IC Sports Therapies can now confirm that Nicki Cooke is going to Adelaide for the 2019 Australian Indoor Cricket Masters Championships, as Team Therapist for the New Zealand Central and Northern Masters teams. She will be away for the period of the 24th May to the 2nd June.
Action Indoor Sports Salisbury (SA) in Adelaide will be hosting the 2019 Australian Masters Championships, which will take place from 25 May – 1 June 2019.
Nicki will therefore not be available, should you have been wishing to schedule an appointment with her during the period of her absence.
If you would like to make a booking with Nicki, please Book Nicki Cooke online, or phone us on 9477-3103 so that we can arrange another time (starting in the first week of June) for you.
THIS SUNDAY is Mothers Day!
Get her a Massage Gift Voucher, because a relaxing massage is the perfect way to pamper her.
Mother is sure to relax, unwind, and enjoy the treat of this therapeutic experience.
Gift vouchers are available for purchase from both our Clinic and online, at https://icsportstherapies.com.au/store/index.php/clinic/gift-vouchers.html
For Easter 2019, and for several of the weeks following, our therapists’ availability will change.
- We will close from COB Thursday April 18th 2019 to April 22nd (inclusive) for Easter.
- We will also be closed on April 25th for ANZAC Day.
- Nicki will be available by appointment only for the period Tuesday April 23rd to Friday April 26th (both inclusive, but excluding ANZAC Day).
- Jason will be unavailable from April 15th to April 30th (both inclusive), and will be available again starting May 1st.
- Lisa will be unavailable on Thurs April 18th, Wed April 24th, Fri April 26th, and on the Thursdays 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th May, and the 6th June. Otherwise her normal availability will apply.
We will open for our normal hours of 7am-6pm from April 29th onwards, subject to the above availability of therapists.
Book today to get in first for the best appointment times in May.
We wish all our clients a safe and happy Easter holiday.
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!
Improved lymphatic flow, compression, MLD (manual lymphatic drainage), variable compression pumps,
Healthy eating and use of a low inflammatory diet
Low impact exercise, whole body vibration, weights, hydrotherapy and water based exercise, walking and Pilates are all helpful
Decongestive therapy or wrapping can help to reduce the volume of affected limbs in later stages of the disorder.
Surgery to reduce bulk and specialised liposuction are also options in more advanced Lipoedema.
It is important to remember, you have a Medical Condition, and Lipoedema is not a choice.
You can help your body by healthy exercise and with good nutrition, but a diet will not reduce Lipoedema.
In Australia, you can contact Lipoedema Australia for support and assistance.
The best thing you can do is take care of yourself, and be proactive by consulting therapists who know how to treat you.
Come and be treated by our Principal Therapist, Nicki Cooke, who is trained in Lipodema treatment.
If you’d like more information, please give us a call, or make a booking with Nicki today.
Join with us as we welcome Lanii Strong to the team at IC Sports Therapies, as a new trainee Massage Therapist!
Lanii is currently studying a Diploma of Remedial Massage and hopes to further her study by practicing with the team at IC Sports Therapies. She has a strong passion for sport, particularly touch football and soccer. She plans to enter into sports-specific massage as her career progresses. Lanii can practice Swedish Relaxation Massage efficiently as she is studying for her diploma, and hopes to help people manage any pain or stresses in their lives.
Lanii’s initial availability is 10am-2pm on both Tuesdays and Fridays. Her introductory rate is $50 for approximately an hour of Swedish Relaxation Massage.
You too can help welcome Lanii – make your booking quickly, so you can be one of the first! We are sure she will be popular with all our clients both young and old.
Know YOUR risk and Stay Safe
- makes you sure on your feet,
- improves your coordination, mobility and stability,
- reduces the risk of falls,
- helps prevent injury or re-injury,
so that you can
- start moving with more confidence and ease
The assessment takes approximately 15-20 minutes.
* FREE assessments are only available on Thursdays between 3-6pm.