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Halifax, Nova Scotia • B3K 4B7
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19.11.07

Hope springs eternal!

The Saturday Free Clinic provides free alternative health care for people who have little or no income and do not have extended health benefits.  Follow the link for more information.

The Saturday Free Clinic

Thai Yoga Massage

I use some Thai Yoga Massage techniques in my treatments. For more information about Thai Yoga Massage, click on this link:

Lotus Palm School of Thai Yoga Massage


3.4.07

Inspiration!


World's Oldest Marathoner, 94, Leads Team of Seniors in Scotland

June 13, 2005 - Fauja Singh, a 94-year-young grandfather of 13, led a marathon relay team yesterday in the Edinburgh Marathon in Scotland, which was billed as the oldest ever marathon relay team. The five-man team named itself Sikhs in the City and had a combined age of 397 years.

Singh, the world's oldest marathoner, drew most of the attention in the field of more than 11,000 runners and was the official starter. There were 5,000 runners in the relay event. The youngest member of the Sikhs was Amrik Singh, 70, from Glasgow. The other members were Karnail Singh, 76, from Glasgow, Ajit Singh, a 74-year-old retired Larkhall maths teacher, and Gurbaksh Singh, 73, from Gravesend, in Kent.

But it was Fauja Singh who grabbed the limelight as he crossed the finish line, although the Sikhs finished 730th of the 912 teams. They completed the course in 4hr 16min 24sec. Singh is originally from the Punjab in India, but now lives in Ilford, Essex. Last year he was signed by Adidas for the 'Impossible is Nothing' advertising campaign and was featured in billboards across Europe.

Five years ago he took part in the Flora London Marathon at the age of 89 for the first time and has since completed it five times. In 2003 he set the marathon world record for over 90-year-olds, completing the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in 5 hours, 40 minutes. As well as completing the London and New York Marathons in 2004 he also returned to Toronto Waterfront to break the half marathon record for over 90-year olds.

"I am extremely honored to have been invited to start this year's Edinburgh Marathon", he said. "By running as the oldest ever marathon relay team I hope we will inspire young people to keep going and older people never to give up."

Fauja, the world's oldest marathoner, took up running at the age of 81, when he arrived in Britain from the family farm in the Punjab. "Before that, I jogged regularly, to get from place to place," he said. He said he talks with God when he runs. A vegetarian, Singh, joined forces in 2004 with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to caution Asians and others about the perils they face if they clog their arteries with meat. Geoff Sims, Chief Executive, Edinburgh Marathon said: "I hope Fauja and his team will inspire people of all ages and running abilities to get out and give it a go."

Information for this story from: The Scotsman
Photograph by Ian Rutherford of The Scotsman

2.4.07

Internet Pedometer

So now that you are all inspired, here's one of my favorite web sites.

Zoom in to any place on the globe, click on 'start recording', double-click on points along your favorite running or walking route & calculate the exact distance. No more hassling with your pedometer! No more calculations with your car! You've been waiting years for someone to invent this web site, haven't you?

Gmap pedometer

5.3.07

Plantar Fasciitis

The 'plantar fascia' is a band of tough connective tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, connecting your heel to your toes.  It stretches when you pull your toes up toward your shin.  It works like a shock-absorbing bowstring, supporting the arch of your foot. When microtearing and inflammation occur in this fascia, it is called 'Plantar Fasciitis'.

Causes:
Plantar fasciitis is caused by extra stress on the feet. This may be due to a few things: extra activity, poor training methods or surfaces, unsupportive or incorrect footwear, extra weight or underlying muscular or bimoechanical imbalance.  Recent literature suggests that it is less likely to be a pure inflammatory condition but rather attributed to the degeneration of plantar tissues.  Runners who overpronate (feet rolling in or flattening) are particularly at risk as the biomechanics of the foot pronating causes additional stretching of the plantar fascia.

Symptoms:
  • pain with weight bearing, on the bottom of the foot just in front of the heel.
  • pain along the inside of the foot toward the toes.
  • pain with the first 2-3 steps in the morning, or after sitting for long periods of time.
  • pain lessens after 30-45 minutes of activity, then worsens 2-3 hours with continued activity.
  • pain in one or both feet.
  • mild to severe pain, sometimes 'stabbing', sometimes 'burning'.
  • pain comes on slowly, no initial trauma or injury.


Treatment:
  • Rest until it is not painful. It can be very difficult to rest your feet, but by walking or running you are continually aggravating the injury. Rest as much as possible and stop any unnecessary activities which place stress on the fascia.
  • Put a plastic frozen water bottle on the floor and roll your foot (wear a sock) over it for 15 to 20 minutes four to five times a day.
  • Massage and gently stretch the calf muscles.
  • Wear supportive footwear around the house.