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Healthy Eating Habits for the Balanced Kid

Making healthy food choices is difficult in America these days.  We are faced with advertisements, restaurants at our finger tips, and too many options in the grocery store.  If we struggle making healthy choices, how can we expect our children to choose healthy? We are given the opportunity to educate our children to create healthy lifestyle habits.  Starting at an early age, we can help prevent disease in the future.  Here are 4 ways to teach your children healthy eating habits.

  1. Teach the real reason we eat… to fuel the body!  Have you ever pondered the real reason we eat? Simply put, if we don’t eat, we won’t survive! Learning why we eat the food we do can be fun for your child. I encourage you to share with your child “Broccoli will help you grow big and strong bones.”  This is true because there are high levels of calcium in broccoli. You are also teaching your child skills that will help him or her survive. Knowing what to eat and why you eat is one of life’s great lessons, make it a fun one too!
  2. Avoid using food as a reward. Let’s be honest, most parents use bribery at some point in their child’s life. It does provide the learning experience of cause and effect.  “If you eat your peas, you can have dessert.”  It happens all the time, usually out of frustration. However, I encourage you to avoid bribing with food.  It creates an unhealthy relationship between the child and food.  Having the occasional slice of birthday cake or Christmas cookie is much more exciting when done in moderation.  When rewarding with a sugary treat becomes an every day occurrence, it results in behavioral modification.  The treat will become expected, instead of appreciated.
  3. Have fun cooking together.  Shopping the perimeter of the store is one of the best habits you can create today. The products in the middle of the store are often highly processed and lack nutrient value. Shopping the perimeter allows you to find the ingredients needed to make a great meal without adding all the chemicals and refined materials that come in a box. Chop up your veggies, sauté your chicken and you end up with a tasty and extremely healthy meal.  Putting the meal together can be great bonding time for your family and help teach your child that eating healthy takes time, but it can also be fun!  If you’re concerned about your child’s safety, check out items like this!
  4. Lead by example. Children learn so much from watching parents and their habits and activities.  Eating healthy takes a little effort and time.  Spending time in the kitchen as a family shows children the importance making the time for your health.  There will still be picky stages and battles, it’s not a perfect process.  But if you make good choices in front of them, they’ll catch on.  Grab that piece of fruit or peanut butter and celery and show your child that eating healthy is fun. You get the benefit of making healthy choices for yourself too.  For some fun snack ideas, click here.
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We are in the running for the Coastal Virginia Best of 2019 contest! You can vote once a day through March 29, 2019! Please help us reach our goal of gold by clicking the link below and voting!!

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March into Body Logic!

We are sad to say that our massage therapist, Mike is leaving Body Logic. His last day with us will be on Friday March 8, 2019. He has chosen another career path, working at the shipyard. We are excited for his new adventures, but he will surely be missed!!

 

 

 

 

Do you have the luck of the Irish? Stop by our office before St. Patrick’s Day for a chance to win a FREE 60 minute Swedish Massage!! The person who guesses the correct number of gold coins in the jar without going over wins! Contest runs now until March 16, 2019.

 

The Shamrock half marathon is on Sunday March 17th! Our very own Dr. Scott is running it this year!! We wish the best of luck to him and all other participants!!

Our new mascots name is BoLo, the Body Logic Bear!! Congratulations to Angela C., you have won 5ml of On Guard!! When you come to our office you will have to see what BoLo is up to, and where he’s at! He will even make appearances on our Facebook and Instagram pages, follow us to track the adventures of BoLo!

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Therapeutic Massage to Balance the Body

We live in a right-handed world. Just ask any left-handed person! We also do almost all activities in front of us, not behind us. These simple facts end up causing a significant amount of imbalance in the body.

As a chiropractor, I perform a postural exam with every new patient. I often see one shoulder higher than the other, and sometimes one hip higher than the other. Unless there is a structural difference, like in scoliosis, the muscles are often the cause for the imbalance. For example, the latissimus muscle attaches to the front of the shoulder. Naturally, our dominant side tends to be our stronger side. The dominant shoulder gets pulled down by the stronger lat muscle. Hence, one shoulder is higher than the other!

Imbalance between the chest and upper back is also very common. Between posture and performing tasks, the pectoral muscles in the chest are often stronger than the rhomboid muscles between the shoulder blades. The imbalance between front and back promotes a slouching posture and can be a source of neck and upper back pain for a lot of people.

How can therapeutic massage help?  By using their refined palpation skills, massage therapists promote restoration of balance between the muscles. They are able to feel the different muscles and address the ones that need to stretched or have trigger points released to promote relaxation.

How frequent should you schedule therapeutic massage? The benefits of regular massage, weekly or every 2-4 weeks, is very beneficial when addressing chronic imbalances. It can take a few massages to make the desired the progress. The definition of chronic is persisting for a long time. It is not realistic to think that one massage will “fix” something that’s been out of balance for a long time.Click here to learn more about our monthly membership program!

How can you help make progress? Based on what is felt in the muscles, a massage therapist may recommend stretches or exercises that can prevent the imbalance from returning. It is important to recognize that therapeutic massage is most effective if the patient does his or her best to do the home care that is recommended. If habits don’t change or stretches and exercises are not performed, the problem area will persist.

How should you get started?  Give us a call! We schedule our massages so there is enough time to discuss your specific case. Our signature Integrative Massage is the recommended place to start. It will allow you the opportunity to discuss how the massage feels and to change the focus depending on your needs. It also allows your massage therapist to communicate what she is doing and how it will help. Addressing those chronic issues will help you move better, feel better, and live better!

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Addressing Musculoskeletal Health Through Balance

You’ve likely heard about the importance of regular stretching and strengthening of muscles since being in gym class back in elementary school. Doing so keeps you feeling loose, in shape, and generally feels good. But did you know that doing these exercises regularly can help you maintain a correct balancing act within your muscles? From a chiropractic perspective, taking time to stretch and strengthen muscles each day can also have profound effects on our posture by helping to avoid muscle imbalances which can cause pain and movement dysfunction.

What is a muscle imbalance anyway? As humans, we’re equipped with skeletal muscles that allow us to move in single planes of motion or combined planes of motion as we choose, but we require even muscle tone or “balance” to be able to optimally move throughout those planes.   Muscle imbalances are functional disorders when a muscle or muscle group is chronically overused and stronger than an opposing muscle or muscle group. This discrepancy creates abnormal tension or pull on muscles, joints, and overall frame resulting in chronic feeling of tension, limited mobility, poor posture, and pain/discomfort. A common example of a muscle imbalance that you’re likely familiar with is having “hunched shoulders” with the head pulled forward.  This position is achieved overtime by having tight, activated upper back and chest muscles while also having weaker, inhibited muscles in the front of the neck and mid back. Chiropractors will refer to this pattern as an “Upper Crossed Syndrome”.  Another common example is known as a “Lower Crossed Syndrome” and can produce low back pain while making you appear like you’re arching your lower back too much.  In this example, a person will have tight, activated low back and front hip muscles while also having weaker, inhibited abdominal and gluteal muscles. There are several other muscle imbalances that can occur throughout the body which can be sometimes be subtle and occurring simultaneously.

Part of a chiropractor’s job is finding these imbalances and then developing an appropriate plan to reverse the pattern. To identify common muscle imbalances, a chiropractor’s examination will often include a few movement tests to assess specific muscle strength, length, and function. If you have ever been asked during a chiropractic visit to perform a simple exercise like a squat or a push up, you were likely being examined for imbalances. If needed, they can have you perform a series of movement tests collectively known as a functional movement screen to find less obvious imbalances. To treat the imbalances, a chiropractor will generally perform a type of myofascial release or trigger point therapy technique to the tight, overactive muscles and follow up with joint manipulation where needed. They will then review a prescribed set of exercises to effectively stretch out tight muscles and strengthen weak muscles where appropriate which can be performed daily for long-term correction.

Call us at (757) 427-0355 and speak to one of our doctors to determine which muscles you need to address appropriately to help you Move Better Feel Better and Live Better!

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Ground Yourself for Balance

We live in a world that is constantly in a state of stress.  And when I say “world,” I’m referencing our society, not the Earth itself.  We’re always trying to do more than time allows.  We tend to measure ourselves by the accomplishments on our To-Do Lists, not by our positive contributions to society.  I want to introduce a concept called “grounding” or “Earthing” that I find fascinating.  But it requires you to slow down for a minute, which just might be the best thing for you!

What is grounding?  According to Dr. Stephen Sinatra, world-renowned cardiologist, grounding is a very simple thing.  It literally means to connect with the Earth, as in touching it!  Many of have done this throughout our lives without even realizing it.  Each time you walk barefoot in the grass, or kick your sandals off at the beach, that’s exactly what you’re doing!  Kids are the best at grounding.  We can barely keep our daughter’s shoes on in the summertime!  It’s important to note that walking on pavement, like sidewalks, driveways, and patios doesn’t count.  We literally need to be connected with the Earth.

Is there science behind this concept?  Absolutely!  The human body is an electrical being.  Your “energy level” doesn’t only reference how much get-up-and-go you have, but that always changing positive and negative ions circulating in the body.  The Earth is a great source of negative charges, or electrons.  The electrons provide an anti-oxidant source for the body, helping it heal and fight oxidative stress that we are exposed to on a daily basis.  By equalizing the body’s energy state, it brings a calming and balancing effect that promotes health.  Click here for resources and scientific papers that have been published over the last 20 years.

I challenge YOU!  Take this simple practice into consideration and give it a try as spring approaches.  Who doesn’t need an excuse to go to the beach or take their shoes off on their lunch break?  If everyone takes time to ground themselves and relax for a few minutes, just maybe we will be a little kinder to each other and a little less stressed.