What are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are visible, bluish veins (usually found on the legs) that have become enlarged and twisted due to damage to the valve leaflets that prevent deoxygenated blood from flowing back. This condition is exacerbated if the walls of the veins become weakened, such as through hereditary and lifestyle factors, as well as hormonal imbalances for women.

Due to the nature of varicose veins, those that have them need to be gentle cleaning the area where varicose veins are so as not to break the skin (which is more fragile in these areas, and be aware of the risk of blood clot formation. Blood clot formation includes superficial thrombophlebitis and deep vein thrombosis.

Treatment for varicose veins includes compression stockings, which help to prevent accumulation of fluids in your legs and feet, and sclerotherapy, which is performed with no anaesthesia by a doctor that injects each varicose vein with a chemical that causes the vein walls to swell so much they stick together and then permanently seal shut.

You can prevent varicose veins, even if they run in your family, by regular exercise that gets your legs moving and creates a blood pump in the leg muscles.

This includes walking, running, and not sitting or standing in one place too long. In addition, losing weight can remove a lot of pressure from the leg, hastening the formation of varicose veins, and not crossing your legs when you sit can also help prevent varicose veins.

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Varicose Veins in Women

Women are more susceptible to varicose veins because the valve leaflets become softer and the vein walls more distensile due to the cyclical influence of the female sex hormones, oestrogen and progesterone periodically throughout the menstrual cycle.[1] [2]

Pregnancy will commonly provoke the development of new varicose veins and also aggravate varicose veins that were present before pregnancy. As the pelvic pressure increases with the growth of the baby, the obstruction begins to cause back pressure on the veins in the lower limbs causing increasing congestion. The higher the number of pregnancies, the greater the risk is for the mother to develop varicose veins. Another factor leading to the increased risk of varicose veins is that the circulating blood volume in a woman as she approaches term increases by nearly 50%.

It is recommend that women consider treating there varicose veins prior to pregnancy as this will reduce the risk of their further development. [3]

However should you have varicose veins that develop during your pregnancy do not be too concerned as they may spontaneously regress within a few months following your delivery. Please do not hesitate to contact us a qualified sclerotherapist should you have any concerns during your pregnancy as an Ultrasound examination can provide an accurate baseline assessment if you do require treatment in the future.

Looking for help with Womens veins Brisbane, Pregnancy veins Brisbane or Sclerotherapy brisbane ? Contact The Leg Vein Doctor today.

1. McCausland, A.M., F. Holmes, and T. A.D., Venous distensibility during the Menstrual Cycle. Am J Obstet Gynecol, 1963(86): p. 640-645.
2. Barwin, B.N. and J.C. Roddie, Venous distensibility during pregancy determined during the menstrual cycle Am J Obstet Gynecol, 1976(125): p. 921-923.
3. van der Stricht, J. and C. van Oppens, Should Varices be Treated Before or After Pregancy Phebol, 1991(44): p. 321-326.

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Reflections on Life

Life – what is life! Life can be described in many ways and has many facets and interpretations. It presents us with an ongoing stream of experiences of situations, events and interactions of all kinds with other people and our environment.

It is creation in its magnificent splendour – the original bringing into existence of the universe by God.

For humans it is a journey encompassing all the seasons, colour and streams of life’s experiences.

The miracle of new life in any form of creation brings wonder and amazement as we become aware of the intrinsic formation of such an unexplainable divine plan.

For humans there are many rituals and traditions that help celebrate the different seasons and significant moments in life.

A welcoming of a new child might entail a ritual of a Christening or Blessing in the Christian tradition or perhaps a Naming Ceremony for those less religious. In other cultures and belief systems children are welcomed in a variety of ways but none-the-less mostly it is found to be a joyful celebration of the miracle of new birth.

Life can sometimes be brief – the miracle taken back from where it began just as life is beginning – the mystery of why these sad experiences happen not to be explained.

Life changes for humans as the body grows and life is experienced in new ways. Learning takes place as the brain develops and intelligence is gained and used for the betterment of human kind.

At times the human body suffers from physical limitations this being a challenge as strength of spirit and courage come to the fore.

During the seasons of life ritual is shown to be important such as times of celebration when a person reaches the age of eighteen – a time of maturity and starting out as an adult on life’s journey.

Permanency of relationships can be celebrated by the ritual of Marriage as people start a new chapter along the journey called life.

The miracle of new life can emerge again in this relationship of Marriage as a new life is created and welcomed to the world.

As the continuing seasons and cycles of life are observed, life can represent colour as of a rainbow in these seasons of new beginnings, celebrations, changes and endings.

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet – colours of the rainbow – how symbolic of life’s journey as the rainbow is composed of the entire spectrum of colour from the shortest wavelength violet to the longest wavelength red.

A closing ritual now takes place as the body has accomplished its purpose and the ending of life as humans know it is honoured and the life celebrated as the spirit travels back to the Divine from whence it came.

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This article supplied by Sandra Hill, Brisbane Wedding Celebrant. For more information about Sandra Hill, weddings, renewal of vows and naming ceremonies in Brisbane, please contact Sandra today.

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WordPress Courses Brisbane

WordPress is one of the leading publishing platforms for most bloggers on the Internet and if you are running an online enterprise, you are also better off having a WordPress blog or website for your business. Originally a blogging platform, WordPress has morphed into a web platform that helps users create instant sites that are customizable with a variety of themes and plug-ins. Although there’s a short learning curve when it comes to using WordPress effectively as your main website, anyone can learn how to do so with a good WordPress course. WordPress training Brisbane is ideal for anyone in the area who is looking to learn about the basics of setting up a WordPress website, how to keep it up and running and how to optimize the site for targeted search traffic.

WordPress Training for Your Business: Taking Your Business to the Next Level
If you do not have a website for your business, you are putting yourself at a distinct disadvantage from those who maintain an active online presence. A website is your online portal, the place where you brand, products and services are made accessible to a global audience. Without a good website you are limited to traditional modes of advertising and losing potential clients to more -tech savvy competitors. The good news is that you do not need an extensive knowledge in website-making in order to get a website up and running. This is where WordPress comes in handy, because it allows anyone with the most basic knowledge of the Internet to have a website up and running in matter of hours.

Why Choose WordPress?
WordPress is the perfect option because it is an open source system and it already lays down the foundations for anyone to build a website in just one day. WordPress comes with a wide array of functionality and features, however, so you need to spend a few hours learning what features are best for you and what WordPress features you can do without. WordPress has thousands of themes, both free and paid, as well as plug-ins that will extend the capabilities of your website. You need to know what features and plug-ins will provide the most benefit to your site and which plug-ins will only slow it down. For example, experts will recommend that for business enterprises, using WordPress pages, not posts is a better option if you want to create a structure for a standard website. Adding a separate blog is also a good idea so that entrepreneurs will have a space where they can post updates and connect with customers on a more personal level.

Wordpress has also improved the support system for business users with WordPress.com Business, which is composed of forums and direct email support to provide help when users encounter problems as they set-up their sites. This section also contains useful information for those who are just starting out with a WordPress site and are not too confident if they are on the right track. With these resources and practical help gained from a WordPress training course, anyone can create a successful site that is efficient and effective for online marketing in just a matter of hours.

Wordpress is a great option for entrepreneurs because it is one of the most widely-used blogging platforms today so once set up, you can connect with other WordPress users and start carving out an audience. Interaction with non-Wordpress users is also easy and convenient, since the platform allows non-users to comment and browse through WordPress sites with minimal identification requirements and cross-linking with social networking platforms.

A WordPress training course is tailored to help you navigate these areas so that at the end of the day you are able to create a WordPress website that will take your business to the next level. A website is easy to make with WordPress as your platform but tweaking it so that it reflects your brand and personality and so that it becomes an effective marketing machine is another story. With a WordPress course you can learn these skills directly from the experts in practical, small group courses where you are given hands-on and personalized instruction tailored to the niche you want to occupy.

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Lawn Mower Storage Tips

If you are considering storing a mower for a long time, or in a commercial storage facility or lockup, here’s a few tips about safe storage.

  1. Drain any excess oil or petrol. One of the standard conditions when using storage is that you are unable to store anything flammable in your space.
  2. Store your mower horizontally (flat). This will prevent oil/petrol leakage.
  3. Fold down the handle. If the handle folds or breaks down then make sure this is done. This will save you storage space.
  4. Clean your mower before storing. By removing excess grass clippings and dirt and storing your mower in a clean condition you will help prevent any deterioration/rust especially when storing long term. You will also discourage any pests which may be attracted to the grass clippings.

Looking for a self storage supplier in Brisbane? For document storage Brisbane and short term furniture storage Brisbane, contact Everton Self Storage.

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