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Ice vs. Heat

One of the most frequent questions we are asked by patients is “Should I use heat or ice?” I like to respond by saying “whichever feels good!” And to a degree, that remark is true. The body does an incredible job letting us know what it does and doesn’t like.

ICE- If an injury is acute, meaning it happened in the last 72 hours, we advise that you ice to help mediate the inflammatory response. Some inflammation is good because it brings cells that assist in healing to the area. However, too much inflammation will reduce mobility and increase pain levels. It doesn’t matter if it’s a joint or muscle pain, ice is the top recommendation. The length of time you ice may be different depending on the location of the injury. NOTE: you do not want to use ice for too long (>30 minutes) because it could injure the skin. After 24-48 hours of icing, start alternating between heat and ice, especially for muscle aches. When in doubt, ice because you can’t really do any harm.

HEAT- If a condition is chronic, heating the area can be very beneficial. It helps to increase the elasticity of the muscle by bringing blood flow to the area, easing the tension at an area of chronic stiffness. Pain from arthritis is often alleviated with heat because the mobility of the joint increases relieving the chronic stiffness associated with arthritic conditions. One confusing example is if you sprain an arthritic joint. Although heat is recommended for arthritis, ice should be used first to reduce swelling for the first 24-48 hours. If visible swelling is present, it is advised you avoid heat until the swelling reduces. Since heat increases blood flow to the area, you don’t want to end up with even greater swelling. This concept should be considered when using a heating pad or getting in a hot tub.

As always, consult with your health care professional to discuss your personal case. At Body Logic, our doctors and massage therapists can help advise you to get the most benefit from the home care choices you make like heat vs. ice. We want to help you move better, feel better, and live better!

 

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Start the Year Off with Body Logic!

The Body Logic staff is starting the New Year off with the Standard Process Purification Program! This is a 21 day program that will change your habits and change your life. A change like this is a lot easier when you have encouragement from a group, so we are encouraging patients to join us! During the 21 days you will see how easy and fun it is to make healthy choices by eating clean. Cleansing the toxins from your system, you will realize how good your body is designed to feel!

We will start the Purification Program on January 8th, if you are interested please ask us about it at your next appointment or call us at (757) 427-0355!

 

Massage Gift Certificate specials for Valentine’s Day are here! From January 14th- February 14th receive $10 off a 60min massage or $15 off a 90min massage! Click here to buy Gift Certificates online! 

We want to hear from YOU!! We would like your ideas and opinions on what classes we should teach this year, and what you would like to read about in our newsletters! Drop us a suggestion by clicking here, or drop us a note in the suggestion box when you are in for your next appointment!

 

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Slow Cooking… the Power of Bone Broth

As the temperatures dip down and the fresh veggies are less available, we turn to warmer foods that still provide a lot of nutrients. One direction recommended is bone broth, a delicious and nutrient-dense way to warm your insides. There is a big reason bone broth is making a comeback…overwhelming health benefits! Most recipes use apple cider vinegar to increase the availability of the nutrients in the bones. As the water simmers, the broth becomes rich in minerals, collagen, and other compounds like glutamine and proline. Here are a few of the many health benefits from having your serving of both broth:

  • Digestive support
  • Immune support
  • Bone and tissue health
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Promotes weight loss
  • Improves hydration
  • Helps build muscle

Since bone broth is so beneficial, some people make it a part of their daily routine. It can be particularly healthy and helpful when fighting off an illness. The many nutrients support the body’s immune system and energy is conserved because its easy to digest. Here’s a great recipe and description of uses: https://wellnessmama.com/5888/bone-broth/.

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Which Massage Should I Get?

One of the unique perks about coming to Body Logic is the variety of massages you can choose from. When you call to schedule an appointment, our friendly front desk staff will ask you “what type of massage do you want to book?” That can be hard to answer if you don’t know! Here’s a quick breakdown of the massages offered at Body Logic with a little description to make it easier to know which massage will be best for you…

Swedish Massage

A Swedish Massage is the classic style that is performed with the purpose of increasing blood flow and relaxation. The massage therapist uses long, rhythmic motions to lengthen the muscles while the client is able to relax or even fall asleep. Stressed out?  Difficulty sleeping? Interested in the health benefits of massage for challenges such as Diabetes or High Blood Pressure? A Swedish massage can be quite powerful, especially when done on a regular basis. Click here to learn more about Body Logic’s massage membership program.

Integrative Massage

An Integrative Massage is Body Logic’s signature style. The massage therapists have the freedom to utilize different techniques to accomplish the specific goals of the client. While there is typically an area of focus based on the client’s needs, a full body massage is still possible. Need to work out that pesky “knot?” Tired of your low back hurting when you wake up in the morning? Or having trouble looking over your shoulder while driving? An integrative massage is probably your best choice. About 90% of our chiropractic patients are encouraged to pick the Integrative Massage as a part of their treatment plan for best results.

Deep Tissue Massage

A Deep Tissue Massage is recommended for the purpose of focusing on a particular muscle group or region of the body. It is very infrequent that the whole body is addressed during a deep tissue massage. It’s important for the client to realize that “deep” tissue refers to reaching the layer of muscles that lay beneath the superficial layers. It does not necessarily mean the massage therapist will press harder or firmer. It is always important that the client tell the massage therapist how much pressure is liked during a massage. Battling a chronic injury? Need to work through the cause of an altered running gait? Book a deep tissue massage the next time you call!

Sports Massage

A Sports Massage is a great way prepare for or recover from a race or other strenuous exercise. Stretching is utilized during a sports massage after the muscles have been warmed up via a Swedish or Integrative approach. Loosening the muscles up prior to an event can help prevent injuries. Increasing blood flow and stretching after an event speeds up recovery and prevents repetitive stress injuries from developing. Getting off the couch for your first 5K? Training for your next marathon? Or going to the gym for the first time in years? Let a sports massage help you attain your goals.

Prenatal Massage

A prenatal massage is exactly what the name represents, a massage while pregnant. There are many health benefits to getting regular massage during pregnancy, including reducing blood pressure. The massage therapist uses pillows and alternate positioning for the client to lay comfortably during the different stages of pregnancy.  Keep in mind that massage is discouraged until after the 1st trimester is complete  Needing a break from the aches and pains of pregnancy? Or want to give the perfect gift to your pregnant wife, friend, or daughter? A prenatal massage can help tremendously during the exciting preparation for the addition to the family.

 

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January 2018 Class

Do you feel like there is not enough time during the day to exercise? Brian from Anytime Fitness will be showing us simple ways to work exercise back into our daily routines, helping us restore regular movement so we can all Move Better, Feel Better, and Live Better! He will be teaching on Friday January 19th from 6-7pm. This class is free, open to the public, and you are more than welcome to bring a friend! Sign up by calling our front desk at (757) 427-0355, or let us know know on Facebook by clicking here!

Stay updated with classes coming in February by checking out our events page!

www.bodylogicvb.com/events 

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Essential Oils for Winter Blues

The winter months can tend to leave some of us with a bit of the blues. Being from the land of the sun, Arizona, I find the short days of winter to be somewhat challenging. Using all of the resources at our disposal to lift our moods would, indeed, be wise! Of course, I turn to my essential oils, and you can too! The citrus Aurantium or Bitter Orange Tree gives us not just one, but two mood lifting oils- Neroli and Petitgrain. The Citrus Sinensis or Sweet Orange Tree gives us Wild Orange which is probably the most popular oil among the ones I’ll mention today.

Wild Orange oil is “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) for human consumption by the FDA, but just remember that it is highly concentrated so one drop goes a long way. Orange oil as well as all other citrus oils are phototoxic and if you apply it to your skin and enjoy some direct sun after, you are likely to get burned. Dilute if applying to your skin, and if you plan on being outside for awhile, put the oil where your clothing would cover it.
Ways you can use orange oil today:
1)Diffuse a few drops to uplift your mood and to help purify the air
2) Put a few drops into your water to give it a lovely citrus flavor as well as boost your digestive system (Just remember to use all oils in a glass or a stainless steel container, never plastic)
3) Put a drop or two on your diffuser bracelet or necklace to enjoy the aroma throughout the day.
4) Put a drop on a cotton ball and clip it to your air vents to freshen up any space
5) A diluted drop to the wrists are a great way to be able to smell it throughout the day, and allow it to get into your body to help calm anxious feelings and boost the mood!

Neroli is probably one of my favorite scents. I have loved passing by orange groves in the spring because the orange blossom have such a great scent. Well, now DoTerra offers Neroli in a roll on bottle. Straight Neroli oil can be very expensive because of the amount of flowers it takes to make a drop of oil. The diluted Neroli oil is perfect to carry around and apply to your wrists and inner arms all day for that emotional boost! It can also be applied to most areas of your skin to work at the cell level to help shed old skin cells and stimulate new cell growth, which can help with fine lines and wrinkles, scars, stretch marks, etc. Smelling Neroli may help strengthen and stabilize the emotions and bring relief to many. It encourages confidence, courage, joy, and peace!

Last but not least is Petitgrain. Doing research for this article had me add petitgrain to my home oil collection. It had flown under the radar because of my love for Neroli, but not anymore!! This has a wonderful aroma and so many powerful benefits. It is known to be uplifting and stimulating. So some people enjoy smelling it to stimulate the mind and refresh the senses.
Ways you can use Petitgrain oil are:
1) Apply a to your wrists for emotional support
2) Put a drop in your shampoo and it can help with overly greasy hair
3) Apply diluted petitgrain in your underarms can help with odor and perspiration.
4) Diffuse to spread the benefits throughout your home/office.