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'Strictly Come Dancing therapy' reduces hospital stays by half


Hilotherapy, a new healing technology dubbed the 'Strictly Come Dancing therapy' has been found to reduce hospital stays by 50 per cent for post-surgery patients.

Currently being trialled by the NHS, circulates cool water through adaptable cuffs that fit most parts of the body and face. It has been used by Strictly Come Dancing contestant and Olympic long jumper Jade Johnson, as well as WBA heavyweight boxing champion David Haye.

Johnson, an Olympic long-jumper, suffered a knee injury during this year's Strictly Come Dancing, and was forced to quit the series, but she underwent an extensive Hilotherapy treatment, aimed at reducing scar-tissue. It reduces swelling and pain and avoids the risk of nerve and tissue damage sometimes evidence in ice and gel packs.

Despite suffering a partial ligament tear, Johnson was able to dance again within days, although the BBC physio would not allow her to perform.

And Haye, who earlier this month beat Nikolai Valuev to become WBA heavyweight champion was able to recuperate from his injuries using the revolutionary treatment

The therapy is currently being used on 100 patients who have undergone maxillofacial surgery - to correct injuries and defects in the head, neck, face and jaws - at Ulster Hospital in Northern Ireland. Preliminary results on 30 cases have already found a 50 per cent reduction in hospital stay.

Norman Waterhouse, the former President of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, and a top craniofacial expert, said: “There is good evidence that this technology has been effective in reducing bruising and swelling after major facial surgery. Early results on facelift cases have been very encouraging.”

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