Improving quality of life should be the first concern when treating patients.
We are also aware that many illnesses considerably diminish it. Therefore, it’s
necessary to help reduce, relieve or cope with the symptoms that can appear in
cancer patients or other seriously ill people. For this we can turn to complementary therapies, which can also help to treat infertility.
Do We Really Know What Complementary Therapies are?
Complementary therapies are a series of practices and products that are used alongside conventional medical treatments. The purpose is to find alternatives (supported by scientific evidence) that reduce some of the illness's symptoms (depression, fatigue etc.) as well as some of the side effects of conventional
treatments, for example, the nausea and weakness caused by chemotherapy.
The practices that fall within the realm of complementary therapies can vary from
yoga to reiki to acupuncture, etc. More specifically, we want to talk about the
practices that we currently offer in our new Integrative and Complementary Medicine
Unit at HC Marbella International Hospital.
The creation of this unit is in response to the increasing demand for this type of
treatment, because we believe that it is important to create a close bond with every patient. Therefore, we aim to treat the person as a complete individual and not as
a personification of an illness taken from a medical book.
How does the Integrative and Complementary Medicine Unit Work?
To carry out these treatments successfully, a doctor plays the role of consultant and coordinator and begins a dialogue with the patient so that together they can determine the needs on both sides and find a solution among the many practices that we offer. These are the Five Practices that Can Help Improve Your Quality of Life When You are Ill.
For example, you could request services from the Nutrition Centre to create a meal plan that would meet your needs and also reduce certain symptoms, nausea, loss of appetite and so on. We also offer nutrition workshops with various themes, such as dietary guidelines and culinary skills adapted to each patient, healthy eating after cancer, etc.
Our workshops take place in small groups in order to give patients the opportunity to create ties with others who are going through similar experiences and to share advice.
Continuing with the idea of creating a dialogue and sharing of experiences, we believe it is important to create discussion groups, led by our psychologist, where patients and their families learn, among other things, how to cope with and reduce physical and psychological pain.
Other alternative therapies, generally known by patients as yoga and acupuncture, have also proven efficient in alleviating symptoms such as pain, dry mouth, digestive problems, headaches, peripheral neuropathy, insomnia, fatigue, fibromyalgia, menopause, infertility, pelvic floor disorders, back pain, arthrosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, multiple sclerosis, tumour symptoms and side effects of treatments.
But we also wanted to invest in the newest technique that has proved to be of great
use not only in the world of medicine but also in social circles and the work field: mindfulness.
Mindfulness is the practice which consists of focusing one’s attention on the present moment with the purpose of clearing the mind and appreciating life. It aims at focusing on feeling better and allows patients to focus on the now without worrying about tomorrow, which can, at times, seem uncertain and distressing. In most cases, we obtain positive and highly visible results.
Here at HC Marbella International Hospital, we encourage you to learn more about these complementary therapies. A better quality of life may be more accessible than you think. We are with you during your time of need to improve your quality of life.
A picture paints a thousand words; this famous phrase is of even greater relevance when related to the constant medical advances being made in the area of diagnostic imaging, with its continuously increasing precision, specificity and clarity in every part of the body.
X-rays allow us to take a first look at any part of the body and offer a basic investigation which can be complemented by more specific imaging, such as ultrasound, magnetic resonance and tomography.
Nowadays science and technology are moving forward towards complementary imaging resources, achieving a more detailed assessment.
One example of this is PET-CT, a technique that provides metabolic information obtained by PET (Positron Emission Tomography) and anatomical information through CT (Computerised axial Tomography). Both investigations performed simultaneously, complementing each other, has meant a revolution in the diagnosis and treatment of tumours.
This procedure also known as PET imaging or PET scan combines nuclear medicine and tomography to allow detection and measurement of tumours by identifying, locating and quantifying the consumption of glucose, increased glucidic metabolism being one of the primary characteristics of neoplastic tissue.
Investigations like this now allow the detection of disease at an earlier stage in its process than might have been evident with other imaging investigations and this undoubtedly strengthens preventive treatment. In recent years experts consider PET-CT to have been one of the most influential techniques developed in the diagnosis and monitoring of oncology patients.
What is the procedure for PET-CT?
For the first part of the investigation, the patient receives the radioisotope 18F-FDG intravenously. When having this, the patient must lie down, in silence, in a semi-darkened room for about 45-60 minutes for the correct distribution and metabolism of the drug throughout the body. Once this period of resting has finished,the patient goes to the PET-CT chamber to start the investigation which lasts approximately 20 minutes.
The benefits that PET-CT provides:
There are many benefits provided by this diagnostic test, since it provides unique information which is impossible to obtain through other diagnostic imaging procedures.
This procedure has a series of indications where patients can benefit from undergoing this technique, the fundamental one being identifying oncological disease:
- Earlier and more precise diagnosis, identification of the degree of development and the extent of the tumour enabling the planning of the best possible treatment for each patient.
- Monitoring of the patient when there is suspected recurrence of a tumour, as PET- CT is much more sensitive in locating recurrence.
- Evaluation of the patient’s response to oncological (surgical, chemotherapy or radiotherapy) treatment. On occasions, when chemotherapy or immunotherapy is given, it may not be obvious whether or not the patient is responding correctly to treatment. PET-CT increases the probability of ensuring the most appropriate treatment is supplied.
In HC Marbella we have the latest technology available.
The BIOGRAPH 6 ECO PET-CT at the Nuclear Medicine Unit at HC Marbella integrates PET and LSO crystal technology – the latest crystal technology on the market. This permits optimum performance in examination times and optimum capacity for the detection of lesions with a high performance, low dose, six slice CT, the opening between the PET and CT rings helping to prevent the patient from feeling claustrophobic.
In HC Marbella a detailed report, prepared by our Consultant in Nuclear Medicine, can be given on the same day as the investigation, thus avoiding any unnecessary waiting and the resultant anxiety which this can cause.
The Oncology Unit team at HC Marbella will be happy to assist you. Please contact us or leave us your details and we will contact you.
Are you a sports person who needs to repair damage or fitness levels? Or, are you looking for a method of reducing muscle pain and inflammation, or a condition such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, asthma or a sleep disorder. Cryotherapy, which professional athletes have been using for years to get back on track quicker, is now available to everyone, and it has arrived in Marbella.
Cryotherapy Marbella opened this summer offering many health, performance and beauty benefits. This is Marbella’s first Whole Body Cryotherapy chamber, but the technology has been popular for many years for its effective treatment of sports injuries, arthritis and muscle pain, as well as a host of inflammatory health conditions. Advocates of cryotherapy include: NBA superstars such as Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, Jamie Vardy and the whole Leicester City football team, boxer Floyd Mayweather, Cristiano Ronaldo, golfer Padraig Harrington, the Irish and British Lions Rugby teams, not to mention stars Justin Bieber, Demi Moore, Daniel Craig, Kevin Bacon and Ben Stiller.
What is Whole Body Cryotherapy?
Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC), is a technique of exposing the body to very low temperatures of between -140°C and -160°C for a period of 1 to 3 minutes in order to trigger self-healing mechanisms, boost metabolic processes, decrease anxiety and fatigue, improve sleep and stimulate the immune system. The extreme cold triggers the body’s fight or flight response, which produces endorphins and redirects oxygenated, nutrient-rich blood to the vital organs. Once out of the cryo chamber this oxygenated blood and endorphins are released back to the peripheral tissues, decreasing inflammation and helping to mend damaged muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments.
How will it benefit me?
Research has shown that cryotherapy effectively improves physical performance and helps to speed-up recovery time. Additional benefits include burning up to 500 calories following a single treatment, increased skin tone due to collagen deposition, and a decrease in skin blemishes. It is used to help atopic dermatitis, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, frozen shoulder, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and other chronic disorders, as well as speed up post-surgical recovery.
“It may seem strange that the cold can do so much, but think of the concept of an ice bath, or putting ice on a bump or bruise - we know that the cold works to reduce inflammation. Cryotherapy is a dry technique which reaches much colder temperatures, so a short session can achieve much better results and is much more comfortable than a prolonged soak in an ice bath. Since we opened we have seen amazing results from people suffering from psoriasis, sports injuries and even chronic fatigue, and people love the energy it gives them and how soft their skin feels when they come out of the chamber. We’d encourage everyone to come and give it a try!” enthuses Ludmila Morozova of Cryotherapy Marbella.
Where can I find Cryotherapy Marbella?
You can find Cryotherapy Marbella, managed by Ludmila and her team of professionals at the Dynamic Gym in Le Village Commercial Centre just off the Golden Mile.
Sessions start from 60€ and a course of 10 sessions is recommended to see lasting benefits from skin or health conditions, or to start a health and weight loss programme. Athletes should use it before or after their training sessions to train harder and recover quicker.
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Many of us are aware that cellulite is tough to shift. You can exercise, detox and diet, but even the slenderest ones amongst us are still prey to the formation of that orange peel look, which is apparently resistant to all those endeavours. Now, Dynamic Marbella is offering the non-invasive LPG Endermologie body treatment that improves skin quality and provides visible results quickly. This lipomassage technique uses mechanical stimulation of the skin and reactivates the elimination of resistant fat to reshape the silhouette. The result is smooth contours, improved circulation and tighter skin. It is a technique that has been around for at least 30 years, used at top salons and clinics worldwide and now it is available at Dynamic Marbella.
What are the most common body areas treated with LPG?
Cellulite uniquely affects women and it has three causes:
- An increase in the size of fat cells
- Retention of liquids
- Fibrosis – a thickening of connective tissues, often as a result of an injury
The main areas affected are the abdomen, the arms, the legs and thighs.
Non-invasive face lift
However, LPG Endermoligie is also of great benefit to the facial area and it is used to tighten up the nasiolabial lines running from the nose to the mouth, that deepen with ageing and make us look older. It’s an excellent non-surgical face lifting technique and clients are thrilled with its results.
How does LPG eliminate cellulite?
It is a treatment that is 100% natural, it isn’t painful and it’s very efficient at removing cellulite. It uses a mechanical head that softens and mobilises the fatty tissue, eliminates excess fluid and reactivates the circulation. The result is a visibly improved appearance in these areas and a reduction in their measurement as well. Most importantly, it improves the circulation, which is great for general health, and firms the tissues to keep the treated area smooth looking.
What do you need to do to maintain this new, smooth appearance after the LPG treatments?
First, it is important to have a complete LPG treatment. Afterwards, we recommend once-a-month maintenance sessions, which will not just help to keep the new skin tone, but will also improve it further. The LPG Cellu M6 that we use has a range of specific programmes to treat the different types of cellulite and it is very important that the professional administering the treatment makes an accurate diagnosis to determine the best treatment for each client.
How many sessions does a person need on average?
In general, we recommend 10 to 12 sessions plus a monthly maintenance treatment. However, as every person is unique and there are different types of cellulite the average number of sessions is hard to determine.
What is the cost of an LPG session/package of sessions at Dynamic Marbella?
LPG sessions cost between 25€ and 65€ depending on the length of the treatment. We also offer a promotional package of 10 sessions, which reduces the cost of Endermologie Body LPG treatments for either the body or facial area.
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If you haven't previously dyed your hair, colouring it for the first time can be pretty intimidating. With so many options and variations, how can you be sure that you will end up with the look you want? This month Jonathan reveals how to achieve (and maintain) the perfect colour.
The colour virgin
The truth is, having your hair coloured for the first time can be nerve-racking. Most colour technicians recommend that you wait until you're 15 or 16 years old before you touch your hair, which I tend to agree with. Though, saying that, I did highlight the front of my god-daughter's hair when she was eight, but only because it really did enhance the curl.
Basically, I think you should be of an age where you can afford to maintain the colour or, if it’s down to your parents, you need to be realistic about how much it’s going to set them back. Coloured hair takes a lot of upkeep and you need to be mature enough to handle that (and some of my adult clients haven’t even reached that stage yet, bless them!) Be realistic about how much maintenance you can handle. If you know it will be difficult (or expensive) to get to the salon every six weeks, stick with a shade that’s close to your natural hair colour.
Do your research
The best way to find a good colourist is through recommendation. If you are in your local area and see someone with a hair colour that you like, ask them who their colourist is. If you stick with it, you will find the same names keep popping up. Do remember that, as with most things in life, you get what you pay for. If you are led by special offers – well you’re going to get ‘special results’.
Communication is vital. Great colour is gained through teamwork between you and your colourist. Make sure you know what you want to achieve and what you are trying to avoid. Be specific. It's absolutely essential to bring in pictures of the looks you want as long as it's not a bloody collage! A good colourist can match the shade or steer you toward a colour that will be more flattering for you
When changing your hair colour you are governed by your skin tones and natural eye colour. Follow these rules and it makes choosing shades much easier.
Hair always gets a little damaged when applying colour. Invest in your colour by investing in your 'at home' regime. You’ll have to switch your shampoo and conditioner, so get a specific product recommendation from your colourist. Different dye jobs require different types of care.
You can never over-treat your hair. Your hair regime should ALWAYS include weekly treatments. I love the the Redken Real Control Intense Renewal Mask, which when used at least once a week moisturises dry hair and restores shine. The mask aids in repairing damaged hair and fortifying strands, so they resist further breakage.
What NOT to do
Please, please, please not sit on your phone the whole time. It makes our job so much harder. I DO have a great trick though, and I only have to do it once. I tend to dab a little colour on the client's phone and then coyly say, “Oh! I wonder how that happened?” Honestly there are only a few reasons you are allowed to be on the phone when having a beauty treatment - someone has died, it’s Louis Vuitton and they are calling you to say your much coveted bag is on sale or your ex-husband has been found in bed with Pablo, the next door neighbour's gardener.
And while we are on the subject of what annoys me, stop moving your bloody head! Honestly, I need a head brace for some of my regulars. My auntie had cerebral palsy and managed to keep her head still more effectively than some of my clients. In fact one of them could give the girl out of The Exorcist a run for her money. If you want perfect highlights sit goddamn still, woman!
What went wrong?
When colour goes wrong, don’t always look at it as a negative, as it can be part of the journey to getting the colour you actually wanted. Colour is part of a journey. If you don’t like the result, tell your colourist. It’s no good saying everything is fine and then going outside and screaming from the nearest rooftop and slagging me off in three different languages. As good as I am, I am not psychic and I can’t put it right if you don’t tell me. Most of the time the colourist will be able to fix the problem.
A lot of my work is correcting mistakes made by other hairdressers but sometimes even I can’t even work my magic. One of my clients, on a recent trip back to the UK, had booked in for her colour to be done at her local salon. Her usual colourist was away and for some reason, God only knows why, the replacement colourist mixed up her record card and obviously didn't have the common sense necessary to realise that what the card was saying and what she needed didn’t match. So he slapped bleach all over her roots. This then took the top section of her hair off leaving her short on top, very much in the style of of the lead singer of the 1970s glam rock band, Sweet. Now I know I can fix most hair disasters but, as I couldn’t pull a time machine out of my backside, all we can do is wait for it to grow back.
Relationships that incorporate frequent appreciation and recognition tend to be happier, healthier and closer.
Do you show as much recognition and appreciation as you could of all the things, big and small, your partner does for you and your family unit? Do you continue to let them know what a positive difference they make to your life and your mental state?
By eliminating complacency and reintroducing the simple relationship habits we used to implement naturally at the start of our relationship, we can get our spouse/partner to engage more within the relationship. After all, we know from behavioural psychology that reinforcing good behaviour means the person is more likely to repeat it. By recognising and showing appreciation for something someone has done, or regularly does, they are naturally inclined to continue this behaviour.
Even in the business world, research into business relationships shows similar outcomes because we are, after all, human beings. In the 2008 “Global Recognition Study” the research conducted by the firm Towers Perrin for the O.C. Tanner company interviewed 10,333 people from different organisations in 13 different countries and found that increased appreciation led to a significant increase in engagement which they identify as the amount of a person’s “effort, energy, and imagination” they’re getting.
How much of your spouse’s (partner’s) effort, energy, and imagination are you currently getting? Is it in direct correlation with the amount of appreciation and recognition you’re currently giving?
If you have stopped showing your spouse or partner appreciation and recognition, is it because you don’t care about the relationship being successful anymore or is it because you have lost touch with the simple daily actions that shape the happiness of your relationship long-term?
If you need to reignite the passion, or even the actual love, in your relationship, begin a daily diet of appreciation and recognition. It will make you both feel good and you’ll both reap relationship rewards. Do this consistently and persistently for at least four weeks and see where your relationship is after the four weeks compared with where it was before you started.
DAILY RELATIONSHIP APPRECIATION AND RECOGNITION DIET
Every morning, before you part company for individual commitments, tell your spouse or partner something you appreciate about them. This will start their day well, as well as yours.
When you come together again in the evening, verbally recognise something else you appreciate about your partner.
At bedtime, show your partner verbal appreciation for something else.
Adding non-verbal recognition to your verbal one, like a touch, hug or kiss, also helps reinforce the message of appreciation.
Remember, the appreciation can be about them as a person, how they make you feel, how they help you, or about something they have done or something they regularly do. If it makes a positive difference to your mental well-being, your life experiences, and/or your relationship, tell them.
Over time, not only will your partner be more inclined to repeat such behaviours or retain such traits, they will also associate you and the relationship with that wonderful, warm, fuzzy feeling they get inside when you recognise the things (big and small) that they contribute to your life together.