What Do Rugby Players Wear?

Rugby players all wear a uniform when out on the field. This is what helps you identify what team each player is on and with a number on their backs, you can also identify each player during the match. It is important when it comes to rugby uniforms from the jerseys and shorts to the rugby socks, that they are made of the finest quality, being durable enough to withstand the beating they will get out on the field.

The first thing you will notice when it comes to any rugby kit, is that each player wears what are known as scrum shorts. These shorts are above the knee without any pockets. They are very durable and can withstand heavy wear and tear. Remember when out on the field, a player will have his or her shorts pulled on and tugged during the game. These scrum shorts are relatively tight fitting and are made from high quality material to reduce the risk of rips and tears during the game.

Then there is the rugby jerseys. Rugby jerseys are usually made from cotton, though these days you can choose a different material if you prefer. They have a collar and are usually the most colourful part of the uniform. The rugby jersey is where you can promote the team. Choose the rugby jersey based on the team colours. Usually you find that the collar is a different colour to the rest of the jersey. Some teams choose stripes, some choose a solid colour or something with a stripe down the size. In addition to this, the jersey usually has the players number on the back in large lettering, making the player visible to the spectators up in the stands.

All players wear rugby boots. These boots are specially designed for the sport, along with spikes underneath, this reduces the risk of the player slipping on the field when running or in a scrum with the other team. Boots must be chosen to fit perfectly. When it comes to these boots it is definitely worthwhile the players are fitted by a professional to reduce the risk of discomfort, blisters or even unnecessary injury.

Rugby socks are very important. They keep the lower leg warm and often work as a compression type sock during the match. Rugby socks are knee high and they often adorn the team colours, matching the jersey in that regard. They come up to the knee with a fold over and they need to be carefully selected for each player to ensure that they fit comfortably. This reduces the risk of them riding down or even bunching in the players boot.

All rugby players should be wearing a mouth guard when out on the field to protect their teeth at all times. While this is not a garment that they would wear, the mouth guard can protect the teeth, enabling the player to preserve their natural teeth now and moving forward.

Most rugby teams will also have their team tracksuits, along with their rugby socks, scrum shorts and jerseys. Their tracksuits are usually worn during practice and after each game. They put on the tracksuit over their uniform to keep their muscles warm and reduce the risk of illness or unwelcome injury.

It is very important when buying rugby socks and kits that you choose a reputable manufacturer, a company with a good reputation in the industry for providing quality garments made from the finest quality fabrics.

Source by Rosemary Carter

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Do You Know What Cupping Colour Means?

Cupping has become very topical since Michael Phelps showed off his cupping marks at the 2016 Olympics Games in Rio. Of course, cupping is a very ancient form of Chinese medicine that has been around for thousands of years and has been used by various cultures all over the world. Historians believe that cupping is, in fact, the most ancient technique in Chinese medicine, predating acupuncture.

What is Cupping?

Suction is applied to the skin using glass, rubber, or plastic cups. In ancient times, doctors used bamboo. The vacuum action rapidly facilitates the release of rigid soft tissues. It loosens and lifts connective tissues, it breaks up and drains stagnation, and increases blood and lymph flow to skin, muscles, and connective tissues. It does all of these things far more rapidly and effectively than any other type of therapy, including acupuncture, massage therapy, chiropractic adjustments, medications and sometimes even surgery.

What do the Colours Mean?

The colour change on the skin after cupping indicates many different things. Sometimes it turns orange or purple and, for others, it may turn red. The marks usually last from three days to a week; sometimes longer if a person is very sick or sedentary. The colour change on the skin after cupping also helps to determine the nature and the location of an illness but, for a healthy person with healthy skin, the tissue colour does not change at all after the cupping.

Since you can use the suction cupping almost anywhere on the body surface except in areas where large blood vessels pass, such as in the groin, you can check to see if you have internal troubles from the outside of the body. In areas where there is dead blood, lymph, cellular debris, pathogenic factors, and toxins present in the body, cupping will leave marks which indicate that the stagnation has been moved from the deeper tissue layers to the surface. The colour and pattern of the marks depends on the level of stagnation in the area. If there is no stagnation present, there will be only a light pink mark which disappears in a few minutes to a couple of hours.

Sites where there is old trauma or injury may require multiple cupping treatments to remove all stagnation. Patients will find, in follow-up treatments, that the marks will be lighter and lighter as the pathogens are systemically removed from the body. Cupping marks are not bruises and they are generally not painful. Although the cupping treatment itself can be slightly uncomfortable and the marks can look dramatic, the presence of colour in the cupped areas guarantees that the patient will feel immediate relief after the treatment.

Who Should Do Cupping?

Although cupping is a simple technique, it should only be performed by an expert practitioner. Although some massage therapists, chiropractors, or estheticians offer cupping therapy, they generally lack the in-depth training and experience that is required to apply cupping therapy safely and effectively. At best, cupping therapy performed by an untrained practitioner will be ineffective. At worst, it can cause burns, blisters, or scar tissue that result in further pain as opposed to providing relief.

Source by C. Zhang

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The Backlash After Whiplash: What Can You Do?

Have you ever been in a motor vehicle accident? During the average lifetime, there is a strong likelihood that you or someone you know will experience an unfortunate event of this kind. Statistics show that during their life span one of every four people will be in a car crash. After a fender bender, whether you are the driver or a passenger, you may take a painkiller or two and perhaps do some physical therapy. Then, when you feel better, you may never think of it again. But what if symptoms linger? Or, worse yet, if you have no symptoms, can an accident come back to haunt you?

What Is “Whiplash”?

The non-medical term whiplash was first used in 1928. Although more accurate terms, such as acceleration flexion-extension neck injury or soft tissue cervical hyperextension injury have sometimes replaced it, “whiplash” continues to be used commonly for this kind of soft tissue neck injury. Whiplash injury specialist Dr. Arthur Croft estimates that as many as 3 million whiplash injuries occur every year in the United States, and that one of every three people will suffer from the condition.

Whiplash injury is a sudden strain or trauma affecting the bones, disks, muscles, ligaments, nerves, and tendons of the neck, a body area that involves seven vertebrae and is known as the cervical region. The damaging forward and backward or even sideways jolt of the head and neck are caused not only by automobile accidents, but also by contact sports, various amusement park rides, falls, and assaults. Statistically, motor vehicle collisions, contact sports, and amusement park rides are the top three causes.

Various symptoms are associated with whiplash injury, including, but not limited to, neck and back pain, nausea, numbness, weakness, fatigue, dizziness, vertigo (loss of balance), inflammation, hearing impairment, headaches, visual disturbances, fracture, and paralysis. Occasionally, no symptoms are present initially, only showing up days, weeks, or even years after the injury. The consequences of whiplash range from mild pain for a few days (the most common outcome) to severe disability caused by restricted movement of the head or of the cervical spine, sometimes with persistent pain. It is likely that 40% to 50% of people with whiplash injuries suffer permanent pain.

Treating the Injury

Following an accident, it is important to be checked immediately either at an emergency room or by your chiropractor. Provided no fracture has occurred, a chiropractor can do an examination that begins with obtaining a detailed history, followed by orthopedic and neurologic tests, a range of motion test, posture and palpation check, and X-rays to see the extent of damage or change in the spine. The neck should be perfectly straight on an X-ray, and your chiropractor will be able to identify any misalignment (subluxation). On a side view, the neck should show the arc of a circle. Loss of the cervical curve, which is common on physical impact, can cause any of the whiplash symptoms listed previously.

Treatment for whiplash includes passive and active exercises, gentle massage, chiropractic, therapeutic massage, spinal and extremity adjustments, as well as such therapies as traction to correct the spinal posture, electrical stimulation to relax the muscle spasms, stretching, and ice. Application of ice immediately after most whiplash injuries helps reduce inflammation and swelling. Each application should be maintained for 10 to 20 minutes every hour. After 24 hours, alternating between ice and heat is recommended, up to 20 minutes per treatment. The ice or ice pack should be wrapped in a towel before use. To sleep, the patient can roll a towel and place it underneath the neck while lying on his or her back so that the back of the skull is resting on the bed, a position that promotes healing of the injury.

Chiropractic Is Preferred

Many studies have shown chiropractic and acupuncture are more effective than medications for treatment of injuries sustained in car accidents. According to the Insurance Research Council, “nearly one third of all claimants injured in motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) seek treatment from doctors of chiropractic.” This is an impressive number when you consider that the National Safety Council (NSC) has determined there are more than 12 million MVAs annually involving more than 20 million vehicles.

In a related study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers showed that “treatment of the facet joints [which link the bones in the spine] not only relieved severe neck pain, but also resolved the psychologic disturbances associated with car accidents.” According to another study published in Dr. Stephen Foreman and Dr. Arthur Croft’s book Whiplash Injuries: The Cervical Acceleration/Deceleration Syndrome, 3rd Edition (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2001), a recent comparison of medicine, acupuncture, and chiropractic care in a randomized trial reported that “comparing medication (Celebrex, Vioxx, or paracetamol [acetaminophen]) to acupuncture and spinal manipulation over the course of 9 weeks in persons with chronic spinal pain (neck to low back pain included), the authors demonstrated a rather profound superiority in chiropractic spinal manipulation.”

Many people choose chiropractic care for treatment because of its advantage in improving soft tissue injuries (ie, ligaments, muscle, tissue), especially of the spine. As injuries associated with car accidents are most frequently sprains and strains of the spinal muscles and their associated ligaments, it is natural that chiropractic is the preferred treatment.

Preventing Further Injuries

Various proactive factors can help prevent whiplash injuries from occurring or worsening while driving. Besides the obvious steps to avoid distractions in the first place, such as not using a mobile phone either to call or text, wearing a full lap restraint is a must. Drivers and passengers should position their headrests in the middle of the back of the skull and try to keep the head on the headrest while the car is in motion. Looking straight ahead and frequently checking the rearview mirrors are also crucial for the driver.

Because some whiplash injuries result in effects that last for years, if an accident with cervical impact occurs, receiving immediate attention is essential. Seeking good medical and chiropractic care without delay can help prevent additional injuries from developing as well as preclude the need for surgery.

Dr. Chad Laurence is one of fewer than 400 doctors worldwide to be recognized as a distinguished fellow of Clinical Biomechanics of Posture. His practice focuses on structural correction of the spine, nutrition, massage therapy, acupuncture, family care, and pediatrics as well as support after personal injury and auto accidents. Dr. Laurence can help relieve symptoms for individuals suffering from a variety of physical problems, including neck and low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, extremity issues, and arthritis.

Source by Dr. Chad Laurence

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Benefits of Orthopedic Slippers

Orthopedic slippers are made of two types-those made for men and those meant for women. They are an ideal wear at home, work and in the field. The slippers offer an arch support for the feet. The slippers include moccasin slippers, diabetic slippers, memory foam slippers and orthopedic slippers. Those worn in the house are commonly referred to as house shoes. They are very comfortable to wear and keep the feet cozy throughout. They are cut low to maximize on the conformability and giving the foot a luxurious and soft feeling.

There are many benefits of putting on Orthotic slippers. The shoes are believed to offer therapeutic and orthopedic advantages. They support on the arch. Unlike the normal shoes that we wear, these have an ability to accommodate custom Orthotics because they have footbeds that are renewable and midsoles. The slippers are made of materials that are very friendly to the feet. Common materials used are polyester, leather, sheep skin, cotton and other natural grains. Women slippers are made of different designs, styles and sizes that can fit every woman’s feet. All of them have also been approved by podiatrists.

Orthopedic shoes that offer 100% freedom and comfort are those made using sheep skin. The fiber used is friendly to human skin and is able to regulate the slipper’s interior to conform to that of our normal body temperature. Orthopedic slippers for men are also as comforting and relaxing. They use the same materials as those of women and are designed to fit the men’s sizes and feet shapes. People who also suffer from cold feet can be assured to get warm by putting on this kind of shoe. It is a material that breathes easily and therefore does not allow moisture to accumulate in them. The chances of having smelly or sweaty feet are therefore reduced. Sheep skin is highly durable and long lasting as it isn’t prone to tear and snag.

Diabetic slippers are designed to cater for people or anyone who has very sensitive feet. They protect, give comfort and support the feet. The shoes are bought with two extra footbeds. These Orthotic slippers are seamless and made to give enough room for the feet, especially around the toe area. Skin irritation and formation of blister is as a result avoided. They are highly recommended by podiatrists especially to patients’ recovery from operations as well as those with edema.

The slippers give a lot of comfort to the feet especially during the healing process and also help reduce the chances of straining the muscles and joints at the ankles, knees, hips and the back. They are durable and light in weight, have a very soft and comforting padding, are able to absorb moisture and let the feet breath, and they do not restrict the flow of blood around the feet. Orthotic custom shoes have therefore promoted good health amongst its wearers as well as making them look elegant.

Source by Ali Raza

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Lowdown on the Best Compression Tights for Women in 2016

Compression is the most in-thing among professional marathon runners as well as fitness-freaks. This ultra-tight fashion-worthy attire lets you get into shape in style. There was a time when I (and I’m sure there were many like me) who thought this was exclusively for guys. I always thought that compression shorts for men are made to protect their “assets” and prevent chafing of legs while running. However, now I have come to know they keep the muscles warm, prevent injuries and even enhance athletic ability.

Don’t worry ladies! You can now avail the cute looking designer compression tights for women.

You and I now have a world of opportunities in front of us while looking to add women athletic wear. The industry has really caught on and going by the choices being offered, it’s super-exciting for us. Let’s explore why and how compression has become such a big hit. We will also look at some of the best compression tights for women in 2016.

What the Research Says?

Way back in the year 2003, Journal of Sports Sciences conducted a study that revealed a reduction in the flexion angle. There was an increment in the skin temperature and it increased at a faster rate at the time of warm-up. There was also decrement in the muscle oscillation while conducting a vertical jump landing.

Well, if the above technical data was too much for you to consume then let me simplify it a bit: compression shorts actually increase “extension torque” and can even help the hamstrings control the legs while doing sprints. The garment even cuts down the impact force by at least 27% when compared with the pants worn by American football players. All this eventually leads to lesser injuries and better muscle control.

Yay! I have finally been able to put down my research in a simple way and explain things just like a pro!

If you’re still not convinced of the advantages offered by compression pants then let me reveal a few more benefits of using these shorts. The lower half of your body is provided with the nest possible support by these pants as they increase muscle stability and ensure better blood circulation to the legs. Thus, when you are running, these compression shorts can come in real handy.

How can you benefit by using compression tights?

During my search for the best compression tights for women in 2016, I came across several designer attires and this consisted of fully functional kits. Right from socks, tracks to shorts – there was an entire range of compression tights on the offing.

If you are a regular runner like me or even take up running as just a fun activity from time to time then you will probably try to avoid soreness and injuries. This is what compression tights actually accomplish for you. They tend to increase the blood flow to the legs and lower body parts, which prevents unnecessary muscle burnouts. Your legs too will not get chaffed after long hours in the park as the compression shorts will reduce the oscillations when your body hits the ground. Thus, friction between the two leg muscles too will be reduced thereby helping in recovery through better blood flow.

Recovery of the muscles is also quicker when you wear your compression shorts after returning from a long run. The compression attire increases blood flow back to your heart thus oxygenating your muscles and flushing out the excessive lactic acid. Result is a quicker recovery from muscle fatigue and helping you stay on your feet (literally on your feet) throughout the day.

You can now join the bandwagon and get yourself a pair of compression tights to stay fit in style!

Is it only for the elite athletes?

Absolutely not! You and I can all spare a little money on the best compression tights for women in 2016. Even if we are not running for the next marathon, we are runner nevertheless. Fitness experts around the world recommend the use of compressions for runners because longer running needs higher muscle contraction and compressions provide exactly that.

Can buying compression tights drill a hole in my pocket?

Well, these garments certainly don’t come with lower price-tags and are often found to be expensive because of their technical nature. The regular athlete garments come at a comparatively lower price but when it’s the best compression tights for women in 2016, you certainly have to cough up more.

It is extremely important that you try to check everything before purchasing the compression tights. Try out different brands and you’ll surely find one that suits you the best. You must ensure that the dress compresses all the right muscles and fits nicely onto your body.

In case you’re professional, it’s best not to wear it directly for a marathon. You must get acquainted with the compression garment and give a few trial runs before you actually wear it during a long marathon.

However, when you are investing a lot of money then why not invest in the best compression tights for Women in 2016. Here’s a list of 5 real good compression garment brands you can put your money safely upon:

CW-X Stabilyx tights

CW-X Stabilyx tights use technology similar to the kinesio-taping because those lines are there to support the muscles just at the right places. Greater emphasis has been given to the knees as the attire supports the knees aptly. The clothing is breathable and you can run comfortably even during the hottest days.

Skins A400 3/4 tights

This is better than the A200 and this company means business because it offers the best line for compression clothing. A400 is extremely light and the soft material is huge boost to compression. The wide waistband ensures a comfortable grip on your wait while the lower part sticks to the body in such a way that the tights don’t go up the legs.

2XU Elite MCS Compression Tight

This is certainly for the elite as it transforms you into a super athlete by providing the best grips at the right places. The key muscle groups are perfectly targeted and are mapped out on the inner parts of the thighs and legs. You get the elegant yet a sleek look – the mark of a true athlete.

Source by Singh Kumar Surojit

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How Therapeutic Ultrasounds Became Used to Remove Fat

Since instant fat reduction holds great appeal, liposuction has become the most common cosmetic procedure performed worldwide. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the number of liposuction procedures performed increased by 386 percent from 1992 to 2000. More than 450,000 liposuction pro- cedures were performed in 2005. Interestingly, 21% of these procedures were ultrasound-assisted lipoplasty (UAL). The American public spend an estimated $2 billion for these operations. The basic technique involves inserting a narrow tube (cannula) under the skin through tiny incisions and manipulating the cannula to break up and suction out fat cells. The procedure injures other local tissue, causing temporary bruising, swelling and blood loss. The areas most commonly treated are the outer thighs and abdomen in women and the flanks or “love handles” in men.

Liposuction can also remove unwanted fat from hips, buttocks, knees, upper arms, chin, cheeks, neck and other areas. The concept behind liposuction seems almost too good to be true: However, it isn’t an easy fix. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) warns that liposuction is a serious surgical procedure that involves a potentially painful recovery and risks of rare but serious complications. A decision as to whether to undergo liposuction, according to the American Mayo Clinic, should be considered very carefully. Nevertheless, liposuction is a popular choice. However, now there may be a new ultrasonic method of removing fat from the body that involves no risk to the patient. This new method called UltraShape ® uses unique G-NIUS(TM) (Guided Non-Invasive Focused Ultrasound Selective) technology to effectively and safely break down fat cells. The use of external ultrasound means the patient does not even have to undergo any invasive surgical procedure. The UltraShape procedure has the potential to redefine aesthetic medicine by developing a non-invasive means for fat removal.

Therapeutic ultrasound (in contrast to diagnostic and imaging modalities) has been used as a therapeutic tool in medicine for more than fifty years. The first ultrasonic machine (lithotripter) used to destroy kidney stones was produced by the German Aircraft manufacturer Dornier in Munich in 1980. It was the same year that the former Beatle, John Lennon, was shot dead outside his New York apartment. In 1984, the company introduced the Dornier HM-3 (Human Model-3) and in that same year the FDA approved the use of ESWL (extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy) in the United States for the treatment of renal calculi. Since that time, the HM-3 or the “Munich Stonebuster” as the press preferred to call it has treated over five million patients worldwide. By 1985, the technique was first applied successfully in a patient with gallbladder stones. It was the same year that the energetic Dubliner, Bob Geldof, had the idea of organising Live Aid for the starving people of Africa.

In the following years, many conditions suitable for the technique of ESWL were investigated. But the story of using therapeutic ultrasound in medicine did not really start there. In fact it may have inadvertently started with another aircraft manufacturer because during World War 2, British ophthalmic surgeon Harold Ridley, noticed pieces of Plexiglas from the shattered canopies of Spitfire fighter planes did not cause any reaction when they became embedded in pilot’s eyes. He used this theory to use the material to implant the world’s first intraocular lens, at St. Thomas Hospital in London on Nov. 29, 1949. The next year he encountered widespread criticism from his peers at a conference in the United States who considered the idea of replacing the eye’s natural lens with an artificial one too radical and unacceptable for the period.

Over the next twenty years the idea of lens implants for cataracts slowly became more acceptable. In 1968, American surgeon, Charles Kelman adapted the new technology of ESWL to remove cataracts. The procedure, later known as phacoemulsification, used a tiny probe with a vibrating tip to gently break up the cataract and wash it away. The techniques of phacoemulsification and plastic lens implant technology were combined and the science of cataract surgery was revolutionised. In 1981, a protégé of Ridley called Choyce gained the first FDA approval of intraocular lenses. It was the same year that Irish Republican hunger striker, Bobby Sands died in the Maze prison. Today, after decades of development, modern phacoemulsification is considered one of the safest surgeries performed with millions of successful procedures completed every year around the world.

Today the use of therapeutic ultrasound in the form of extracor-poreal shock wave therapy has found its way into many other facets of medicine with recent advances in machines designed specifically for use on arms and legs to treat the chronic localised pain that is associated with chronic tendonitis. However, its main use may yet prove to be the most interesting as the “Tel Aviv Fat- buster”. In fact the association of ultrasound with the destruction of fat cells starts many years before. It may have started as far back as 1921, when a French surgeon called Dujarrier, decided to practice the new art of liposuction in an attempt to create a better shape on a young ballerina’s knees. Unfortunately his patient developed gangrene and required an amputation. It was the same year that the new Irish Free State was established. After this initial fiasco, things remained quiet for many years, through the advent of antibiotics, the Second World War and while the Beatles were racing up the charts with “Can’t Buy Me Love” a Cologne surgeon called Josef Schrudde decided to try out the technique again of someones ankles.

The second attempt was much more successful and thankfully the patient lived to tell the tale. In 1974, an Italian gynaecologist called Giorgio Fischer further developed the technique with the invention of an electrical, rotating scalpel encapsulated by a cannula that suctioned out dislodged cells. In 1978 the technique was taken to Paris where it was refined and popularised by the French plastic surgeon Yves-Gerard Illouz. In 1982, Illouz presented a new form of lipolysis using blunt cannulas and high-vacuum suction with reproducible good results and low morbidity and a new age of liposuction arrived. It was the same year that American film actress Princess Grace died on a mountain road in Monaco.

During the eighties other cannulae were developed by Kesselring and Meyer while the father of aesthetic medicine Pierre Fournier developed another technique using a syringe. In this period lipo- suction reached the United States but quickly fell out of favour because of increased complications and several deaths. It now appears that many of the deaths related to Plastic Surgeons com- bining liposuction with abdominoplasty “tummy tucks.” In 1985 a Californian Dermatologist, Jeffrey Klein, invented and pioneered a new tumescent method Technique, the safest method known. He was helped in this development by a Colorado dermatologist, Patrick Lillis. In 1987, an Italian Plastic Surgeon from La Sapienza University in Rome called Professor Nicolo Scuderi introduced the use of ultrasound as an emulsifying modality for fat tissue during liposuction and a new age of ‘fat busting’ began. This technique was further modified when Zocchi introduced titanium ultrasonic probes and manual remodelling of the treated areas to eliminate the fluid from the burst fat cells in 1992. It was the same year that Democratic Party candidate William J. Clinton was swept to power in the US presidential election and the world witnessed three days of rioting in Los Angeles after four white police officers were acquitted of criminal charges despite video evidence they had beaten black motorist Rodney King.

In 1998, Californian Plastic Surgeon, Barry Silberg elaborated on the technique using external ultrasound-assisted liposuction (XUAL). This method required traditional aspirative liposuction after the application of high frequency ultrasonic fields delivered through the skin into a wetted tissue. Silberg felt that this method led to less traumatic surgery with superior clinical outcome. There is little doubt as an invasive modality, like tumescent liposuction, the technique still had many of the drawbacks that accompany invasive procedures. Moreover, many doctors started to voice opinions that the magnitude of ultrasonic energy used to destroy the fat cells may also damage other tissue in contact with the cannula. Many felt one of the technical drawbacks of the ultrasonic liposuction technique was that the cannula had to be inside the body. It was at this stage a Tel Aviv plastic surgeon called Ami Glicksman considered the possibility of using external ultrasonic waves to selectively break down fat cells without the patient having to undergo a surgical procedure.

In 2001, while the rest of the world was getting to grips with the aftermath of an Al Qaeda terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre in New York, Dr. Glicksman was in Tel Aviv researching the feasibility of using external ultrasound to break down fat cells in pigs. His experiments were successful and he noted that fat lysis was selective leaving nearby tissues intact. Further macroscopic and microscopic analyses of overlying skin noted that it also remained untouched. The researchers quickly moved from the pig models and tried the external ultrasound transducer to lyse human fat from ex vivo tissue harvested from skin fiaps excised in hospital abdominoplasty procedures. These experiments also showed fat lysis only occurred in a specific region, leaving skin or fat outside of the focused beam intact. The temperature on the skin and within the focus was monitored and showed an increase of 1oC for an ultrasound treatment of 1-2 seconds. Further human in-vivo trials were commenced in Israel with participants being treated with the ultrasonic device prior to abdominoplasty in which the treated area was removed and analysed. The first study of twenty patients commenced in 2002 monitoring the safety and effectiveness of the treatment. Histological evaluation of all tissues excised during surgery clearly showed that the external ultrasound treatment only destroyed adipose cells, leaving blood vessels, connective tissue, nerves, and epidermis intact.

In 2003, a US-organised coalition invaded Iraq with the stated reason that it had not abandoned its nuclear and chemical weapons development program according to UN resolutions. In that year also, a large multi-centre clinical trial with the external ultrasound device started in five sites in the USA, UK, and Japan, in which 137 patients underwent a single treatment. The results showed that on average a 2 cm reduction in circumference was observed post-treatment. This approximates to about 0.5 litres and the rest may be removed with a further procedure performed one month later. The device has now obtained CE approval in Europe and more than 500 individuals have been commercially treated with the device in the Ireland, UK, Spain and Scandinavia, demonstrating the safety and effectiveness of the treatment. FDA trials are presently underway with all expectations that they will shortly approve the procedure.

Source by Patrick Treacy

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