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Increase in Injuries caused by the Abuse of New Technologies

• Tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and neck pain, among the most common complaints.
• Reducing time of use, holding the gadget at eye level, and using both hands when typing may help avoid these injuries.
Alicante, Thursday, October 31, 2019. An increase in the use of electronic devices such as mobile phones and tablets has increased the number of traumatology consultations due to neuro-muscular-skeletal injuries, according to Doctor Alfonso Cort, Traumatologist at Quirónsalud Hospitals in Alicante and Torrevieja.
According to recent studies, each of us spends an average of five-and-a-half hours connected to our mobile phones and computers, which explains the appearance of so-called technological injuries, increasingly at younger ages. Among the most common injuries, we can include De Quervain’s tendonitis of the thumb, carpal tunnel syndrome, and epicondylitis or tennis elbow, due to the use of the mouse in an inadequate position or repetitive movements. “These pathologies have their origin in the repetition of the same movements with our hands and fingers for long periods of time, which causes inflammation of the tendons and nerves,” states Doctor Cort.
“These injuries,” indicates the traumatologist, “start to manifest as a constant tingling on the hands, especially at night, accompanied by muscle pain in the upper limb.”
The neck and back are two other areas that are significantly affected by the use of mobiles and tablets, due to the posture we adopt, both standing and seated, when using these electronic devices. “The most common injury,” says Doctor Felipe Garibo, Specialist in the Spine Unit of the Traumatology Service at Hospital Quirónsalud Valencia, “is cervicalgia, which manifests initially with pain, tension and overload in the region of the neck and shoulders, caused by muscle overload from continued use of mobile devices, because we bend our head for continuous periods of time.”
To avoid these injuries, Doctor Garibo recommends reducing the amount of time we use these devices, holding them at eye level to avoid bending our heads, using both thumbs and both hands when writing texts, and performing exercises to improve the cervical muscles.
Main Injuries Derived from Technology Abuse
1. Tension, overload and feeling of weight in the area of the shoulders or neck, due to overloading of the cervicoscapular muscles.
2. Headaches and/or dizziness due to the sustained contraction of the suboccipital muscles, and the possible effects of maintaining the gaze fixed on a screen for a prolonged period of time.
3. Different alterations of the cervical spine, due to asymmetric tensions derived from rigid or unstable positions, or the blocking of certain segments of the vertebral spine.
4. Pain and rigidity in the hands and fingers, and even tingling. With the excessive use of the thumb that is tied to the use of smartphones, the appearance of tendonitis is common due to the movement of this digit. For this reason, we recommend the use of digital pens.
5. Referred pain in the frontal and cervical regions, and even a feeling pro pressure in the ear canal and/or the eyeball, due to the excessive use of mobile phones, which actives a myofascial trigger pints (MTP), described as hyperirritable nodes.
6. Weakness and inhibition of the muscles that stabilise the trunk and vertebral spine, as well as the loss of motor control, which leads to the loss of the normal physiological pattern of movement.
7. Epicondylitis or tennis elbow, due to the use of the mouse in an inadequate position or repetitive movements.
About Quirónsalud
Quirónsalud is the leading hospital group in Spain and, together with its Fresenius-Helius headquarters, also in Europe. It has over 40,000 professionals at more than 125 healthcare centres, which include 47 hospitals offering close to 7,000 hospital beds. It offers the most cutting-edge technology and a great team of highly specialised professionals of international prestige. Its centres include Centro Médico Teknon, Ruber Internacional, Hospital Universitario Quirónsalud Madrid, Fundación Jiménez Díaz, Hospital Quirónsalud Barcelona, Hospital Universitario Dexeus, Policlínica de Gipuzkoa, etc.
The Group works on the promotion of teaching (eight of its hospitals are linked to universities), and medical-scientific research (it has the FJD [Spanish acronym, Jiménez Díaz Foundation] Research Institute, the only private research centre certified by the Secretaría de Estado de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación [State Ministry for Research, Development and Innovation]).
Additionally, its healthcare service is organized in units and transversal networks that allow it to optimise the accumulated experience of the different centres and the clinical translation of its research. Currently, Quirónsalud is developing over 1,600 research projects throughout Spain, and many of its centres perform cutting-edge work in this field, making them pioneers in different specialisations, such as oncology, cardiology, endocrinology, gynaecology and neurology, among others.
Further Information:
Rosa Ruiz Aragonés
Communications Director
T. +34 626 023 153

Shakira, the original and the best

Shakira Indian Restaurant boasts more than 19 years of creating delightful dishes here in the southern Costa Blanca. It has three ever-popular restaurants serving the Villamartin, Cabo Roig and Playa Flamenca areas.
Shakira Indian Restaurant takes pride in ensuring the most authentic taste in its Indian food and serves dishes to suit all tastes from mild korma and butter dishes through to Vindaloos and phals for those who prefer hot and spicy.
Shakira, Cabo Roig, is ranked number 1 on Trip Advisor, head and shoulders above its competitors. Taste, service and value are all key points emphasised in the official feedback from diners and its it these opinions that have culminated in the top positioning. However, all three Shakira restaurants are run on the same principals by the same family and so the tantalising tastes, excellent service and value for money are forefront of all three restaurants. All have an excellent reputation, built on word-of-mouth and many customers have been dining at Shakira since the first restaurant opened its doors.
The culinary teams have many years’ experience in professional kitchens, and this coupled with the support of the conscientious front of house team, ensures that all customers have a memorable dining experience. The chefs at Shakira pride themselves in using the most fresh and flavoursome ingredients so that the dishes created are always full of flavour and delicious.
The menu offers an array of dishes, with something for everyone. There is an extensive vegetarian selection and the option of vegan friendly dishes too. Each restaurant offers early bird specials and set meals for those looking for a bargain.
Bookings are now being taken for the New Year’s Eve celebrations, which includes a full firework display, open bar and DJ/Karaoke – which has become a tradition for Shakira in Cabo Roig – and all for just 30e. Be sure to book your table in advance to avoid disappointment! Call 965 322 811 or 679 007 199.

Coppola Hills

Coppola Hills restaurant is a family-run business and is making a statement in the Benimar and Rojales area with their home-made Italian cuisine. They have been open since April. The Coppola chain has received eight awards to date, three in Guardamar, three in Benimar and two in Ireland for the Best Italian Restaurant. Titles which they can add to their long list of success stories all the way down from Italy to Ireland then onto Spain.
Coppola Hills is run by father and son, Tony and Cristian. Both have a vast extensive knowledge due to running a number of culinary businesses since 1995.
It is plain to see why the Number 1 Italian Restaurant business on trip advisor over the last two years has received much acclaim.
The recipes for the traditional Naples style cuisine that were passed down by Grandma Antoinette Coppola to her daughter-in-law Catherine Coppola and then to her sons and daughter over the years have been combined with the expertise of Sicilian chefs to bring together incredible flavours from Sicily to Napoli. Customers have referred to Coppola cuisine as “impeccable”, the service “first class” and the portions “generous”.
Tony, Catherine and their children, Roberto, Cristian and Deborah have brought Italy to the Costa Blanca. Their children are now distinguished chefs too thanks to their Mother, who will make sure that the Coppola style continues to reincarnate itself through the years.
The menu offers a wide selection of home-made pizzas delicately forged in a stone oven and tagliatelle with lobster. There is a variety of meat and fish on offer that is cooked to perfection on the grill. The menu de la noche is a three-course meal that Tony highly recommends on the first visit to get an idea of the vibrant mix of flavours available.
The restaurant is located at the top of the tranquil hill which is the perfect setting to enjoy some Italian delicacies. Higher up than the bustling restaurant chains, the view from the top of the hill is quite enchanting.
Inside the restaurant there is a cosy two-storey open plan set-up whilst recreating an authentic Italian atmosphere. Outside there is a wonderful chill-out area to enjoy a cocktail or two. The Coppola family have grand plans for the future.
Find Coppola Hills on Facebook and Instagram with the handle @coppolahills to read more glimmering reviews or call them on 865524458 to book. They can be found at Calle Agata 2, Benimar II, Rojales

Breast Cancer Awareness Day

October is World Breast Cancer Month and local charity Maria and The Pink Ladies marked the event with an awareness campaign on Sunday 27th October at Zenia Bouevard. The event began around 12.30pm with a host of local performers taking to the stage to entertain the crowds: this included Keiley Page, Shannon Campbell, Lorna Michelle, ABBA Girls, No Limit, Chloe Leigh’s Cher tribute, David John Williams’ Rod Stewart tribute, Totally Dance Studio, Raquel Pena Flamenco Dance School, La Sal de Torrevieja. The event was hosted by Stevie Spit and supported by Sunshine FM.
Over the years this event has become well-known locally for its impressive balloon release. However, it was decided that due to the impact on the environment there would be no balloons released this year. Instead, in addition to private donations, visitors to the event were given the option to buy a rose for €2 which was then added to a mural wall on display at the event. The mural of roses formed the pink bow that is the global symbol of breast cancer awareness.
The proceeds from the event will be donated directly to Spanish anti-cancer charity the AECC and although donations were still being counted at the time of going to press, it is hoped the event will beat last year’s total of 2,632 euros.
Every minute a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer so don’t hesitate to self check, or go for a medical check-up, it might save your life.
Early signs of breast cancer can be a lump in a breast, a painful breast or armpit, or a discharge from the nipple. A doctor will most likely perform a manual exam and send you for a mammogram. A mammogram examination is painless and only takes about ten minutes.
If any of these symptoms do present themselves there’s no need to panic. Often, pain or a lump in a breast is perfectly harmless. The pain can be a sign of a cyst or the lump can be benign.
The money donated by Maria and the Pink Ladies is used by the AECC to fund its Early Detection Programme which provides subsidised tests for breast, cervical, ovarian, prostate, skin and bowel cancer. Appointments can be booked on the day or at the AECC office on the ground floor of Playa Flamenca Commercial Centre.

17 invasive species in Santa Pola: Almost a quarter are poisonous

Santa Pola has recorded a total of 17 invasive species in its coastal waters. The Fishermen’s Association announced the news this week, indicating that with every passing year, the probability of more invasive species arriving increases due to climate change and other factors.
Studies have shown that of the new species inhabiting Santa Pola waters, 24% are venomous including the rabbit fish (Siganus Luridus) and the silver cheeked toadfish (Lagocephalus sceleratus). The toadfish, similar to the puffer fish, is extremely poisonous if eaten and has been known to induce heart failure.
The arrival of these animals on the coast is due not only to natural ecological factors but also human influence such as the opening of the Suez Canal which has allowed access of species from the Red Sea and Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean. Invasive species can also arrive in the ballast waters of cargo ships.
The Marine Research Centre of Santa Pola (Cimar) which is linked to the University of Alicante revealed that recreational vehicles also inadvertently transport invasive species and because the Mediterranean is becoming warmer due to climate change, the waters can facilitate tropical species.

Help us help flood victims

Costa Blanca People is proud to present a fundraising afternoon in aid of local people affected by the recent flooding in the area as a result of the Gota Fria. The extravaganza event will take place at Villamartin Plaza this Sunday, 22nd September, and we would like to invite all of our readers and members of the local community to join us for a fabulous afternoon of fun and fundraising.
The event will be hosted by Stevie Spit and there will be a grand prize raffle and an auction to help raise money for those in need. The event will also provide a collection point for those wishing to donate clothes, dry or tinned food stuffs, bottled water, school materials or toiletries. As well as the fundraising there will also be lots of fun; with bars and restaurants serving food and drinks. There will be performances by some of the southern Costa Blanca’s leading entertainers taking the afternoon into the evening, including the fabulous Jersey Boys, Abba Elite, Jay Markwick, Paul Allen, Stuart Sinclair and Footwork Dance Studio.
All monies raised and goods collected will be used to help people in the local community and for this reason we have chosen to work with Help Vega Baja which will co-ordinate the distribution of the items where they are needed most and will present individual cases to its Crisis Committee who will allocate help as and where it is needed most.
If you can help with any of the above please contact Claire Richards on 607 03 11 13. We are particularly in need of raffle and auction prizes if anyone can help. For further information on Help Vega Baja or to apply for help or support contact 966 723 733.

Quirónsalud will make free tests for the early detection of prostate cancer

Analytics are aimed at men from 45 years of age; and from 40 years if they have a family history
Torrevieja, September 2, 2019. The Hospital Quirónsalud Torrevieja launches a new edition of the free campaign for early diagnosis of prostate cancer on the occasion of the world day of this pathology, which is celebrated on September 15. The initiative consists of carrying out free PSA tests and consultation with the urologist with prior appointment requests to males from the general population and patients from the hospital center aged 45 and over, and from 40 years if they have a family history.
Thanks to the PSA, which is measured in a simple blood test, the specialist can establish the value of this protein synthesized by the prostate, whose value increases in the presence of a tumor. As explained by Dr. Sven Petry, head of the Urology Unit at Hospital Quirónsalud Torrevieja. “The fact that the tumor cells produce it in greater quantity can determine in which people it is more probable to find this type of cells and decide to investigate or not the presence of these cells, by means of a prostate biopsy, depending on the potential benefits and risks that may derive from their diagnosis and treatment. ” PSA levels increase with age, so that men without prostate cancer will have higher PSA values as they get older: “If at forty-five years old we consider a normal index a value of less than 1.5, until sixty-five years old this index of normality moves to 2.5 and so on,” explains the specialist.
The objective of the campaign is to raise awareness among the population about the importance of prevention and early detection for a good prognosis of this disease. The intention is “to inform and raise awareness in society about prostate cancer, since there is a low perception of the risk of suffering from it. Curing prostate cancer is possible if it is detected early, “explains Dr. Petry.
90% of cases can be cured
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in the world in men and the first in incidence in Europe. Each year about 25,000 new cases are diagnosed in Spain, of which between 20% and 30% are patients who have relapsed in the disease. “However, when detected early, this tumor can be cured in 90% of cases,” cautions Dr. Petry. Prostate cancer, except for advanced stages, rarely produces any symptoms; hence the importance of PSA, which allows the early detection of this disease in asymptomatic patients.
How to access the tests
It is not necessary to go on an empty stomach and it will be performed at Hospital Quirónsalud Torrevieja. The analytical period will be from September 16 to 20 and interested persons may request information from Monday, September 16 from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 2 pm. Calls will be made through telephone 966 90 95 06, in the email or through the web
About Quirónsalud
Quirónsalud is the most important hospital group in Spain, and the third largest in Europe. It can be found in 13 autonomous communities in Spain, has state-of-the-art technology and offers over 6,500 beds in more than 100 healthcare centres, such as Fundación Jiménez Díaz, Hospital Universitario Quirónsalud Madrid, Hospital Universitario Dexeus, Ruber, Centro Médico Teknon, Hospital La Luz, Policlínica de Guipúzcoa, Hospital Quirónsalud Valencia, etc., as well as a huge team of highly qualified professionals of international prestige.
We promote teaching (seven of our centres are university hospitals) and medical and scientific research (we run the FJD [Spanish acronym, Jiménez Díaz Foundation] Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria [Healthcare Research Institute], the only private research centre licensed by the Secretaría de Estado de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación [Ministry for Research, Development and Innovation]).
Likewise, our healthcare service is organised in units and crosscutting networks that allow for the optimisation of accumulated experience at difference centres, and the clinical application of our research. Currently, Quirónsalud is developing many research projects across Spain, and many of its healthcare centres carry out cutting edge work in this field, as pioneers in different specialisations such as radiology, cardiology, endocrinology, gynaecology, neurology, oncology and sports medicine, among others.
Further information:
Rosa Ruiz Aragonés
Head of Communications
T. +34 626 023 153

To celebrate La Vuelta Carrefour Torrevieja prepares paella for more than 1,500 people

As the main sponsor, it enhances the activities in which its clients participate
Torrevieja, August 22, 2019.- Carrefour Torrevieja will live with his clients the celebration of La Vuelta in a very special way. The hypermarket joins the activities of animation on the occasion of the arrival of the race to Alicante, so it has programmed different activities, among which the free distribution, tomorrow Friday, of more than 1,500 portions of paella stands out.
The paella, made with products from the region, will begin to be distributed at 1:00 p.m. in the hypermarket parking lot. That same day there will be tastings of local products and the day will be brightened up with numerous raffles and children’s activities.
Carrefour, as the main sponsor of La Vuelta, has organized different activities to celebrate the passage of the race through the province of Alicante that will add to the animations scheduled for the Torrevieja hypermarket. Among other actions, it will carry out 7,500 tastings of typical products between the Vuelta de Torrevieja, Calpe and Alicante Park, will invite 4,000 people to breakfast at the stage outings of Benidorm and Ibi and will carry out solidarity and outreach actions, in which it will have the help of NAO, the robot with which the company conducts workshops on healthy habits.
In addition, the company organizes a sustainable race, since it has organized installed static bicycles in the Vuelta Park and for every kilometer that are made in them, Carrefour will donate one euro to WWF for the cleaning of a natural space in Spain.
The distribution company, which is the main sponsor of the race for the seventh consecutive year, places the customer at the center of all its initiatives, so it has also moved this position to its participation in La Vuelta. The chain has designed a global sponsorship that acts on several areas and in which the involvement of its customers and collaborators is sought. The company expects to exceed 2.5 million people who last year followed the activities of Carrefour and La Vuelta.

Unemployment falls in Spain

Unemployment figures fell in Spain in the second quarter of the year, with 123,600 fewer people registered as out of a job between April and June, leaving the overall jobless rate at 14.02 percent.
The drop in the unemployment rate is the smallest in recent years, but it is chiefly due to a growing workforce, rather than a sluggish job market. The number of people willing and able to work grew by 210,100 in the second quarter of the year, pushing the workforce in Spain above 23 million people.
On the employment side, 333,800 new jobs were added to the economy, according to the National Statistics Institute (INE). This is the lowest number since 2016, confirming a slowdown that had been anticipated by recent Social Security affiliation figures.
April, May and June are traditionally the best months for job creation in Spain. The Easter holidays, the beginning of summer season and temporary hirings all fuel employment, particularly in the tourism sector.
In the second quarter of the year, most jobs were added in services and industry, while they fell in the agricultural and construction sectors.
Broken down by regions, the greatest increase in jobs was in the Balearic Islands (62,600 more), Madrid (61,100) and Catalonia (40,200). But many of those positions were temporary. In the second quarter, the ratio of temporary workers to salaried employees was 26.36 percent.

Baby Essence European SubChampions!

10 dancers and their teacher Paris Brumitt from Essence dance & Fitness travelled,along with their families, to Rome earlier this month. The Torrevieja based group competed in the Great 10 dancers and their teacher Paris Brumitt from Essence Dance & Fitness travelled, along with European Finals of Vive Tu Sueño alongside many other talented dancers from countries across Europe. After some sightseeing on the arrival it was time for Baby Essence to take the stage at Auditorium Del Massimo. These young dancers had qualified back in March in Madrid at the national finals, meaning they represented Spain in the European Finals where they placed with an amazing 2nd place and went from being intermediate to advanced level meaning they are now European SubChampions.
Paris said, “Words can’t describe how extremely proud I am of them all and the feeling of wining the European title for HipHop, with all the dancers being such a young age, our youngest being now 5 and the oldest 8 – it’s a great achievement to say they qualified and danced in the European finals but to say they are now champions is unbelievable!” Paris continued, “The whole team work extremely hard and all I can say is hard work sure pays off, there’s nothing better than seeing all their little faces light up on that stage when they dance and to see them all having the time of their lives doing something they all love, but when they get announced winners it’s incredible!”
“It has been a great season with levels and competitions getting higher and harder but everyone keeps working hard and upping their game and it’s safe to say this has been one of our best years and as I always say onwards and upwards – the hard work continues ready for next season! We shall be holding auditions the first week of September for everyone and anyone wanting to join and compete in our teams this coming season 2019/20.”
Por more information please contact principle Paris on 638591139 – or find the group on Facebook EssenceDanceAndFitness
Paris finished by saying, “I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has helped and supported us throughout our journey and season, specially all the parents, family and friends and our sponsors: CJBuilders, Quesada Fish & Chips, Comaskey Rentals, EcoCity Torrevieja, Avanza Mobility, CEIP Las Culturas & their AMPA team, Go Home to Spain.
From the bottom of my heart thank you everyone and a big big big well done to all my amazing little super stars!”

Police move swimmers from ‘salt pier’

Local Police in Torrevieja have taken steps to clear swimmers away from the Poniente lighthouse at the end of the ‘salt pier’ to stop young people jumping into the sea. On Friday last, officers cleared the area of around 30 youngsters who were at the dock at the end of the pier, enjoying the high jump into the sea. This area is supposed to be closed to the public and swimming here is not allowed due to the dangerous conditions. However, it is often used by thrillseekers who use the high platforms to jump into the sea below. Members of the public have managed illicit access to the jumping point since 2015 when works on the promenade began but were never finished.
Officials are concerned for the safety of swimmers, given that the people jumping into the sea from a great height and that they do so very near the entrance to the port – an area used by both commercial and recreational vessels. The pier itself forms part of an industrial are used for the transport of salt and water to and from Torrevieja’s desalination plant.
The promenade was supposed to have been constructed by Acuamed as ‘compensation’ to the town of Torrevieja for having to host the desalination plant. Works began in 2014 but were since stopped after arguments between the construction company and Acuamed. Only the final touches such as lighting, furniture and some other elements are needed to finish works, but the area has been fenced off since 2015.
The fences were erected at the start of the paseo between Playa Acequión and Los Náufragos. It is very common to see the lightweight fences lying on the ground as they are moved, not only by youngsters who want to jump into the water to swim, but also by residents and dog walkers who want to use the 700m pier as a promenade – despite the lack of safety railings and lack of separation between what would be the new pier and the potentially dangerous salt conveyor belt.
Torrevieja police officers have warned in a report to headquarters that access to the pier is open and uncontrolled. Torrevieja’s Councilor for Security, Federico Alarcón confirmed that the officers restored the fence and secured it with ties. Councillor Alarcón also confirmed that the town hall will contact the company in question to insist it adopts the necessary security measures to ensure that pedestrians and swimmers do not re-access the area.
In previous years during summer, Local Police have carried out patrols as part of their maritime surveillance in order to prevent people jumping off the so called ‘salt pier’. According to provincial newspaper Información, Acuamed has ignored the requests by the town hall to ensure safety measures (beyond flimsy provisional fencing) until works are resumed.

Shiro Donate Helmet to Injured Biker

When an N332 facebook follower had a crash on his motorbike, he found that his crash helmet was not adequate because it was not certified for use in Spain.
A lot of safety critical equipment must be standardised, and carry the appropriate credentials on a label. This standard is much like the British Kite Mark, and is a European scheme to ensure that items such as crash helmets are suitable for the purpose they are intended.
When the man had a crash on his motorbike he sustained serious injuries to his head, which may well have been avoided if the helmet he had been wearing at the time had been an approved type.
Because of the situation, the N332 group informed international crash helmet and glove manufacturer Shiro about the situation, and given their commitment to improving road safety, they donated a new crash helmet to the injured rider.
Members of N332 went to the rider’s house, along with representatives from Shiro, to present the rider with his new crash helmet, which carries the standard safety code “05”.
Always check that your equipment, whether it is a crash helmet, gloves, warning triangles, child seat, or anything else that is safety critical, is suitable for use in Spain and carries a homologation code.
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Mark Nolan

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