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Don’t Let Technology Stress You

There are few professions in today’s world that do not utilize technology in some form.  Although helpful in many ways, technology can be very challenging for the body.  This is especially true when it is used for hours at a time.  The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has some very useful advice that we’d like to share with you!

Good posture is important to your health. When you bend forward to watch electronic devices like your cell phone, you increase pressure on your discs and increase loads on your muscles. The faulty forward position also happens when you bend forward to look down at a computer or laptop. Always remember to:

  • Sit upright with your ears over your shoulders.
  • Look down with your eyes, and if you wear bifocals or glasses, make sure you also can scan the entire screen without moving your head.
  • Never pinch the phone between your ear and shoulder. Use a headset to reduce shoulder strain.
  • When sitting at a device, make sure your feet are firmly flat on the floor or footrest with your knees lower than your hips. Make sure you can use the device without reaching.
  • Take breaks! Get up and move around.

Technology is no longer just for the working professional!  First and Second grade students are learning how to use computers.  Kids as early as age 7 have their own cell phones.  It’s the way of the future.  And it’s very important to know how to protect your neck from the damage that can come from excessive, and improper use, of technology.  Again, from the ACA:

How to Avoid Text Neck

  • Sit up straight with your chest out and your shoulders back.
  • Bring your arms up in front of your eyes so that you don’t need to look down to see the screen.
  • Tuck your chin into your chest to look down rather than dropping your head forward.
  • If you must use your mobile device for lengthy typing, invest in an external keyboard.
  • Rest your forearms on a pillow while typing to help minimize neck tension.
  • Avoid using mobile devices while in bright sunlight. Straining to see the screen leads to jutting the chin forward, shifting work from the spine to the muscles that hold up the head.
  • Avoid texting for long periods of time while traveling in the car.

If technology is affecting your spinal health, we’re here to help you move better, feel better, and live better!

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What Can You Expect After a Massage?

If you read our May newsletter you saw the article on Massage Rooms Etiquette you read about what to expect before a massage, this article is about what to expect after!

There are many reasons why someone might schedule a massage, such as to facilitate recovery from an injury, keep away those pesky headaches, preparing for a race, or to just simply relax.  The massage itself can vary from relaxing to intense depending on its purpose.  But when all is said and done, it’s the results of the massage that drive the decision to get a one in the first place.  Our talented Body Logic Massage Therapists will do their best to help accomplish the desired result.  They will also take time to educate our clients on what to expect after a massage so there are few surprises.  Prior to creating this article we asked our beloved massage therapists what they often discuss with clients… here’s what they had to say!

Muscle soreness– this is an expected side effect of massage for many clients.  Through the use of different techniques, massage manipulates the muscles into working in their proper movement patterns.  Especially if the muscles have been “stuck” and not working properly, it can take time for the body to accept the changes and soreness may be present.

Mild dehydration- as a massage takes place fluid gets moved from the muscles into the circulatory system, which is helpful for the removal of toxins that may be stored in the body’s fat and muscles.  However, it results in mild dehydration.  It is highly encouraged to drink plenty of water after a massage.  Water is the best way to reestablish hydration in the muscles, not coffee, tea, soda, or other beverages.  Good ol’ water does the trick!

Lightheaded-  in some occasions a client can experience feelings of being light headed, typically right after massage.  One reason is that massage can lower blood pressure and, upon standing, the body has to adapt to ensure adequate blood is reaching the brain.  For some people, it can take a few seconds longer resulting in being momentarily lightheaded.  It is advised to sit up slowly after a massage an take a few moments before getting off the table to be preventative.

Improved range-of-motion-  as the muscles are loosened up by massage, it allows the joints to loosen as well.  Although a client might feel GREAT after a massage because (s)he has increased active range of motion, it is advised to avoid strenuous exercise or excessive stretching after a massage to prevent injury.  Body Logic massage therapists will often give guidance on what stretches are recommended that are safe to perform after massage.

More relaxed physically and mentally- this is one of the best results of massage in our opinion!  Many of us are guilty of leading extremely busy lives.  Slowing down and receiving quality bodywork is good for the body and the mind.  Some clients even fall asleep, and there’s nothing wrong with that!  Taking time to relax can in turn be rejuvenating and help you take on the next challenging task that life brings.

Light meal afterwards- sometimes it will be advised to have a healthy and light bite to eat after a massage.  Quality food can provide the raw materials our muscles need to recover from massage.  It also helps increase blood sugar levels to provide the energy needed to perform daily tasks that may be necessary after your massage.

 

As always, communication is key when it comes to massage.  If you have any questions regarding your post-massage expectations, please don’t hesitate to speak with your massage therapist.  We are here to help you move better, feel better, and live better!

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The Benefits of Buying Local Food

It’s the best time of year to buy local foods in Virginia Beach.  We have farmer’s markets popping up in various locations, CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) programs are becoming more popular, and education about growing your own vegetables is more available than ever before.  Did you know that the benefits of getting involved and purchasing locally grown foods go beyond the delicious tastes?

Freshness.  As soon as a fruit or vegetable is picked, it begins to lose its freshness, flavor and nutrient density.  Instead of buying “fresh” food that has traveled thousands of miles to reach your grocery store shelves, try some locally grown food that was just picked that morning!  The taste sensation and eating something filled with healthy vitamins and minerals is well worth it!

Seasonal.  Eating foods that are in season is a much healthier option when trying to avoid chemicals on your foods.  Foods grown out of season and/or picked early to avoid spoiling when in transit end up being gassed with ethylene to artificially ripen the foods before they hit the grocery store shelves.

Better for the environment.  The carbon footprint left from shipping foods the world is huge.  We’re talking about thousands of miles in some cases.  You can help lower the environmental impact by purchasing local foods and reducing the energy requirements for shipping foods as well as storing them.

You know what you’re getting!  Simply put, you know where the food was grown.  You can easily inquire about any chemical use, such as herbicides and pesticides.  You can directly ask the farmer about the dos and don’ts for storage and even pick up some preparation ideas.  You may also find something that you’ve never tried before… variety is the spice of life!

Support the local economy.  The money you spend at your local farm stand typically stays within the community.  Many farmers understand this concept and generally spend their hard-earned money at the local hardware or feed store to continue supporting the economy.  There is no better time than now to support our Virginia Beach Community!

Now that we’ve convinced you to shop locally, check out this fantastic resource of locations near you!

 

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Benefits of Citrus Essential Oils

During the summer time we love citrus scents! We diffuse citrus blends in our office. One of our favorites is Citrus Bliss and Balance. Some of the benefits of this blend include cleansing and purifying the air, promoting a sense of relaxation, easing anxious feelings, reducing stress, and uplifting mood.

Citrus oils come from the rind of different fruits. You can take them internally (as long as it is labeled for internal use), add a blend to a roller ball to use topically, or put them in your diffuser! If used topically make sure the area is not exposed to sunlight for 12 hours due to sensitivities.

The top 5 benefits of Citrus oils are:

Immune System Support: Citrus oils can help fight against germs. Avoid the summer colds and add some citrus essential oils to your diffuser, roller ball blend, or to your water. Click here to see the benefits of Lemon, and how to add some to your next glass of water!

Boost your Energy Levels: Diffuse in your home or office to give yourself a boost during the long summer days.

Uplift moods: When oils are diffused they work on the chemical balance in the brain which helps to enhance your mood and better control emotions.

Household cleaning: Most citrus oils are very versatile and can be used for cleaning anything from bathrooms, kitchen countertops, and even putting a few drops of the oil into water to soak fresh fruits and veggies Click here to view the cleaning spray recipe!

Natural Air Freshener: You will see this in our bathrooms! If you add a few drops of your favorite citrus oil to a small glass spray bottle, or reuse a doTERRA bottle and add a spray topper like we did, fill the rest with water and wa-la! Natural air freshener! Here is a blend to try Citrus Burst Spray

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Summer Break

Since the summer is ramping up with vacations and summertime activities, we are taking a break from our educational classes for the month.We will have classes again starting in August!

We always want to hear from our patients/clients! Please submit any class topic ideas to Admin@bodylogicvb.com, and see if one of your topics is chosen for a class!

Stay up to date with our upcoming events via Facebook, Instagram, and our website!

           

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Celebrate our Nation’s Birthday!

Reminder that our office will be CLOSED on Wednesday, July 4, 2018. We will reopen on Thursday, July 5, 2018 with normal business hours. We hope everyone has a safe and happy Independence Day!

Celebrate our Nation’s Birthday with $4 off any regularly priced massage for the entire month of July! (Not to be combined with any other offers) 

We are excited to welcome our summertime vacationers, new and returning! We look forward to helping everyone Move Better, Live Better, & Feel Better while they are on vacation in the area. To our massage members: Be sure to book your summer appointments in advance before the scheduled fills up. Call us to schedule today! (757) 427-0355