Swift Microwave Therapy for Verrucae

  • 28 Oct, 2016

Introducing an Exciting New Treatment at Betafeet Podiatry

By Reggie Simpson

What is Swift©?

Swift is a new technology, developed in the UK, which has been licensed for the general treatment of verrucae or warts in Podiatry.  Swift uses microwave energy that is delivered through a special probe applied to the skin to treat the affected area. Betafeet will be one of only a few clinics in the UK to offer this treatment.  


Microwaves work by applying the probe from which heat under the probe is applied to the verruca. The probe is about 7mm in diameter.

Usually the largest or most painful verruca is treated first, but multiple ones may be treated at the same time.


Your podiatrist will make a full assessment and discuss whether Swift treatment can help you and advise whether you are eligible. If you have tried various verruca treatments to no effect, then Swift microwave energy at Betafeet Podiatry might be for you. However, precautions include:

·       The presence of metal in your foot or ankle

·       If you wear a pacemaker

·       If you have poor or limited healing capacity because of neuropathy or peripheral circulation

·       Patients who are immuno suppressed

·       Pregnancy – the effect of verruca/e treatment is reduced during this time

·       Treatment of young children

·       Patients with a low pain threshold                    


Like many treatments for verrucae, some minor discomfort may be experienced. Before treatment your podiatrist will reduce the verruca/e with a blade so the treatment site is level to receive the probe, which is applied for 5 seconds.  Pain levels vary from person to person but most people undergoing Swift liken it to a pain similar to an injection or a scratch, lasting 2 - 3 seconds then quickly subsiding. Paracetamol can help if required.


This is dependent on how you respond to treatment. In some cases, you may need more than one treatment (these can be from 14 days to over a month apart depending on the response). Microwave energy treatment is normally conducted over 3-4 treatments. Larger or numerous verrucae may need more. The verruca/e will go dark, but you won’t see much shrinkage or debulking at first. Your Podiatrist will discuss this all with you.


In some cases the treated area may feel sore but will not prevent you from undertaking normal daily activities.


If you would like to discuss this further, please call Betafeet Podiatry on 01442 822990 (Tring) or 01442 249080 (Hemel) for an assessment appointment. The podiatrist will be able to assess your feet and advise you if you are suitable for treatment as well as suggesting the treatment plan which is best for you. The podiatrist can also give you an idea on the likelihood of success. This will also give you any opportunities to ask questions about the treatment.

Of course, you are under no obligation to have the treatment and your podiatrist can advise you on other treatments if Swift is not for you. Bear in mind that no verruca treatment can be guaranteed 100% successful and Swift is no exception.

Call us today on 01442 822990 or 01442 249080 




By J SULLIVAN 16 Dec, 2016
As the festive season rolls closer, we can all get anxious about how to keep our diets in balance.   Food is,  and should be part of our planning to make Christmas a flourishing time with family and friends, but we also want to avoid the January blues when our scale dials move too far right!   So here are 5 ideas for simple Festive Eating that's kinder to our bodies.   Please share with friends and colleagues, and at BetaHealth we'd also love to hear your ideas and feedback.
By J SULLIVAN 30 Nov, 2016
One of the biggest stumbling blocks to recovery from physical injury and muscular strains is people simply not being able to keep up their exercise regimes, however short or easy they seem at first sight.
So many of us go away from a session with our physiotherapist or osteopath armed with a list of exercises, full of good intentions, only to find that by bedtime they're already history. Maybe they demonstrated the exercises, maybe they gave us a sheet with diagrams, maybe it was just verbal instruction. However hard we try, it can be nigh-on impossible to remember sets of exercises, let alone be sure we're doing them correctly.
By J SULLIVAN 28 Oct, 2016

By Reggie Simpson

What is Swift©?

Swift is a new technology, developed in the UK, which has been licensed for the general treatment of verrucae or warts in Podiatry.  Swift uses microwave energy that is delivered through a special probe applied to the skin to treat the affected area. Betafeet will be one of only a few clinics in the UK to offer this treatment.  

By J SULLIVAN 17 Oct, 2016
Welcome to Beta Health!
At Beta Health clinic we are dedicated to helping people of all ages, from new-born babies through childhood and into later life.
We focus on you as a person rather than just treating symptoms, and offer treatments ranging from massage and reflexology to osteopathy, homeopathy, and nutrition.
The clinic offers both mainstream treatments and complementary therapies which focus on treating you individually on all levels - mind, body, and spirit. We treat you as an individual, not just your symptoms.

Our range of therapies lets you design your own healthcare package, mixing and matching to suit you and your budget.
We offer:

•Osteopathy & Cranial Osteopathy
•Massage - Swedish, Sports, Deep Tissue, Indian Head

•Counselling for Teenagers
•A Registered Dietitian
•Podiatry / Chiropody
•Chinese Herbal Medicine (TCM)

Pop in and see us to find out more, or visit our websites
Tel 01442 249080
We look forward to helping you to better health!
By J SULLIVAN 17 Oct, 2016

Great news for The Beta Health Clinic - we've won an award!

We're now officially the Best Multidisciplinary Health Clinic, not just in Hemel Hempstead, but in the whole of Hertfordshire 

So here's the lowdown:

THE BETA HEALTH CLINIC is the winner of the Best Multidisciplinary Health Clinic - Hertfordshire in the Global Health & Pharma Magazine Awards 2016
This is what GH&P said about this year's awards:

"The 2016 Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals Awards seek to chronicle the individuals, departments and organisations, both corporate and public, that are working tirelessly throughout the industry.
It is a true honour to put the spotlight on our deserving winners and we would like to wish them every success in the future.”
GHP prides itself on the validity of its awards and winners. The awards are given solely on merit and are awarded to commend those most deserving for their ingenuity and hard work, distinguishing them from their competitors and proving them worthy of recognition."

Here at Beta Health we have so much to offer to help you improve your health, wellbeing, and vitality. Pop in and see us or find out more here:

www.betahealth.co.uk   Tel: 01442 249080

By J SULLIVAN 14 Oct, 2016
It's the holy grail of health and on any one night millions of us are searching for it in vain.  
Poor sleep, interrupted sleep, sleep deprivation, trouble getting to sleep are all common problems without one simple answer.
Many people swear by herbal remedies like Valerian root, Lavender, and Hops and it's true that these are all sleep-inducing (workers in the hop fields of Kent in Southern England were famous for falling asleep under the vines.) Yet while such remedies are natural products, and may help us go to sleep, they are really just herbal tranquillisers and can do little to get our bodies to reset themselves to healthy sleep patterns.

Reasons for poor sleep are many and various. Some factors are obvious - anxiety, night shift working, eating late, illness and stress. Some are more complicated, and may be to do with our bodies' Circadian rhythms, the amount of natural light we see each day, and the balance of hormones like Melatonin and Serotonin (which is needed to produce Melatonin). Serotonin is mostly made in our small intestines, which leads to looking at the role of food and digestion in getting a good night's sleep.

All this makes it clear that the reason you don't sleep is unique to you, and  and to make a lasting improvement you need a treatment that is tailored to you individually.
Many of our patients at Beta Health Clinic report that they are getting better sleep and feeling more rested as a result of their holistic treatment here (often even when they came for treatment for a different problem!) From what our patients say,  a good night's sleep can be a happy side effect of treatments like acupuncture, reflexology, homeopathy, cranial osteopathy, and reiki.

These are all therapies we offer in our clinic in central Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. We believe in treating you as a whole person, taking your physical, mental, and emotional health into account. We're open 6 days a week including evenings by appointment, so if you'd like to see if we could help you to a good night's sleep, just get in touch.
Tel: 01442 249080

By J SULLIVAN 10 Oct, 2016
BBC  Panorama - Diabetes: The Hidden Killer
By J SULLIVAN 05 Oct, 2016

TheBBC's Panorama  this week reports that Type 2 diabetes affects almost one in ten people in Birmingham. An illness that can lead to heart failure, blindness, kidney disease and leg amputations has to be taken seriously, especially when it's spreading outside it's familiar territory in people over 60 and affecting increasingly large numbers of children and young people.

If you ask people what causes diabetes, nine out of ten will probably say it's about a sugar-rich diet, obesity, and lack of exercise. And there's no doubt these are all factors in the development of the disease.  Yet like most things, it's not always as simple as that. Other lifestyle factors like the times of day we eat, how much good quality sleep we get, our working hours, and the amount of stress we have to cope with, can make a huge difference to how well our bodies deal with sugar and carbohydrates.

At Beta Health Clinic we go further than the usual diet and exercise advice. We have therapists trained in managing Type 2 Diabetes in a way that improves your general health, as well as therapies to help lower your stress levels, enabling  you to rebalance your lifestyle.  

Why not find out more about our Diabetes - Change sessions? Just call us 01442 249080 for an informal chat


By J SULLIVAN 30 Jun, 2016

Acupuncture, as an alternative medical practice, is now making headway in the Western world. It is now accepted as a drug-free treatment and method of stress relief. Practiced in China for more than 2,000 years, acupuncture is a therapeutic system that makes use of sterilized needles for the purpose of restoring the body’s equilibrium. The needles are inserted on specific vital points that correspond to a specific internal organ. The light insertion of the needle into a vital point is supposed to free the flow of internal energy or “chi.” According to Chinese medical theory, any blockage in the flow of chi in the body’s “energy streams” or meridians can an imbalance in the body — resulting to an illness. The natural flow of chi ensures a person’s general state of health. The focus of acupuncture is on restoring harmony in the flow of the chi throughout the body and, in the process, balancing the metaphysical concepts of yin and yang.

Acupuncture is used to treat a wide range of ailments such as nausea, sinusitis, migraine headaches, lower back pain, knee pain, and chronic pain. Ancient Chinese texts also claim that the acupuncture can be used to treat minor mental and emotional problem such as anxiety disorder. For this reason, some even compare the Traditional Chinese Medicine method of acupuncture to the Western medical discipline of psychology. Both are seen as similar disciplines or therapy methods that have a positive effect on the mental health of patients.

The true benefits of acupuncture are found in its efficacy as a non-invasive, drug-free means of alleviating a number of physical ailments. It is also used in conjunction with traditional Chinese herbal cures that are perceived to be as effective as modern pills and medication. Acupuncture is concerned not only with providing cure to specific ailments. It is also used to determine the causes of physical discomforts and illnesses. Acupuncture practitioners make use of body charts that show the meridians or channels where internal energy flows to different parts of the body. These meridians correspond to the Western medicine layout of the central nervous system and circulatory system.

Studies are still being made by Western doctors and other scientists to determine the efficacy of this Eastern alternative form of healing. Even if acupuncture already accepted in different parts of the world as an alternative healing method, some quarters are still skeptical about its long-term effects.

While there are still no research findings that make the curative claims about acupuncture absolutely undisputable, it is interesting to note the depth of understanding that the Chinese had about the inner workings of the human body thousands of years before the formal organization and practice of Western medicine. Perhaps, one day, scientists will finally prove that the differences between Eastern and Western medicine is found mostly in culture and terminology; and that both systems are actually alike in terms of philosophy and theory in the use of the needle as a tool for healing.

By J SULLIVAN 25 Jun, 2016
Hi, I’m Martin Silliton, offering Acupuncture Beta Health Clinic in Hemel Hempstead for a range of conditions especially the treatment of women’s health, covering ~pre-conceptual and pregnancy, menstrual, menopausal and hormonal areas.

Acupuncture is also used to treat a range of muscular conditions and joint pains from backache to neck pain and shoulder problems to headaches, sciatic pain and more.

Acupuncture works by stimulating the body to improve circulation and restore balance. Restored blood flow gives cells the energy they need to resume normal functions.  # http://www.betahealth.co.uk/acupuncture-herbal-medicine/3625320
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