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The benefits of Pilates

Posted by Xanit Internacional Xanit Internacional | Posted in Xanit salud | Posted on 28-02-2013

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“Not mind or body, but mind and body.”  Joseph Pilates

Pilates is a physical and mental fitness training system that establishes a close link between physical energy and mind control, breathing, and uniform muscle development.  Designed by German physical therapist Joseph Pilates at the beginning of the 20th century, Pilates is beneficial to the body, mind, and spirit.  Nowadays it has spread throughout the world and has thousands of devout followers.

Athletes, pregnant women, the elderly, the chronically ill…old or young, man or woman, anyone can benefit from what Pilates has to offer.  When adapted to each individual’s needs, it can always improve one’s general state of health.

Here at the Personal Training and Pilates Studio of Xanit Health & XTENSAL, we have challenged ourselves both to provide personalized training programs for everyone and to aim for constant improvement.  We teach classical/traditional Pilates in its most pure form, and always adapt our methods to each person’s individual needs.  Regardless of your age or level of fitness, we will explain in this post and other posts to come how Pilates can be beneficial to you no matter what.

Before someone begins a Pilates training program, they undergo an exhaustive medical exam with our medical personnel so that we can get a comprehensive understanding of how their body works and therefore also of how it will respond to exercise.  Thanks to this check-up, we can assess each person individually, keeping in mind his or her starting point, objectives, and, in the case of prior injury, possible treatments.

We offer a wide range of options, from individualized classes with a personal trainer to small groups of up to six people.  How intense the classes are depends on the objectives identified with each person following their check-up.

Among the most groundbreaking services that we have available are our Pilates classes using different types of advanced equipment.  These state-of-the-art apparatuses—including items such as vibrating platforms (Power Plate), suspension training (TRX), and compressed air equipment (Keiser Pneumatic Fitness Equipment)—allow us to optimize class results.

At the Pilates Studio we also use the more traditional apparatuses, such as the Pilates Reformer, Cadillac, High Chair, and Barrel.  With this equipment it is possible to exercise either sitting or laying down, which can be very effective for older people or for those undergoing certain types of treatment.

As we get older, we can lose some of our balance, flexibility, and general physical fitness.  However, all of this can be improved via regular Pilates training.  For example, it is becoming more common to see Pilates prescribed as a way to prevent the onset of osteoporosis.  In light of this, at our center we use a DXA scan to check the bone mineral density of all people over the age of 65 who want to begin practicing Pilates.

Pilates is also beneficial for pregnant women.  It helps future mothers improve their posture, their balance, and their stability.  It can also help reduce the development of varicose veins, as well as aiding the regulation of the blood glucose level (which is related to gestational diabetes).  In addition, Pilates promotes strength and flexibility in the pelvic floor muscles.  All of these benefits also contribute to a shorter postpartum recovery period.

This is merely a taste of the health benefits that Pilates has to offer.  And, in reality, the best way to find out what you think is to come try it for yourself.  Are you up for it?  We’re so sure that once you’ve tried the magic of Pilates, you won’t want to stop that we want to give you a class for free! 😉 To take advantage of this offer, all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post explaining what you find interesting or appealing about Pilates and why you would like to try it with us, along with your full name (first name and last name).

You have until April 30th, 2013 to leave your comment here.  After you’ve done so, in order to claim your free class, just come to Xanit Health at the Corte Inglés on the Avenida de Andalucía in Malaga during mall opening hours.  There you’ll simply need to explain that you left a comment on the blog and give us your name, and after that you’ll write down the time and date of your free class.  Pretty easy, right?  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Isaac Fernández

Manager of the Xanit Health Pilates Studio

I Love Respectful Childbirth

Posted by Xanit Internacional Xanit Internacional | Posted in women's health | Posted on 20-02-2013

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Being pregnant is a particularly special experience for every woman who becomes a mother.  Nonetheless, though the role of the mother-to-be is obvious during pregnancy, unfortunately too often the importance of her role in the birth of the baby is not appreciated to the same degree.  Each couple anticipates the arrival of their child eagerly, but the birth can provoke uncertainty and/or anxiety as well.  The process of having a baby requires so much preparation and entails such important changes that here at Xanit International Hospital, we believe that it should be treated with particular care and respect.

The skilled, professional team of caregivers at Xanit International Hospital aims to create a childbirth experience where the woman is the main protagonist.  We want to allow each woman to take an active role in her birth experience—for it to be a personal and irreplaceable occurrence.  We provide education for mothers, and, in addition, personalized advice is available from our staff, so that everyone can decide for themselves how to best organize their childbirth preparation. We firmly believe that each birth is a unique, unrepeatable experience, and as a result our caregivers are happy to hear out all your proposals and desires, while ensuring the health of both mother and child.  We love respectful childbirth!

Every time a woman gives birth, it is an unparalleled event for both her and her partner, as well as for everyone else involved. It is a moment when the couple should feel free to express any expectations, desires, or fears they may have. At Xanit International Hospital, you can be sure that our gynecologists, midwives, and pediatricians will all respect the decisions you make and that, consequently, they will offer you a variety of options in order to adapt themselves to each couple and situation.

At Xanit International Hospital, we want to actively participate in the revival of respect for childbirth in all its dimensions. As recommended by the World Health Organization, we promote skin-to-skin contact, uninterrupted mother-infant interaction upon birth (rather than separation of mother and baby), and breastfeeding as early as possible.

However, we want to take our efforts further. We would like to share our respect for your decisions. As a result, we ask all mothers who are active on the web to help us spread our message. If you, too, believe that childbirth should be respectful, you can download our “I love respectful childbirth” badge, which is placed at the right side of our blog. Help this message reach other mothers so that everyone can understand that you, as a mother, as a woman, are the one who decides what your birth experience will be!  Join us in our efforts to advocate respectful childbirth!

Related posts:

La salud de la mujer: el plan de parto

Dra. Esperanza Martín,

Head of the Gynecological Service at Xanit International Hospital

Sexuality: common problems and their treatments I

Posted by Xanit Internacional Xanit Internacional | Posted in Various | Posted on 14-02-2013

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Problems related to sexuality can too often be a taboo issue. Sometimes this is the result of lack of knowledge on the subject, whereas other times it can just feel too embarrassing to talk about.

Today is European Sexual Health Day. The World Health Organization defines sexual health as “a state of physical, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality” and, in honor of this day, in this post I am going to try to answer some of the questions that come up most frequently in the Sexual Health Unit at Xanit International Hospital. I hope you find it helpful!

What are the most common sexual problems?

The issues we see most frequently in sexology consultations are erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, dyspareunia (painful sexual intercourse), and hypoactive sexual desire disorder.  In order for any of these to be considered a sexual dysfunction, they must exist over a period of time (have continuity) and cause relative to intense stress in the person who suffers from them and/or their sexual partner(s).

What treatments are available for sexual disorders in men?

Male sexuality has, historically, received more attention than female sexuality.  As a result, there is a range of medicine and proven therapies available to deal with issues such as erectile dysfunction or premature ejaculation.

And is there treatment available for sexual disorders in women?

Female sexuality has been less studied than its male counterpart.  In fact, female sexual desire disorders are still the one of the main unresolved mysteries in both medical practice and research. There have been no major breakthroughs in medication— unlike for erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation— so as of now sex therapy is the most appropriate, effective treatment for female hypoactive sexual desire disorder.

How does sexual dysfunction affect our lives?

Problems with sexuality can affect both our self-esteem and our relationship with our partner. They have the potential to generate a high level of stress, given that we tend not to discuss these sorts of difficulties with our doctors, friends, or family, and, at times, not even with our partners. As a result, what begins as a sexual disorder can sometimes turn into depression, occasionally leading to damaging social isolation.

Why is sex therapy and guidance so important?

Sexual dysfunction affects the quality of life of both our patients and their partners.  It also affects people’s overall state of health by reducing their perception of general well-being.  In addition, some sexual problems can be the first sign of another disorder that has yet to fully express itself.  Erectile dysfunction is a good example of this; at times it is the first symptom of a risk of serious cardiovascular disease.  Furthermore, the treatment for erectile dysfunction can complement the treatment for other issues, such as the one for benign prostatic hyperplasia (a non-malignant enlargement of the prostate).

The sexologists here at Xanit International Hospital are proud to offer a variety of different medical and surgical options for the treatment of sexual disorders.  Our services include, for example, diagnoses and therapy for problems such as anorgasmia, sexual arousal disorders, premature ejaculation, and erectile dysfunction.  Where appropriate, we also investigate possible links to other ailments like prostate diseases, cardiovascular disorders, menopause, or depression.  In addition, we also deal with sexual disorders in the context of the partnership-relationship, providing evaluation and mediation for couples that have issues with communication, separation, infidelity, or jealousy.

Want to know more?  Keep an eye on our blog and on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.  In our next post we’ll explain how we treat these problems at our hospital.

Dr. Ana Rosa Jurado

Coordinator of the Sexual Health Unit

Asthma and coughing in children: prevention and treatment

Posted by hospital | Posted in Pediatrics | Posted on 07-02-2013

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Asthma is one of the most common chronic respiratory diseases found in children.  It is characterized by the presence of certain symptoms and a positive outcome in a series of diagnostic tests. Though there is no way to prevent its onset, what we can do is improve our control over the disorder thus that the children it affects can go about their lives normally.

The main symptoms that define asthma are episodes of coughing and respiratory difficulties. It is a disease that can appear at random, perhaps once or multiple times a year in the form of persistent coughing, either during exercise or while resting. However, in some cases—for example, when asthma is triggered by seasonal allergies—it tends to arise around the same time each year.

While it is true that not every coughing episode is linked to asthma, it is important to point out that coughing is still the main sign that parents must rely upon to prevent asthma attacks in their children. This is because other signs, such as tight chest or neck muscles, shortness of breath, or wheezing, appear once asthma attacks have already become more advanced.

Any child under the age of three who starts to have repeated bronchial problems and whose family has a history of asthma should be closely monitored until he or she is old enough to undergo the diagnostic tests for asthma. Although it is still under review, thus far it looks like children who have a (nuclear) family history of the disease are more likely to get it at some point in the future. In addition, in all cases, it is clear that an early diagnosis in children can help prevent the disorder from advancing further, as well as preclude the appearance of additional symptoms such as chest tightness or an elevated heart rate.

“How is asthma diagnosed?” is one of the most common questions asked by concerned parents who come to appointments wondering if their children might have this respiratory disease.  Specialized medical care, a detailed study of each child’s medical history, and precise diagnostic tests are the tools used to detect asthma. With regard to how it is treated, there are two main forms of medication: quick-relief medications used to treat acute symptoms and long-term control medications used to prevent further exacerbation, keeping crises to a minimum.

The most effective treatments for asthma attacks are the short-acting bronchodilators salbutamol and terbutaline. These inhaled medications reverse bronchoconstriction and are best for treating sudden, severe asthma symptoms. Furthermore, there are studies that indicate that adding inhaled corticosteroids like budesonide to this treatment can improve its efficacy since the corticosteroids decrease the bronchial inflammation that always accompanies an acute asthma attack. In the cases of particularly serious asthma attacks, these inhaled medications can be complemented with oral corticosteroids. In short, asthma is typically treated with bronchodilators and, as a bronchial anti-inflammatory, corticosteroids.

Long-term control of asthma is generally sought via medications that act on the origin(s) of the problem, such as allergies or inflammation. There are many options for treatment that can be considered depending on the individual medical history of each patient; some examples are montelukast and inhaled corticosteroids.

In Pediatrics Services at Xanit International Hospital, we use an indicator called the “asthma predictive index” to help us determine what type of treatment and monitoring is appropriate for each individual patient. Spirometry  is one of the most important of the allergy and other tests we use for asthma detection. It is sometimes done in the form of a post bronchodilator test and at times a measurement of the fraction of exhaled nitric oxide (FeNOx) is taken. It is important to point out that, of these tests, the latter is the only one that is suitable for children under the age of four.

Once your child’s asthma has been diagnosed, personalized monitoring of his or her condition is essential in order to make sure the proper tests are administered and to ensure the appropriate long-term treatment.

In sum, that is how we help children with asthma enjoy their lives!

Dr. Carlos Hermoso Torregrosa

Pediatric Lung Specialist at Xanit International Hospital

Dr. Francisco Jesús García

Head of Pediatric Services at Xanit International Hospital