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MBW Kersprojek 2019

Dit is altyd belangrik vir MBW om terug te gee aan die gemeenskap. Vanjaar het ons besluit om as deel van ons Kersprojek, die Boervrou Bederfboks Inisiatief te ondersteun.

 

Die Boervrou Bederfboks initiatief is oorspronklik begin deur die Wellingtonse Landbouvereniging na afloop van die erge droogte in dele van die land.

Hierdie bederfbokse bevat alledaagse benodighede vir die gemiddelde boervrou, met so paar bederf items soos lipstiffie, tydskrif en serpie by. Elke boks het ‘n boervrou se naam en ‘n briefie spesiaal vir haar geskryf by.

 

‘Text neck’ is becoming an ‘epidemic’ and could wreck your spine!

Let’s be honest. We are all addicted to our phones…

‘Text Neck’ is a new medical term and a world-wide health concern which impacts millions. It describes a repetitive stress injury or overuse syndrome in the neck, caused by prolonged use of mobile devices with the head bent downward and not moving. Also called Tech Neck (or Forward Head Syndrome), text neck is commonly associated with texting, but it can be related to many activities performed on phones and tablets while looking downward, such as surfing the web, playing games, or doing work.

When texting on a phone, it is common to bend the head forward and look down at a 45° or 60°angle. The neck is not able to withstand this amount of pressure (22-27kg) over a prolonged period.

TEXT NECK SYMPTOMS typically begin as a relatively mild ache in the neck or upper back:

This forward head posture compresses and tightens the muscle, tendon and ligament structures in front of the neck while the muscles, tendon, and ligament structures behind the neck become long and weakened. This plays a role in numerous symptoms that stem from the cervical spine, including:

  • Stiff neck
  • Neck pain and/or upper back pain
  • Muscle weakness: shoulder muscles are often weak due to bad posture.
  • Headache
  • Clicking of the neck joints.

Do you suspect you might be suffering from Text Neck?  Book an appointment with your physiotherapist today.

 

Have you done your monthly Breast Exam?

Breast self-exam, or regularly examining your breasts on your own, can be an important way to find a breast cancer early, when it’s more likely to be treated successfully. While no single test can detect all breast cancers early,  performing breast self-exam in combination with other screening methods can increase the odds of early detection.

It only takes 10 minutes!

Do a self examination every month, at the same time, ideally one week after your menstruation and on the same day if post menopause.  Any changes or abnormalities noted during your monthly self examination should be reported to your physician without delay.

Look

Stand in front of a mirror, hands on hips and look carefully at each breast separately and comparatively for any changes.

Raise your arms over your head and look at each breast as you turn slowly from side to side.

Bend forward and look at each breast with your hands on your hips and shoulders turned in, then with your arms relaxed and hanging in front of you.

Feel

Stand with one hand behind your head and with flattened fingers of your other hand gently examine your entire breast area (breast, nipple area from armpit to collar bone and below breast) in a circular rubbing motion. Examine your other breast in the same way. You can do this in the shower with soapy hands.

Lying down, with one hand behind your head follow the same instructions as above. Check your nipples for any discharge.

 

 

How to make breast self-exam part of your breast cancer screening strategy

Make it routine. The more you examine your breasts, the more you will learn about them and the easier it will become for you to tell if something has changed. Try to get in the habit of doing a breast self-examination once a month to familiarize yourself with how your breasts normally look and feel.

Get to know your breasts’ different “areas.” The upper, outer area — near your armpit — tends to have the most prominent lumps and bumps. The lower half of your breast can feel like a sandy or pebbly beach. The area under the nipple can feel like a collection of large grains. Another part might feel like a lumpy bowl of oatmeal.

Start a journal where you record the findings of your breast self-exams. This can be like a small map of your breasts, with notes about where you feel lumps or irregularities. Especially in the beginning, this may help you remember, from month to month, what is “normal” for your breasts. It is not unusual for lumps to appear at certain times of the month, but then disappear, as your body changes with the menstrual cycle (if you are still menstruating).