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Wednesday May 2, 2018

A day of remembrance Poppies were laid at Wainuiomata’s memorial garden along Hine Road early on Wednesday morning. PHOTOs: Dan Whitfield

Anzac Day services last week reflected on the final days of a war which took its toll on those serving abroad and those at home.

It was on the Western Front where New Zealand made its most significant contribution to the First World War, and also where New Zealand suffered the

greatest loss of life. More than 12,000 New Zealanders died in France and Belgium between 1916 and 1919.

Wainuiomata veterans sitting front and centre ahead of the 11am Anzac Day parade and service.

How to Deal with Strains and Sprains With the winter sports season coming, it’s time for a few tips on treating soft-tissue injuries. It’s also possible to damage muscles, tendons and ligaments in the course of your normal routine at home or at work. If you do suffer a soft-tissue injury, attend to it immediately – the first 48 hours are vital. Then, you need to rest up to fully recover before you resume normal activity, or get back into sport.

Two types of injury

Overuse injuries result when we repeatedly use one part of the body. These can happen when we overdo gardening activities, or sports, causing things like “tennis elbow”, or shin splints in runners. Sudden injury happens when we slip and fall, or from body contact in sports, resulting in sprained ankles or torn muscles. Head injuries should be immediately assessed by a doctor.

The Anzac Day progression was completed with a passionate parade dedicated to the servicemen and women who fought for their country. PHOTOs: Dan Whitfield


Healing time for most soft-tissue injuries where there’s swelling, pain and bleeding (bruising), can be shortened by using the RICE treatment straight away. RICE treatment • Rest – stops further damage. • Ice – reduces inflammation, pain, and muscle spasms. Get a gel cold-pack from your pharmacy or put crushed ice or frozen peas in a damp towel and apply this to the injury. • Compression – reduces bleeding and swelling. After applying the cold pack for 20 minutes, strap the area with a compression bandage. • Elevation – raising the injured limb reduces bleeding. Repeat the ice/compression treatment every few hours if possible for a couple of days. Consult your doctor or physio if the injury does not respond to treatment, or if you have any concerns about it.


Paracetamol is an effective pain reliever for soft-tissue injuries. Your doctor or pharmacist may recommend anti-inflammatory medicines. These can help reduce the swelling and pain associated with an injury.

Preventing injury

• Warm up properly before activities, exercise, or sports, to prepare your body. • Cool down following intense activity. ~ Talk to us at the Happy Chemist about how we can help you recover from a strain or sprain.

ABOVE: Wainuiomata Valley RSA president Bart Bartlett laying his wreath at the cenotaph on Queen Street.

Clive’s Chemist, 20-21 Queen Street, Wainuiomata. (04) 564 8618 • •

LEFT: Linda Olsen, centre, stands strong representing the 28th Maori Battalion, the Wainuiomata Marae, and the local Maori wardens.

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