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Leg Care Company Review of 2016

2016 has certainly been a memorable year and as 2017 rolls around, now is a good time to look back and review 2016 and the highlights of the blog over the last 12 months.

Human Development

Towards the end of this year, we featured an extensive interview with human development specialist Karen Quigley, who gave her advice on issues including mental recovery after an operation, physical activity as part of medical recovery and tips on resilience, all of which are great to help along those new year’s resolutions.

Here are some of the highlights from the interview:

  • When recovering from an operation, mental health is vital to speed up healing and recovery. Focus on what you’re grateful for in life, items that are within your control and the three R’s - rest, refocus and regenerate to keep your mental health in good shape following an operation

  • When you’re recovering from an illness and regaining your health, it’s key to focus your attention on the movement and activity that you can do, without causing significant setbacks. If you can keep a journal of your measurable progress, this will help to keep you engaged in your physical activity

  • Learning to become more resilient often means taking immaculate care of yourself on multiple levels: physically, spiritually, intellectually, socially, creatively and emotionally. When we can learn to manage our energy (not our time) and we can align our lives with that which matters most to us, then we are truly very resilient.

You can read the full article here.

Alternative Therapy?

As well as an incredible summer of sport, the Olympics from Rio also introduced us to the craze of “cupping therapy” to improve blood flow and recovery times. So what works best, cupping or compression? We set out to find out.

  • Cupping therapy is a form of ancient Chinese medicine that is purported to treat athletic aches and pains. It’s performed by an acupuncturist, who will soak a cotton ball in alcohol and light it on fire inside a glass cup. The flame is removed and the placed on the patient’s skin, creating a vacuum that draws up the skin tissue.

  • Despite the high profile endorsements of Olympic athletes, there is little evidence to suggest that it actually works

  • Compression clothing such as socks or stockings is designed to improve the circulation, relieve tired and aching legs and alleviate the symptoms of issues such as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

  • The science points to compression clothing being more effective for relieving aches and muscle pain and improving the flow of blood around the body than cupping. It’s also much easier to do, with compression sports clothing becoming more affordable as the technology improves.

Read the full article here.

A Cure for Snoring?

For snorers (and their partners) it’s the most sought after cure out there. But could a quiet night’s sleep lie in a pair of socks? We investigated the claim that flight socks can cure snoring and ease the symptoms of sleep apnoea. We found:

  • According to research by the University of Toronto in Canada, flight socks reduce the amount of fluid that builds up in the lower parts of the legs during the day, which can lead to a condition known as sleep apnoea.

  • The results showed that men who’d worn the flight socks had less fluid moving to their neck and the number of times their sleep was disrupted was cut in half, from more than 30 times an hour to around 15.

  • While this may not cure all of the world’s snorers, it can certainly lead to a quieter night’s sleep for those suffering from sleep apnoea.

You can read the full article here.

We hope you enjoyed our articles from 2016 and look forward to seeing you again in the new year. From all of us here at The Leg Care Company, merry Christmas and a happy 2017.