070716As I wrote the last progression blog entry, it really got me thinking about the communication and interaction we have with our patients. Simply put… we get to meet a lot of cool people! When Dr. Scott and I moved to the Virginia Beach area we only knew one person (and really it was him that only knew one person) and we started a life for ourselves. Twists and turns occurred in the first 3-4 months and I found myself searching for an office to build our dreams. Who knew we’d end up in, what I consider one of the best parts of Virginia Beach, but we get to meet a variety of wholesome and hardworking individuals. To our military patients, thank you for your service and giving us the opportunity to help you. To our elder patients, thank you for giving us the opportunity to use our hands to help you move better, feel better, and live better. To our families of patients, thank you for trusting us with your loved ones. And to our staff, thank you for providing the quality of care that we feel is a standard that must be upheld for our community. I have a couple of stories…

Jenna

I had the unique and honored privilege to work on a patient that was not only the toughest woman I’ve ever known, but one of the funniest too! Sadly, the world lost this amazing person at the young age of 43 just this year as she was finally taken by cancer. She fought like no one I know. I can count at least 4 times that she came into the office and shared with me “it’s back,” but she never gave up her fight. Jenna had a unique form of cancer that resulted in the removal of a significant amount of muscle around the left side of her neck. This was early on in the 4-6 years that I treated her on and off. My story relates to the first time I adjusted her neck post-surgery. The scar tissue that had built up from the procedures was extensive. The lack of muscle resulted in altered mechanics and range of motion leaving Jenna in a significant amount of chronic pain. For all of my chiropractic colleagues out there… this was a scary neck to work on! The first time we agreed to try manual manipulation I felt the lump in my throat as I placed my hands in the proper position on her neck. I prayed… that’s all I could think to do… that I would help her feel relief. She breathed in and out and BAM! I moved that neck. I don’t think I breathed until I saw the smile erupt on her face and her eyes tear up as she exclaimed “Damn girl! That felt amazing!!” My eyes welled up and we had a good laugh that it was a good thing I didn’t break her. Her response was simply “I trusted you and anything was going to feel better than what I’ve been going through.” We continued to manipulate her neck in between surgeries and other cancer treatments. To this day, I thank Jenna for giving me the confidence to trust my heart and hands that I would do my best for her. Every time I adjusted her neck she would thank me and say “See you in two weeks!” All of the massage therapists that had the pleasure of working with her made a huge impact as well. Without that quality massage prior to her adjustments, it would have been more challenging for me to induce the movement needed. As always, team work prevails… She will always be remembered as one of my favorite patients.

Kids

NaomiI LOVE working with children… of all ages. I started going to a chiropractor around 12 years of age. My swimming career and a pesky neck that likes to give me headaches inspired my parents to give it a try. It is my goal with every baby, toddler, and adolescent to provide a positive experience so they can gain the benefits of chiropractic care as they grow into adults. I feel honored to say that the youngest patient I have worked on (other than our daughter) was only 4 days old. He broke the record set by his older brother who was only 11 days old when I first saw him. Now for those of you not familiar with chiropractic, it’s a totally different adjustment than how adults are treated. Gentle and specific is the plan of action with kids. My story relates to our very own Whitney, Body Logic’s Customer Service Coordinator. Her daughter, Naomi, was born in September 2015. Whitney brought her in for her first adjustments around 2 weeks old. Naomi was such a little peanut… but wiggly! I performed my typical mobilizations and placed her on her stomach along my legs to evaluate her pelvis and hips. Within what seemed like seconds little Naomi was fast asleep on my legs!! One of the greatest benefits of chiropractic care is the relaxation it provides the nervous system. For a little infant just trying to make it in this big, bad world a relaxed nervous system is a blessing! It was one of the most precious chiropractic moments I’ve had. I thank ALL the parents out there that have trusted me with their children. Whether an infant or a teenager, I now understand as a mom how terrifying it is to trust someone with your child. It is an honor to help your family.

“D”

Just like children, I have a special place in my heart for my elder patients. The treatment approach taken with this population can be very different than younger patients. Quality of life and performing the activities of daily living become the primary focus. “D” started treatment at the young age of 79. To be honest she has one of the worst backs I have ever seen. Her scoliosis had progressed considerably due to a lack of muscle strength and poor posture by the time my hands got on her. I had a challenge in front of me. We worked mostly seated as she could not tolerate lying down due to her curvatures. I manually mobilized hearing audible releases at times and utilized the Activator. What amazed me the most was her constant determination and motivation to be young again. I look back at the hours we spent together over 4 years of treatment and I think I gained more than she did. The stories I heard… and heard again as she slowly declined with dementia. The strong language she used at times always gave me a chuckle as I wouldn’t expect it! And the wisdom she shared as a woman and the challenges she faced over the years further motivated me to continue moving forward and growing as an individual. Sometimes it’s just the talking that can help a patient feel better and I think that was my primary role for “D.” Although I don’t treat her anymore as she now lives in an assisted living home, I still get updates from her son. I feel blessed that she crossed my path and I will always remember the wisdom and laughs she shared.

We Are the Lucky Ones

As I wrote the last progression blog entry, it really got me thinking about the communication and interaction we have with our patients. Simply put… we get to meet a lot of cool people! When Dr. Scott and I moved … Read More

Communication in today’s medical industry is much different than it was just 10 years ago. We are considering text message reminders for patients!? Unfortunately, I feel that the change in communication and the stress placed on our medical professionals is starting to result in patients feeling less engaged in their own health. At Body Logic, we strive to develop a strong relationship with our patients and clients so they know we have their health as our top priority.

While attending chiropractic school, Dr. Scott and I were trained in a variety of different techniques for communicating with patients. There was a strong emphasis on “listening.” We were told “Listen to your patients. They will tell you the diagnosis and your examination simply confirms it.” Now, I should clarify that a patient telling us that he diagnosed himself by googling his symptoms is not what I am referencing. The questions we ask during a consultation and the health history provided is where we gather our information to determine the diagnosis. This is exactly why our new patient appointments are 45 minutes long. We need time to listen… and ask all of those questions!

Sometimes, our questions may seem unrelated, but we have a method to our madness! For example, inquiring about a patient’s diet and water intake is not because we’re nosy. The answers help us understand and analyze sources of irritation to the body. Hydration status, or the amount of water a person drinks, has a direct effect on the health and function of the muscles. A patient’s diet has a direct effect on inflammation within the body which can directly impact pain levels. In order to help our patients to the best of our ability we need to use communication as a diagnostic tool.

One of the advantages of running our own practice is scheduling a greater amount of time for subsequent patient visits. Many chiropractic practices limit doctor-patient interaction to only 5 minutes. We have found greater success and faster results by providing additional time allowing for continued communication throughout treatment. Our patients deserve the time needed to improve their health and reach their goals. In the new space we will continue to provide high quality care and not sacrifice interactions with our patients.

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Communication and Chiropractic Care

Communication in today’s medical industry is much different than it was just 10 years ago. We are considering text message reminders for patients!? Unfortunately, I feel that the change in communication and the stress placed on our medical professionals is … Read More

Stress is a major topic of conversation in the medical community these days.  We are quickly learning how detrimental high stress levels can be for our health.  Among many other functions, the adrenal glands in the body are intended to help internally adapt to different environmental stresses we are faced with. The adrenal glands are small structures that sit on top of our kidneys and release different hormones such as adrenal, epinephrine, and cortisol, depending on the body’s needs.  Many of these hormones are intended to be released only intermittently as a person senses danger.  In today’s world, however, we are constantly battling elevated stress levels which causes increased demand on the adrenal glands… and they can only handle so much!  Once the adrenal glands have been working overtime for too long, signs of adrenal exhaustion begin to show up.  Some of these signs and symptoms include the following: insomnia, chronic fatigue, exercise intolerance, brain fog, dry skin, joint pain, inability to lose weight, etc.  Body Logic will be holding a presentation specifically regarding Adrenal Health later this month.  Check out our upcoming events and sign up today!

Besides the need to improve stress management skills there is nutritional support available to assist the adrenal glands and their function.  We are highlighting two products this month showing the range of support available.  It is highly recommended that you speak with one of the doctors to discuss what may be best for you.

drenamin-90-tabletsDrenamin– A Standard Process Product

Adrenal stress is often accompanied by fatigue and emotional imbalance.  Drenamin provides key nutrients that assist in the following: promoting healthy adrenal function, encourgaing a healthy response to everyday environmental stresses and supports immune system function, maintaining energy production, supporting a balanced mood, and providing anti-oxidant support.

 

thAdrenal Complex– A Mediherb Product

This product is a more potent approach to supporting the adrenal glands.  It utilizes herbs such as Licorice and Rehmannia to help restore adrenal function when it is significantly reduced by long term exposure to stress.  If appropriate for the individual, Adrenal Complex is a great starting point to boost the adrenal glands for healthy functioning and energy production.  Prior to taking this supplement, it is essential to speak with your healthcare professional as its use may be contraindicated in certain circumstances due to the medicinal and therapeutic potency of the herbs.

**Please note that these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.

 

Support for the Adrenal Glands

Stress is a major topic of conversation in the medical community these days.  We are quickly learning how detrimental high stress levels can be for our health.  Among many other functions, the adrenal glands in the body are intended to … Read More

military-logosPracticing in Virginia Beach has allowed us the opportunity to serve our military and their healthcare needs. Recent research shows that there is a high prevalence of both acute and chronic episodes of low back pain due to high levels of physical activity. In fact, a study of 15,268 active duty military personnel concluded that back conditions had the greatest cumulative risk of disability. There are multiple studies that are currently being conducted to determine the best treatment protocols for such conditions. Preliminary results are indicating that chiropractic care is at the top of the list for effective management. This is great news! However, there is very little availability for covered chiropractic care in the military.

Although, Tricare claims coverage is available, it is only available at their locations where chiropractors are employed. If you look up chiropractic care coverage through Tricare’s website you’ll see that there are only 4 locations in the state of Virginia where chiropractic care is available for coverage for our active duty and veteran members. Luckily one of the locations is Portsmouth Naval Hospital; however, it can be quite difficult to get scheduled in a timely manner and challenging to make the drive from Virginia Beach. It should also be noted that dependents are not included in the coverage. We frequently receive phone calls inquiry about Tricare coverage for chiropractic. It is challenging to explain to patients that we can not submit to Tricare through our office. The American Chiropractic Association continues to lobby on Capitol Hill for more coverage. While we wait to see progress being made, Body Logic is here to help!

Both Dr. Amanda and Dr. Scott had the unique opportunity to intern at the Buffalo VA Medical Center while completing their doctorates. Serving veterans was both rewarding and educational. It also created a passion for serving those who serve us. On average Body Logic sees patients and clients that are active duty, reservists, or veterans on a daily basis. Patient activities range from standing on steel decks, flying at high velocities, hand-to-hand combat, or sitting at computers monitoring our safety.  The mental and physical stresses that our military face can be devastating to the musculoskeletal system. We treat acute sprain/strain conditions as well as degenerative changes that include herniated discs. With the integration of therapeutic massage we can treat both the skeletal and muscular systems which has a positive effect on the nervous system. By lowering stress through improved mobility and reduced pain levels our military patients and clients are able to be more effective and productive at work. It is extremely satisfying to serve our military as they serve us.

We provide discounted rates for our patients that have to pay at the time of service due to lack of insurance coverage, such as the case for our military. Don’t let cost discourage you! Body Logic is here to help you get the care and treatment you need to continue working at the highest capacity. It is our honor and we thank you for your service.

References:

http://tricare.mil/CoveredServices/IsItCovered/ChiropracticCare.aspx
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2732249/
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2841162/
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19585768
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23060056
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3081238/

Chiropractic Care and Military

Practicing in Virginia Beach has allowed us the opportunity to serve our military and their healthcare needs. Recent research shows that there is a high prevalence of both acute and chronic episodes of low back pain due to high levels … Read More

 

Ingredients
1/4 cup egg substitute
1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1/4 cup dried cherries
3 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
1 pound lean ground turkey
4 whole wheat hamburger buns, split

Directions
In a large bowl, combine the egg substitute, bread crumbs, cherries and feta cheese. Crumble turkey over mixture and mix well. Shape into four patties.
Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack. Grill, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 5-7 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 165° and juices run clear. Serve on buns.

Savory and Sweet Turkey Burgers

 

Ingredients 1/4 cup egg substitute 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs 1/4 cup dried cherries 3 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese 1 pound lean ground turkey 4 whole wheat hamburger buns, split

Directions In a large bowl, combine the egg substitute, … Read More

Celebrate our country’s birthday with a massage! 

To show how much we appreciate the

military in our community,

we are giving $10 OFF of any massage

for the ENTIRE MONTH OF JULY!

Must show active duty or retired military ID at time of massage.

Purchase in store now until July 31st.

 

July Massage Special

Celebrate our country’s birthday with a massage! 

To show how much we appreciate the

military in our community,

we are giving $10 OFF of any massage

for the ENTIRE MONTH OF JULY!

Must show active duty or retired military ID … Read More

 

Free Workshops

Movement for Low Back Pain
July 8 at 5:30 with Brian Uniatowski, Personal Trainer at Anytime Fitness with 19 years experience and 11 years experience working as an OT in both post trauma / post surgical pain management. Contact info: bstaynfit@gmail.com.
Come learn ways to move and build strength properly to help combat low back pain.

Stress and Adrenals
July 26th at 6 PM with Dr. Amanda
Stress can play a huge part in your mood and energy. This class will cover how to fight the stress bug and how to help the body recover from years of overtaxed adrenals.

 

 

 

July Upcoming Events

 

Free Workshops

Movement for Low Back Pain July 8 at 5:30 with Brian Uniatowski, Personal Trainer at Anytime Fitness with 19 years experience and 11 years experience working as an OT in both post trauma / post surgical pain … Read More

Insects are a not so fun part of the summer experience. However, synthetic and chemical pest repellents are not the healthiest option, especially for children and the elderly. These natural options below are a much healthier alternative!

Ingredients

2 cups raw apple cider vinegar
2 cups water
20 drops rosemary essential oil
10 drops lemongrass essential oil
10 drops cilantro essential oil
10 drops melaleuca essential oil

Combine in a spray bottle and use on self or surfaces to keep flies and other buggies away.

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For a ready made option, use doTERRA’s TerraShield Spray available at www.mydoterra.com/bodylogicvb.

This premade blend contains Ylang Ylang Flower, Nootka Wood, Cedarwood Wood, Catnip, Lemon Eucalyptus, Litsea Fruit, Arborvitae Wood essential oils and Vanilla Bean Absolute in a base of Fractionated Coconut Oil and Tamanu Seed Oil in a portable, easy to use method.

 

Homemade Natural Bug Spray

Insects are a not so fun part of the summer experience. However, synthetic and chemical pest repellents are not the healthiest option, especially for children and the elderly. These natural options below are a much healthier alternative!

Ingredients

2 cups … Read More