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New Classes Added!

All classes are FREE and open to the public, so bring a friend! They are held at Body Logic in the evening from 6-7pm on the prospective dates. Register by clicking the name of the class, or call our office at (757) 427-0355!

                                                              Upcoming Classes

March 23- The Importance of Strong Hips
• Dr. Scott and Brian, from Anytime Fitness, will be teaching on the importance of strong hips and giving us tips on how to prevent hip pain

April 10- Standard Process 101
• Jeannine from Standard Process will be here to discuss the importance of whole food supplements

April 24- How and Why I Should Be Foam Rolling
• Dr. Scott will be discussing the importance of foam rolling and how it can help relieve pain

May 8- Change Habits, Change Lives for Summer
• Jeannine will be joining us again to help us start our summer out healthy with the Standard Process 21-day Purification Program

Stay up to date with any class changes through Eventbrite or follow us on Facebook!

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Redefining Wellness

What is Your Definition of Wellness?

Consider for a moment the flu.  One day, someone working in your office calls in sick with the flu.  A couple days later, half the office is sick with the flu as well, yet the other half of the office is unaffected.  All your coworkers interact and come in contact with each other, are exposed to the same working environment, and are subject to similar stressors.  Why did some of your office get sick while others did not?  

There are a lot of variables involved in this story, but they all basically come down to one point- some people’s bodies adapt better than others.  We are all built with complex regulatory systems to allow our bodies to react to change. The ability to adapt and react appropriately on a physiologic level is what ultimately determines who gets sick and who does not.

A person is generally considered healthy when they are absent of disease or illness.  Modern American medicine therefore focuses a lot of effort, research, and money on managing or eliminating disease so that when a person contracts that disease there is a treatment for it.  The term for this is “pathogenesis,” which starts by considering the disease and working backwards to determine how to eliminate it.

This is a reactionary approach to wellness- focusing on fixing the disease once it is already present.  But if our bodies are inherently designed to adapt and overcome, doesn’t it make more sense to focus on enhancing that process?

Stressors are a part of life, and stress comes in many forms- physical, mental, emotional, social, occupational, etc.  Hans Selye MD PhD once said, “complete absence of stress is incompatible with life, since only a dead man makes no demand upon his body or mind.”  He also said, “only human beings can transmute dis-stress into eu-stress by using the rational mind.”  It is a well-known fact that mindset can make an enormous impact on the recovery process from injury and illness.  Mindset can also have a huge impact on the avoidance of injury and illness, because mindset drives behavior

Instead of focusing on the “pathogenesis” of illness, I suggest we all shift our mindset to proactively look at how to create, enhance, and improve physical mental, and social well-being.  Taking care of our physical bodies, being mindful of what we consume, and taking control over how we react to stressors will enhance our ability to adapt and overcome the challenges it is presented with, thereby making us all truly healthier.

According to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary, the definition of “wellness” is the state of being in good health, especially as an actively sought goal.  As you actively seek your state of wellness, remember that the staff at Body Logic is here to help you Move Better, Feel Better, and Live Better!

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Massage for Posture

Do you sit at a desk working on a computer all day? Are you standing on a steel deck working at the ship yard? Are you juggling life with kids while carrying one on your hip? These are all very different activities, but they all have one thing in common… the risk of poor posture!

When you repeat postural habits daily, your muscles remember and will naturally adapt to that position. Unfortunately, the body doesn’t always tell you immediately if that position is good or not. We can go years sitting or standing the same way before the body finally gives us the signal that it doesn’t like the position anymore… and that signal is usually in the form of pain.

Why is there pain? The two positions that muscles usually adapt to are shortened or stretched. When a muscle is resting in a shortened position, the muscle fibers adapt and maintain that shortened, or contracted, position. In contrast, when a muscle is resting in a stretched position, it is also in a lengthened position. When a muscle is chronically lengthened, it weakens over time.

Let’s use sitting as the first example: When seated, our hips are flexed and, therefore, the hip flexors are shortened and tight. Conversely, the low back muscles are stretched constantly. Overtime, this frequently results in low back pain even when out of that position. The hip flexors want to be shortened, pulling on the low back, and the low back muscles are weak from being stretched and can’t find balance with the hip flexors. The pain comes from the muscle imbalance between front and back as well as other structures affected like nerves, joints, and blood vessels.

When standing, we often see this imbalance in the chest and upper back. If the shoulders are rounding forward, a common posture offender, we develop shortened pectoral muscles in the front and stretched muscles between the shoulder blades in the back.

When carrying a child on the same hip daily, the muscles from right to left become imbalanced. For example: if holding a child on the left, the latissimus and QLs become shortened on the left and lengthened on the right. This frequently leads to low back pain and/or sacroiliac joint dysfunction.

How can we help ourselves when the pain sets in? MASSAGE!! A well-trained massage therapist will know and understand how the muscles adapt during posture. The massage therapist will use different techniques based on the condition of the muscle. For example, a chronically shortened muscle needs to be lengthened by increasing blood flow to the area and using elongating techniques to return it to that happy, neutral position. Keep in mind that if the body has been adapting to a particular posture for years, one massage is not going to undo all of the damage. This is a great example of why we recommend massage as a part of monthly health maintenance. Body Logic’s reduced-price massage membership is a great way to combat the challenges of repetitive habits. Let us help you move better, feel better, and live better!

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What’s Happening in March?

Body Logic is expanding on social media, follow us on Instagram! @bodylogicvb Stay up to date with chiropractic, massage therapy, nutrition, and essential oil information at the convenience of your fingertips!

Do you have the luck of the Irish? Stop by our office anytime until March 17, 2018 to guess the amount of gold coins in the jar at the front desk for your chance to win a FREE 60minute Swedish massage! May the luck of the Irish be with you!

 

 

Looking ahead, As Body Logic enters its 9th year of providing chiropractic care to the Virginia Beach Community, we recognize the need to change our rates for the first time since Dr. Amanda started the business in 2009. Starting May 1, 2018, we will be changing our chiropractic rates. Be on the lookout for more updates in the near future!

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Ways to get the biggest bang for your buck with your essential oils

If you’re anything like me you want to get the most out of every bottle of oil that you purchase . I have found a few tricks along the way that help me do just that! We learned last month that rose oil, for instance, takes 5 dozen roses to produce a single drop of oil, so we wouldn’t want any of that precious substance to go to waste.

One of my favorite things to do is to pour a little Epsom salt into a bowl and take my “empty” oil bottle and submerge it into the salt. Make sure you fill the bottle with salt and let it sit overnight. Covering the bowl will let the salt absorb every bit of that oil, and then you can delight in a lovely bath enjoying the benefits of both the oil and the Epsom salt. Win, win!!

Next, I like to turn any oil that I use by applying it to my skin into a roller bottle of it’s own. You can pick up roller balls on Amazon, but just make sure that they are for 5ml or 15ml bottles (those are the same size, but the 10ml tends to be a different size). When your oil is 9/10ths (or so) empty you can fill it up with the carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil, etc) of your choice, put the roller ball on, and voila, a homemade roller bottle!

My last idea for getting the most out of each bottle is taking the bottle when they are almost empty, adding water, then putting on a spray top, that again you can get on Amazon. Now you have a portable diffuser, hand sanitizer, or perfume! If you’ve been in our office recently then you have seen these in our bathrooms! What a nice way to enjoy these and kick an unwanted chemical out of the house! Remember you’ll want to shake it before each use because oil and water don’t mix!

Enjoy using your oils and using every last drop!!

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Lose Weight by Slowing Down

In today’s society, fast-paced lifestyle is an understatement. Long are the days that we sat down and had dinner today and talked about our day. We are often having our meals “on-the-go” and gobbling it down as fast as possible to move onto the next task or to-do. Did you know, however, that this could be part of reason that we’re also gaining weight?

Eating too quickly hinders the communication between the brain and the stomach. It takes approximately 20 minutes from the start of a meal for the brain to let you know “Hey, I’m satisfied!” When was the last time you spent a minimum of 20 minutes on your meals? We have a hormone, Leptin that is released to tell us that we’re full. If we don’t slow down, we don’t give the body time to release Leptin and, therefore, don’t recognize the feeling of fullness. The plate is empty, we still feel hungry, and we eat more. The extra calories add up! If the speed-eating habit continues, over time we lose sight of the feeling of fullness. As my mom likes to say, “Our stop button is broken!”

Besides avoiding extra calories, there are a few other reasons we should slow down when eating. Benefits of purposeful eating include better digestion, better hydration, easier weight loss or maintenance, and greater satisfaction. Better digestion, in my opinion, is a huge benefit since so many people suffer from GI distress on a daily basis. When food touches our lips, the digestion process begins. The breakdown of food is not as efficient if we don’t chew enough or allow time for our digestive enzymes to be released from organs such as the liver, pancreas, and stomach. The statement “My eyes were bigger than my stomach” that accompanies that uncomfortable feeling in your stomach usually ends with improper digestion. Long term, this is why people suffer from such ailments as indigestion, constipation, and IBS.

Here are a few tips from precisionnutrition.com to help you take time while eating:

• Sit down to eat in a calm environment with minimal distractions.
• Choose high-fiber foods that take more time to chew.
• Put down your utensils between bites.
• Try setting a minimum number of chews per bite.
• Use smaller plates or different utensils.
• If you find yourself rushing, that’s OK. Put your utensils down to re-focus.
• Find another slow eater and pace yourselves to them.
• Set aside time to eat.

Tonight, slow down and enjoy your meal. Your stomach and scale will thank you!