PhysioPod Review their Attendance at The Lipoedema Ladies Second AGM in Leeds,September 2013
PhysioPod UK Ltd provide feedback on their presentation of DEEP OSCILLATION electrostaticmassage therapy at The Lipoedema Ladies Second Annual General Meeting.
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, UK, October 09, 2013
-- The BIG MEET UP 2013 of LipoedemaLadies was held on 21st/22nd September at The Leeds Plaza Hotel. It was truly lovely to meet thepassionate, inspiring and glamourous "A" team of Lipoedema Ladies UK Support Group; aka IsobelMacEwan, Joanne Bird, Michelle Ellis (of Wingz) and Cara Jones. All four ladies have Lipoedemaand share in a very strong belief that they will, in their lifetime and with the help and support ofworldwide healthcare professionals, find a "cure" for Lipoedema, not only for themselves, but fortheir daughters and grand-daughters too.
What is Lipoedema?
Lipoedema (NOT Lymphoedema) is a chronic, hereditary and genetic disorder of the adipose tissue(or body fat) which is both disfiguring and painful. It predominantly effects women (although mencan also suffer) from the age of puberty and beyond and sufferers may have a normal slim bodyshape and then suddenly, without changes made to diet or exercise regime, become fatter and fatterbelow the waist. Hips and legs become hugely disproportioned to the upper body and in some cases,upper arms are effected too. As Lipoedema progresses, additional, expanding fat cells interfere withthe pathways of lymphatic vessels and sufferers can develop secondary Lymphoedema and it thenbecomes known as Lipo-Lymphoedema. The effects of Lipoedema on the patient can also causegreat mental trauma for the sufferer.
Who are Lipoedema Ladies?
Lipoedema Ladies support ladies all over the UK with Lipoedema via a popular online website andprivate forum. They raise awareness whenever and wherever they can. The website includes articleson lifestyle, fashion, exercise and beauty, with dietary advice, tips and receipes. Medical matters areaddressed though specific advice should be referred to a local lymphoedema service or GP.Lipoedema Ladies help in clinical trials and questionnaires for the NHS, private health companiesand therapists and undertake the testing of therapies and treatments aimed at Lipoedema sufferers,for private companies and individuals. Their aim is to bring awareness of Lipoedema to medics andthe women living with Lipoedema who are unaware.
Who are Lipoedema UK?
Lipoedema Ladies work closely with Lipoedema UK, whose board include Councillor SuzanneEvans as Chair, with Lead Research Co-ordinator Sharie Fetzer, both lipoedema sufferers. Theyhave medical support from St Georges Hospital, including the highly-respected, Professor PeterMortimer (Lipoedema UK Patron) and Consultant Nurse, Sandy Ellis. Lipoedema UK have a three-fold mission to: Raise awareness, Promote good treatment, Commission and fund research.Lipoedema UK have conducted the first patient survey ever on Lipoedema and the results will beannounced at The British Lymphology Annual Conference on 6th/7th/8th October in Birminghamto be held at the ICC. The results of this will be crucial to help lobby the medical profession and theGovernment to initiate better care pathways, raise awareness and identify new research possibilities.As part of the conference, there will be a whole session set aside for Lipoedema & Obesity.Catherine Seo Ph.D. will present at the Conference with other leading speakers on the subject.Although Lipoedema was first recognised in the US in the 1940s by The Mayo Clinic, very littleresearch has been done into the disease. It is not in medical text books or taught in medical schools