. Workouts can be monitored in any environment, thanks to five satellite positioning systems and patented circular polarization GPS antenna technology, which improves positioning performance and accuracy. Amazfit GTS 4 Mini has a battery with a capacity of 270 mAh, enough to run up to 15 days without recharging with typical use, and up to 45 days in battery saving mode.

Thanks to the integration of the self-developed BioTracker 3.0 PPG biometric optical sensor, Amazfit GTS 4 Mini offers in-depth management of your personal data, including 24-hour monitoring of heart rate, blood oxygen saturation and stress, plus the ability to quickly measure these three health indicators with a single tap in just 45 seconds. It also features in-depth sleep quality monitoring and sleep breathing quality as well as menstrual cycle monitoring and smart health alerts, including prompting to start the built-in breathing exercise if stress levels are detected. abnormally high. The smartwatch also offers an easy-to-understand health overview thanks to the PAI score, which provides a unique personalized score based on heart rate and other activity data.

The smartwatch is able to support Peakbeats, a training status algorithm developed independently by the brand, which offers specific data after each activity, such as VO2 Max, training load and training effect, to stay informed on the factors that influence the recovery, progress and exercise capacity. With a degree of protection and waterproofness of 5 ATM, Amazfit GTS 4 Mini can withstand water pressure equivalent to a depth of 50 meters. In addition, the device supports swim tracking with stroke recognition and SWOLF data to measure activity efficiency, while the Pool Swimming and Open Water Swimming sport modes can scientifically track all swim data. Powered by the Zepp OS operating system, it includes over 10 pre-installed mini apps. These include the integration of Amazon Alexa and practical functions such as music and camera control of the phone via Bluetooth, smart notifications for incoming calls, text messages and event reminders. Amazfit GTS 4 Mini is available in Italy with a recommended retail price starting from € 99.90.

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Step Up Rehab is a new Physiotherapy Practice based in West Bridgford and also offers Mat Pilates, Ante-Natal and Post-Natal Pilates and Acupuncture.

 

The business has recently opened on Gordon Road in West Bridgford and also operates classes at the newly opened F45 gym near Trent Bridge.

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Owner Shivani Soni told us:

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‘I’m really pleased to be opening in West Bridgford and look forward to being part of the community and helping people with any problems they may have.

‘I have a BSc in Sports Rehabilitation which has allowed me to have a great depth of knowledge in the musculoskeletal and sporting field and MSc in Physiotherapy (pre-reg) which has further enhanced my skills in the medical field.

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Shivani has  worked in the NHS within an acute setting for the past six years, while studying and practising and  completed rotations in elderly medicine, respiratory medicine, intensive care medicine, paediatrics/women’s health and musculoskeletal.

 

Shivani added:

‘I thrive on improving my client’s health and wellbeing therefore I always look at all cases holistically.

‘I ensure goals are discussed with patients, so they understand what outcomes to expect and what we are striving towards.

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‘I’m an APPI Mat Pilates Instructor with a specialist area in Ante-Natal and Post-Natal Mat Pilates.

‘Once an injury or pain starts to improve, Pilates is a great way to get your fitness back up! Pilates is so effective for total strength and conditioning, with minimal high impact on the body. The best thing about Pilates is that it’s adaptable for all abilities, injuries and ages!

‘I teach Pilates across West Bridgford and also virtually online so please get in touch for details so we can find something suitable for you!

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‘If you’re unsure about whether physiotherapy is for you, why not drop an email at [email protected], where we will establish if this is something that can be improved with physiotherapy input or you require another intervention. If I deem physiotherapy is not the right step for you, I will advise you to the correct professional as appropriate!

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Why rehabilitation post lung transplant is critical to ensure optimum success of procedure

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Lung transplant is an established treatment for patients with end-stage lung disease. It is a surgical procedure to replace a diseased or failing lung with a healthy lung, usually from a deceased donor.

Several modifiable pre- and post-transplant factors contribute to a wide range of physiological and psychological changes which need to be addressed and effectively managed.

It is well established that rehabilitation plays a major role in the pre and post-operative management of patients. It involves working in partnership with the patient, their family and caregivers and a comprehensive multidimensional medical team- towards a common goal of maximising the potential and independence of the patient and to promote a holistic health. It is the process of helping an individual achieve the highest level of function, independence, and to enhance their overall quality of life.

Global review of literature depicts that with the involvement of a multidisciplinary team of experts contributes greatly to the well-being of the patient.

The rehabilitation team typically includes physical therapist, exercise physiologist, psychologist and nutritionist.

The transplant trajectory is complex and intensive, and patients usually experience this period as extremely stressful. Along with the functional impairment – the patients also undergo significant degree of emotional distress. With the prevalence rates of anxiety and depression being high in transplant candidates and recipients, there is a strong need for psychological rehabilitation along with physical rehabilitation for their overall holistic wellbeing. Pre- and Post-transplant psychological support is an important, but overlooked, element in optimising transplant outcomes, particularly in lung transplant recipients who have some of the highest rates of complications and distress following transplantation.

In order to evaluate exercise capacity and function in lung transplant candidates and recipients, a combination of aerobic testing, muscle function, mobility testing and assessment of physical activity is utilised. Along with this- a comprehensive psycho-social assessment is carried out where patient’s understanding regarding the medical illness, process of transplant, willingness/desire for treatment, compliance and care of lifestyle factors, along with the patient’s present emotional and mental state, past psychiatric history is elicited. Based on the test results, a comprehensive rehabilitation programme is planned.

Rehabilitation can be divided into two broad categories:

1. Pre-operative Rehabilitation or Prehabilitation
2. Post-operative rehabilitation

Prehabilitation

Participating in a supervised pulmonary rehabilitation programme is recommended to assist with prevention of further deterioration and improvement in symptoms, understanding of the condition and enhancing the quality of life. The goal is to promote a better functional recovery post-transplant. Most of the patients awaiting transplant are recommended to be subjected to prehabilitation as indicated.

The prehabilitation is feasible and improves the quality of life by:

• Effective chest clearance and lung expansion techniques
• Maintaining or improving physical activity levels
• Maintaining or improving cardiorespiratory fitness
• Preparing the patient for the transplant surgery
• Psychological interventions to enhance coping

Post-operative rehabilitation

Inpatient rehabilitation

Early post-operative rehabilitation

Post-operative rehabilitation starts immediately after surgery once the patients is stabilised, where the initial focus is on maintenance of bodily systems, as well as to assist the patient with the weaning of ventilator/supplemental oxygen and facilitate early mobility.

It typically begins in ICU and then continues in wards with the goal to improve:

• pulmonary hygiene and lung capacity
• General mobility
• Functional capacity
• Muscle strength and endurance
• Emotional coping
• Facilitate discharge from the hospital

Rehabilitation in wards can be further escalated to frequent walking, cycling, strengthening and stair climbing.

Outpatient rehabilitation

An outpatient rehabilitation programme may begin as soon as possible after hospital discharge. A tailor-made exercise programme is prescribed keeping in mind individual patient goals. The outpatient rehabilitation programme facilitates regaining the muscle mass and strength lost during prolonged illness and the disuse associated with prolonged illness along with adequate emotional coping to regain a sense of normalcy in their day to day lives.

The comprehensive programme typically includes:

• Aerobic exercises
• Resistance training
• Flexibility exercises
• Breathing retraining
• Psycho-social counselling
• Nutritional intervention which makes it an efficacious rehabilitation programme

Remotely monitored (tele-health) home based exercise, or pedometer based walking interventions might serve as alternatives to supervised outpatient rehabilitation interventions in the long-term post-transplant phase.
Both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation have proven to be beneficial for patients before and after lung transplant by improving exercise capacity, promote adaptive coping and overall quality of life.

With recent research showing reduced risk of cumulative mortality in patients of lung transplant- which was attributable to Pre and Post-Transplant rehabilitation, and with other studies depicting greater survival rates among patients even after five years- Rehabilitation should be seen as an essential service offered across all levels of the health care system. We encourage patients to enrol in rehabilitation programme pre-operatively and continue the journey post operatively for an optimal gold standard of care.

The author is Consultant – Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine, Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital. Views are personal.

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This September 30 begins the First Days of Update in Rehabilitation Medicine with presentations by international specialists and highlighting the anniversary of the 20th generation of rehabilitation medicine at the Hospital Civil de Guadalajara of the University of Guadalajara.

José de Jesús González Jaime, full professor of rehabilitation medicine and who brought the specialty of rehabilitation medicine to the Civil Hospital of Guadalajara, highlighted these first days for everything that the specialty represents.

“The reason for this meeting is to invite the community to this great academic celebration, linked to the rehabilitation medicine service. It is a very important commemorative event for our hospital and it is very important for the University of Guadalajara. When I went out to do my specialization in 1988 there was no other place than Mexico City, in 1995 and with the support of the authorities and we started with the idea of ​​a specialization program, in 1998 we received the first one and he graduated in 2001 already From then on, there are 20 generations, a total of 46 graduated doctors, all qualified and practicing the specialty”, commented the specialist.

Armando Tonatiu Ávila García head of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service of the Old Civil Hospital of Guadalajara Fray Antonio Alcalde, highlighted the lack of this specialty at the national levelsince they cannot cover the entire population, since rehabilitation medicine is preventive, seeking disability in each population group.

“We have many challenges, especially considering that quality of life is a worldwide priority for all health systems, we have an excessive demand, the last figure in 2018 there were two thousand 033 certified specialists in rehabilitation medicine and considering With the current population in the country, it implies that there is a doctor in rehabilitation for every 62,000 Mexicans, an insufficient figure,” he said.

“In the first eight months of 2022, the service has granted close to 25,000 assistance services to patients of all ages with some type of functional limitation, We estimate that during 2022 we will grant more than 8,000 specialized rehabilitation medicine consultations. The most frequent diagnoses we have in the service are high risk for neurological damage or damage associated with prematurity in the pediatric population, as well as delayed psychomotor development; in young and middle-aged adults, fractures, sports injuries, spinal problems; and in older adults, cardiovascular diseases and their sequelae, degenerative joint disease, cerebral vascular events and prolonged rest syndrome”.

Ávila García highlighted that the pulmonary rehabilitation of people with long COVID-19 since 2021, but in general the needs of his service have doubled.

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At 472 N. 2000 W., #225

PLEASANT GROVE, Utah, Sept. 19, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Back at Work Physical Therapy opened an outpatient clinic today at 472 N. 2000 W., #225.

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The clinic is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. To make an appointment, call 385-642-5505 or visit BackAtWorkPT.com.

The clinic offers outpatient and telehealth orthopedic physical therapy, including pre- and post-operative rehabilitation, manual therapy, sports rehabilitation and injury prevention.

Clinic director Bradley Handwerger earned a doctor of physical therapy degree from LSU Health New Orleans and is certified in dry needling and vestibular therapy. He has experience with surgical rehabilitation and treating low back, cervical, shoulder, hip and knee pain.

Back at Work, part of the Upstream Rehabilitation family of clinical care, also has clinics in Clearfield, Logan (two), Pleasant View, Provo and Tremonton.

Back at Work offers access to care within 48 hours and works with all insurance types.

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Rehabilitation Therapy Services Market Trend Shows a Rapid

The most recent report published by Market Research Inc. indicates that the Rehabilitation Therapy Services Market is likely to accelerate significantly in the next few years. Specialists have studied market drivers, restraints, risks and prospects in the global market. The Rehabilitation Therapy Services Market report shows the likely direction of the market in the coming years along with its assessments. A meticulous study purposes to understand the market price. By analyzing the competitive landscape, the authors of the report have made excellent efforts to help readers understand the key business strategies that significant organizations are utilizing to keep up with market sustainability.

Rehabilitation therapy is used to improve functioning of day-to-day life, after any accident, disease, or surgery. The growth of the market can be attributed to the increasing demand for regular or close-to-regular lifestyle for differently abled individuals, along with the rising prevalence of disabilities across the world. Moreover, increasing global geriatric population is also foreseen to play a crucial role in the market growth, as older individuals are more likely to require physical therapy.

Key Players in the Rehabilitation Therapy Services Market Research Report:
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Physical exercise to relieve anxiety

physical activity is a natural stress reliever Because it increases the production of endorphins and serotonin, neurotransmitter It helps in regulating the mood and makes us feel good. In general, almost any type of regular movement helps. relieve built-up stress And in addition, it transports more oxygenated blood to the brain.

So, there is nothing better than moving to reduce anxiety. both exercises rhythmic and repetitiveMore calming activities, such as walking, running, swimming, and cycling, or yoga, tai chi, and pilates, produce muscle relaxant,

“The anxiety It’s a small fear but it builds up over time. From a neurobiological point of view, it is expressed by the same neuronal circuits as fear,” explained the doctor at Infobe. Daniel Lopez RossettiCardiologist specializing in stress therapy.

Physical exercise is a powerful natural relaxant to reduce the tension caused by stress.

“The big difference between fear and anxiety is that fear is intense and has a purpose. You are afraid of someone in front of you or a specific situation. Anxiety, on the other hand, is you are not afraid of anything, it is a There is such a thing that you do not know exactly what it is, ”completes the expert. While anxiety is a normal response to stress, living with it is not always easy.

Therefore, to reduce its effects and reduce the stress caused by stress, physical exercise is a powerful relax naturally For both body and mind. Here is a list of five recommended activities:

Physical Activity Is A Natural Stress Reliever Because It Increases The Production Of Endorphins And Serotonin (Getty Images).
Physical activity is a natural stress reliever because it increases the production of endorphins and serotonin (Getty Images).

high-intensity training Stimulate more release of endorphins And change brain chemistry more quickly than with low-intensity workouts.

A study by researchers from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, published earlier this year in the journal Journal of Affective Disordersshowed that consistent physical activity, including strenuous exerciseRelieves symptoms of anxiety, even when the disorder is chronic.

“There was a significant tendency to show improvement associated with intensity, that is, The more intensely they exercised, the more their anxiety symptoms improved.”, explained study author and doctoral student at Sahlgrenska Academy University of Gothenburg, Malin Henriksson,

Any Type Of Movement On A Regular Basis Helps Relieve Built-Up Stress And Also Delivers More Oxygen-Rich Blood To The Brain (Getty Images)
Any type of movement on a regular basis helps relieve built-up stress and also delivers more oxygen-rich blood to the brain (Getty Images)

Stretching is one of the physical exercises that Harvard University scientists recommend to stay fit throughout life. Promotes flexibility and helps joints maintain a healthy range of motion, and in doing so Reduces chances of strain on joints and muscles,

We all need to expand to protect our mobility and freedom. “Many people do not understand that stretching should be done regularly. They should be daily,” he said. David Nolan, a physical therapist at Massachusetts General HospitalAffiliated to Harvard.

For experts, the ideal is that stretching is done on a daily basis, and it should include a specific routine beyond stretching that is done before and after sports practice.

Walking Is A Simple Physical Activity That Doesn'T Require A Lot Of Effort, But Provides Great Benefits When Done Every Day (Getty Images)
Walking is a simple physical activity that doesn’t require a lot of effort, but provides great benefits when done every day (Getty Images)

Although high-intensity exercise may have an advantage in relieving anxiety, that doesn’t mean that low-intensity exercise isn’t beneficial. Exercising outside modifies the scenery and makes people focus on the new landscape around them, and it produces a high impact on both body and mind.

A recent study by German scientists published in the journal molecular psychiatry found that a one-hour nature walk reduced stress when compared to the same exercise for the same amount of time on city streets.

“Amygdala activation decreases after walking in nature, whereas it remains constant after walking in an urban environment. These results suggest that walking in nature may have positive health effects.” brain regions related to stress and, consequently, can act as a Preventive measures against mental stress and, potentially, disease,” the researchers said in their paper.

Practicing Deep Breathing During Yoga Helps The Body To Relax (Gettyimages)
Practicing deep breathing during yoga helps the body to relax (Gettyimages)

While high-intensity training can feel strenuous, there are other equally effective ways to reduce stress. Marilyn WeissPsychiatrist, yoga teacher and co-author of the book “Guide to Yoga” from Harvard Medical School, said that “several recent studies suggest that Total can be slow Harmful Physiological Effects of Stress and Inflammation”,

Blood contains several biomarkers that are used to measure the level of chronic inflammation and stress in the body. cortisol It varies throughout the day depending on the circadian rhythm, and a higher baseline level of this biomarker is an indicator of high chronic stress, the psychiatrist said.

In studies cited by a Harvard expert, research published in Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity showed that 12 weeks of yoga delayed cellular aging. The plan consisted of 90 minutes of yoga consisting of physical postures, breathing and meditation, five days a week for 3 months.

Upon analysis, “the researchers found signs of lower levels of inflammation and significantly lower levels of cortisol. Which suggests that Yoga may also have potential protective effects for the brain.V completed.

Dancing Gets Your Heart Rate Up And Makes Your Muscles Work (Gettyimages)
Dancing gets your heart rate up and makes your muscles work (Gettyimages)

dance requires the integration of Music rhythm, physical movement and spatial awarenessThree dimensions that, when exercised in a synchronized manner, promote mental flexibility and reduce stress.

Dance training produces subtle changes in the brain by inducing neuroplasticity, which is the brain’s ability to form new neural connections and adapt to new experiences.

Furthermore, dance is a complete physical exercise that involves a large number of muscles in the body, elevates the heart rate and oxygenates the blood stream.

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Stress is always around the corner especially for those who have frenetic and chaotic lives, like most veterinary professionals.

Fighting enemy number one of mental-physical well-being is possible, just as it is possible to defeat. The benefits of sports and exercise on body and mind health are scientifically proven to help combat stress.

Emerging data shows the beneficial effects of physical activity on the symptoms of anxiety and depression.

Some disciplines are particularly effective thanks to the ability to produce endorphins, the wellness molecules that combat the stress hormone- cortisol.

Besides having a series of positive repercussions on the our body, on weight control, on the cardiovascular system, and on the immune system, sports and exercise can also make it easier to us to relax.

Stretching

More than a real sport, stretching is a pre and post workout, aimed at stretching and relaxing muscles.

In addition to being fundamental for anyone practicing sports, both at a professional and amateur level, it can be an alternative solution for those who want to relax without sweating and working hard. 

The advice is to transform stretching into a daily habit, to be practiced especially in those moments of the day when physical tension is felt. 

Benefits include greater flexibility / elasticity of the muscles and a general improvement in the ability to move.

Stretching loosens contractures, eliminates muscular / articular tensions, calms the mind and consequently facilitates stress management.

 

Outdoor sports

It is well known that sports activities in contact with nature amplify the benefits on body and mind.

Trees, flowers, rivers, sand and the sea are natural elements that contribute to reducing anxiety. In addition, the sun has beneficial effects on mood through the production of serotonin, the happiness hormone.

Let's start with a great classic, a run in a park or near the sea (or lake) allows you to eliminate stress and tension more quickly.

The runner who chooses as the context in which to run the pine forest or the beach moves away from the city chaos, notoriously synonymous with traffic and frenetic pace.

Fast walk

For those who do not like running we suggest a brisk walk.

What is identified as fast walking, if performed regularly and with the correct posture, brings benefits at various levels, both physical and mental.

Cycling

As well as running and fast walking, even cycling, as an outdoor sport, if practiced in the green, ensures better oxygenation. This clearly contributes to relieving stress and achieving a pleasant feeling of relaxation.

Indoor sports

Notwithstanding that any type of physical activity, aerobic or not, can be carried out both outdoors and within gyms and sports centers, there are some disciplines that are commonly practiced in covered facilities.

Pool Sports

Among the most relaxing sports is exercising in a pool.

The opposite resistance from water to movement involves intense physical work, both cardiovascular and muscular.

Water allows the muscles to relax and at the same time release tension.

 

Pilates

In this section we will explain how to relax the muscles, and consequently how to release tension and stress, through the practice of pilates.

We are in the field of holistic disciplines, which notoriously tend to achieve a balance between body and mind.

The method is based on some guiding principles from Eastern disciplines, such as awareness, concentration and breathing.

Pivotal points around which the pilates exercises rotate, the relaxation of the muscles and the maintenance of the correct posture.

The benefits are identifiable, even from the first training sessions, in an improvement in the ability to control oneself, both physically and mentally.

Pilates relieves stress and tension; at the same time it keeps the mind awake, active and receptive.

On a physical level it favors the elasticity of the spine and in general of all the joints; improves control and fluidity of movements.

For those who are not particularly experienced and approach for the first time the practice of the activity, the advice is to start with a course and with exercises carried out under the supervision of a professional; it is important to perform the movements correctly in order to avoid the risk of physical damage.

 

Yoga

In this section we will talk about yoga, a thousand-year-old Indian discipline that is also important in our country.

We have chosen to analyze this particular practice simply because, over the last few decades, it has been so successful that it has become almost a "fashion"; in fact there is to say that all the meditative activities, which combine physical and mental work, have beneficial effects on the reduction of stress, anxiety and nervous states.

Yoga is based on breathing and the accuracy of positions and exercises.

There are numerous beneficial effects, both physically and mentally; let's find out some.

As for the body, the discipline allows to improve the posture and to acquire more elasticity and mobility; it tones the muscles, increases the flexibility of joints and muscles, relieves back and neck pain, facilitates digestion and weight loss.

A regular practice:

  •     improves the functioning of the cardiovascular system, as it lowers the heart rate and blood pressure;

  •     improves the respiratory system and the functioning of the lungs through slow and deep breathing;

  •     strengthens the immune system through the stimulation of the parasympathetic system.

 

On the psychic level yoga is considered a powerful rebalancer with important antidepressant potential.

In general, through constant practice it is concretely possible to combat, reduce and eliminate stress and anxiety.

Meditation promotes relaxation by lowering cortisol levels, heart rate and blood pressure.

A further benefit, which can be particularly useful for those who, like the student, need to stay concentrated for hours, can be identified in the increase in concentration and in the development of the ability to focus thought.

Unless you have chosen to attend a course, carefully choose the environment in which to practice your daily yoga session; whether external or internal, try to identify a location in which you feel peaceful and that does not present elements of distraction.

 

 



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Culiacan, Sen. – The Culiacan Civil Hospital Followed by long tablecloths under celebrations from him 90th AnniversaryThrough the use of the attending physicians Hilda Orta s Ulysses Gonzalez PulidoSports medicine signs.

more than 40 years of experience In sports medicine, first with the national teams from his home country, Cuba. And now resides in Mexicothey work for National Sports Committee and the Mexican Olympic Committee.

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At the event held this weekend, in the same civil hospital, before a large attendance, Dr. Orta presented the topic, “Pulmonary Rehabilitation for Covid Patients”. While Dr. Gonzalez Pulido spoke about the importance of physical activity and health.

The authorities of the civil hospital in Culiacan headed by its director, Dr Dr. Everardo Quevedo Director of the Physical Rehabilitation Department Dr. Juan Lauro Martinez Barredawhich organized this new event in the framework of the celebrations of the 90th anniversary of the Culiacan Civil Hospital.

“It is important to have this kind of Exhibitions. Because even though covid is true, it’s starting to decline statistically. But he left us After the catastrophe Prolonged COVID-19 disease, and its consequences illness. Even hospitals are strongholds of health in Sinaloalike the Civil Hospital in Culiacan, you must be prepared to have a response that is as adequate and as scientific as possible to know how to respond to the needs of the population.”announced in an interview Dr. Gonzalez Pulido.

He added that this is the reason Importance who is this medical talks; “I congratulate Civil Hospital for that, because here we talked about the importance of exercise and physical activity as a response Economic And so on productive To counter the effects of covidDr. Ulysses Gonzalez Pulido concluded with these words.

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Ways to Manage Stress, How to Educe Stress: Stress is common in our life, but when it exceeds a limit, it starts to be harmful to our health. The worst effect of stress is on our mental health. Many people become so accustomed to facing stress for a long time that they do not even know that they are in the grip of stress. Such stress is commonly called Eustress.

WebMD news According to this, the effect of stress falls in every area of ​​our life. Stress has a negative impact on your performance and ability to work. Stress is a kind of physiological process that is given to avoid the possibility of danger. Stress is caused by the development of stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol in the body.

When we go through an unwanted situation, the adrenaline hormone starts running at a high speed in our body and the mental and physical consciousness of our body increases greatly. Due to prolonged stress, our mental and physical health starts to deteriorate. However, there are some easy measures that you can adopt sitting at home and it can help in reducing stress. Let us know about some such special tips…

Exercise
The easiest way to get rid of stress is to exercise. If you exercise for a few minutes every day, your mood will remain fresh and it will help in reducing stress. Avoiding stress is a complicated process, so you have to exercise or workout every day. In this you can include many types of process. A few hours can burn at a high speed. You can play the sport in which you are interested or you can also go swimming or jogging.

Relax Your Muscles
In the state of tension, the muscles of the body are more active than in the normal condition. To get relief from stress, it is important that you relax the muscles. For this, you can do stretching, you can enjoy massage during stress. You can take a bath and if possible sleep well.

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Deep Breathing
Whenever you feel yourself suffering from stress, it is very important that you take a deep breath. This is such a remedy that can give you relief in a few moments. Taking deep breaths also gives relief to your brain and you can find a better way out of that situation. If you get used to it once, you will be surprised how much better you feel in such difficult situations.

When you are under stress, sit on your floor and place your hands on your lap and close your eyes and take deep breaths in and out for 5 to 10 minutes.

Eat Well
People often leave food during stress, do not make this mistake at all. Eat a balanced diet regularly which will make you feel better. Not eating food during stress also affects your mental health and you also become weak in decision making. For energy, it is important that you eat a balanced diet rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean proteins.

Take a Break
We have become so busy in the hectic life that we have forgotten to take time for ourselves. Due to the burden of work and responsibilities, we often have to face situations like stress. In such a situation, it is important that you take some time out in your busy life, it will also give rest to your mind and make you feel fresh. Break is also very important for better performance in work. Break is very important both at home and office.

Make Time for Hobbies
Your hobbies can help you a lot in avoiding stress. Whenever you go through a period of stress, try to do the hobbies that you enjoy, which will make you feel relieved and you will feel good. If possible, take some time every day to fulfill your hobby. This quality time will make you physically and mentally strong.

Talk About Your Problems
It is often seen that people are surrounded by many problems but they do not talk about it in their family. When you keep something suppressed in your mind for many days, it turns into stress and it starts affecting your life. You can’t work properly. He gets angry over the matter. Your nature becomes irritable. The most effective way to avoid stress is to talk about your problems.

However, it is important that you have to find out with whom you can share your mind. For this, you can choose any of your friends or you can also discuss with family members.

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Something didn’t feel quite right in Irma Nieves-Torres’ left knee after weightlifting. She’d had surgery on that knee before, but this was different.

“When I was in the eighth grade, we discovered that my patella (kneecap) floats congenitally, meaning the back doesn’t land within the femur and tibia,” Nieves-Torres said. “I had patellofemoral syndrome reconstruction at that time where they took the ligaments and muscles from my tibia and used them like a Band-Aid to keep my kneecap from moving around.”

Nieves-Torres didn’t experience any issues with her knee after the surgery in her teens. The Puerto Rico native went through high school and committed to strength training. She played college soccer for four years at Universidad Metropolitana de Puerto Rico and earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science before moving to the Midwest to attend Kansas State.

“I stayed active, worked at a gym, practiced and competed in Olympic weightlifting and did some CrossFit for fun,” she said.

As a certified personal trainer with a master’s degree in kinesiology, Nieves-Torres knew that she needed help to deal with the pain and swelling she developed. She turned to a physical therapist in Manhattan, but after using therapy and dry needling without success she sought out an orthopedic surgeon to help alleviate the pain.

Scans showed that Nieves-Torres didn’t have a meniscus tear as the team originally thought. It was worse. She had grade three degeneration in the knee, meaning that her knee was literally bone on bone.

“With that diagnosis, it was time for more aggressive treatment,” she said. “My surgeon recommended a cartilage restoration procedure called MACI, so we did an initial scope to clean out the knee and harvest cartilage before scheduling a second procedure after Christmas.”

MACI stands for membrane autologous chondrocyte implantation. It’s a procedure that uses a patient’s own cells to regrow cartilage for use in knee repairs. It’s most commonly used for young adults and athletes with an acute injury to the cartilage, but it’s also used for patients whose cartilage develops improperly.

Long rehabilitation process

After knee surgery, life doesn’t generally go back to normal right off the bat. Nieves-Torres was in for a long road of rehabilitation — one predicted to take up to 18 months — but she couldn’t just hit the ground running.

Patients with injuries where weight-bearing activities are limited, such as stress fractures, or those with post-operative weight limitations, as in Nieves-Torres’ case, may be good candidates for hydrotherapy.

For that, she turned to Dan Lorenz, sports medicine director at LMH Health Therapy Services.

“The extent of Irma’s injury didn’t allow for her to do any weight-bearing activities because of the post-operative instructions,” Lorenz said. But in a pool, “the water is far less compressive on the joint,” making rehabilitation activities easier.

“Having that environment meant we could still be mindful of the healing process and help improve her function through earlier weight-bearing activities,” Lorenz said.

LMH Health’s West Campus has a special pool called the Hydroworx 2000 that’s designed to allow patients with weight-bearing limitations to perform exercises in the water that they can’t do on land. The pool is equipped with warm water, adjustable depth, jets and a treadmill.

Nieves-Torres said she began working in the pool as soon as her incision closed.

“I jumped in and we started with walking,” she said. “Having my patella realigned during the surgery really changed my gait. I also discovered that I had pronation, as well as tight and underactive muscles I didn’t know about.

“Using the pool helped me gain confidence,” she added. “I became comfortable walking and got back to that heel-toe movement.”

Soon, Nieves-Torres began strength training with exercises such as lunges and squats in the pool. She progressed to running, kicking and swimming. And when the time was right, the team turned on the jets, which provided more resistance. After about 12 weeks in the water, Nieves-Torres was ready to get back to work on land.

“Dan and his team made the call when it was time for me to get back on land and into the gym setting,” she said. “I continued to work in a pool on my own with the knowledge that they provided. It built confidence and was reassuring for me to be able to jump in on my own and continue my rehab.”

The Hydroworx pool is just one of the many high-tech tools available to therapists working at the West Campus. The campus also has an isokinetic testing machine that can objectively measure joint function following injury or surgery, as well as force plates that can use sensors to detect differences in forces that a patient’s body exerts on the ground that therapists might not be able to see with the naked eye.

Looking to the future

Nieves-Torres is near the end of her rehab journey, and she said she’s mostly back to normal. She experiences occasional swelling due to the long hours she spends on her feet as a personal trainer, but taking Tylenol or Advil, elevating her legs and using ice takes care of that.

“There’s still some stuff that occasionally feels funky, but I don’t have any pain. I may have some discomfort after I’ve done a little too much or stepped wrong, and I’m very aware of my walking because it’s been a change from the way I’ve done it for 25 years,” she said.

Nieves-Torres said that when looking for a physical therapy provider, it’s important to do your research and make sure they fit your needs. That makes the rehab process easier to get through.

“There are a lot of dark times in your rehab,” she said. “Your therapist is your person, so it’s important to build a rapport with them. Dan understood where I came from and that I wanted to get back to the best level I could again — 1% better every day.”

— Autumn Bishop is the marketing manager at LMH Health, which is a major sponsor of the Journal-World’s Health section.







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Simona Halep has shut down her 2022 season early following a nose surgery. The three-time Grand Slam champion took to Twitter to share an emotional, lengthy statement explaining the "panic attack" she had at the French Open earlier this year and the exhaustion she felt following the recent US Open before deciding to go under the knife.

Halep has announced that her 2022 season has come to an end following her recent nose surgery. The world No 9 announced on Monday that she had undergone surgery to solve breathing difficulties she faced but only told fans that she would be back "soon".

On Thursday, the Romanian posted a further update as she confirmed the end of her season, explaining that the surgery was also for cosmetic reasons as well as her breathing problems. Halep reflected on her emotional season, including a "panic attack" at the French Open, as she explained that she almost retired at the beginning of the year.

"I would like to inform you about my current situation, reflect on what happened this year and as I always did, share with you my deep feelings," she wrote. "As you all know already because I've talked about it many times, in February, I was very close to stop tennis because I didn't believe I have enough power to come back to top 10. I was going through many anxious moments and I thought it is time to stop cause it is emotionally unhealthy."

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Things changed for the 24-time title winner when she added Serena Williams' former coach Patrick Mouratoglou to her team, as she explained: "Then I was lucky to discover Patrick's Academy where I felt so much passion that it gave me back my passion for tennis. Thanks to Patrick, I slowly started to believe that I still can play a good level of tennis.

"I was totally open to everything he told me to do, the way I should do it and the amount of work that I should do. I did everything fully. My goal was very clear: I gave myself one year to get back to top 10. When I decide something, I always go full, and I trusted Patrick 100%, so I wanted his people and only his people to be in charge of me. That is why I made many changes in my Team. Because I felt it was the right thing to do: go fully into that project."

Halep then admitted that she felt extra pressure afterwards, spurring on her panic attack in Paris. "It was a very tough period because I always put pressure on myself and having the best coach next to me it felt even more pressure to win and do well. This ended up with the panic attack during my match in Paris," she continued.

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"I felt Roland Garros was the moment that I have to play great because of all the work I've done. I couldn t handle the pressure and I broke down. Then I talked to Patrick and told him that I need to relax because I can't play with the pressure I put on myself and asked him to be patient with me for the next 6 months. No expectations. He listened to me, agreed and he supported me 100%.

"After that I could play one of my best tennis. And faster than I ever expected, in only 2 months, I was back to top 10. Goal achieved!" But the 30-year-old admitted she was burned out by the time she got to the US Open, where she suffered a shock defeat to 20-year-old Grand Slam debutant Daria Snigur.

Halep added: "But then, when I lost at the US Open, I realized that I'm completely exhausted mentally. Having problems with the breathing for many years already and becoming worse with the time, I decided to follow the advice of my doctors and do the needed surgery."

Halep also explained that she partly underwent the surgery for cosmetic reasons to achieve a look she liked as well as fixing her breathing difficulties. "I could never do it earlier because I never found the necessary three months for the recovery, because tennis was always the first priority in my life," she wrote.

"But I felt it's the right time to do it and also to do something for myself as a person. That is why I did also the aesthetic part, that I wanted to do for a long time as I did not like my nose at all. So I did it, I solved the functional part and the aesthetic part. I know many of you can understand me."

The former world No 1's comments come as she is in the midst of divorcing husband Toni Iuruc less than a year after they got married. Halep rounded off her statement by confirming the end of her season as she added: "I don't know how long the recovery will take, for the moment I am not thinking about anything but recovery. What is sure, is that this year I won't be able to compete in any official tournament anymore. My 2022 season is over. 2022, you have been an interesting year full of everything! See you on court, 2023! I feel I still have a lot to do on a tennis court and still have some goals".



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Unfair but true: Anxiety over your condition can make it harder to manage. Here’s what you can do about it.

When you have ulcerative colitis (UC), you’re looking for every opportunity to keep symptoms under control. To that end, you’ve probably heard your doctor say a thousand times that it’s important to lower the stress in your life. So how exactly does stress impact your UC? And is stress really always a bad thing? We asked the experts to explain the role of stress on chronic conditions like UC. Here’s what they told us.

What Is Stress?

Stress happens to all of us. And thanks to COVID, it’s been something of a constant for the past two years: According to the American Psychological Association, two in three adults say they have experienced increased stress over the course of the pandemic. In theory, a rise in stress isn’t such a bad thing. After all, stress is a normal human reaction that is designed to help us adjust to new situations. When we are feeling stressed, we tend to be more alert and ready to take on the next challenge. Stress in small doses makes us work a little bit harder and faster when we need to, like when we have a tight deadline looming or need to figure out last minute childcare.

Understanding the Stress Response

If someone asked you to describe what it feels like to be stressed, you might describe being on edge or like any minute, the other shoe will drop. But stress is more than an emotional reaction—there are important physiological changes that happen when you are feeling stressed, too, says Lindsay Bottoms, Ph.D., head of the Center for Research in Psychology and Sports Science at Hertfordshire University in Hertfordshire, U.K. “Our body responds to stress by releasing hormones which increase our heart rate and our breathing and tense our muscles,” she says. “Stress essentially prepares us to fight or run away, which is why it is known as the ‘flight or fight’ response.” In cases of imminent danger, this stress response is invaluable, providing the energy to get away from dangerous situations.

How Stress Can Cause Inflammation

In cases of ongoing tension or conflict, however, prolonged stress can wreak havoc on your body, primarily through an inflammatory response. “Along with other physical changes, stress causes the body to produce the hormone cortisol,” says Bottoms. “If we are under continuous stress, our body can produce cortisol levels that are too high, which can then impair the inflammatory response.” In the short term, says Bottoms, cortisol can actually help regulate inflammation, but with chronic stress, the body stops responding, allowing inflammation to escalate. “The body’s systems are often interlinked,” she explains.

How Stress Affects UC

If you are living with ulcerative colitis, stress talk gets elevated to a whole new level. That’s because UC is an inflammatory bowel disease that already causes inflammation in your digestive tract. So, when you are experiencing stress, it can trigger even more inflammation in your body, leading to a worsening of UC symptoms. “Stress affects UC as it would any chronic illness,” says Loren Brook, M.D., a gastroenterologist at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Ohio. “Stress may increase your chances of flares and is known to weaken the immune system.”

“When you are stressed, the increase in cortisol can increase the pro-inflammatory cytokines and therefore cause increases in inflammation of the gut which has a negative effect on UC,” says Bottoms. “This also means your general immune system is not as effective and may struggle to fight against other illnesses as well.”

Can Stress Cause UC?

UC develops through interactions among genetics, environmental factors and gut microbiota. That part we have a handle on. The waxing and waning of the disease symptoms (a.k.a. relapsing and remitting) indicates there may be other factors at play including psychological stress. The jury is still out on whether stress can cause UC, but there are signals from the UC research community that an answer might not be too far in the distance.

For example, there is growing evidence from different studies suggesting that stress can act to promote relapses in inflammatory bowel disease according to the journal Frontiers in Pediatrics. There are also mice studies that show white blood cells are significantly increased after stress. Gut microbiota is also dramatically changed after stress, with more inflammation-promoting bacteria as reported in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers believe that the results of the mice studies show chronic stress disturbs gut microbiota, triggering immune system response and facilitating colitis. While there is still a lot to learn about whether stress can cause UC, there is one thing we know for sure: When we experience prolonged stress, multiple systems of our body are impacted and usually not in a good way.

Keeping Stress From Making UC Worse

Of course, understanding the role of stress in UC is one thing; doing something about it is another. “Small lifestyle tweaks to your day-to-day life may help,” says Dr. Brook, who suggests adding the following into your week to put stress in its place:

  • Focus on balanced nutrition

  • Exercise daily

  • Sleep 7-8 hours per night

  • Talk to your employer if accommodations are needed

  • Listen to your favorite music

  • Incorporate yoga into your weekly routine

Bottom Line

UC is a complex disease that impacts more than just your intestine. The exact relationship between stress and UC is being worked out, but there is reason to believe that an increase in stress equals an increase in UC symptoms. The good news? You can play an active role towards feeling your best by weaving in small lifestyle modifications that are known to reduce stress and improve your physical and psychological wellbeing.

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For both professional and amateur athletes, the practice of a sport can come with stress and hard moments. To avoid tension and to focus back on ourselves, breathing is fundamental. To help your take care of yourself through stressful times, Spa Eastman, named Canada’s Best Wellness Retreat, is pleased to introduce a new technique to your rituals: cardiac coherence.

What is cardiac coherence?

Cardiac coherence is a breathing technique which aims to regulate your heart’s bpm rate. It’s easy as… 3-6-5!

3: First, you must practice this exercise three times a day for an optimal effect and that is enduring in time.

6 and 5: You must take six deep breaths per minute for five minutes.

Simple as that! Despite the simplicity of the exercise, the effect is greatly beneficial and can be felt for as long as six hours.   

Many athletes use this technique, like tennis superstar Roger Federer. During a news story shown on RDS, the 20-time Grand Slam champion revealed that he himself uses this technique regularly and that he loves it particularly because of its simplicity. He can do it to reduce his stress before a match, after, and even between sets.

What are the benefits?

Many studies show that practicing cardiac coherence will:

  • Immediately make you feel calm
  • Reduce cortisol levels (stress hormone)
  • Increase attention and concentration capacities
  • Improve recovery after stressful activities
  • Improve pain tolerance
  • Improve sleep quality
  • Help manage stress and anxiety
  • Increase DHEA (youth hormones)

Simple, fast, and efficient 

One of the best advantages of this technique is that it can be practiced at any time, before, during and after performances. Also, there are no restrictions, side effects, or known evidence against using it.

Taking a Mental Timeout is also a simple and efficient way to improve your well-being and mental health.

Ready to start?

Many apps are also available to help you to learn and practice cardiac coherence. Some can even be linked to your smartwatch so you can see in real-time the effect on your heart rate.

About Spa Eastman

Spa Eastman is a pioneer settlement in the wellness field. Since 1977, Spa Eastman stands out by its many services and learn to his guests to feel good.   

All-inclusive programs

The Spa offers unique and all-inclusive programs that have earned it international recognition as one of the leading spas in the world. If you are the active type and want to relax while playing your favourite sports, the package “Movement” might be the right fit for you! Or if you would like nothing more than to lie down and take it slow to recharge your batteries, “At your wits end” package allows you downtime to take care of yourself. 

Every detail during your stay was carefully planned with your health in mind to help you achieve a balanced lifestyle:

  • Interaction with dedicated, professionals (naturopathy, kinesiology) 
  • Innovative, focused therapies (more than 40 body treatments using natural products)   
  • Mind-and-body workshops and activities  
  • Thermotherapy facilities and 15 km of nature trails 
  • Renowned Tonic Cuisine™   

… All amid a stunning, natural environment where well-being is front and centre!  

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Go for a Swim for These 6 Mental Health Benefits

By Proteeti Sinha

Researchers have found that swimming promotes both physical and mental well-being; this isn’t news to anyone who regularly frequents the pool deck. But there are additional benefits that you may not be aware of that extend beyond the obvious. The increased blood flow strengthens the heart, increases aerobic capacity and makes our muscles stronger and more efficient. The sport of swimming itself teaches us lessons that extend far beyond the pool: teamwork, dedication, and will power to name a few. Through the sport, we find friends who will always have our backs and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Swimming regularly has a deeply positive impact on our mental health as well. It can act as an effective medicine for treating anxiety, depression and other mental illnesses. The direct effect that swimming has on our brain leads to several mental health benefits, a few of which are explained below. You just might learn something new!

1. Endorphins and Serotonin

Any form of exercise, including swimming, causes the release of endorphins. Endorphins are hormones produced in the pituitary gland in response to stress or pain, kind of like a natural analgesic. These endorphins interact with receptors in our brain that reduce our perception of pain. Along with serotonin, endorphins bring about a sense of happiness, positivity and well-being. Research has also proven that regularly getting those feel-good hormones flowing (a.k.a. exercising) has deep mental health benefits and helps your body respond better to stress in general.

2. Takes Your Mind Off Things

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Photo Courtesy: Proteeti Sinha

When you swim, you have many things to keep your mind occupied: your breathing pattern, how many laps you’ve completed, and your proximity to other swimmers to avoid a collision. If you swim competitively, you also have to work on your stroke technique and speed to make your intervals. Keeping track of all of these factors means that you should have little space in your mind to think about your worries outside the pool. For a while, you get a respite from your daily concerns to focus on just swimming.

3. Breathing Regulation

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Katie Ledecky’s breath control in a race, Photo Courtesy: Dan D’Addona

The ability to regulate your breathing is an integral aspect of swimming. When you’re stressed or panicked, you tend to take in shallower and more rapid breaths. This can lead to hyperventilation and possibly morph into a panic attack. However, the breathing pattern in swimming ensures that you take in enough air that can prevent the possibility of such attacks. It is a great workout for your lungs, as it forces you to inhale and exhale evenly. This in turn can help in lowering blood pressure, eliminating toxins from the body, and assisting in relaxation.

“Swimming styles like freestyle can help to regulate your breath, as you’re forced to take long, deep breaths in order to immerse your head beneath the water while cycling through the stroke. It’s the ideal workout for people who forget to breathe properly, as it encourages you to open up your lungs and inhale and exhale evenly.” -Press Association, Irish Examiner

4. Boosts Blood Flow

A study by Carter et. al showed that just immersing yourself in water increases blood flow to the brain. This improves memory, mood, concentration and cognitive function in general. Studies have also shown that swimming can reverse brain damage from stress via hippocampal neurogenesis (i.e. creation of new neurons). A Psychology Today article details this finding.

“Of critical importance for mental health is the hippocampus—an area of the brain involved in memory, emotion regulation, and learning. Studies in other animals show convincingly that exercise leads to the creation of new hippocampal neurons (neurogenesis), with preliminary evidence suggesting this is also true in humans.” –Sarah Gingell

This means that the hippocampus can grow with exercise, increasing the brain’s oxygen supply. The nutrient supply to the brain also increases, which proves that swimming can actually effectively combat mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression.

5. Blue Mind Science

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The beautiful Icebergs – Bondi Beach, Photo Courtesy: Erin Himes

Blue Mind” is a term associated with water-related calm and peace. This science tells us that as humans, we are naturally drawn to blue space. This leads to a feeling of wellness and peace when we are in or around bodies of water. As water makes up 70 percent of our bodies and covers about 75 percent of the earth’s surface, our brains have an immediate positive response when we’re near water. Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, author of the best-selling book Blue Mind, says,

“Research has shown that being near, in, on or under water can provide a long list of benefits for our mind and body, including lowering stress and anxiety, increasing an overall sense of well-being and happiness, a lower heart and breathing rate, and safe, better workouts. Aquatic therapists are increasingly looking to the water to help treat and manage PTSD, addiction, anxiety disorders, autism and more.”

Moreover, just mere contact with water or hearing water flow can induce a flood of neurochemicals that make us happier, healthier and less stressed out. Is it time for a beach day?

6. Mental Well-Being and Stress Relief

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Photo Courtesy: Olivia Stevenson

While we swim, almost all of the senses are engaged: sight, sound, touch and smell. It is one of the rare distractions from technology. In addition, the “screenless” atmosphere alleviates stress and encourages relaxation and creativity. Also, the feeling of water moving over our body creates a massage-like sensation. In short, swimming helps us release pent-up tension and also makes us more mindful of our surroundings.

How does swimming help your mental health?

-All commentaries are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Swimming World Magazine nor its staff. All research was conducted by the author.



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Physical therapy is a field in demand, with strong growth in job opportunities expected over the coming decade. That makes it a popular major at universities, one that many Arab undergraduate students are choosing as the new academic year begins.

Many students entering or considering this field may be wondering just what physical therapy education entails, what specialties they will be able to study within this major, and what awaits them in the labour market after graduation.

The major’s popularity can be seen in the growing number of physical therapy programmes at Arab universities. Egypt, for example, has six faculties of physical therapy in public universities, and 17 in private universities. Saudi Arabia also has a number of faculties of physical therapy at public and private universities.

While physical therapy education programmes differ a bit from country to country, this article will help students considering a career in physical therapy explore the inner workings of this major.

Physiotherapy Departments in Egypt

In Egypt, physical therapy is a five-year bachelor’s degree programme.

Majors and departments generally are divided into eight areas: basic physical therapy sciences; biomechanics; musculoskeletal disorders and surgery (orthopedics); neuromuscular disorders and surgery; child growth and development (pediatrics); cardiovascular and respiratory disorders of the elderly (internal medicine); post-surgical physiotherapy; and women’s health.

Enas Fawzy Youssef, head of the department of physical therapy for musculoskeletal disorders at Cairo University, thinks that the most important aspect of physiotherapy is its connection to the clinical cases a physician deals with.

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Physiotherapy intervenes from a rehabilitative perspective, offering treatment through means such as standard therapeutic exercises as well as specialized exercises for the nerves and the circulatory system, she told Al-Fanar Media.

Physical therapy students may also learn and practice skills in hydrotherapy, using sound waves produced by ultrasound machines, and laser therapy.

The goal of physical therapy is to help the body regain normal function as much as possible, according to each patient’s injury.

Students’ Eligibility to Study Physiotherapy

With the increased popularity of physiotherapy, Youssef, who is also a former dean of the Faculty of Physical Therapy at October 6 University, in Giza, said that studying in such faculties requires students to be distinguished academically. English is the language of instruction, and students need to study basic subjects taught at medical schools, like anatomy, physiology, pathology, and pharmacology.

Physiotherapy students also study treatment methods through subjects like hydrotherapy, electrotherapy, manual therapy, and walking movements, in addition to practical training at college laboratories, and then in hospitals.

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Over the five years of study, each academic year lasts 10 months, so students have only two months of vacation in the summer. After graduation, they are required to attend a full training or internship year in a government hospital, followed by a two-year appointment at a Ministry of Health hospital. After that, the graduate will be licensed to work as a physiotherapist.

Jobs for Physiotherapy Graduates

Youssef said there was an increased demand for physiotherapy graduates in the labour market. She attributes that in part to some patients preferring physical therapy over drug therapy, to avoid the side effects of some medications.

She added that graduates of Egypt’s physiotherapy programmes—especially those with advanced degrees—generally are eligible to apply to work or study in the United States and Australia, after completing the relevant assessment and licensing processes in those countries.

After graduation, some students may choose to do their postgraduate studies, to get additional diplomas, master’s degrees, doctorates, and professional doctorates. Postgraduate studies allow graduates to establish a specialised pediatric centre or specialised centres to treat sports injuries, Youssef said.

Physical Therapy in Saudi Arabia

Khaled Olama, a professor of physiotherapy at Cairo University who has experience in developing physical therapy programmes in Saudi Arabia, said physiotherapy programmes in the kingdom usually include five main sections: basic science, physiotherapy for neuromuscular disorders, physical therapy for musculoskeletal disorders, pediatric development, and the circulatory system.

Teaching physical therapy there takes place at a college of applied medicine. These colleges are parts of universities, but at the same time are considered independent colleges in terms of the certificates that students get.

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“I was honored to participate in setting up the first academic programmes in physical therapy in the kingdom about 35 years ago at King Saud University,” he told Al-Fanar Media.

Unlike Egypt, Saudi Arabia has health institutes that graduate physiotherapist assistants. “This degree is approximately equal to high school, and students study there for three years,” he said. Graduates can then work under the supervision of a licensed physiotherapist.

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Graduates who want to become physiotherapists themselves can go on to complete their studies at a university.

Olama thinks Egyptian education officials should reconsider the regulations governing physical therapy education at Egypt’s public universities. He criticised making the regulations similar to those of medical schools.

“The adoption of eight departments at physical therapy colleges is a misconception,” he said. “It is not necessary to imitate the branches and departments of medical colleges.”

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The right breathing technique can help you achieve a sporting personal best (Picture: Getty/Metro.co.uk)

If you want to be faster, stronger and more dedicated to your sporting performance, the simple act of breathing could be all you need to achieve your goals.

Many breathing practices come from ancient yoga traditions and controlled breathing exercises can help lower your blood pressure and heart rate and reduce levels of the stress hormone in your blood.

But could breathwork really help you to achieve a PB in your chosen field? Absolutely, says Stuart Sandeman, a breathwork expert whose new book, Breathe In, Breathe Out, has a whole section dedicated to how the right kind of breathing can improve your sporting performance.

Stuart, who hosts BBC Radio 1’s Decompression Session, has worked with clients including athletes preparing for the Olympics and World Championships. He says that good breathing will change your whole world. ‘Breathwork isn’t exclusive to the spiritual elite,’ he says.

‘You don’t need a guru, master or sensei. Breathing is yours to own, and when you know how to use it, you can do it anywhere, from a mountaintop monastery to the train you take to work. It doesn’t matter whether you use it to relax, to achieve a goal or to transform yourself. You’re in control.’

A former DJ, Stuart’s life was transformed after discovering breathwork and he founded Breathpod in 2017. He now offers breathing and coaching programmes to accelerate performance, increase productivity, alleviate stress and help reduce negative emotions.

What he’s learnt along his journey is that breath is the bridge between our physical, mental and emotional states and it can make us the best version of ourselves physically, too.

‘It’s not just food that brings energy to the body, breath does too,’ he explains.

‘The oxygen in the air is transported to your cells, where it combines with glucose to produce adenosine triphosphate. This is an energy source that enables your cells to perform their many functions, including allowing your muscles to contract.

‘When your muscles need more energy, your breathing speeds up, and your heart beats faster to pump more oxygen to those hardworking cells and remove the excess carbon dioxide created in the process.

‘In this process – which is called aerobic respiration – carbon dioxide, water and heat are also produced and removed from the body when you breathe out.

‘In fact, most of your cellular waste is carbon dioxide and this means that about 70% of your body’s waste is expelled through your lungs when you breathe out – the rest is removed through your skin (sweat), kidneys (urine) and intestines (stool).’

Breathing exercises often come from yoga (Picture: Getty/Metro.co.uk)

According to Stuart, how you breathe is essential to transporting this energy in, around and out of your body.

‘The most effective way to bring air into your lungs is through your nose, using your diaphragm, yet most people tend to breathe through their mouth, especially when the intensity of an activity increases,’ he says.

‘It happens naturally when we feel like we can’t get sufficient air quickly enough. Mouth breathing provides less air resistance than nose breathing and the chest moves short and shallow so we can quench our thirst for air faster.

‘Despite this apparent quick fix, research suggests that mouth breathing is not as economical a process for oxygen delivery. One of the main jobs of your nose is to support your respiratory system – preparing the air, filtering out particles, and adding moisture and heat to improve the entry of air to the lungs.

‘Nitric oxide is also released during nasal breathing, and this increases blood flow and lowers blood pressure.’

Stuart’s advice is to train yourself to use your nose when you’re working out.

Next time you go for a run, try only breathing through your nose and when you feel the desire to mouth breathe, slow down until you catch your breath. You could be on the road to a PB…

Stuart’s book Breathe In, Breathe Out (£16.99, HQ) is out now

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There are many contributors to becoming an elite athlete, from training regimen to nutrition and diet. Your breathing ability, however, is often overlooked. Of course, athletes need to breathe to stay alive just like everyone else. The main difference is that the way an athlete breathes can make a sizable difference in their sporting ability. If you can perfect your breathing, you will be able to perform longer and more comfortably, both when training and competing. That’s why Better Breathing Sport is helping athletes improve their breath through their revolutionary new device.

The Better Breathing Sport device has been trialled by many athletes, including swimmers, runners and cyclists. With overwhelmingly positive reviews, the Better Breathing Sport device ensures athletes of all kinds, and ages, are better supported through optimised lung health.

One athlete that found considerable improvement thanks to the Better Breathing Sport device is world renowned soccer star, Tim Cahill. Since trialling the device, Cahill now incorporates it into his daily routine by using it before training to improve his capabilities.

So how exactly does the device work?

The Better Breathing Sport and Better Breathing Kids devices utilises an all-natural process that mimics 15-35 ‘mini coughs’. These mini coughs produce natural lung vibrations that improve lung hygiene clearance processes and increase lung volume. Through increasing lung volume, your body’s natural oxygen delivery system becomes optimised, allowing for oxygen to be more readily provided to the muscles as you use them. The Better Breathing Sports device has dual resistance settings controlled by changing the size of the ball bearing or ‘lung weight’ within the device. This allows for strengthening your lungs abilities just like you would train sporting abilities.

Additionally, the Better Breathing Sport device has a lot of benefits outside of improving your breathing. It improves energy levels as it increases the amount of oxygen energising the muscles. The increase in energy in the muscles helps to reduce the amount of lactic acid build up. This reduces recovery time as lactic acid is what makes you feel sore the next day. It also helps to improve sleep by cleaning out your lungs allowing for better sleep breathing patterns. A better sleep means you will have more energy to train and perform the next day. Not only does it have benefits for your health, it has many benefits for your wellbeing too. Improving your breathing technique is an important step in honing your meditation skills.

It’s time to take every part of your body into consideration when striving to reach your personal best. Don’t ignore your breathing technique any longer, shop the Better Breathing Sport range via their website, to up your game and progress your career.

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A newly compiled business publication at the headquarters of Persistence Market Research (PMR) has detected that the shares in the global physiotherapy equipment market is primarily consolidated among a small pool of prominent players who have a presence in several countries.

Strength of Supply Chain and Brand Name Determining Market Leader

In terms of international presence, Enraf-Nonius B.V is a highly reputed company as it has operations in over 100 countries. DJO Global, with a presence in over 50 countries, provides hysiotherapy equipment such as Intelect TranSport ultrasound, Intelect TENS Basic, Vectra Genysis therapy system, Vectra Genysis ultra applicator, and Intelect Legend combination.

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Company Profiles

  • Enraf-Nonius B.V.
  • DJO Global.
  • EMS Physio Ltd.
  • Dynatronics Corporation.
  • A. Algeo Limited.
  • BTL Industries, Inc.
  • HMS Medical Systems.
  • Whitehall Manufacturing.
  • PattersonCompanies, Inc.
  • Isokinetics, Inc.

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EMS Physio Ltd. is another key player in the global physiotherapy equipment market, offering products such as therapeutic ultrasound units, shortwave diathermy products, electrical stimulators, low-level laser therapy devices, and EMG equipment. Dynatronics Corporation, with presence in over 30 countries, markets electrotherapy products, thermal therapy products, therapeutic ultrasound products, and iontophoresis products.

Global Physiotherapy Equipment Market to Reach US$ 23.0 Bn by 2025

As per the projections of this report, the demand in the global physiotherapy equipment market will multiply at a CAGR of 6.9% during the forecast period of 2017 to 2022. Revenue-wise, the opportunities in the global physiotherapy equipment market is estimated to reach US$23,750.9 mn by the end of 2022.

Based on product type, the analyst of the PMR report has segmented the physiotherapy equipment market into equipment, accessories, and others. While the equipment segment has been further sub-segmented into continuous passive motion, hydrotherapy, electric stimulation, cryotherapy, heat therapy, ultrasound, and therapeutic exercises, the accessories have been divided into orthoses and others.

End user bifurcation of the market has been done into clinics, hospitals, and others. Application-wise, the market for physiotherapy equipment has been categorized into musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and pulmonary, neurology, and pediatrics.

Geographically, North America has been highlighted as the region with maximum opportunities, although vastly populated emerging economies of India and China are expected to turn Asia Pacific into a highly lucrative region towards the end of the forecast period.

Nevertheless, the vendors operating in the physiotherapy equipment market are expected to gain new opportunities in vastly populated emerging economies of India and China as well as recent technological advancements such as exoskeletons, virtual reality, robotics, interactive video games, and implanted devices.

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Prevalence of Cardiovascular and Neurological Diseases Driving Demand

While the escalating percentage of geriatrics in the world’s population is the primary driver of the market for physiotherapy equipment, recent technological advancements have also given strong impetus to the market. These advancements have exponentially improved the care that can be provided by these equipment.

In addition to that, increasing prevalence of cardiovascular and neurological diseases, high incidences of sports injuries, growing awareness regarding therapeutic applications of physical therapy, and strengthening prevalence of obesity are some of the other factors augmenting the demand for physiotherapy equipment market. Physiotherapy offers a wide range of therapies for cardiovascular and neurological disorders.

In cardiovascular diseases, physical therapy assists in clearing lung secretions in patients suffering from cystic fibrosis. In addition, physiotherapy is also useful in the treatment of heart attack, pulmonary disorders, and patient rehabilitation post coronary bypass surgery. In neurological disorders, also known as neurological physiotherapy, these equipment help in rehabilitation programs and improve patient’s ability to undertake daily activities. On the other hand,

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