COPING WITH PAINFUL HIPS
Sooner or later aging catches up and we have to face our imperfections and deficiencies. Find out how I’ve been dealing with painful hips
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Sooner or later aging catches up and we have to face our imperfections and deficiencies. Find out how I’ve been dealing with painful hips
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Healthcare in Croatia is surprisingly well developed and is often praised by tourists visiting the country.
The branch of medicine that goes long in the past and still holds the highest place is medical therapy or medical rehabilitation.
At the end of 2019, the European Commission published its 7-year programme for investing in social and healthcare improvement. The new European Social Fund Plus is, from 2021 on, supposed to incorporate also finances for the stand-alone healthcare programme.
The summer 2020 map The summer 2020 has found us in a not very happy state. Croatia has been doing well regarding the corona virus. Nevertheless, the world stopped and we all found ourselves in the unknown land. Our business, along with many others connected with travel, was on hold.
We would like to tell you our story from the point of view of one of the partners. The beginning of the year 2020 looked promising. However we have to admit 2020 was full of challenges. We undertook significant activities in order to spread good news, the options and opportunities about healthcare in Croatia.
What happens if this process and the treatments that follow do not bring results?
Our partner hospital in Croatia offers testing to assess your risk for the development of 45 genetically determined diseases. Learn more about pharmacogenomics
The human body has several basic biological needs, such as food, liquid and sleep.
One cannot have everything – a „developed“ economy and clean air at the same time.
How much do we care for the global movements that relate to health?
Some people like warm and hot weather, some prefer cold. What is your favorite climate condition?
Men and women age differently: It’s not just the physical difference but the experience and psychology of ageing, which is also not the same.
During summer months, when heat and sunny days prevail, we think of water and how much we need to drink it in order to refresh and cool our body with this precious liquid.
How important was the role of various genders in the past in relation to freedom? And what is happening today?
It takes a bit of your time – one week to ten days (or more) and quite an affordable package of pure health is at your hand. Would you dare to do that?
You have probably heard about the initiative „Exercise is medicine“? The critical mass of information has pushed this statement into the spotlight.
With the first days of spring, which in a way is a symbol of women, we in Wellbe want to give our small contribution to this special area of women’s’ health – the heart.
The Brexit day draws ever closer, with still no sign of the obvious need for a second referendum to be implemented.
Enjoy Croatian beauty and come to witness it through Wellbe since we have been building our experience for several years now on wellbeing, health and medical visitors.
Poor nutrition is a key driver and risk factor for disease. However, there has been a global failure to address this. It is everyone’s and no-one’s problem.
Life Style Medicine is a branch of medicine dealing with research, prevention and treatment of disorders caused by lifestyle factors such as nutrition, physical inactivity, and chronic stress.
It has taken us several years of building up the awareness among our Swedish and Scandinavian partners, friends and clients that Croatia offers an excellent opportunity for a health holiday.
It has been noticeable that this year more attention has been focusing on mental health in many populations especially in European countries.
It is a tricky and concerning question because we are surrounded by information, articles and true stories and it all increases our level of attention.
The brain acts like the central computer of the human body but we cannot take a literal comparison of the two systems.
Free From are foods or drinks that are free from one or more ingredients that may cause allergic or other unwanted reactions to some consumers
It has been amazing how one more time, football – „the most important unimportant thing in the world“, brought change and inspiration! Not just to Croatia but worldwide. We in Croatia have been witnessing visual, written and verbal messages that many of us received during the last few weeks of
This June Wellbe hosted a small but great group of clients who came from Norway (Trondheim) and Sweden (Helsingborg).
The thalassotherapy treatment is a well-known and widely used health procedure with a long list of benefits and very few contra indications. A good choice for almost all of us.
This April Wellbe took care of a nice group from Sweden, with people coming from both the south of Sweden and the Stockholm area and we had great time.
My dear friend Marina has recently moved from Pula to Copenhagen. This is an exciting move for Marina because she was offered an interesting job in the “Second Opinion Clinic” for complementary medicine in Copenhagen.
I have, from time to time, suffered from painful feelings in my lower back and I try to ensure that this doesn’t happen too often. I have never found out what is behind my problem as it does not seem to be chronic but appears without warning and goes away again suddenly.
This is the second time we write about people with impaired hearing: the first blog actually dealt with the start, or better to say, with the general idea of the project that came alive today.
The town of Opatija, with its numerous hotels and spa centres, is focusing on offering its guests an oasis of health and wellness at the end of winter and just before the spring starts knocking on the door. At least, in our part of the world!
The first Croatian congress of psoriasis gathered experts for this chronic skin disease, domestic and foreign patients’ associations, at the Naftalan Special Hospital in Ivanić Grad last weekend.
But now, in February, when winter winds blow and only 100 kilometres from the seashore there is deep snow, it is not so simple to imagine swimming in the open sea.
One of the purposes of our work is to offer help for international travellers of any kind when they are in Croatia and when a need arises. We can certainly tick on that one with good feeling and confidence in our doctors – partners and in ourselves as swift facilitators.
We constantly learn and this is the fact that makes people awake, motivated and then eager to implement new knowledge into their work or daily routine. One of my first lessons this year relates to improving the website by making it accessible for people with disabilities.
With these nice thoughts about music in our lives, we wish you great year. Music is of central importance to most of us, but we’re extremely picky not just about what music we listen to, but also about when we do so.
Sadly, but it is not always possible to reverse the flow of a disease; one of such situations is dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that accounts for about 50–75% of all cases of dementia.
Being a grandmother myself now, I have noticed that articles or discussions regading the relationship between grandparents and grandchildren attract my attention more.
By taking actions and getting involved in the Movember movement many people, men and women, have become committed and contributing to men living happier, healthier, longer lives.
Just to remind you, 16th October has been celebrated as World Food Day since its establishment in 1979 year, and this year has been challenging in relation to the food issue.
According to the plans of the future Rovinj therapeutic park, it should be completed in the year 2018. Therefore, we in Wellbe hope that some of our clients and guests will be able to enjoy its benefits very soon.
The „multi-tasking“ topic has been attracting my attention for some time. I believe the reason for this is more stress level as I continue to multi-task without paying enough attention to the brain that tries to cope with it.
Survival: The Story of Global Health is available on YouTube, so we recommend it to all who are interested and care for our individual and global health.
Swimming is consistently among top public recreational activities, and, in some countries, swimming lessons are a compulsory part of the educational curriculum.
Interestingly, each of these countries has a different environment and, thus, the assumed reasons for the longevity.
We are always looking for inspiration in life. And we should never stop doing it. Because inspiration is that great moment that moves us on, brings happiness and sense of fulfilment.
Local population is often not aware of some interesting details or tales that have been “living” here in Pula but, somehow, they tend to be forgotten when not continuously mentioned and repeated.
However, one special and the first medical therapeutic beach was opened just at the beginning of the summer in Rovinj within the rehabilitation hospital we wrote about not long ago
It is now the perfect time for daydreaming and getting the most out of it, thus being aware of this process and how it helps us to become more creative.
There have been millions of people who underwent a knee surgery due to cartilage problems. As the population ages, these surgeries will become increasingly common, experts say, however the existing techniques aren’t optimal.
New research published in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases investigates the link between a fiber rich diet and the risk of developing knee OA.
Rovinj rehabilitation hospital has been a favourite holiday place for many international clients with various physical disabilities, for decades.
Word on the cobblestone street is Istria is the “new Tuscany.” I disagree. The landscape of this northern part of Croatia is less cultivated. It’s less wealthy.
In questi giorni, molte persone stanno optando per i trattamenti non-chirurgici o anche chirurgichi quali possono contribuire a migliorare il loro aspetto.
I am thinking about the pain caused by malignant diseases (cancer) and the mental and emotional suffering one goes through by being faced with this situation.
Chronic pain seriously affects the quality of life and makes it difficult for people to perform everyday tasks.
I will share with you my (not only personal) findings about the benefits sauna offers, but you probably know more…
One great area in which neurotechnology has a huge and valuable potential is overcoming the problems of paralysis caused by spinal cord injury.
We all want to have a healthy life. Consuming good, healthy and organic food is one of its important ingredients.
Life expectancy is a statistical measure of the average time an organism is expected to live, based on the year of its birth, its current age and other demographic factors including sex.
Some of you have already visited the Croatian capital city, Zagreb. As in any other capital in the world, it has its big and small squares, boulevards, shopping streets and its many other special places.
Despite increasing knowledge regarding risk factors for type 2 diabetes and evidence for successful prevention programmes, the incidence and prevalence of the disease continues to rise globally.
This article in a way follows the previous one about smoking, this time focusing on heart care or, to use the professional expression, cardiovascular disease (CVD). The reminder was a recent European report (Eurostat 2016) on this topic.
If you are still a smoker, please, consider replacing this habit with some less harmful ritual as soon as possible. Your body, mind and people around you will be grateful. Thank you for not smoking!
The idea of detoxing of human body and mind or spirit isn’t new. For thousands of years, human beings have been trying to rid their bodies of perceived toxins.
Most of us are nowhere near active enough and fail to do half the exercise that we really should be doing in order to be healthy.
A few days ago, I read about an interesting recent study that looked at t the different factors which impact our wellbeing and happiness
The common colds as we know them today have been with humans for thousands of years.
How many times have we been surprised or shocked seeing a friend or acquaintance walking cheerfully one day and then the following day the person wears a plaster or bandage? Yes, falls and similar accidents are unfortunate events of our daily life.
Every country is the best or, better to say, number one in something. For example, the USA is the number one in spam emails, Sweden is the best in pop music, Austria is best in paid time off and Croatia is the world number one in organ donor transplantation rates, in relation to the number of inhabitants, of course.
Humour and good spirits are important ingredients in the lives of all and are especially important when times become rough and hard, such as during illness or suffering.
Autumn seems to be a period of reflection and turning towards ways to improve one’s general state and wellbeing. This is the part of the year when we think about our habits that relate to diet, too.
The world has been facing “rheumatism” and “arthritis” as a serious and insidious disease for many thousands of years. However, it was not until the 17th and 18th centuries that the terms as we know them used today came into common use amongst medical professionals and writers.
“Despite extensive knowledge about ways to prevent as well as to treat hypertension, the global incidence and prevalence of hypertension and, more importantly, its cardiovascular complications are not reduced — partly because of inadequacies in prevention, diagnosis, and control of the disorder in an ageing world. Elevated blood pressure is the strongest modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular disease worldwide.”
The 27th of September has been celebrated for 46 years now as the World Tourism Day. The initiative and support was given by the United Nations and it continues to act as one of their agencies.
Sleeping well is most likely a sign of good health and peaceful mind. We do not notice this precious habit and routine as long as we don’t notice its disturbance.
When we are small and still young, it is our parents’ and family’s duty to introduce us into wisdom of life, which certainly includes instructions how to stay safe, protected from disease as much as possible but also how to adopt good habits that keep us healthy and hap
Long ladies weekend in Zagreb, fun and health with tourist experience for 3 nights, stay inspired and energized to perform well at work and home, enjoy life as it should be!
Have you ever noticed how your favorite music can make you feel better?
I believe you are following at least some of the ongoing (and almost coming to the closing) Olympic Games in Rio. Your attention is most likely directed towards your national athletes and teams or, equally, towards the sports you are personally interested in.
When I think „holiday“ I am usually overwhelmed by pleasant feelings and nice memories of places, events and people that were part of it. I do not think I am an exception here.
From living in an old Mediterranean town – Pula, I have no doubt that human lives are strongly and deeply connected with the sea.
Orthopaedic surgeries and the follow-up rehabilitation procedures have been one of the strong skill areas and success stories for surgeons and other medical experts from this region.
In the past weeks there have been numerous questions asked and considerations expressed from various sides, from inside and outside the UK… about Brexit.
We share many common interests and it was just easy to get their support in our health care project when considering adequate accommodation for our guests or trips in the surrounding.
There is no doubt that real summer weather has been dominating most of the Europe since the solstice. On the Adriatic swimming for the majority of locals and their guests started few weeks ago and is now in full swing.
Even if you are not a football fan, it is difficult not to notice the euphoria around the Euro 2016, the ongoing European football championship that is taking place in France.
Just before the big wave of summer holidays has started, so well deserved after hard working months, we wish to consider for a moment the possibility of a holiday spent in a health resort.
With your busy schedule, visiting the dermatologist for skin check may be last on your list of priorities and yearly medical appointm
This last weekend in May was great and challenging for the Wellbe team!
Honey is probably one of the most commonly accepted foods worldwide for its excellent qualities that have been known for centuries as being beneficial for human health.
Istria – This is the season of Spring when everything turns green and lush, the temperatures start to rise and being outdoors for long periods becomes the norm.
Last week Wellbe (representative’) visited „the company’s other region“ – Skåne. The motive was the Seniorsmässan that took place in Malmö from 26th to 28th of April, but also to meet our new partners, potential clients and to visit some dear friends and colleagues.
When you live in a small community, such as this pretty Istrian peninsula or maybe your own home town, you try to be active, „out and about“, participating in as many events and happenings as possible.
Spring time is also connected with increased number of allergic reactions and then they are often mixed with colds. However, spring is not exclusive period of the year for these unpleasant and sometimes nasty occurrences.
I believe most of you are familiar with osteopathy and have undertaken some advice or treatments based upon its rich, deep experience and knowledge.
With respect to the warning about long exposure to sunlight, there are many arguments that justify the need for more sun as we grow older.
The „mindfulness“ has been part of my life for about 25 years now; it think it is quite a long time to be able to express my own experience and feelings about it.
I am sure that everybody aware of the importance of healthy diet would look positively on the news that are coming this week from the UK.
Just before the beginning of this spring, Opatija is re-opening some of its grand parks and botanical garden that have been renewed and revitalized.
Today, as well as on many other days, I think about the special role women have in the world and connected with this, how they cope with health issues that are specific for us, tender but strong types, when needed.
We invite you to spend one whole month with us in Croatia with a wonderful plan to dedicate it fully to your health and wellbeing.
There are certain health impairments that we all share. The occasional memory lapses are high on that list, I assume.
Still, in the winter, we have been preparing thoroughly for the first clients that have entrusted us with their travel for health in Croatia this spring.
Preventive healthcare is the name given to procedures designed to assess and create activities to prevent diseases developing rather than just treating diseases as they reveal themselves.
As the first month of the year slowly disappears, most of us silently search for warmth, dreaming of being pleasantly wrapped in a warm blanket.
When you think of health and wellbeing, there is just an endless list of topics you can connect with it or relate to some specific or more general subject.
„The bone and joint decade“ proclaimed by the World Health Organization, followed by several other respectful international organizations expresses the overall concern and care for our bones and musculoskeletal health.
Woods, mountains, natural beauties – all these are important for our well-being and make us long for having more of them more often in our ordinary routine.
With the Christmas approaching, our minds are slowly setting to the days dedicated to warm and relaxed time at home.
The search and learning about the connection between people and cultures is an endless process and I find it exciting and insightful.
Another great thing you can do for your health, relaxation and fun here in Istria and Kvarner is cycling. Both of these two regions offer some interesting, challenging as well as comfortable trails for all bike types and users.
365 days of health! This is how healthcare professionals from all areas: hospitals, clinics, agencies, hotels, transport, local communities, tourist boards… think in the Kvarner region, in Croatia.
One would not immediately connect red color and Sweden but we managed to bump into the story that shows the ties, although the story goes nearly thirty years back…
The European health associations will soon published the results of the 3 years (2013-2015) survey connected with overweight and obesity within the 28 EU member states.
The rest test is part of a wider collaboration between BBC Radio 4 and Wellcome Collection’s researchers in residence, Hubbub.
During my recent 5-day visit to Stockholm, mainly to visit the seniors’ fair, I also went to see a nice, advanced, innovative company up in Danderyd, providing health profile assessments for employees.
This week’s visit to the Stockholm Seniorsmässan (Seniors’ Fair) was a great experience for us in Wellbe, being still a fresh company in Sweden.
This week, during my regular back and neck therapy, I heard the therapists discussing the news about a young Istrian spine expert being a part of new research connected with spine problems.
Last week the Wellbe team took part in organizing a team building or rather, yearly conference for a nice group of business consultants from Malmö.
In our blogs we’ve been talking about health sources arising from the air, the sea, the plants…but what about the earth, and deeper, from its bowels? What comes to your mind when you think earth and health?
As the hot summer ends, it is necessary to prepare your body and mind for the long, cold winter that lies ahead. So we recomend the WellDays, during the month of October, as a perfect way to achieve that.
In anticipation of our autumn Swedish and other partners’ and clients’ visits, we decided to explore more of the offer that our magical Istria gives and we found a real jewel hidden in the south-east part this heart-shaped peninsula.
I liked the thought I recently found on one of the „health and healthy life“ addresses. It goes something like this: If the importance of doing exercise were known fifty years ago, it would become a blockbuster!
The third age has been defined as “the period in life of active retirement, following middle age” in which we need better health quality opportunities.
It is quite surprising to note that, despite the fact that the EU Directive on cross-border patient care has been operative since October 2013, there has not been much take up.
The story of three grannies from the Italian Alpine village of Daone (Trentino) who, after several persistent attempts, managed to raise funds for their first seaside holiday on Croatian Adriatic.
Did you know that Croatian Adriatic has 1244 islands, islets and rocks or reefs altogether? Quite a „playful coast“, one must admit.
Istria again shows that it is not just food, wine and hospitality but also contains additional aspects – its cultural heritage.
With ageing, workout becomes even more challenging and I would say that speaking to a professional therapist is recommended as well as doing your check up before and occasionally during the training.
Croatia Open Umag is one of the oldest and most famous Croatian ATP tournaments. Since the very beginning in 1990, the tournament has hosted numerous excellent tennis players every year.
These are the results gathered by the European Parliament section for sustainable development and I was glad for this because it encourages one of the most prominent economic activities in these places – tourism.
You get one body to live with and you want to keep it moving and functioning. Getting older shouldn’t automatically mean you slow down.
I am constantly reminded of the wealth of unusual or widely unknown but, yet, very interesting archaeological and historical heritage that occurs here in Istria.
Our website wellbeskandi.se has even been published by the Croatian Tourst Board – representative office for Sweden and Nordic countries on their website. Have a look at the links below.
On this special weekend dedicated to the Midsummer celebration there is no place for serious thoughts about the health and medical topics.
Even if we can all relate to stress, most of us do not really understand what it is. We are ill equipped to recognize it or take steps to minimize the negative effects of pressure.
I’ve known olives and olive oil since I was a child. My mother comes from one of the North Adriatic islands where wine and olive oil were the „earners“ of the families.
For many people, especially those with some medical condition requiring dialysis, travelling means living, feeling alive, enjoying a certain way of freedom.
To drive through the beautiful landscape from Novigrad to Buzet at this time of the year with all shades of green present around you is a life enhancing experience.
Vinistra is a high-quality event that unites a record number of wine exhibitors in one place for a few days and makes the education and further development of the wine regarding knowledge possible.
People with high satisfaction create a higher degree of customer satisfaction and customer loyalty, greater profits, higher productivity and lower employee turnover.
What will you do when you could choose not to work? Probably, you’ll start with good, long holiday or just rest for a while. But then, you’ll starting moving around, looking for something to do.
Polyclinic Peharec in Pula, Croatia, specialises in physical and medical rehabilitation, and is well known to a thousands of athletes and, especially, among sports experts, managers and therapists.
We pay attention to one or two but we are at the same time completely unaware of a number of others that silently impact us, causing a smile or bringing back a deeply stored memory.
The constant search for more and better quality wine goes on and the results are put on show for the world to test by taste and judge, annually in May, at the Vinistra winefair.
In March this year a new polyclinic for diabetes opened in Zagreb, Croatia and we were honored to have met its founder, the professor Nikola Car – diabetologists and his team.
The project called “Healthy Living and Active Ageing” will be conducted by a consortium called InnoLife, based in Munich which is one of the biggest health initiatives in the world to be financed by public money.
Focusing on the working population, the researchers say that nearly three-quarters (70%) of the workforce needs vision correction.
I was very pleased to find a whole series of articles dealing with healthcare, one of the main concerns of today’s civilization, that is, the aging of population.
This week I visited ITB Berlin, which is one of the leading European and world’s travel trade show. Just a few facts demonstrate its strength and importance for the tourist business.
One of the signs of ageing is the deterioration of the bones density and other changes in the structure of bones and joints.
While the winter months take over and we busily prepare for the hot season, some pleasant thoughts about delicious food and fine accompanying wines come to my mind.
If someone asked you why you enjoy travelling, you’d probably answer with something along the lines of “to see the world,” or “to meet new people and learn about new cultures.”
Istra Inspirit includes events that revive history, Istrian myths and legends at authentic locations. We present those stories in the most creative and innovative ways.
This January our international Wellbe team has become even more „international“, or to be more precise – „Scandinavian“.
You may be coming to Istria or Kvarner for medical treatment, but while you’re here what could be more therapeutic than some relaxing sightseeing in this beautiful part of the world.
In our partner clinics and hospitals, situated on the North Adriatic coast of, Croatia, many can find a real treasure for their health issues.
When we first considered entering into the health tourism business, the arguments we reviewed, discussed and analyzed were strongly in favor of it.
When your heart beats calmly and in its pace, then you probably feel happy and joy flows inside your veins. Simple, but we often miss these blissful moments and let hurry, concerns and outside forces drive most of our times.
Today Istria is the most developed Croatian tourist region by number of visitors but also in the sense of warm and hospitable, and at the same time, professional approach to the numerous guests visiting the area every year.
Travelling for a medical procedure or for appropriate health care is often thought of as a recent phenomenon. The truth, however, is that people have been travelling long distances to improve their health for thousands of years.
Workshops in art and wellness have been developed in the art and cultural society Studio Valeria in Medulin, and are led by Istra L Toner academic psychologist and artist.
It is understandable that respective national health systems wish to protect their overall infrastructure, especially the performance of local units.
According to some recent reports, many people with lower income from developed countries cannot afford proper care oral and dental care for financial reasons.
In the Croatian districts of Istria and Kvarner, there are several great opportunities for athletes healthcare and sports training to prepare intensively for the next season’s competitions.
I’ve recently discovered that a person who invented and constructed the ultrasound device for cataract surgery was born in Istria, Croatia in 1927.
In today’s changing world where the existing standards, institutions and values are questioned constantly, the topics such as health and care surface as an important life issues for us all.
Along with the more intense promotional activities from the part of tour operators, agencies and promoters, this specific branch of tourism has been mentioned in many media, opening questions what it is really all about.
Medical rehabilitation is a branch of medicine, which aims to improve, enhance and optimise the physical functionality and quality of the lives of patients who have physical impairment or other disabilities.
The stimulus to write this article was a recent story about saving a diver’s life in the Croatian Adriatic while being affected by decompression sickness.
Croatia – a new star in the European sky, a beauty that leaves you speachless, an experience of warm, unforgettable summer, a long lost friend…
When I think Istria and Kvarner I immediately get this warm and homey feeling with the sea in my eyes and mountains behind.