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July Happenings at Body Logic

July is a VERY busy month at Body Logic… and we want YOU to know all about it! Here are the important things to take note of:
1) One of the highlights of the month is that Whitney will be taking some leave at the end of the month. Her little bundle of joy is scheduled to arrive during that time so she we will be taking her maternity leave. We wish her and her family all the very best as they welcome a new addition.
2) Tuesday, July 11 at 6:00 PM, Dr. Amanda will be holding a class “All About Arthritis.” This class will be the last scheduled class until the Fall- and it will be full of very vital information on an increasingly common condition that now affects a large population of people.
3) To celebrate July 4th and our nation’s birthday, we’re taking $4 off all massages for the month of July! Be sure to call ahead and schedule your July appointment today to take advantage of this offering! (Not to be combined with any other offers)
4) Summer is one of our favorite times of the year because it brings to us many new faces! We welcome all of our new and returning visitors from out of town and look forward to helping everyone feel their very best while they are here. To all of our year-long massage members, please be sure to pre-book your Summer appointments soon to ensure that you preferred time slots are available during these busier months!

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Essential Oils for Arthritis

Arthritis is something that a good majority of people experience in some capacity at some point in their life. There are various types of arthritis but what it boils down to is an inflammation of the joint (or joints). Common arthritis joint symptoms include swelling, pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion. There are various factors that contribute to arthritis such as genetics, nutrition, injuries, and more. There are various methods to treating arthritis as well; however, one way that many people don’t think of to provide relief from the symptoms of arthritis is in using essential oils.

Many of us have used topical muscle/joint rubs and creams to help relieve pain. However, many of them smell unpleasant and contain chemicals that we don’t necessarily want to be absorbing into the body. Essential oils are a natural and often more effective way to help support a healthier musculoskeletal system with less aches and pains. Here are some great oils that you can mix a few drops into some natural lotion or massage oil to rub into arthritic joints for relief!

Frankincense
Boswellia serrata, or more commonly referred to as Frankincense, has been revered throughout history for its powerful healing properties. Known as the “King of Oils,” it affects the body on a cellular level to support healthy cell function and to reduce inflammation in the body. For this reason, it is a wonderful combatant against the inflammation associated with arthritis. A few drops in the bath tub or even applied directly and massaged into the joint of concern can help promote joint health.

Lemongrass
This one is another great oil for inflammation of the joints that also helps with muscle pain. Often the body tends to compensate for cranky joints by tensing up the muscles which can create more soreness. Adding a few drops of lemongrass to a few cups of Epsom salts for a nice soak can help alleviate the pain from both the muscles and the joints.

Rosemary
This oil is great for helping to get fluid moving in the body. When joints are swollen and fluid is building up there, it is important to get the swelling down to restore function and mobility in the joint. Adding a few drops of rosemary essential oil to your favorite massage oil or fractionated coconut oil and using to massage into the affected joint is a great way to help your body process the build up of fluid better.

Peppermint
Inflammation is hot and peppermint is cooling. Sounds simple enough, right? Well, it really is that simple. To take away some of that heat in your joint, add a few drops of peppermint to your favorite natural lotion or cream and rub into the affected muscles and joint for nearly instant relief and comfort.
Want more information about the essential oils that we use and other ways that they can be used for your health and wellness? Be sure to visit our essential oils page at www.mydoterra.com/bodylogicvb or like us on Facebook for weekly tips and information on these oils.

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Lemon Herb Salmon & Zucchini

Salmon and fresh veggies are the perfect combo for supporting healthy joints. Plus, the addition of anti inflammatory herbs makes this a great way to help combat the symptoms of arthritis.
INGREDIENTS:
4 zucchini, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried dill
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano**
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme**
1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary**
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
4 (5-ounce) salmon fillets
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
DIRECTIONS:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with nonstick spray.
In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, lemon juice, Dijon, garlic, dill, oregano, thyme and rosemary; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.
Place zucchini in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add salmon in a single layer and brush each salmon filet with herb mixture.
Place into oven and cook until the fish flakes easily with a fork, about 16-18 minutes.
**Essential oils of certain herbs can be used for a flavorful substitute of dried herbs. They will still have the same therapeutic, inflammation fighting benefits as dried herbs. It is recommended to dip a toothpick into a drop of the essential oil and stirring into the lemon juice and other ingredients to season to taste. When cooking with essential oils, starting small and building up the flavor is key.

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Body Logic Welcomes Dr. Matt!

 

We are happy to announce that Dr. Matthew Steele will be joining our Body Logic team starting in July 2017.

Dr. Matt received his Bachelor of Science degree from Clarkson University.  He majored in psychology with minors in biology and cognitive neuroscience.  He furthered his education at New York Chiropractic College receiving his Doctorate of Chiropractic in 2016.

Dr. Matt was born and raised in western New York, where he was very active in athletics including cross-country, swimming, and track.  These activities helped him to gain an appreciation for healthcare at a young age and an interest in health sciences. After first experiencing low back pain caused by running, he was introduced to the chiropractic approach to treatment.  From having personally benefited from positive results through chiropractic care; he then began his journey toward becoming a chiropractor.  Since the beginning of his career, he has been inspired by many experiences along the way.

While attending NYCC, Dr. Matt had the opportunity to work with a variety of patients.  He completed several rotations throughout the Rochester area including working at Monroe Community Hospital, St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center, and the Rochester Veteran Affairs Outpatient Clinic.   He utilized his education to provide a comprehensive, whole-body approach to health and wellness.  Additionally, he helped co-manage complex cases with other healthcare professionals exposing him to some of the latest advancements in the industry.  Dr. Matt has a passion for educating his patients and to empower others to live a pain-free, active lifestyle.

Beyond the traditional curriculum, Dr. Matt took numerous elective courses enhancing his skills in ConnecTX instrument-assisted soft tissue therapy (similar to FAKTR), Activator Technique, and Sacro Occipital Technique.  He also advanced his training and became certified in both Webster Technique and RockTape applications (a method of Kinesiology Taping).  Having a broad scope of treatment modalities equips Dr. Matt with the ability to treat ailments of all kinds.

Dr. Matt loves the outdoors, continues to maintain a physically active lifestyle, and is looking forward to becoming a part of the Virginia Beach community while enjoying all it has to offer.

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My Doctor Says I Have Arthritis, What Does that Mean?

The very simple definition of arthritis is “inflammation of one or more joints.” According to the CDC arthritis affects 54.4 million adults in the U.S. or more than 1 in 4 people. The most common symptoms are pain and stiffness and is a common cause of chronic pain.

Sounds simple, right? Not so much. There are many different forms of arthritis, causes for it, and ways of treating it. Here’s a little breakdown of the different types of arthritis.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis, affecting over 30 million Americans. It can also be referred to as “degenerative joint disease.” OA is characterized by damage or breakdown of the cartilage and bone within the joint. In the spine, OA is referred to as “degenerative disc disease” or “DDD.”

Symptoms include pain, stiffness, decreased range of motion and swelling in the affected joint. To diagnosis OA, your doctor should perform a physical examination, x-rays, and lab tests. This form of arthritis has previously thought to be caused by “wear and tear.” However, recent research is suggesting that there is an auto-immune component meaning the body is attacking its own joints related to lifestyle choices and family history.

Inflammatory Arthritis is an overall term for the different types of arthritis that are characterized by inflammation of the joints AND other tissues. Types of inflammatory arthritis include Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (Lupus), and more. These forms of arthritis are classified as auto-immune diseases, meaning the body is attacking its own tissues causing the damage. Auto-immune diseases are more frequently genetically related; however, research is showing that lifestyle choices, such as smoking, are playing just as much of role contributing to the onset and severity of the condition.

The typical arthritis symptoms are seen in these cases, but sometimes with more severity.There are frequently other symptoms seen with inflammatory arthritis because of the affect on other tissues. This can include skin rashes, eye inflammation, hair loss, dry mouth, and fever. In these cases, diagnosis is essential to determine proper treatment methods. Health history and physical examination help guide the diagnosis, but it is confirmed through lab tests and advanced imaging. We highly recommend working with your family physician, chiropractor, and a rheumatologist to best manage the symptoms.

What can Body Logic do to help? We offer relief! The Arthritis Foundation recommends both massage therapy and chiropractic care as treatment options for arthritis management. The symptoms of arthritis directly impact the musculoskeletal system. Both massage and chiropractic can improve circulation throughout the body, especially in the joints and muscles affected by the disease process. If you have been diagnosed with arthritis, it’s important to speak with your massage therapist and chiropractor about your symptoms and areas of chief complaint so those areas can be addressed appropriately depending on the type and severity of your condition. We are here to listen and help!

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Fight Arthritis Symptoms With Food!

The “-itis” portion of the word arthritis simply refers to the inflammatory component of the disease. Inflammation has been a common theme throughout the year whether we’re talking about heart disease or Diabetes. Here’s yet another reason to address it! Luckily, we have control in one area of our lives… we can choose to have a positive impact by making good choices when it comes to our diets. Check out these options… and they’re tasty!

 

  1. Wild-caught Fish- fish is a great resource of the naturally occurring anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids. It is recommended to eat 3-4 oz. at least twice per week. The best fish to eat? Salmon, Tuna, and other cold-water fish. Bon appétit!
  2. Fruits and Veggies- the more colorful, the better! Fruits like the berries and cherries are packed full of anti-oxidants. Pineapple contains bromelain, which is naturally anti-inflammatory. Vegetables such as spinach, kale, broccoli and other dark-green leafy vegetables are helpful, too. These should be eaten every day!
  3. Nuts and Seeds- the fiber, protein, and healthy fats of nuts are a great addition to the diet. Keep in mind, we only need a 1.5 oz. serving per day to gain the benefits. You can have too much of a good thing! The most recommended options are walnuts, almonds, pistachios, and pumpkin seeds.
  4. Extra-virgin Olive Oil- a compound called “oleocanthal” is unique to extra-virgin olive oil and is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory. You can safely have 2-3 tablespoons per day. It is recommended to be consumed in salad dressing or as a dip to prevent heat from altering its healthy components.

A combination of the foods listed above can make for quite a delicious meal! Help your symptoms by choosing foods that fight inflammation. For more information about what to or what not to eat, check out information from the Arthritis Foundation and their anti-inflammatory diet recommendations.