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This Month’s Class: Post-Rehabilitative Care with Special Guest Instructor, Brian

Brian has been a certified personal trainer for 20 years working with all level of athletes as well as beginners and special populations.
He also works case by case with chiropractors to help the rehabilitation of their patients. For 11yrs he has worked as an Occupational Therapist in Post Trauma / Post Surgical Pain Management; specializing in cardiac and neuro rehabilitation.

According to Brian, “Wellness is a state of wellbeing. Your wellbeing is our mission. As a Personal Trainer, I do not believe that anyone has to experience more discomfort. Daily progression is key to a better mind and body. One must first realize what needs to change to become healthier. It is my mission to get you there.”

In this month’s class, Brian will be teaching about how the body heals after injury and surgery. He will be focusing specifically on regaining core strength, stability, and balance. After the session, he will be doing a live Q&A to answer your specific questions. For anyone who has suffered an injury or had a surgery, this class will be one you will not want to miss! Register at the front desk or by calling 757-427-0355.

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Reducing Toxins in Your Home with Essential Oils

When our grandparents were coming of age, we didn’t have to worry as much about our toxic load. We ate cleaner food, we drank more water, and the ‘chemicals of convenience,’ such as drive through containers and plastic bottles were not something we needed be concerned with. Now it seems that everything about our life has some type of toxic element that we need to negate. However, we have to do it! Our bodies’ health depends on us watching and reducing the amount of chemicals that we absorb into them.

We take into consideration what we put in our bodies now pretty regularly. There are many bad chemicals that we can absorb via our food and water. But those sources aren’t the only ones that we have to be concerned with. Have you peeked under your kitchen and bathroom sinks recently and really taken a good look at what is in your cleaning products? How about your health and beauty products? Now, look at what you use for your laundry. It is scary just how many chemicals are hiding in our homes that we never really even think about!

Cleaning products- No matter how many times a week we clean, the products that we use still expose us to unnecessary toxins. Even if we never get a drop of it on our skin, we are still breathing in the chemicals into our lungs. For babies, small animals, and older populations, this is even more taxing as their bodies cannot process the intake as well as the average human- which still isn’t very well.

For premade cleaning solution, we use doTERRA’s On Guard Cleaning concentrate; however, you can also make safer cleaning options out of essential oils that you have at home. Pour ¼ to a ½ cup white vinegar in a spray bottle with 2 tablespoons of baking soda. Add a few drops of orange essential oil and then fill the bottle to the top with water. Shake before each use to mix.

Health and Beauty- We also have to mindful of the things that we put on our body. Your skin is the largest organ of the body and yet we often pick shampoos, cleaners, and moisturizers off the shelf without researching the ingredients. When picking out health and beauty products, be sure to go for the one with the least amount of ingredients that you cannot pronounce because just like when you are picking foods, if you cannot pronounce it, it isn’t from nature. Essential oil based options do the same thing as the chemical versions, naturally. Want to have shinier, longer hair? Add a few drops of rosemary oil to your natural shampoo. Working through a breakout? Use patchouli oil to help remove toxins and dirt from pimples for proper healing. Scarring? Use frankincense or lavender instead of synthetic creams for faster healing.

Making a few changes to the products that you use in your home every day can have a huge impact on how you feel and the health that you carry with you for the rest of your life. For more information about doTERRA Essential Oil based products for your home, visit our page at www.mydoterra.com/bodylogicvb.

 

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Why You Should See Your Chiropractor After Any Injury

Frequently we hear a story like this, “Well doc, I did fall on the stairs about 2 weeks ago. I thought I could work it out myself, but I just don’t feel right still.” Or another classic scenario is “I’ve been doing everything you’ve taught me to do: heat, ice, and I’m even stretching! But it still hurts.” We applaud those of you that are compliant with our recommendations, it helps! Unfortunately, the body is stubborn and sometimes needs a little extra help to restore it’s proper movement patterns. That’s where the adjustment comes in. As much as we’d like to think we can do it all ourselves, even we Chiropractors need to be adjusted by our fellow professionals.

What is the definition of an injury? To make things simple, we have 2 types of injuries that can occur. One is the acute injury, like a fall down the stairs, a slip on the kitchen floor, or a car accident. The other is a repetitive stress injury, like a sore low back from swinging the golf club multiple times per week, a sore shoulder from using the computer daily, or a tight neck from your daily commute driving to and from work. Although the source of injury, or as we often say ‘the mechanism of injury,’ the body responds in a very similar fashion each time.

What does the body do in response to injury? The body is truly a miraculous machine when it comes to sustaining injury. Whether acute or chronic in origin, the body has the ability to adapt and continue to maintain a functioning neuromusculoskeletal system (muscles, bones, joints, and nerves) before symptoms become apparent enough that we stop to seek treatment. It’s a flawed system; however, in the sense that it allows for improper body mechanics to compensate for a long time before it gives up. For example, if there’s an injury to one of the rotator cuff muscles in the shoulder, the body may recruit the trapezius muscle to help lift the arm. This can go on days, weeks, months, even years before the onset of pain is enough to encourage someone to schedule a doctor’s appointment. In that time, however, the body has changed it’s mechanics and not only is the shoulder being compromised, but also in the neck and mid-back where that trapezius muscle attaches to the spinal joints. It is common for us to uncover many past mechanical adaptations as we go through a course of care with a patient. In fact, sometimes we even find out that the reason for seeking care is not the origin of the complaint, but an injury to another area of the body that resulted in compensation over time.

How can a Chiropractor help? As mechanics of the body, it is our job as Chiropractors to discover the origin of the problem and restore the proper movement patterns. The origin is determined by consultation, examination, and observation. Restoring the movement can be done many ways, including utilizing the chiropractic adjustment, but also through soft tissue, or muscle, mobilization, at-home care like stretches or habit changes. The length of time the body has been compensating can directly impact the length of time it takes to recover from an injury. So don’t wait to call!! The faster we can address mechanical changes within the body, the faster the recovery time. We all want to “take care of it” ourselves, but there’s no shame in getting some assistance to help the body heal and restore faster. With the recent addition of Dr. Matt to our Body Logic team, we’ve made it even easier to call us and get an appointment sooner, before the body has a chance to compensate!

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Why We Need to Purify The Body

After watching a recent episode of CBS Sunday morning that was focused on cancer, I have been inspired to share information about the importance of purifying the body. As humans we are exposed to many toxins on a daily basis. In fact, in the US we are exposed to even more toxins than other countries. The body struggles to metabolize all of these toxins and as a result we are seeing more physiological dysfunction and increased disease processes, including cancer, than ever before.

In 2015, Dr. Mercola, a highly publicized Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, wrote an eye-opening article stating that there are over 84,000 chemicals put into American food and products each year with minimal safety testing. This is a staggering number that exposes how little regulation the Food and Drug Administration of the US has compared to European countries. Although FDA approval is needed for the use of food additives, the studies used can be conducted by the companies seeking approval. In 2014, a Natural Resources Defense Council report stated “No other developed country that we know of has a similar system in which companies can decide the safety of chemicals put directly into food.”

Unfortunately, our exposure to these toxins is not limited to our foods. Products in the cosmetic and beauty industry are some of the worst offenders. Many researchers are attributing cosmetics, lotions, and other common household chemicals to the alteration of the endocrine system, which is responsible for how our hormones function in the body. Here’s a scary statistic: in 2010, the average age of the onset of puberty in girls was 10.5 years old. In 1860, the average age of onset was 16.6 years old. The cause: hormone-disrupting chemicals.

Clearly- we’re all exposed to toxins. So what can we do about it? We have an answer! Our beloved Standard Process Whole Food Supplementation Company has an amazing 21-Day Purification Program that focuses on cleansing the liver and purifying the body to help support the body’s natural toxin-metabolism processes. Subjectively, patients that have finished the Purification Program have experienced increased energy and vitality, less bloating, less brain-fog, better sleep, and weight loss. The dietary focus is rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins while avoiding the grains and processed foods. Coupled with whole food supplements that support various body systems, patients find the program to be motivational to change poor habits that have had a negative impact on their overall health.

To learn more about the program, check out this link! Standard Process has made it even easier by designing features like the Purification Program App and their 1-Degree of Change Cookbook. They also offer chocolate and vanilla flavored SP Complete mixes for the recommended smoothies which can help ease the transition to the altered diet. Check out the front desk area for information about our special gift offer for the first 5 people that purchase a Purification Program in the month of August!!

 

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Meet Our Newest Massage Therapists!

VERONICA

Veronica McKune is a graduate of the Cayce-Reilly School of Massotherapy at the Edgar Cayce A.R.E., here in Virginia Beach. Veronica started on her path in massage therapy in the fall of 2016 and has received training in various modalities including Swedish Massage, Orthopedic Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy, Myofascial Release, Deep Tissue, and Reflexology. She is dedicated to catering every session to her client’s needs so that each experience is unique and focused. Veronica believes in fostering a spiritual connection with her clients to give them the space they need to heal themselves.

In her free time, Veronica enjoys spending time in nature; whether she is swimming in the ocean, hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains, or camping in the woods, she loves being present and letting the grounding energy of the earth rejuvenate her. Veronica sets aside time everyday to practice yoga and meditation & puts very high importance on self care. She believes that in order to fully care for others, we must first care for ourselves. Veronica is eager to be here at Body Logic doing something she loves and believes in to help others in their self care journey.

 

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Sweet Potato, Black Bean, and Quinoa Burger


Makes 4 Patties
Ingredients
For the veggie burgers

  • 3/4 Lbs of Sweet Potatoes, cut in half lengthwise
  • 
3/4 cup chopped white onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeds removed and diced
  • 
1 15.5 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 
1/4 cup all-purpose flour (or gluten-free flour)
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 
1 cup cooked quinoa
  • Olive oil
  • Salt

For the avocado spread

  • 1 avocado, pit removed
  • 1/8 cup cilantro leaves
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 
1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons white wine vinegar

For the slaw

  • 1 cup thinly sliced red cabbage
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 
2 teaspoons sugar
  • 4 hamburger buns

Directions
For the patties
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cover baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place sweet potato halves on the baking sheet and drizzle with 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt. Cook sweet potato for 30 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and season with ½ teaspoon salt. Cook for 2 minutes and then reduce heat to low and cook for an additional 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and set aside.
3. Once the sweet potato is cooked enough that a sharp knife easily cuts into it, remove from the oven. Let cool and then peel the skin away from the sweet potato. Transfer the flesh to a mixing bowl and mash with a fork.
4. Stir in cooked onion and garlic and chopped jalapeno.
5. Gently mix in black beans, followed by the flour, garlic powder and smoked paprika. Once they are completely incorporated into the mixture, mix in the quinoa.
6. Line a plate with parchment paper. Scoop ¼ cup of mixture into your hands and mold into patties. Place on lined plate. Repeat with remaining mixture. Refrigerate patties for 30 minutes.
7. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add burgers and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until brown. Transfer cooked patties to a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil and cook in the 375 degree oven for 15-20 minutes (or longer to dry them out and firm them up), flipping them half way through.
For the avocado spread
1. Using a blender (or an immersion blender), puree the avocado, cilantro, garlic, ½ teaspoon salt and white wine vinegar until smooth.
For the slaw
1. In a bowl, toss the sliced red cabbage with rice wine vinegar, salt and sugar. Let sit for 10 minutes.