by Maggie Davis

08312016_2Massage has always been a huge part of what we do here. We are not just a chiropractor’s office with a massage therapist on the staff. We are a team of therapists and doctors working together to promote the optimum wellness for you.

Massage is literally the foundation of the practice. When Body Logic began in 2006, it was formed as a massage therapy clinic. In 2009, chiropractic and nutrition was added to the practice and Body Logic began to truly take on the form that we see today. At Body Logic, the muscles play just as big of a role as the alignment of the joints. Therefore, massage is part of the treatment program for many people whether it is for tension of the muscles or the emotional component behind the pain. This results in the chiropractic treatments being much more effective and the patient/client feeling lightyears better.

As many here know, before coming on board as the Office Manager, I spent my first year 08222016_1here as a massage therapist. When I first started working with Dr. Amanda and Dr. Scott, I quickly realized just how important they saw massage therapy and what an integral role that it played in their treatment plans for their patients. In all the years that I have done bodywork, communication between therapist and doctor has been a very disjointed venture with much of the information being relayed from the therapist to the doctor and vice versa through the patient and this was if the doctor was willing to consider massage for the patient/client at all. The information often came in a few words or muscle names written on a post-it note or a client trying to remember what anatomical terms the doctor used in discussing treatment with them.

08222016_4So, to give you a little ‘behind the scenes’ look into the realm of the massage-chiropractic connection at Body Logic, here is some insight. Everyone who is seen here has a file regarding their treatment. What makes things different as far as the treatment and level of care is that the file is the same for massage and chiropractic. The doctors can look at the therapists’ notes and vice versa. We are also able to make notes and recommendations for the other side to see. Ok, so I know what you’re saying- “what does that do for ME?” Well, the simple answer is- A LOT. This level of communication between all members of your wellness team means that the doctors and the therapists are looking at your body and your treatment plan in terms of your whole body and not just as the parts that hurt or the areas of anatomy they specialize in. It is not uncommon here for your doctor and your massage therapist to actually speak before and after treatment about your care and what each are seeing or feeling while working with you.08222016_3

I could go on and on for days about what an amazing team of doctors and therapists we have here. However, most of you reading this probably already know this. So, what is important for me to share with you is how amazing and unique the massage-chiropractic connection is here and how Body Logic’s approach to using both to help people ‘move better, feel better, live better’ sets this practice apart from any place I have ever had the pleasure of doing massage. As we gear up to move into our new space in the coming weeks, we are excited for all the ways that we can work as a team to help you, your family, and our community feel the very best.

Massage-Chiropractic Connection

by Maggie Davis

Massage has always been a huge part of what we do here. We are not just a chiropractor’s office with a massage therapist on the staff. We are a team of therapists and doctors working together to … Read More

These bars are great for keeping something healthy on hand when you’re schedule doesn’t always allow for the preparation of healthy snacks.

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Ingredients
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup mixed seeds, such as pumpkin, sunflower, flax and sesame
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup maple syrup
A pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups mixed dried fruit, such as raisins, cherries, apricots, blueberries, pears, figs and cranberries. (They should be chopped to the same size for consistency.)
A shake of cinnamon
Directions
Preheat the oven to 350F and line a 9×9″ baking pan with parchment paper or foil, letting a few inches hang over side of pan. Spray with nonstick spray.
Spread oats and seeds on a rimmed baking sheet and toast in the oven just until golden and fragrant, 6 to 8 minutes, shaking pan once.
In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar, oil, honey, maple syrup and salt over medium heat. Cook, stirring often, until smooth and starting to bubble. Transfer the toasted oats and seeds to a mixing bowl. add the dried fruit and cinnamon and pour the hot sugar mixture overtop. Stir well with a heat-proof spatula, then spread into the prepared pan.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden. Cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Using the overhanging foil or paper, lift out of pan and place on a cutting board; cut into squares or bars. Makes about 2 dozen bars.

‘Mom on the Go’ Bars

These bars are great for keeping something healthy on hand when you’re schedule doesn’t always allow for the preparation of healthy snacks.

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August 9th at 6PM

Emotions and Aromatherapy

Maggie will be teaching about the science behind essential oils can have an impact on the emotional side of the brain and how we can literally use essential oils to reprogram our brain to feel better! Call 757-427-0355 or email today to RSVP before seats run out!

Coming Events

 

August 9th at 6PM

Emotions and Aromatherapy

Maggie will be teaching about the science behind essential oils can have an impact on the emotional side of the brain and how we can literally use essential oils to reprogram our … Read More

rosemary We all know that the scent of essential oils can make us happy just by the beauty of their smell. However, what many don’t know is that there is a scientific reason why pleasing smells make us feel a certain way. When we breathe in the scent of essential oils, we are actually breathing in the molecules of the plants themselves. Since these molecules are naturally based, just like we humans are, the molecules of the plant are something that our brain can recognize. Then, much like the proper key in a lock, those molecules can link up via the hypothalamus and directly impact the emotional side of our brains.

So, how can this be of a benefit to us? Well, there is always a time where we would likedownload to feel a little bit happier or a little less tired or even a bit more motivated. After a long and stressful day, diffusing some lavender will help you to feel calmer and more stress-free. If you are studying for exams and need a pick me up to feel less tired, smelling the oil of peppermint will give you the boost you need to stay alert. A general feeling of being down in the dumps can be lifted by smelling the combination of bergamot and lime.

With a little bit of knowledge, essential oils can be used to help you control your emotions and ‘program’ your brain to be happier and healthier!

Essential Oils and Emotions

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August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month. For all the moms out there that have successfully breastfed or tried to breastfeed and chose not to… we honor you! There are many opinions regarding whether or not breastfeeding should be promoted. However, when we break things down scientifically there is a specific physiological process allowing the human body to naturally make milk for a newborn to grow and develop. Anatomically and physiologically, women’s bodies were designed to do it. It was only in the last 150 years that another option, formula, was made available. For some babies, this may be their only source of food for the first 6-12 months of life. According to Healthy People 2020 and research conducted from 2007-2009: 74% of infants born in 2006 were ever breastfed at least once, 43.5% of babies were breastfed at 6 months of age, and 22.7% of babies were breastfed at 1 year of age. We are now 10 years removed from this study and, given the spotlight breastfeeding has been in lately, I’d venture to say the breastfeeding population is growing. If you or a loved one chooses to breastfeed, please share the nutritional information below. Unfortunately, the average American diet is not what we want to be feeding our children, especially in the early developmental stages. Many moms struggle to have enough of a supply to exclusively breastfeed. Here are some recommendations that can help both mom and baby have a healthy and successful breastfeeding experience, adapted from BabyCenter.com:

  1. Eat a well-balanced diet for your health. As a woman, the body endures a lot during pregnancy. There is a high demand of energy needed to not only grow a baby, but to provide food for a baby post-partum as well. Just like putting the appropriate fuel in your car to drive it, you need to put the proper foods in your body to use it to its fullest potential. And before anyone asks: No, ice-cream does not help make up a “well-balanced diet,” sorry!
  2. Don’t count calories. Women frequently get frustrated with the weight gain associated with pregnancy. If you were a healthy weight to begin with and gained the recommended 25-35lbs, don’t worry! The weight will come off. Counting calories can take you down a path of unhealthy choices. For example: one cup of sliced avocado, one of the healthiest foods available, has 234 calories, 21g of fat, and 1g sugar. An avocado packed full of nutrients is a better option than a chocolate cupcake that, on average, has only 172 calories, 8g of fat, and 20g of sugar.
  3. Include a variety of healthy foods. When a newborn enters the picture, it is easy to stick with the same, simple meals as it is convenient. The body, however, needs a variety of nutrients to function at its best. Think about having all of the colors of the rainbow in your diet. And before anyone asks: funfetti cupcakes do not count as eating the rainbow! Check out this link for an easy breakdown of the different colors and their benefits.
  4. Choose healthy fats. We need a variety of fats in our diet on a daily basis. However, not all fats are created equal. Saturated fats, most often found in animal meat and dairy products, should be consumed sparingly. Trans fats should be avoided entirely as they are the only fats that actually lower our good cholesterol (HDL). On the other hand, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, which includes the Omega-3 fatty acids, are healthy and provide nutrients that are beneficial to the mother and the baby. These healthy fats can be found olive oil, avocados, fish, and nuts.
  5. Take extra steps to avoid contaminants. It is highly recommended that you wash your produce and know the sources of your foods. For the mother’s and baby’s sake, try to avoid avoid ingesting pesticides or other chemical irritants, including the fake sugars (Ex: NutraSweet).
  6. Eat fish- the right fish. A lot of women mourn the fact that they need to avoid sushi, or raw fish, while pregnant. However, consuming fish post-partum, especially cold water fish, can be quite beneficial. Cold-water fish include salmon, tuna, shrimp, tilapia, etc. and contain high levels of DHA, EPA, and Omega-3 fatty acids. These components are very beneficial for brain and eye development for the newborn.
  7. Limit the alcohol. This one may seem like common sense simply because alcohol does temporarily enter breast milk after consumption and is not healthy for babies to consume. However, there are even more reasons that it is better to avoid alcohol while breastfeeding. First, alcohol intake can affect the milk letdown reflex.  Second, alcoholic beverages usually do not contain any healthy nutrients for the body and are often “empty calories.” Lastly, alcohol is a diuretic which can lead to dehydration negatively impacting the mother and, potentially, the milk supply. If you do want a drink, please be safe and consider your baby’s health as well as your own.
  8. Keep taking your vitamins. As much as we’d like to think we can get all of our nutrients from food, we don’t. As a mother, your body is depleted and probably exhausted. Continuing with healthy dietary supplementation can make a world of difference by providing nutrients not readily available in our foods. If you are willing and able to consume mustard and beet greens with a side of calf’s liver, you may not need supplementation. Otherwise, I recommend continuing to take your vitamins!

For other helpful sources of information regarding dietary recommendations for pregnancy, please see below:

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/infant-and-toddler-health/in-depth/breastfeeding-nutrition/art-20046912

http://www.llli.org/nb/nbmarapr04p44.html

Breastfeeding: A Nutritional Approach

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I would venture to say that most of us realize the female body goes through significant changes during pregnancy. Pregnancy can be a wonderful and exciting process; however it is not without its physical challenges. Luckily, chiropractic care can be extremely beneficial to help manage the aches and pains as well as postural changes that accompany pregnancy. 

Is chiropractic care safe during pregnancy?

According to the American Pregnancy Association, “There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. All chiropractors are trained to work with women who are pregnant. Investing in the fertility and pregnancy wellness of women who are pregnant or trying to conceive is a routine treatment for most chiropractors.”

http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/chiropracticcare.html

What anatomical changes take place?

One of the biggest changes is posture… you know, that “pregnant walk.” The body accommodates for the additional weight from the fetus and placenta. The pelvis naturally begins to tilt forward (anterior pelvic tilt) to adapt to the additional structures as well as to accommodate for the overall weight gain. As weight is added, the center of gravity changes and the abdomen is drawn forward. The degree of change varies from woman to woman. The changes, regardless of degree, can cause a significant amount of low back discomfort. The joints in the back of the spine (facet joints) and lumbosacral joint at the base of the spine can become compressed. The compressed joints send pain signals to the brain, thus making it very difficult for a woman to get comfortable, particularly while standing.
As the abdomen and pelvis are drawn forward, the muscles in the back shorten, causing stiffness in the low back and gluteal region. As these muscles tighten, nerves, such as the Sciatic Nerve, can become impinged. The impingement of nerves can cause additional low back pain as well as pain down the legs.

Changes also take place throughout the mid-back. Breast tissue enlarges to allow for the possibility of milk production. The additional weight pulls on the front of the chest, straining the musculature in the mid-back to fight against the pull forward. The muscles in turn stress the spinal joints (vertebral joints) and rib joints (costovertebral joints) in the back causing discomfort. Occasionally, breathing can become stressed and uncomfortable due to improper joint motion. If the joints are not moving and gliding properly, they can cause pain and also inhibit proper inflation of the lungs making it difficult to take a deep breath.

The combined changes in the mid-back and low back can travel down and add pressure to the knees and feet. Often women shift their weight slightly down the legs causing hyperextension of the knees and more pressure on the ball of the feet as opposed to the heal. Plantar fasciitis and pressure within the joints of the feet may result.

What can chiropractic do to help relieve anatomical challenges?

Chiropractors are educated to keep the joints moving, even under stressful conditions! A variety of techniques exist to alleviate the stress by adjusting and manipulating the joints, including the back, ribs, arms and legs. The soft tissue (muscles and ligaments) can also be treated to relieve the tightness and compression they may place on the nerves. Treatment techniques change throughout the pregnancy to adapt to the later protruding abdomen and hormonal changes. Chiropractic care can also help with the post-natal changes that take place after birth. The birthing process can be traumatic on the body. To return the body to its pre-baby size and structure can be eased with the help of a chiropractor. Less stress for the mom means less stress for the baby! Don’t we all want to bring a baby into a healthy and pain-free environment?!

Please note: When seeing any health care professional, it is important that you inform him/her of any discomfort during pregnancy. He/she is trained to determine where the discomfort is coming from and what can be done to help.

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There is so much happening at Body Logic that we don’t want anyone to miss a single thing. The best way to stay in the know is to like us on Facebook!

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