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Why is it Important for Teens to see a Chiropractor?

One might not think it, but adolescents are among those who can benefit the most from chiropractic care. The reason that chiropractic care is so important for teenagers is that it serves as prevention for worsening musculosketeal problems in the future. It is important to understand that every person’s body, whether healthy or not, will inevitably undergo negative musculoskeletal changes due to aging and life’s physical, chemical, and mental (emotional) stresses. By pursuing regular chiropractic care earlier in life and adopting recommended lifestyle changes, teenagers can correct small mechanical issues as they arise, relatively quickly, and dramatically reduce the early onset and severity of potential musculoskeletal problems including osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, radiculopathy, and others. This is analogous to how brushing your teeth prevents early tooth decay.

In the absence of symptoms, when resting or staying mostly sedentary, the body’s muscles and joints can still undergo stress. In the teenager’s life, this can be from poor posture due to slouching while sitting or studying for hours at school, looking down for extended periods when playing videogames or texting on cellphones, practicing playing an instrument, or carrying a heavy, uneven load (back pack, sports gear, etc.). Overtime, these stances will commonly lead to unnecessary muscle imbalance, strain, and compensation during movement, causing neck pain, back pain, or headache. See last month’s newsletter article for related information on how technology can stress your body

In contrast, there is often obvious damage and associated pain from various physical activities that teens participate in ranging from heavy exercise and contact sports to light, gentle movements. Even though activity is more rewarding for the body than being sedentary, repetitive stress on muscles and joints can potentially lead to injury and lack of mobility when there is overuse, poor biomechanics, or performance at a level above what the body is capable of handling. The sporting injuries commonly include sprains and strains, tendonitis, joint dysfunction, and early wear and tear on cartilage and the supporting tissue in between joints. Athletic teenagers are notoriously vulnerable to these problems as they push their bodies to the limits; often competing in multiple sports throughout the year and training intensively to compete for a position on a team or club. Fortunately, teenagers have the advantage of youth and easier healing. They therefore, typically respond well to chiropractic services like spinal manipulation, myofascial release, posture correction exercises, and other physical therapies when warranted.

It is also wise for teenagers to be occasionally examined by a chiropractor, even if not seeking treatment, to be screened for any abnormal structural problems that might suggest a more serious underlying condition. There are certain developmental musculoskeletal diseases, such as scoliosis or Scheurmann’s Disease that onset most commonly during adolescence, affecting boys and girls differently, and can progress with worsening symptoms if not managed appropriately in a timely manner. Part of a chiropractor’s job is identifying signs of such conditions and referring to an appropriate provider when chiropractic is not an appropriate treatment option. The good news is that many of these problems can be at least managed with chiropractic care and advised home care strategies that can help improve function and lessen symptoms when done regularly. Give our office a call today to help your teen Move Better, Feel Better, and Live Better!

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Educational Classes

Classes for August are in the works! We are planning some interesting topics for the Fall!

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!

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Fight Symptoms of Arthritis with Massage

Arthritis is quite the buzz word in today’s medical world.  We frequently hear statements like “Oh, it’s just my arthritis acting up” or “My doctor told me my knees hurt because I’m getting old and probably have arthritis.”  Sadly, the cause of someone suffering from the symptoms associated with arthritis is often overlooked.  And treatment recommendations are too frequently popping a pill.  But it doesn’t have to be that way!  Let’s take a moment and learn a little bit about arthritis.

The definition of arthritis is: inflammation of a joint.  Ouch!  There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, but they all share  these common symptoms: pain, stiffness, decreased range of motion, and swelling.  It was reported in 2015 that across the US 1 in 6 adults reported being affected by arthritis.  And women are more commonly affected than men, averaging 1 in every 4.  The CDC is projecting that by the year 2040 nearly 78 million people will be diagnosed with a form of arthritis.  That’s a 60% increase from numbers reported in 2005 (2005).  Clearly there is a need to help people manage their symptoms… ideally in a natural, healthy manner!

Luckily, we have a powerful tool in our office that helps combat  the symptoms of arthritis… Therapeutic Massage.  According to the Arthritis Foundation, studies have shown that regular massage therapy has led to improvements in pain, stiffness, range of motion, hand grip strength and overall function of the joints.   

In addition to the physical symptoms of arthritis, the mental and emotional stress of being in pain and/or experiencing limited mobility can be overwhelming.  Regardless of the origin of stress (mental, emotional, or physical) the body reacts by producing higher levels of cortisol, which simply increases inflammation.  Research has shown that massage can not only lower the body’s production of cortisol, but it can also increase the production of serotonin which has the ability to improve mood.  Even sleep can be improved by lowering the production of neurotransmitter substance P, which is often linked to pain.

For our arthritis sufferers that frequent Body Logic we encourage signing up for our monthly membership program.  Each massage session, especially when performed with a regular consistency, builds from the last one.  We find, on average, that after 6 months of receiving monthly massage clients are finding pain relief lasts longer and joint mobility is improved long term.  if you are interested in helping yourself or a friend battle the aches and pains of arthritis, check out our FAQs about Body Logic’s massage membership program or call the office at 757-427-0355 and schedule your first massage!

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Mindful Eating

Picture this… it’s been a long day, the kids are finally in bed, and it’s your first opportunity to just sit and relax.  The TV gets turned on and the cupboard gets raided.  An entire show is over… and so is the bag of chips, popcorn, M&Ms, or whatever!  Then the guilt sets in.  How did that happen??  You think to yourself “I’ll just skip breakfast tomorrow to make up for it.”  And the pattern continues the next day, and the next day, and… You get the picture.  This is a perfect example of “Mindless Eating” that affects a big part of the population.  Food in our country is so readily available that we don’t even think about what we’re doing while we’re eating.  Unfortunately, this can lead to disordered eating in both adolescent and adult populations.  Habits like this can also lead to serious diseases such as Diabetes, high blood pressure, and fatty liver disease.

So, I challenge you to consider the idea of “Mindful Eating.”  I came across this concept while researching about disordered eating, a topic I frequently discuss with nutrition patients.  First, let me clarify that disordered eating does not necessarily mean there is an eating disorder present.  To be labeled with an eating disorder there must be a number of signs/symptoms that fall under a narrow category.  Disordered eating is defined as “a wide range of irregular eating behaviors that do not warrant a diagnosis of a specific eating disorder.”  These patterns are often present because we’re not thinking about eating when we’re actually eating.

Here are a few tips adapted from a clinic in Australia that introduced me to the concept of “Mindful Eating.”

Being mindful is about focusing your attention and awareness on the present moment to help disconnect from habitual, unsatisfying, and harmful habits and behaviors.  Mindful eating, simply put, is the opposite of mindless eating.  The mindful eating approach employs strategies which can help change the way we respond to food, both physically and emotionally.  

  1. Being aware of the positive and nurturing opportunities of food preparation and consumption
  2. Choosing to eat food that is both pleasing and nourishing to the body by using your senses to explore, savor and taste (To all my nutrition patients: FUEL your body!)
  3. Acknowledging responses to food without judgement
  4. Being aware of physical hunger and satiety cues to guide decisions to start and stop eating
  5. Identifying personal triggers for mindless eating whether they are emotions, social pressures, or certain foods.

How do those concepts sound to you?  Relatively reasonable!  Living in a fast pace society doesn’t provide us the time to stop and think about what we’re doing.  The next time you sit down to a meal, take it all in: your surroundings, the way the way the food looks, the different smells and textures as you eat, the nutrients your body is so happily taking in, and the satiety you experience from fueling yourself.  Each time you do this you’ll be more likely to make healthier choices and truly enjoy your meal.  You work hard, you deserve it!

For more information about Mindful Eating, visit this website.  Scroll toward the bottom and click on Mindful Eating Fact Sheet.

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What’s Going On, It’s the End of Summer!

The end of the summer is approaching fast, can you believe it?! We are already talking about back to school topics in some of our articles!

Dr. Amanda and Dr. Scott are taking a vacation at the end of August. They will be out of the office from August 28, and will return on September 4. During this time if you need anything we will have Dr. Matt available!

 

 

 

Our office will be closed on Monday September 3, 2018 in observance of Labor Day. We will reopen on Tuesday September 4, 2018 with normal business hours. We hope everyone will enjoy time with their family!

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Back to School with Oils

As summer slowly comes to an end let’s take some time to explore how essential oils can help families as they prepare for the upcoming school year.  What challenges are faced as the school year approaches? First, a focused and balanced brain can be hard to reestablish after a fun, care-free summer.  We can utilize healthy essential oils to help improve focus while information is being delivered to help both children and parents strive for a successful school year.  Second, children, teachers, and families come together creating the perfect opportunity to share germs.  A healthy immune system plays a key role to support learning and to prevent lost days in the classroom.

Focused Brain- Daily we are challenged to remain focused on the task at hand.  Luckily, nature provided us with tools to bring our attention back into focus and create a healthy mental environment for learning.

doTERRA In-Tune– a proprietary blend of essential oils carefully selected for their ability to enhance and sustain a sense of focus.  Sandalwood, Frankincense, and Lime promote a sense of clarity, while the benefits of Patchouli, Ylang Ylang, and Roman Chamomile are calming and soothing.  As a roll-on, In-Tune is already diluted and is safe for topical use.

doTERRA Balance– a blend of essential oils that creates a sense of calm and well-being that can have a grounding and balancing effect on the emotions.  Balance helps ease the anxious feelings around learning and test-taking.

Healthy Immunity- The immune system needs to be awake and alert enough to recognize its potential challenges and triggers; it needs to be regulated and balanced to be able to turn off when threats or injuries are no longer present.  Finding ways to maintain an active and strong immune system so it can turn on and off as it is needed is essential for everyone!

doTERRA On Guard- a proprietary essential oil blend that protects against environmental and seasonal threats with essential oils known for their positive effects on the immune system.  Diffusing On Guard at night can help boost the immune system to battle the next day’s challenges ahead.  Another great way to utilize On Guard is by creating your own, natural hand-santizer.  Click here for the recipe!

If you or a friend are interested in any doTERRA products, Body Logic places an order by the 15th of every month.  Just let us know what you want and we’ll order for you!  Or you can browse and purchase on your own by visiting: my.dottera.com/bodylogicvb.  Get oily!