Nicki Cooke, principal therapist at IC Sports Therapies in Hornsby, celebrated her 25th anniversary as a therapist in the Hornsby area with cake, and by donating $4515 to help Save the Rhinos.
Nicki first established her practice 25 years ago, working from her home clinic in Hornsby Heights. Since then, she has worked with athletes in many sports, from the 2000 Sydney Olympics, to Wheelchair Tennis and Blind Cricket, and to Masters Indoor and Outdoor Cricket. 5 years ago, she moved her home clinic into Hornsby and established her current practice, IC Sports Therapies.
Through treating the South African team at the Over 50s World Cup Cricket last year, she was introduced to the Mark Boucher Rhino Legacy.
Headed up by ex-South African cricketer Mark Boucher, The Boucher Legacy was started in 2012 when Mark retired from international cricket and began to focus his passion and commitment on wildlife conservation. The Legacy aims to protect rhinos by prosecution of poachers, by conservation work including tracking rhino, and educating people about the false claims that are made about the properties of rhino horn. The Boucher Legacy has recently begun to broaden the scope of protecting to endangered mammals as the war on poaching moves across a variety of species.
Nicki announced the donation before a crowd of well-wishers during a live video hookup with Ally Hewitt of the Legacy fund. The amount was raised by pledging $5 each from the more than 900 treatments she had performed so far this year.
Further donations from the general public to Help Save the Rhinos would also be welcomed.
Hugo has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s research degree in Physiotherapy, with a broad clinical experience in recovery and prevention programs for athletes in different sports. Before coming to Australia, Hugo worked for 6 years as a Head Physiotherapist in the regional Swimming Team with National and International athletes. Hugo also has experience with other sports such as triathlon, cycling, runners and rock climbers. Hugo has experience improving athletes motor gesture and motor-control with biomechanics tests to help cycling, runners and swimmers have a safe return to the physical activity before chronic injuries. As an athlete Hugo has participated in many different sports and distances, such as triathlons, half-Ironman, Ironman, Marathons, swimming open water etc. With knowledge of both sides, Hugo has a deep understanding of the real needs of the athlete and how they want to achieve their goals and avoid injury.
After over 70 years of research in physiotherapy practice, clinical physiotherapists have been providing a wide and safe recovery program for their patients. The latest research has been worked to develop prevention programs for athletes to be conducted with the training session to avoided further injuries. Sports Physiotherapy as a prevention program has been helping people around the world to find a good balance between performance and healthy living, avoiding injuries and improving health. As a recovery program, researchers have been collecting evidence to provide a better clinical decision for the safe treatment to the patients to come back to the physical activities as soon as possible.
What is it? What defines life affirmation? The definition given to the concept of ‘life affirming’, includes feeling positive about life, hopeful and lifted. However, it can be challenging to feel hopeful, lifted and positive if we are experiencing physical discomfort, pain or restriction. When our physical self is not functioning optimally, it can quickly affect other aspects of our wellbeing and life. Can you remember the last time your body was completely free of pain? When there was no crick in your neck to make you cringe each time you had to turn your head, or no pain in your lower back to stop you from playing soccer with your team, or no stiffness in your hip to prevent your walk along the beach with the family? Physical pain is uncomfortable and sometimes difficult to endure, particularly when it is chronic and unrelenting. This can have a detrimental effect on our ability to live an active lifestyle, to mix socially with family and friends, to nurture ourselves with a healthy diet, and to stay engaged in our work and hobbies. Sometimes pain can cause disrupted sleep, leading to exhaustion and affecting our ability to cope with the everyday demands of life. All these roadblocks can lead to a general sense of despair and adversely affect our mental health, reducing quality of life not only for ourselves, but for the loved ones that surround us. It is for this reason that, when performing treatments, I take a holistic view in supporting my clients achieve physiological alignment and balance. A well aligned and balanced body is more likely to function at optimal capacity, without discomfort or pain. When we are physically aligned and balanced, we are better able to function with optimisation, laying the foundations for a transferred state of wellbeing into all other areas of our life. As an RMT (Remedial Massage Therapist), my focus is to assist my clients to live life without physical restriction and to function at their best, so they’re able to achieve all they desire and live their potential. I’m ready to help you live your best life.
IC Sports Therapies welcomes Kerri-anne, who has many years experience in the modalities of wellbeing and body work, and is a diploma qualified Remedial Massage Therapist.
Kerri’s focus is on preventative care, restoring range of motion and function, and providing relief from pain and other restrictive issues.
Her intuitive use of developed skills and techniques, and a tailored approach to her clients individual needs, ensure they leave feeling balanced and moving with optimal function.
Kerri-anne is available Mondays and Wednesdays from August 7th, and she is offering an introductory remedial massage rate of $80 (normally $90) for an ~55 minute treatment session. Please quote the Coupon Code KERRI when you book.
Since 1940, Lipoedema has been recognised as a valid medical condition in women (Mayo Clinic), and yet still women with this condition are stigmatised and told to increase exercise, and lose weight.
Sadly, this advice comes, not only from friends and families, but often from medical professionals, personal trainers and gym staff. Little wonder then, that depression and eating disorders are commonly experienced by women with Lipoedema.
What is Lipoedema?
An inherited adipose ( fatty tissue ) disorder, mainly experienced by women, which usually manifests at puberty. It has metabolic, inflammatory and hormonal elements and is often associated with chronic venous and lymphatic insufficiency. Men are very rarely affected by Lipoedema.
It is often the case that these symptoms are initially treated as the primary issue, and only much later is the Lipoedema recognised as the primary disorder.
How is it diagnosed?
Most commonly, Lipoedema is diagnosed by its visual characteristics. It is often first noticed following significant hormonal changes such as the onset of puberty, pregnancy and menopause.
Signs and symptoms
Waist is small compared to much larger bottom, hips and thighs. In initial stages, the legs are only affected as far as the knees, but as the condition progresses, it impacts the lower half of the legs.
Symmetrical increase in fatty deposits usually from the waist to ankles. Feet are not affected, and the condition is typified by “fat rings” around the ankles ( and if arms are affected, the wrists) known as the bracelet effect.
Lipoedemic fat pads accumulate on the upper thighs, and around the knees, resulting in abnormal gait, and knee and hip pain.
Legs are often very sensitive to touch and pressure and exercise is painful both during and after participation.
Non pitting oedema occurs, especially after long periods of sitting or standing. Skin is soft to the touch, as is the underlying fatty tissue.
Skin temperature is often lower on affected limbs, and can have an orange peel like appearance.
Affected areas bruise more readily than surrounding areas.
Generally diets and intense exercise have little effect on Lipoedema, though a healthy diet and moderate exercise is important in Lipoedema management.
Frequently Lipoedema is identified within families, ie, My Grandmother, mother, Aunts, had “heavy legs”, “childbearing hips” etc. Whilst these people might never have been identified as having had Lipoedema, it is more likely that this history implicates the current symptoms in a Lipoedema inheritance.
Remember not all women suffer all of these symptoms, each person will have a different array of these symptoms, and some will vary, daily and seasonally, but as the we age, more symptoms become an issue.
The important thing to do is to have plans in place to reduce the severity, to self manage, and to provide the best support for your body you are able to.
Implications of Lipoedema
In recent research, respondents to a lifestyle survey indicated the profound impact on how women with Lipoedema lived their lives.
95% reported difficulty buying clothes
87% a significant reduction on quality of life,
86% low self esteem
83% avoided having photos taken
60% restricted social lives
60% feelings of hopelessness
47% self blame
45% eating disorders
Other issues included, ridicule, financial pressures from discrimination, lack of exercise due to harassment, marriage breakdown, the hazards of yo-yo dieting.
In general a lack of freely available information, about treatments, self help, and management strategies among the general population, has lead to isolation and embarrassment for many.
However this is changing and awareness is growing.
The first step is to secure a diagnosis. This sounds simple, but as previously alluded to, it may be the most complicated step you have to take!
Sadly we say goodbye to Brigitte, our superstar Chiro. We have loved having her with us and are sorry to see her go. We wish her every possible success in her career. We have no doubt that she will be successful wherever she goes and in whatever she choose to do. It has been an absolute pleasure having her as part of our team.
Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is a type of gentle massage which is intended to encourage the natural drainage of the lymph from the tissues of the body. The lymph system depends on intrinsic contractions of the smooth muscle cells in the walls of lymph vessels (peristalsis) and the movement of skeletal muscles to propel lymph through the vessels to lymph nodes and then beyond the lymph node to the lymph ducts which return lymph to the cardiovascular system.
MLD uses a specific amount of pressure (less than 9 ounces per square inch) and rhythmic movements to stimulate lymph flow and is now recognised as a primary tool in lymphoedema management.
MLD not only stimulates the vital functions of the skin, tissues and internal organs, but also serves to eliminate cellular waste and stimulate the parasympathetic relaxation response inhibiting muscle tonus and pain. Research has also shown that MLD stimulates the immune system to produce more immunity, a valuable contribution to winter health! It also provides an excellent tool for massage therapists when regular massage is contraindicated.
Bookings for Lymphatic Drainage sessions with Nicki may be made online.
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