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The Benefits of Plastic Surgery Abroad

One of the main criticisms of the UK’s National Health Service is the waiting times, with many non-essential surgical procedures frequently being bumped down the queue as more urgent cases leapfrog to the front. This is one of the main reasons many Brits choose to travel abroad for cosmetic surgery as they can choose when they have the surgery rather than waiting for months or in some cases, over a year. These cosmetic surgery holidays, often in eastern Europe or south east Asia are usually less expensive then going private here in the UK, and with the current affordability and ease of international travel makes them all the more attractive.


It’s not just in the UK that people are choosing to travel abroad for surgery, as the practise is more or less global. It is popular in the USA simply because most other countries offer better prices than their own healthcare providers. Affluent families from third world countries also travel to the UK, the USA or the far east in order to get a better level of healthcare than their own countries can provide, and in many cases, their own country simply does not provide the surgery they either require or desire.


Although people opt for surgery abroad for a whole spectrum of medical complaints and procedures, cosmetic surgery holidays appear to be the most popular. What one must be aware of however, is what the quoted costs actually cover. Sometimes the quote is all-inclusive (flights, surgery, hotel, meals), other times the quote is only for the surgical procedure itself. The last thing you want is to fly overseas only to find yourself trying to book a hotel the day after your surgery. So make sure everything is in place and is crystal clear beforehand.

by April James

Posted by on May 3rd, 2012 No Comments

Sun, Sea, Surf & Surgery

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Having cosmetic surgery abroad offers a variety of benefits over having a similar treatment here in the UK. Firstly, the same treatment in another part of the world may be considerably less expensive thanks to the exchange rate, but also due to much lower living costs in the destination country. Take for example Malaysia, having one of the best economic records in Asia and the 29th largest economy in the world is one of the best destinations for medical tourism. It’s politics and law is based on the Westminster model, so rules, regulations and medical proceedings are very similar to those in the UK.


The quality of the medical facilities in Malaysia are in many ways superior to those in the UK and the skills and qualifications of the doctors, nurses and surgeons are at least on a par with our own. The climate in Malaysia is moderate tropical and is perfect for recovering and recuperating from plastic or cosmetic surgery. Now before you start thinking about swimming or soaking up the sun on a sandy beach and maybe doing a little surfing… think again. Recovering from surgery isn’t a walk in the park, it’s a lay in bed with aching bones and muscles.


One of the things which draws people away from the UK for cosmetic surgery is the relative secrecy one can benefit from. Many people don’t like to confess to having certain procedures and by simply going away for a few weeks, you can save yourself the prospect of ‘all and sundry’ knowing about your cosmetic surgery plans. For the very best in Malaysian cosmetic surgery holidays, visit

Posted by on May 3rd, 2012 No Comments

Massage Therapy: Physical And Psychological Effects On Stress and Pain

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Stress can have many triggers and many different effects on people. In our modern world, people are often under daily pressure to achieve increasing numbers of tasks in shorter periods of time.

Stress may contribute to lowered immunity and can be a significant factor in the development of symptoms of both physical and mental illness.

One common physical symptom of stress is muscle tension. This often results in pain such as headaches, backache and a sore neck.

Common psychological symptoms of stress are depression, anxiety, or general difficulty coping with everyday tasks

Stress can also increase the severity of existing health complaints such as problems with digestion, period pain, and asthma.

Often, the physical symptoms of stress themselves can lead to further feelings of stress, which can result in a vicious cycle. This cycle can put people at risk of serious health problems such as stomach ulcers or severe anxiety and depression.

By treating the physical symptoms of stress, your Massage Therapist can help reduce muscle tension and pain. This allows you to feel physically more comfortable and can help make things seem easier to cope with. Massage Therapy can also make sure that the systems of the body (eg: digestive/ respiratory/ circulatory), are all working efficiently and effectively to help reduce other symptoms that may be caused or aggravated by stress

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Massage Therapy can also have a profound effect on the mind. It can help to improve the circulation of “feel good” hormones around the body, affecting the way you think and feel. This can help to promote a sense of calm and wellbeing.

Soothing touch encourages a natural and positive psychological response. A mother comforting a crying child by gently rubbing its head would be an example of this.

Massage Therapy can help to soothe your stress away.


Pain relief can be brought about by a reduction in muscle tension.

The following types of pain can be treated by your Massage Therapist by reducing muscle tension in muscle groups surrounding/ connected to the area of pain:


  • Headache
  • Backache
  • Period Pain
  • Muscle Strain
  • Some types of Arthritis


Some other types of pain may also by reduced by massage therapy:

Cramps can be reduced by reducing the involuntary contraction of muscles.

Abdominal pain caused by digestive problems may be reduced by improving the efficiency of the digestive system.

Sinus pain can be reduced by encouraging the drainage of fluid from the face, thus reducing pressure build up.

In cases of severe pain and discomfort, the area may be too painful to allow your Massage Therapist to touch the affected area. In such cases, you must discuss this with your massage therapist, who may advise you to consult your doctor.

Natasha Middleton ITEC Dip (Holistic Massage), BSC (Psych and TMD).

Natasha Middleton holds a recognised ITEC diploma in Holistic Massage. For details of ITEC, please see the website

Natasha Middleton is fully insured to administer Holistic massage, as a member of the organisation Embody.

In addition to this, Natasha Middleton has studied psychology at first degree level. This has allowed Natasha to gain an understanding of how your environment and lifestyle can affect both your mind and your body; particularly in relation to stress. This knowledge enables Natasha to tailor your Massage Therapy to your individual needs, delivering an effective method of stress management.

Natasha Middleton is a Massage Therapist based in Rochester, Medway, Kent, UK []. For Massage Therapy in Kent, parts of South London and South East England [], visit []

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Posted by on April 24th, 2012 No Comments

Aromatherapy in the UK

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Aromatherapy is the therapeutic practice of using essential oils extracted from plants, trees, flowers and organic herbs. Commonly categorized under alternative medicine, the practice of Aromatherapy has long been observed in places like Asia and the Middle East and is vastly known for its healing capabilities for both mind and body.

In ancient Greece and Egypt, essential oils were processed through boiling and were extracted to treat ailments like nausea, headache, muscle pain, skin irritations and even loneliness and depression.

Aromatherapy is a term originating from the Greek root-word AROMA, which meant distinctive scent that is sweet and pleasant in nature. With the use of essential oils, scents from specific plants and herbs are combined to form different concoctions designed for therapeutic healing.

By 1930s, Aromatherapy found its way into Europe and the French gave rise to Modern Aromatherapy. Aromatherapy in Europe and the United Kingdom has been augmented and supported by scientific studies on the antimicrobial and antibacterial effects of these essential oils. With such innovation, essential oils of Modern Aromatherapy so popularized in the UK are composed of at least 50 pharmaceutical components responsible for therapeutic healing and Aromatherapy is known to provide effective alternative medicine to numerous physical and psychological ailments.

Among the well-known essential oils in Aromatherapy include Lavender, Eucalyptus and Peppermint.

Lavender is administered to relieve stress, headaches, skin irritations, insect bites, and burns and is also used to promote sleep and reduce insomnia;

Eucalyptus is common for treatments of colds and coughs and;

Peppermint is widely used for stimulant against nausea and dizziness.

Assimilating into mainstream lifestyle, aromatherapy has been included and can be seen in common folks’ day to day living. With modern day upbeat lifestyle and compounded stress, aromatherapy has become a successful key in reducing stress related ailments like insomnia and depression. With the advent of modern aromatherapy, most particularly in the UK and Europe, essential oils can now readily be seen being included in beauty and bathing products.

These essential oils may be administered through soothing massages, warm baths, and calming inhalations and even taken orally. Since these oils are highly concentrated, when being incorporated in massage oils and bathing formulas, they are diluted in vegetable oils or water. These carrier oils may be in the form of jojoba, sweet almond, apricot kernel and/or grapeseed oil. These mixtures are effective in providing therapeutic treatment as these oils are quickly absorbed by the skin and into the blood stream that encourages proper blood flow or circulation.

Oils designed for inhalation can be used throughout the home by providing key spots in the household with special oil burners and salt lamps. When essential oils are inhaled, they stimulate the olfactory system and trigger body and mind responses like relaxation. This works when our olfactory system sends signals to our brain and triggers chemicals to be released. With this, aromatherapy oils may be successfully used to treat loneliness, depression, and stress.

Fragrance oils or perfumes should be treated entirely differently from that of essential oils, as the former provide no therapeutic effects.

Since aromatherapy is considered an effective alternative medicine, it is believed to have a marked effect on both physical and psychological aspects. It is best known for its individualized treatment for a particular condition or even a particular person. Accordingly, it is always best to practice Aromatherapy under the guidance of a licensed aromatherapist.

During the last 15 to 20 years the popularity of alternative and complementary therapies has increased dramatically here in the UK and in particular the gentle art of Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy in the UK has become so popular that effective alternative or complementary therapy, as we refer to it, has taken on a steady stream of advocates. Consequently, holistic healing courses have been offered and license practitioners are evident in many alternative therapy courses.

Having been a qualified Aromatherapist for some time and offering one-to-one treatments to clients, I was being constantly asked how one could learn the art of Aromatherapy and be able to carry out a home based business just like mine.

To cut a long story short, my husband and I decided to put together a course that would satisfy the main governing body in the UK for complementary therapies, which was at the time the G.C.P. (The Guild of Complementary Practitioners)

The standards required for accreditation were extremely high in the UK and lengthy on site checks were carried out by the G.C.P., which we accepted were very necessary to try to eliminate the many unqualified charlatans that were practicing.

Organizations like the G.C.P. and the Aromatherapy Organisations Council (AOC) have been responsible for the formalization of Aromatherapy practice in UK, with the initiation of Statutory Regulation introduced to safeguard the public against false aromatherapy practitioners.

Before we could have our Health & Vitality Lifestyle Training School fully Accredited we had to submit our complete course notes and text books to the G.C.P., which included full course notes covering Aromatherapy, Massage, Essential Oils, Anatomy and Physiology and the general practice of running a successful complementary therapy business.

The courses had to be a minimum number of hours of in-class tuition and home study, plus a minimum number of hours of practical massage and oil blending techniques, spread over 10 months.

I suspect that the requirements in many other countries are much less stringent, but the process has meant that a qualification gained from an accredited UK establishment such as ours is recognised throughout the world and is certainly one worth having as a practitioner.

So I can say without any hesitation that the public can be confident that once they consult with a UK qualified aromatherapist, then that therapist will have be properly trained, qualified and licensed and will follow a strict Code of Ethics that meets an agreed professional standard.

More importantly, Aromatherapy in the UK has gained much importance in general health care over the years. And a steady stream of advocates and practitioners are evidence of its success in complementary therapy and alternative medicine.

The creation of these formalized institutions to oversee that such high standards are met, and the introduction of alternative medicine into mainstream lifestyle will surely continue to raise aromatherapy to the level it deserves to be in.

Get More Information about the Healing Power of Aromatherapy and Aromatherapy UK.

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Posted by on April 24th, 2012 No Comments

How To Find a Good CBT Therapist

Evidence suggests that CBT is currently the most effective treatment for a range of mental health problems including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, OCD, PTSD. As such it is recommended as the treatment of choice by The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and therefore by the government. However, despite the recent introduction of IAPTs (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies), the government initiate to ensure that CBT is provided to everyone who needs it, NHS waiting lists are still up to 12months long. As a result people are increasingly seeking treatment in the private sector, however, currently the title ‘CBT Therapist’ is not protected and practice is not regulated meaning that anyone can offer CBT regardless of qualifications or experience. This leaves many people who need the best treatments delivered by the most experienced practitioners exposed. When looking for a CBT Therapist the following guidelines should therefore be followed:

1. Look for a Clinical and Counselling Psychologist. They have been trained over seven to nine years either to Doctoral or Masters level to enable people to overcome their emotional difficulties. They will have been trained to use a wide range of therapeutic techniques, one of these being CBT.

2. Make sure the Clinical/Counselling Psychologist holds a practicing certificate with The British Psychological Society. The British Psychological Society is the representative body for psychology and psychologists in the UK. The Society was formed in 1901 and has more than 45,000 members. Through its Royal Charter, the Society is charged with overseeing psychology and psychologists. It has responsibility for the development, promotion and application of pure and applied psychology for the public good. Practicing certificates are only issued to Chartered Psychologists which is the benchmark of professional recognition for psychologist. It reflects the highest standards of knowledge and expertise.

3. Make sure the Clinical/Counselling Psychologist is registered with The Health Professionals Council which monitors and regulates the practice of health care professionals.

4. Make sure the Clinical /Counselling Psychologist is accredited to practice by The British Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapies (BABCP). The BABCP is the lead organisation for the theory, practice and development of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK. BABCP Accreditation is the “Gold Standard” that every CBT Practitioner is striving to achieve. Any practitioner can be a member but to achieve accreditation with the BABCP demonstrates that the practitioner has met the rigorous criteria outlined in their core profession, qualifications and clinical experience and ensures that they are continually updating and developing their skills through ongoing training.

At the The British CBT & Counselling Service all therapist fulfill the above criteria so you can be sure you are getting the Best from the Best

The British CBT & Counselling Serviceare Doctors of Clinical Psychology and Counselling Psychologists (MSc) (Richmond, Kingston, Nottingham), specialising in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for both adults and children experiencing a range of problems including, anxiety, depression, relationship problems, bereavement, eating disorders (including anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa), obsessive compulsive disorder and others distressing emotional problems. We offer Face to Face, Telephone, Marriage & Online CBT Counselling.

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Posted by on April 24th, 2012 No Comments

Chiropractic Treatment on the UK National Health Service (NHS) - It May Be Sooner Than You Think!


The long awaited report on how low back pain should best be treated in the UK was published recently by National Institute for health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). NICE for those who do not know is an independent group set up by the government to evaluate the available research on a particular condition. Its job is to publish clear guidelines for the best way to treat a particular condition in the UK National Health Service (NHS) hospitals or at Primary Care Trust (PCT) level i.e. Direct referral via you General Practitioner (GP/MD).

This new guide covers non specific back pain. This represents all the mechanical causes of lower back pain a Chiropractor typically sees. It includes pain coming from joints, discs, muscles, tendons and ligaments and according to Richard Nelson, a Chiropractor in Derby ”forms over 99% of the causes of lower back pain that a typical Chiropractor will see in every day practice”.

Specific back pain is where there is a non mechanical cause for your pain such as cancer, infection or fractures. Your chiropractor has under gone extensive medical training to able to distinguish between the two classifications so can decide which patients are suitable for Chiropractic treatment and those that are not. In a typical Chiropractic practice Specific back pain usually forms less than 1% of all cases.

NICE recommendations are:-

Any persistent or recurrent low back pain lasting more than 6 weeks and less than 12 months one of following three options should be offered taking in to account the patients (‘your’) preference.


  1. A course of manual therapy - up to 9 sessions over 12 weeks (manual therapy encompasses manipulation, mobilisation and massage).
  2. Acupuncture - up to 10 sessions over 12 weeks.
  3. Group physical exercise programme 8 sessions over 12 weeks.


NICE stated that manipulation can be performed by Chiropractors or Osteopaths. Chiropractors and Osteopaths are experts in manipulative techniques and along with mobilisation and massage they have been the core treatment methods of the two professions in the UK for over 100 years. It’s ironic now that research now ‘proves’ that the hands on approach that the professions have adopted for many years really does ‘work’. So NICE makes it clear that the Chiropractic and Osteopathic professions should be used for the provision of low back pain treatment in the general population under the NHS.

Doctors and Physiotherapists who have undergone specialist post graduate training in manipulation are also included as suitable providers of manipulation treatment. However, generally manipulation is not taught to Doctors or Physiotherapists as part of their standard training in the UK and so the majority of Doctors and Physiotherapists do not perform it.

NICE further recommends that if one chosen treatment does not result in satisfactory improvement another one of the 3 options should be offered to you.

What can you do? Next time you visit your GP you can ask;

As per NICE guidelines for low back pain will you (your GP) refer you for Chiropractic treatment for your low back pain in the NHS? If not, ask them why not? As this is what the NICE guidelines recommend for its treatment.

Richard Nelson comments:

Rome wasn’t built in a day! Don’t expect to be referred straight away. The more of you who ask and the more often you ask the sooner Chiropractic will be available to you and others on the NHS!

The author of this article is Ian Reed. He is a Chiropractor and has been in practice since 1992 - so he has a vast amount of experience treating all causes of non specific lower back pain. He is co founder of WellBeing Clinics, a Chiropractic Clinic in Derby, Derbyshire, UK. To read more other interesting articles by the author visit chiropractors derby website
Copyright Ian Reed

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Posted by on April 24th, 2012 No Comments


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