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Welcome to the Restoring Health Blog!

Restoring Health is a Soft Tissue Massage Therapy Company based in Maidstone, Kent. Alongside Sports, Remedial and Relaxing Full Body Massage, we also offer Physiotherapy, Individual Exercise Prescription, Core Strengthening Classes and Exercise Classes.

We are passionate about seeing people restored to full health, both through massage and through the work we do to support the community. Please visit our website for more information. For any inquires relating to massage or Restoring Health, please contact beth@restoring-health.co.uk.

This blog will explore various aspects of health and fitness including massage and nutrition, and we are excited to introduce a series of posts written by seasoned ultramarathon runner Greg Pretorius called ‘Running with Greg’.

Please use the Catagories tool on the right to search for the content that is of most interest to you. (For example, the series entitled ‘Running with Greg’ can be found by searching ‘running’).

We hope you enjoy the blog!

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Diabetes Week 2016 and PEMF

Diabetes Week 12-18 June 2016

Did you know that PEMF can help with circulatory issues associated with Diabetes?

Pulsed ElectroMagnetic Fields (PEMFs) helps to condition all tissues to be as healthy as possible and they may also accelerate the natural health recovery of diabetic tissues. There is a large amount of research on the use of PEMFs and it is believed that it is possible for this therapy to reduce pain, improve circulation, help liver function, improve pancreatic function and improve the cells to be able help with the circulation insulin.

Adding PEMFs will not cure diabetes, but they will help to manage the condition and the circulatory issues that come with it alongside a healthy diet (a session with a nutritionist is usually encouraged). It is also important that you take your medication prescribed your doctor and manage your diet in conjunction with the use of PEMFs as a complimentary therapy rather than an alternative.

Follow the link below for more information and case studies.
PEMF – Diabetes and Diabetic Neuropathology

So if you or anyone you know are struggling with any of the circulatory conditions associated with diabetes refer them to us to see how we can help – at our LilyPie Clinic in Chart Sutton.

Contact Deborah at deborah@restoring-health.co.uk or on 0788 5548 594

Congratulations Ellie Camacho

A very well deserved congratulations to Ellie Camacho for her fantastic performance at the 2016 British Sleddog Sports Federation IFSS World Cup. She placed 2nd in the  Canni-Cross and 7th in the 2dog Scooter division! Keep up the good work Ellie and Team! … Continue reading

Get ready for the Restoring Health Fitness Challenge

It s been proven time and time again that if you don’t set yourself goals in life you will never move forward. The same can be said for exercise/fitness – unless there is a realistic goal to work towards it is much harder to stay motivated.

“Where the vision isn’t clear the cost is always to great!” – Michael Puffett

Thus we propose this – the Restoring Health Fitness Challenge – what is your goal?

Wayne and Beth are currently training for the Paddock Wood half marathon which is on 3rd April 2016.This particular marathon is a fast but flat route, the course takes on the roads through the hop fields and orchards of kent. 

They started their training in Novemeber and have been running 3 times a week. Starting with short distances and building up to longer distances as they grew fitter and stronger also making sure to include some hill training. They have also been attending a weekly core strengthening class and found that this has made a big difference in the way they run and has helped improve their stamina. They are even running another half marathon this coming Saturday the 5th of March as part of their preparation. 

The challenge has been set! What fitness goals are you setting for yourself? How are you going to achieve them? Come and speak to us and let us help you to achieve the goals you have set for yourself in a realistic timeframe and most importantly – Injury Free!

The Restoring Health team

This is what sitting too long does to your body

Today, we live in a world where modern machines do much of our work for us, which greatly eliminates the need for manual labor. Not to mention, many people have office or sales jobs, forcing them to remain sedentary for eight or more hours a day.

According to a report published in Annals of Internal Medicine, the average person spends more than half of his or her waking hours in an inactive state (sitting at a computer, watching TV, commuting to and from work, etc).

While technology brings with it obvious benefits, such as getting more done in less time, consolidating our efforts, and connecting us to others at lightning speeds, it has many drawbacks, as well.

Sitting down for prolonged periods of time can cause problems such as chronic back pain, poor posture, and even potentially deadly diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

If you spend a lot of time sitting down for your job, take a look at the specifics of how this can negatively impact your health, according to four experts in the industry:

Brain, neck and shoulder issues

Moving our bodies means more blood and oxygen flowing throughout the brain, which helps us maintain clarity and keeps our minds sharp. However, by sitting for long periods of time, this slows the flow of oxygen and blood to our brains, inhibiting our ability to think clearly.

Also, slumping forward at work to stare at a computer screen puts tremendous strain on the neck, particularly the cervical vertebrae, which connects the spine to your head. Poor posture also damages the back and shoulder muscles, as they become overextended due to leaning over a keyboard for long periods of time.

Back problems

One of the most apparent problems occurs for most people in their backs, as bad posture contributes greatly to back pain, inflexible spines, and disk damage. Moving around causes soft disks between vertebrae in the spine to expand and contract, allowing blood and nutrients in. By sitting too long, the disks become uneven and compact, even causing collagen to build up around tendons and ligaments.

Also, herniated lumbar disks occur more frequently in people who spend prolonged periods of time in front of a computer.

Muscle degeneration

Sitting doesn’t require the use of your ab muscles, and if they go unused for too long, this can actually cause you to develop what’s called swayback, or the unnatural overextension of the spine’s natural arch. Plus, sitting too long decreases overall flexibility, particularly in the hips and back. Flexible hips aid in balancing the body, but by sitting too long, the hip flex or muscles become short and tense.

The glute muscles also become soft after prolonged periods of disuse, and this hinders your ability to take long strides and keep the body stable.

Deterioration of organs

Remaining seated for long periods of time can cause heart disease, cardiovascular disease, and colon cancer. In short, these problems are caused by the overproduction of insulin due to inactivity, and sluggish blood flow to the organs. Regular movement helps kill cancer-causing cells, boosting antioxidants that eliminate these free radicals from taking over the body.

Overproduction of insulin also causes weight gain, which contributes to diabetes and obesity.

Leg Disorders

Obviously, sitting too long will hinder circulation in the legs. This causes blood to pool around the ankles, which then results in swollen ankles, varicose veins, and even harmful blood clots. Another more subtle issue caused by prolonged sitting is that bones become weaker and less dense. Regular activity, such as running or walking, helps keep bones strong and thick. This might explain why so many elderly people today have osteoporosis, as society becomes more and more sedentary.

According to the study, people who watched the most TV over the span of 8.5 years had a 61% greater risk of dying a premature death compared to those who watched less than one hour per day.

So, how can we combat this growing epidemic of inactivity?

First of all, if you DO have to sit for long periods of time for work or other purposes, make sure you sit up straight and avoid slouching or leaning over your keyboard. If you have to, buy an exercise ball, which forces your ab muscles to work and will naturally keep your body straight. You can also use a backless stool if you want something a little more stable than an exercise ball.

Secondly, make sure to get up regularly to stretch. How often should you do this? At least once every thirty minutes, according to experts. Get up and walk around your office for a few minutes as well, which will keep the blood flowing and allow your brain and muscles to function optimally.

Thirdly, you can buy a standing work desk, which will force you to do your work in an upright position. This helps blood and oxygen flow more freely through the body, reducing the risk of blood clots and other dangerous health problems.

Alternatively visit us at Restoring Health Ltd.
You can book in for an initial assessment with one of our LilyPie Clinic Therapists.
We can provide you with a visual and accurate representation of your current posture and body composition.

We make use of the following analysis tools during the initial assessment to ensure that we get the most accurate information possible:

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For an accurate Postural Assessment and Movement Analysis

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For a Photo Finish Fat Analysis.

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Detailed Body Composition Analysis.

 

An Interview with Sam Mostowfi

by Nicola Darling

 

While most teenage boys are sitting at home playing on the Xbox or PlayStation 4, Sam Mostowfi and his elite band of friends are at the gym learning about discipline and camaraderie. He’s only 13 years old, but already Sam is representing his country at an international level and doing us proud.

Like a growing number of families, Sam’s family moved to Maidstone three years ago so that Sam could attend the prestigious Pegasus Gymnastics Club in Tovil. Even more significantly, Sam’s coach decided to make the move too, and he is now part of the coaching team at Pegasus. But their gamble of moving to Maidstone (and all of Sam’s and his coaches’ hard work) seems to be paying off.
Sam bars“After a year of joining Pegasus, I joined the big squad which I never would have thought was possible. And normally to take part in an international competition you have to be 15, but I’ve been selected at 13, so I’m one of the youngest participants ever.”

Sam looks back fondly to the first gym he attended in Brighton, and remembers the coaches being fantastic, but the gym sadly lacked the equipment needed for him to really progress. He boasts about the state of the art facilities at the newly-refurbished Pegasus which include a recreation gym, squad gym, free running area, cross fit and dance studios, conference centre and café. “Where we lived in Brighton we used to walk past an old church building every day. I asked my mum what it was and she told me it was a gym. I wanted to join but I was too young and had to wait. I joined as soon as I was old enough and rose up through the ranks to join the boys squad. Now I’m at Pegasus in the GB squad.”

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Meet Elle Comacho and Gruff

Representing the United Kingdom at the World Championships in the as part of the UK Canicross team

For centuries dogs have been referred to as man’s best friend, and as a nation of dog lovers (with almost one-quarter of households in the UK owning one) it’s not surprising that Canicross, the sport of running competitively with your dog, is becoming such a popular pastime. You couldn’t ask for a better companion to have by your side whiles battling the forces of nature, Elle Camacho and her dog Gruff do exactly that.

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Elle has been competing with Gruff in Canicross for several years and is also a member of the British sled dog Sports Federation. Elle no longer only competes with Gruff but has recently taken on a new team-mate (another rescue dog) a Collie X Podenca as her primary Canicross dog. Elle  is focusing on the scooter division with Gruff and competing in both events on the same day would be too staining on him.

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Elle took part in her first ever 50 mile ultra race this year beating the clock, she is now ready for the next 100 mile challenge in April next year and with the team at Restoring Health helping with preparation she is feeling pretty confident.

The highlights of Elle’s image6year so far was the amazing adventure she and Gruff took part in during August, the race called the Trophee des Montagnes. This exciting adventure took place in the beautiful French Alps, an 8 day 10 stage Canicross Race. With 280 adults competitors from across Europe only 184 crossed the finish line of the last stage!
Racing 5-10km each day, sometimes twice a day; up, down and around the ski slopes surrounding L’Alpes d’Huez.

 “ It was really tough on my legs and the weather played mind games! One race it was nearly 38 degrees and yet another had horizontal rain, thunder and lightning (guess which conditions the British Team excelled in!)”

They successfully set out to finish all stages the race uninjured and Gruff was absolutely amazing! He was eager to race everyday and even managed to curb his enthusiasm by slowing  down when Elle was whimpering with terror at the steep downhills and sometimes vertical drops that they were traversing. Both Elle and Gruff had an amazing experience!

Elle and Gruff both enjoy competing and with the added benefits of exercise, mind stimulation and social interaction no one could blame them! Yet they also have to show tremendous commitment and determination; Elle generally runs 5 days a week and some days without Gruff as he does not enjoy the interval seasons. Currently Elle has started working with a running coach who has set up a training plan to challenge them in all different aspects of different events with recommendations from Deborah of course. So come rain, come shine or any kind of weather (apart from blizzards and lighting storms) they are to be found out training!

image2Elle and Gruff are yet to win a competition but are currently ranked 3rd in England and 5th in the UK in the Scooter category.
They have just taken part in the two-day European Championships in Scotland placing 5th in the Women’s Scooter Division and 21st in the Women’s Canicross Division.

They will hopefully be competing at the World Championships in Canada at the end of October.
We are supporting her by trying to raise the funds to get her there. So help us support this amazing lady on her journey by giving generous donations via www.crowdfunder.co.uk/gruffIFSS or through sponsorship (please contact Elle via Restoring Health if you would like to help her!!)
We all wish her and her furry team mates the best of luck!

Photographs of Elle supplied by:
Houndscape Photography
and Fay Frost Photography 

 

*Update: Unfortunately Elle was unable to raise the funds needed to compete at the World Championship in Canada this year, but with her dedication and determination in this sport we are eager to see what lies ahead for this amazing lady.