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01 Jul

How Can Physiotherapy Help Post-Stroke Recovery?

Posted in Uncategorized on 01.07.14 by Merlyn

My father suffered a stroke a few years ago and it left him with some physical impairments such as difficulties walking. Fortunately, he had a great team of professionals (a physiotherapist, Chiropodist, osteopath etc.) so he has made a full recovery.

Strokes are one of the largest causes of disability in the world and the largest in the UK. With more than one-third of stroke survivor patients left with some sort of disability, a doctor such as an Osteopath is vital to a successful recovery. If you or your loved has experienced damaged to the portion of the brain that controls movement and struggles carrying out everyday activities, experiences weakness, or suffers from paralysis then physiotherapy treatment can help the rehabilitation.

How Strokes Affects Movement 

  • Hemiplegia:  It’s very common for patients who suffered a stroke to experience paralysis in the arm, leg and trunk on one side of the body known as hemiplegia. This can make getting around or using your limbs difficult and painful. For example, when you try to step forward with your hip may move upward causing irritation and misalignment. 
  • Pain and sensations: The side of your body that is affected by the stroke can become weak which makes it difficult and painful to move them. It’s also common to experience numbness or sensations such as pins and needles, hot and cold sensations and tingling. 
  • Postural imbalance: Stroke patients often experience problems with their balance and proper posture, which increases the risks of falls and difficulty staying upright. 
  • Joint complications: On the side affected by the stroke its common to experience joint pains. For example, your shoulder might ‘drag’ if your arm is pulled which can cause dislocations or frozen shoulder and your shoulder might be difficult and painful to move. 
  • Muscle stiffness: The muscles along your affected side located in areas like your ankle, wrist, upper arm, and fingers might experience limited range of motion, muscle spasms or stiffness along the joint and muscle.

How Can Physiotherapy Help?

Physiotherapy plays a vital role in rehabilitation after a stroke. Through techniques including soft tissue massages, motor skill training, exercise, manipulation and electrical treatment, a physiotherapy will help heal physical symptoms and recover movement on both sides of your body.

The most important type of physiotherapy after a stroke is neurophysiotherapy. This is designed to offer treatment to problems that originate with complications in the brain and the nervous system.

This is particularly important because after a stroke our brains do not regrow cells to replace the damaged ones and therefore physiotherapy can help reorganise cells in the brain so that undamaged cells are making up for those that have been lost.

In addition to the neurophysiotherapy, you will have a Chiropractor or physiotherapist that focuses on ‘active therapy to have you up and moving normal as soon as possible. They will use techniques that will improve mobility, function, strength and flexibility. Depending on your symptoms and the severity of your condition a Physiotherapist will help

  • Advise on how your body should positioned when lying and sitting
  • Avoid complications that slow down your recovery
  • Plan therapy to strengthen your limbs
  • Teach you how to move again
  • Motivate you to be actively involved during your physiotherapy sessions
  • Work with your rehabilitation team and family to support your coordinated recovery

After a stroke it is important that the patient becomes physically active as soon as possible to encourage a recovery back to normal recovery. In the early stages of recovery physiotherapy is essential to guiding and aiding the treatment so that your mobility and motivation is restored.

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16 May

Interest Rate Swaps Explained

Posted in Uncategorized on 16.05.14 by Merlyn

I was browsing through various magazines at the hairdressers and amongst the numerous gossip magazines, I found a finance magazine (who would have thought you would find this in a hairdressers?). I picked it up to have a flick through and found an interesting articles about cross currency swap for those of you who have an interest in credit default swaps.

What Are Swaps?

Let’s say you have Company Y and Company Z and they both need to borrow 3 million dollars. Company Y would like to pay a viable interest rate because they believe rates will be decreasing over the next 5 years but Company Z would like a fixed rate of interest.

Company Y, which is a big and established company, goes to their bank, Bank Y. The bank tells the company that if they want to borrow 3 million and pay a fixed rate then they will pay 6% but if they’d like a 3 million pound loan with a variable rate you can pay the L.I.B.O.R rate.

At the same time, company Z, a smaller and less credible business, goes to their bank, Bank Z. The bank offers them a 3 million pound loan at fixed rate of 9% or a variable rate at L.I.B.O.R + 1%.

Now a swaps bank steps in to help both clients and make a little profit for them.

The swaps bank will tell company Y to take a 3 million pound loan for the 6% fixed rate. Then they go to company Z and tell them to take the 3 million pound for the variable rate of 9% +1. Now you have two companies’ that have taken out the loan but for the rates that they did not want.

This is where interest rate swap claims happen. The swap banks does separate swaps (exchanges) with both companies for just the interest payments. They will go to company Z and offer to pay their LIBOR and they pay the swap bank 7.5% fixed. Then they will go to company Y and say you pay us LIBOR and we will give you 7% fixed rate.  Therefore the clients get the lowest and type of interest rate they wanted and the swap bank will make .5% on their swap.

The London swap banks know that you can borrow at different interest rate terms and therefore can set up the swap for their clients and make some money. However, there is risk involved for the clients and the banks. London clearinghouses can help guarantee that both clients pay their interest rates and that the bank makes good on their end to remove risk from the swap.

London swap banks actually help to bring down the swap rates on loans for everybody even though not everybody can partake in interest rate swaps.

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11 Apr

Podiatry and Athletes Foot

Posted in Uncategorized on 11.04.14 by Merlyn

I know that there are nicer things I could talk about for my first post, but athlete’s foot is one of the most common foot complaints so it is important for me to pass on some advice.  It is considered a fungal infection of the foot and its symptoms are very dry, scaly or flaky skin on the feet and red rashes between the toes.   According to my chiropodist East Dulwich, the skin on the feet may also have developed blisters and become painful to touch and walk on. The condition usually affects the sole and sides of the feet.  Severe cases of athlete’s foot can be very painful due to the skin cracking and exposing the soft tissue underneath the skin.  These severe cases need to be treated as soon as possible to avoid developing a bacterial infection.  Athletes Foot official medical name is ‘tinea pedis’.

It is important to see a podiatrist Dulwich as soon as you discover a symptom of athlete’s foot for if not treated quickly the condition can spread to your toe nails.  Your toenails will become discoloured (usually a yellowish colour), thick and begin to feel that they are crumbling.  A fungal toenail infection can be very painful and can prevent people from walking in their shoes and in severe cases even walking around on their feet.  A podiatrist East Dulwich can help by prescribing anti-fungal medication.  Anti-fungal medication can be taken orally or applied directly to the toes.  Your podiatrist Covent Garden will assess your condition and decide which type of medication is suitable.

If athlete’s foot is treated immediately once the symptoms have been discovered the symptoms will disappear around 1 – 10 days.  If the symptoms are neglected and the condition is not treated the symptoms can exist for months or even years and the state of the condition can worsen, becoming extremely painful and discomforting.

The below tips provided by a podiatrist can help prevent your feet from developing athletes foot:

  • Wash your feet with antibacterial soap regularly.
  • When drying your feet after washing them, focus on drying in between your toes thoroughly.
  • Change your socks daily and consider buying cotton socks.
  • It is key to keep your feet dry so change your socks and shoes regularly.
  • Change and wash towels regularly.  Also, do not share your towel with others to avoid contacting the condition.
  • Remove moisture from your feet after showering by using talcum powder.
  • Buy shoes that comfortably fit you and avoid buying shoes that are tight fitting.  It is important that your feet have room to breathe.
  • When using communal showering areas or pools wear flip flops or sandals.  Communal areas that are moist and frequented by other people are breeding grounds for fungal infections.
  • Do not borrow shoes from other people and alternate your own footwear to allow your shoes to dry.

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