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Interview with Dr. Raymond Chan, Medical Director of Fit Health Physiotherapy Centre

Interview with Dr. Raymond Chan, Medical Director of Fit Health Physiotherapy Centre

Doctor Raymond Chan is the Medical Director of Fit Health Physiotherapy Centre in Causeway Bay.  The Centre specializes in physiotherapy for injury management and rehabilitation, personal training services, and a variety of classes for prenatal women and couples.

Do you offer workshops and/or classes for women and couples expecting a baby?

Dr. Chan: We offer workshop on breathing exercises and massage therapy.  This is a one-and-a-half hour workshop for couples to take during which the mother would learn the breathing techniques, her partner would also learn how to give clues to the breathing.  The partner will also learn the massage techniques for relieving common problems in pregnancy, such as neck and back pain, legs cramp etc.

What health services does your clinic provide for prenatal women?

  • Dr. Chan: We offer Pre-Natal physiotherapy for pregnant women with neck and back ache, legs pain, etc.  Our treatment will emphasize manual therapy, so that expectant mothers can be treated without the risk of side effects from medication.

Do you have classes for postnatal women as well?

  • Dr. Chan: Yes, we offer treatment for post-natal urinary incontinence.  This is done by female physiotherapist, using pelvic floor muscle exercises, biofeedback, and electrotherapy to stimulate the pelvic floor muscles.  We also have classes for baby massage techniques for any member of the family to join.

Do you offer OB/GYN services at your clinic?

  • Dr. Chan: We offer Musculo-Skeletal, Sports medicine, and Physiotherapy service at our clinic.  We are not specialists in Obs & Gynae.  We would like to keep our roles separate, and co-operate with Hong Kong Obs & Gynae doctors, rather than be their competitor.

How does your clinic differ from the Hong Kong hospitals who offer antenatal classes?

  • Dr. Chan: We are conveniently located in Causeway Bay, right above MTR exit.  Our pre- and post-natal exercise classes are available every day.  There is no joining fee or membership fee – you simply pay for the classes you take, and there is no restriction on which day you take it. (unlike some places, which only offer classes e.g. every Wednesday evenings, and you pay for each month, if you miss a class then you miss it)  Also our exercise classes are all led by registered physiotherapists with additional qualifications in fitness training.  The class size is kept small to maximum 10 so that the teacher can give individual attention.

Our pre- and post-natal classes are function orientated: pre-natal exercise class will focus on relieving the discomforts and preventing health problems, and breathing control to prepare for giving birth.  Our post-natal exercise will focus on “tuning” the muscles weakened during child-bearing and giving birth, and functional strength for taking care of babies; unlike many other places where they emphasize post-natal exercise as post-natal “slimming”

As a medical doctor, what recommendations do you have for pregnant women who want to begin an exercise routine or continue exercising?

  • Dr. Chan: I would recommend pregnant women to stay active throughout pregnancy.  If you are not used to exercise, the best time to start is after the first trimester – when then fetus is more stable and not yet too big.  The aim of exercise should be to maintain reasonable cardio and muscular fitness, rather than for peak sports performance.  It is always a good idea consult your medical doctor regarding any concerns and make sure you are medically fit to exercise before you begin.

Dr. Raymond Chan

FitHealth

SPORTS MEDICINE · PHYSIOTHERAPY ·  FITNESS

Rm 1401, Causeway Bay Plaza 1, 489 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay

Tel: 3904 3388

Fax: 3904 3389

www.fithealth.com.hk

http://hk.myblog.yahoo.com/fit-health

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Best Pregnancy Applications for Parents-to-Be

Hello Preggers and Pops!

This post is all about interactive baby & pregnancy applications for parents-to-be who utilize the convenience of gadgets such as the Android smartphone, i-phones, and i-pads.  (FYI, http://www.doubletwist.com is user-friendly for multiple portable devices and allows for easy song/video/application conversion from itunes.)  A wonderful gift idea for a mother or father-to-be is an i-pad already loaded with applications on pregnancy… or perhaps a gift-voucher for the applications most useful during pregnancy and beyond.

Included below my a selection of the most interesting medical, prenatal, and baby-related applications:

  1. i-pregnancy – $4.99: The most popular prenatal application on itunes with excellent customer ratings.  This application seems to offer everything an expecting mother and father would want to know including information on pregnancy symptoms and solutions, OB visit tracker, weight gain details and expectations and includes weekly updates for Dads-to-be.
  2. BabyBump – $4.99: With equally impressive customer ratings, BabyBump includes a kick counter, contraction tracker, weight graphs & charts with BMI-based weight gain prediction, a calendar, full-text journal, and a weekly photo slide show tracking your baby’s developments.
  3. Pregnancy Tracker (What to Expect When You’re Expecting) – FREE: interactive guide to everything pregnancy-related from the same people who brought us the book What to Expect When You’re Expecting.
  4. WebMD – FREE: This application has excellent reviews for general health information including a symptom checker, first-aid essentials, conditions, pill identification tool, drugs and treatments, local healthcare listings (USA only I think).
  5. Medimatch – $4.99: 135 most important medical calculators and scoring tools for general medical information.
  6. Lexi-Comp (Individual) – 30-day free trial:  Trusted clinical knowledge from medical databases.
  7. Pilates for Pregnancy $4.990$9.99: Available as a complete set or individually based on trimester, this application offers exercises for your entire pregnancy with an interactive organizer.
  8. Foods to Avoid When Pregnant – $.99: Perhaps convenient for dining out, but a seemingly basic  application.
  9. Baby – $9.99: Mixed reviews from customers, this application is all about keeping track of your baby’s first everything – steps, words, growth… good for recording special moments and might be handy for sharing with out-of-town family.
  10. A Practical Guide To Managing Paediatric Problems on the Postnatal Ward – $16.99: A practical, medical application for all-issues relevant to working within the postnatal industry.  Receives excellent reviews and geared toward those working in the medical industry… but perhaps parents would find it revealing as well.

Best wishes – have fun exploring all these neat  resources!

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I-pad Amazing for Fitness

Hello Fitness Buddies,

My sleek & chic i-pad just arrived from the US and I am pleased as punch!  After a quick charge, it connected seamlessly to the internet and I was off and running within seconds.  Without cables or complications, and large enough to truly use it (as opposed to a phone-sized gadget) I had an instant crush.  I held it in my hands ready to DO something cool.

First task: download favorite photos and do a little slide show.  Easy!

Second task:  Integrate this attractive new toy with my love of fitness and health.  Again – easy!  Sign up to i-tunes (free) and look in their store for tons of impressive applications designed for i-pods, i-pads, and i-phones.  Fitness and health applications are perfect for novice or expert fitness levels with information on personal training, workouts, individual exercises, calorie counters, pedometers, yoga moves, etc.  Below with a list of convenient applications to teach, motivate, and organize your workouts.  Since most applications cost just a few dollars, you have nothing to lose by trying them out on your path to getting healthier.

These creative and smart applications are sure to inspire and motivate you:

  1. i-trainer = $3.99
  2. All-in-Fitness = $1.99
  3. Interval Timer = $1.99
  4. Zigyt (agility training drills) $1.99
  5. Yoga spot (free and paid)
  6. Food Tracker Pro = $1.99
  7. Burn and Eat+ = $.99
  8. Wellness Calculator Suite = $1.99
  9. Pocket Yoga HD = $3.99
  10. MyNetDiary = $9.99
  11. Glycemic Index and Load = $3.99

With such reasonable application prices and easy to use tools, everyone can learn more about fitness and create their own strategy for exercise, health, and nutrition.   Yay!

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Antenatal Classes – Hong Kong

Hello Parents-to-be,

Antenatal classes prepare you for labour, birth, and early parenthood.  At the same time, these classes are an ideal place to meet other parents and share information about their experiences since they are going through the same phases and changes that you are.  Here is a powerpoint slide presenatation from The Women’s Clinic in Hong Kong relevant to 3rd trimester complications and expectations; by Dr. Alexander K. Doo:  antenatal_classes.  If you are interested to attend antenatal classes in Hong Kong, consider the following locations: 

Adventist Hospital

http://www.hkah.org.hk

This private hospital runs a four-week Prepared Childbirth course (two-hour classes, once a week; $1,000) covering labor, relaxation and alternative pain relief techniques, delivery methods and breastfeeding. It also runs a two-hour baby care class for Home Helpers ($250).

Obstetrics Unit: 2835-0523; 40 Stubbs Road, Hong Kong; hkahinfo@hkah.org.hk; 3651-8888

 Annerley

Annerley offers a wide range of antenatal classes, focusing on natural childbirth, hypnobirthing, and more traditional antenatal classes, Babies and Beyond. It runs refresher courses for women expecting their second or subsequent child, as well as courses for mothers of twins. Most courses are five weeks, but semi-private Fast Forward courses are available that compress the lessons into two four-hour sessions. Annerley also runs antenatal checkup and motherand- baby clinics, postnatal visits, developmental assessments, a sleep clinic and lactation consultancy. The organization also runs a nanny agency.

1801 Car Po Commercial Building, 18-20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central ; 2983-1558

 

Matilda International Hospital

http://www.matilda.org

Matilda runs a six-week parentcraft course explaining what to expect in the last weeks of pregnancy, giving birth, breastfeeding and giving tips on how to cope in the first weeks of a child’s life. It’s popular, and not just with those who give birth at the hospital, so book early (Health Education Dept: 2849-0357). Courses are held at the hospital, or the Matilda Medical Centre, Suite 2601, 9 Queen’s Road Central. Classes are held in English. Cantonese, Japanese and private lessons are available by arrangement. Prices include lecture notes and refreshments.

24-hour helpline: 2849-0123; 41 Mount Kellett Rd., The Peak; health@matilda.org ; 2849-0111

The Family Zone

http://www.thefamilyzone.hk

Set up by qualified British health visitor and Matilda Hospital midwife Yvonne Heavyside, the Family Zone offers Active Child Birth and Baby Basics courses, as well as post-natal home visits, parent childcare, domestic helper assessment, guardian service and more. Prices vary.

9887-3235 ; info@thefamilyzone.hk ; 2544-3399

YWCA English-Speaking Members Department

http://www.esmd.ywca.org.hk

Antenatal & Babycare Classes

Classes for parents including baby massage, first aid and CPR, effective parenting, cooking for infants and toddlers. Also classes for domestic helpers in basic baby/childcare, first aid and CPR, and more.

3/F 1 Macdonnell Rd., Mid-Levels; 3476-1340

 Source for classes found at:  http://www.thelist.com.hk/listings/family/antenatal-babycare-classes-0

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CPR and Domestic Helpers Courses for Baby Care – Hong Kong

Dear Friends,

When was the last time you took a CPR class?  After recently updating my CPR/AED certification, I firmly believe a few hours learning essential techniques to save the life of a loved one (or a stranger) is time well spent.  Everyone in the home should know how to properly perform CPR on infants, children, and adults in case of an emergency. 

Annerley in Hong Kong offers a special CPR course for infant and child life-saving techniques on Saturdays for 4.5 hrs, priced at for HKD$1,200.  Annerley also offers course for domestic helpers to learn about all aspects of baby care and safety in 6 x 2 hr sessions priced at $2,650.  http://www.annerley.com.hk/CPRHelpersCourses/  Due to the large amount of time that many domestic helpers spend with the children in the home, classes focused on child CPR, safety, and care will provide value to the entire family and offer your helper life-long skills from a trusted source. 

If you are interested to learn CPR and emergency care, many hospitals, medical centers, and government offices offer CPR/AED courses.  I recommend CPR courses through OPS studio on Stanley Street in Central (they run classes each month… upcoming August 4th CPR/AED class)  http://www.opstudiohk.com/course/index.php, or contacting the major hospitals or fire department for information on where you can learn CPR/AED and other critical first-aid information.

Stay safe  🙂

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My Pyramid – Create Your Plan for Healthy Eating

My Pyramid Available at http://www.mypyramid.gov

 

 Hello Friends! 

They say how you look is 80% diet; 10% activity; 10% genetics.  I tend to agree to a point and recently discovered a wonderful website www.mypyramid.gov provided by the USDA (US Dept of Agriculture) full of dietary information.  This impressive site is loaded with interactive tools to generate caloric requirements for your body and lifestyle, menus, eating plans, cost calculators, dietary guidelines and numerous other relevant and up-to-date facts to help guide you through weight loss, weight gain, and special population considerations for pregnancy,  breast-feeding, and pre-school aged children.  

  For example, at “My Pyramid Plan”, I input my weight, height, activity level, age and instantly received feedback for exactly what portions and food groups I should consume each daily to meet my body’s requirements.  Interestingly, the USDA recommends a 2,400 daily caloric consumption for my lifestyle.  In my case, I am relatively young, active, and currently at my ideal BMI.  Your caloric needs will likely be significantly lower if your are intensely physically active for less than 1 hour per day.  I often hear people suggest a daily limit of 1,200 for losing weight, but limiting calories too significantly will cause weight gain in the long run due to your metabolic rate decreasing.  

 Truly, the only way to maintain a fit and toned physique is with adequate physical activity, sleep, water, and a clean diet complete with fats, carbohydrates, and proteins.  Each body processes foods at different metabolic rates and with different requirements, so referring to websites such as www.mypyramid.gov will provide trustworthy and safe information to help you achieve your goals.  Losing weight is not only calories in and calories out, but the nutritional value of those foods, the intervals at which you eat, intestinal motility, etc.  Check it out and enjoy creating an eating plan and menus to generate safe weight loss and improved health with long-term results.

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Ayurveda with Dr. Avinash R. Tiwari

Hello Friends,

I was recently awakened to a new concept of diet, health, and color after embracing an afternoon of Ayurveda in the tranquil setting of Landaa Giraavaru, Maldives with Ayurvedic Physician Dr. Avinash R. Tiwari (as pictured above).  The remote island, provides a haven to consider alternative lifestyle techniques such as Ayurveda, the ancient Indian “science of life”  based on body health in relation to diet, excercise, and sleep.   Essentially, the body, mind, and spirit are based on three doshas, which are your elemental composition (fire, air, water, space, and earth), thus determining diet, exercise, and lifestyle modifications.   If you are not able to seek out an Ayurvedic doctor, try www.whatsyourdosha.com for a quick quiz which will reveal your dosha and reveal your specific diet and lifestyle modifications.

As an image consultant, people often ask me what color looks the best for them to wear.  I much prefer to consider the Ayurvedic philosophy of personality related to color and how that color makes you feel.  Suppose your feeling a bit tired, try to wear a bold yellow or orange tie to perk your spirits.  If you’ve been feeling more aggressive or on-edge, select white or light blue to calm your senses.  Image is not only the way you look in the mirror, but how you are perceived on the whole… which includes your moods.  Neutralize your moods and sensitivities with Ayurvedic-based changes in color, fragrance, food, music, breathing practices, temperture, and past-times.

Interestingly, Dr. Tiwari accurately concluded during our consult that I am primarily a fire/Pitta dosha, indicative of a competitive, aggressive, and organized personality.  Fire doshas favor consuming non-spicy foods and should consider sweet, bitter, and astringent diets based heavily on fruits and vegetables, wear light colors, favor jasmine and chamomile, gardening, soft music, and meditation.  Now, back in Hong Kong, I have been applying the Ayurvedic principles for one week and feel magnificent!  I recommend considering color and food choices to anyone looking for positive, quick, lost-cost, low-effort lifestyle adjustments.

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