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Healthy Kids and Healthy Spines

In Virginia Beach, there are a wide-range of scenarios our young families are facing as we embark on a new school year.  Regardless of the scenario your family faces, we want to educate you about ways you can support your child’s health through the spine.  It truly is the backbone of the body- providing structural support and housing the nervous system.  Keeping a healthy spine supports a healthy body, something we’re all striving for more than ever before!

Minimize screen time!

Although a funny term, did you know “text neck” is a real thing?!  Check out this graphic and see how even the slightest flexion of the neck can challenge the body.  Whether working on a Chromebook or looking at a phone, prolonged cervical flexion is not healthy for the spine.  Encourage taking breaks from the screen as frequently as possible (every 20 minutes for our young children).  The break should include getting out of the chair, stretching arms overhead and looking up at the sky, and taking 3-5 deep breaths.  Walking around for 5 minutes helps increase blood flow and wake the body up for more learning.

Move… in the morning AND the afternoon!

Did you know moving is a key component of learning??  Research has found that exercise improves both behavior and academic performance.  And this doesn’t just apply to children!

We appreciate and understand the challenges parents face trying to balance working from home and helping kids in the virtual classroom.  Incorporating physical activity for at least 30 minutes in the morning AND the afternoon can lead to a much happier household.  No need to be a full blown drill sergeant, simply allow for running, jumping, and being loud!  Kids needs to let that pent up energy out… or it shows up as poor attention spans or bad behavior.

Stretch as a family!

Do you ever feel general body aches and soreness after a long day of… sitting??  Children experience the same thing, sometimes on an even greater scale!  Sitting promotes the body to develop poor postural habits that result in tight muscles.  For children, add the growing factor on top of a sedentary day and you’re setting the stage for a long night of aches and pains.  As the bones grow longer, the muscles can’t keep up.  The muscles then pull on the bones creating those horrible “growing pains.”

Stretching is the answer!  Developing a healthy stretching routine at an early age can lead to healthier long-term lifestyle habits.  Join the kids and make stretching a fun, family event.  You need it too!

 

Drink water!

Do you know if your child is drinking enough water?  Below is a quick breakdown of how much water children should consume according to WebMD:

  • 2-4 years old: 2-4 cups (16- 32 oz)
  • 4-8 years old: 5-6 cups (32- 40 oz)
  • 9-13 years old: 7-8 cups (56-64 oz)
  • 14 and up: 8-11 cups (64- 88 oz)

Most adults walk around with some level of dehydration.  Low level dehydration can result in many ill-effects,

including muscle and joint pain (including the spine), increased blood pressure, increased risk for injury, increased risk of urinary-tract infections, and more!  While wearing face coverings, the need for proper hydration increases even more due to increased body temperature.  Water breaks are a great way to change up the day and keep the family well-hydrated!

Chiropractic care for kids… safe and effective!

At no stage in life is the body enduring more change than during growth and adolescence!   Physical and developmental changes are at their peak from birth through puberty.  The body is constantly replicating cells to grow and adapt preparing for adulthood.  You may notice that your child is very clumsy for a period of time- you know, that awkward puppy stage!  This is because the nervous system is trying to keep up with the changes within the body.  Since the spine houses the nervous system, why wouldn’t you want to ensure it’s functioning at its best!?

Chiropractic care is a safe and effective way to establish proper movement patterns and prevent structural imbalances at an early stage of life.  And it’s never too early!

Why is keeping a healthy spine so important?

As mentioned above, the spine has the very important job of being the literal back bone of the body!  Maintaining proper spinal alignment and strong postural muscles is essential for function.  The mechanics of the spine has a direct impact on how the body moves… and how the nerves communicate with the rest of the body.  Chiropractic is the best way to ensure everything is moving and communicating well.  Call to schedule your child’s first visit today!

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Immune Support: Self-care and Prevention Tips!

Have you ever noticed that some people are more prone to getting sick than others?  Have you ever heard someone say ‘If I get sick, It’s going to turn into bronchitis?’  Have you ever asked yourself “WHY?”

While the world continues to live in fear of the COVID-19 pandemic, this is the best time to look in the mirror and ask yourself “What can I control?”  

You Can Control Taking Care of You!

Lifestyle choices have an incredible impact on the strength of your immune system.  And the strength of your immune system directly impacts how well your body can fight illness, including illnesses caused by viruses.

Lifestyle choices that support a healthy, strong immune system include:

  1. Eat a diet rich with fruits, vegetables, and healthy proteins!  Foods with fewer ingredients on the food label are typically good choices.  Shopping the perimeter of the store is your best bet to avoid foods full of preservatives and chemicals.  The less work it takes for your body to digest it’s food, the better!
  2. Avoid sugar!!  We’re stressed out, staying home, and bored… typically the perfect combination for a nice sugary treat.  BUT that’s not the best for your immune system!  Consistent high sugar intake causes inflammation in the body.  And the combination of sugar and inflammation leads to other disease processes such as heart disease and Diabetes, which does NOT naturally support a strong immune system.
  3. Drink water… and lots of it!  You’re stuck in the house right now, no complaining about the numbers of times you’re hitting the bathroom.  Click here to learn why water is so important.  There’s a reason why you hear it from our doctors and massage therapists ALL the time!
  4. Stay active! Increasing blood circulation throughout the body helps on so many levels- from helping circulate nutrients around the body to supporting the elimination of toxins and waste out of the body.  Exercising the heart, our most important muscle, strengthens it to withstand other health challenges.  Endorphins are released from the brain with physical activity, helping reduce stress levels.  And there are many more reasons…
  5. Rest and maintain a healthy sleep schedule!  The body requires down time in order to heal and recover from the previous days activities.  This is particularly true when you are under additional mental and emotional stress.  The better we sleep, the stronger the immune system.  Click here to learn more.  There’s no better time than now to catch up on those extra Zzzzzz’s as the world hunkers down to be safe.

Other Resources for Immune Support

Wouldn’t it be great if simply following the above recommendations resulted in super-human immune system strength??  But that’s not always the case.  Stress is one of the biggest challenges we face when trying to maintain or improve the immune system.

Let Standard Process supplement the vitamins and minerals you need!

Standard Process Whole Food Nutrient Solutions provide the best quality vitamins and minerals that the body can readily use.  With their various combination of nutrients and variety of products, there’s something for everyone!  Specifically designed products for immune support are available.  For general health needs, we use a Systems Survey.  Based on the results of the survey we are able to narrow down recommended products on an individual basis.  Dr. Amanda is offering to review your systems survey for FREE To facilitate access to these high quality supplements.  Simply fill out the Systems Survey and drop it off or email it to frontdesk@bodylogicvb.com.  Please include your name and contact information so we can contact you directly!  We carry many products in the office.  And there is access to even more through ordering online.  NOTE: these products are physician-regulated and should not be purchased through Amazon or other re-sellers to ensure you are getting the product you wish to purchase.

The power of the Chiropractic Adjustment

Using the chiropractic adjustment, we support the things you can control!  Maintaining spinal alignment and mobility often results in better sleep quality.  There is also endorphin release and stress reduction immediately following your adjustment.  Besides pain reduction, there’s good reason you simply feel better after getting adjusting!  Our doctors are also great accountability partners, helping patients achieve different lifestyle goals on a daily basis.  We help people move better, feel better, and live better!

The need for mental and emotional support during this time…

The current state of the world can be challenging for many different reasons.  No matter what hat you wear in life (sometimes many different hats!), it helps to surround yourself with quality support systems.   As a mom, wife, doctor, business owner, and more, Dr. Amanda understands the importance of having that those support systems in place.  Here are two local resources she uses and highly recommends:

Arnel Tanyag with Tanyag and Company. Dr. Amanda has been utilizing Arnel’s services as a business adviser for nearly 10 years.  He has been instrumental in establishing policies and procedures to support Body Logic as a business, while maintaining the mission and vision that is the backbone of Body Logic.

Mary Holt with All Things Possible.  Dr. Amanda has worked with Mary intermittently for the last 10 years.  Mary’s background includes helping individuals in both the personal and professional settings.  As your “accountability partner,” Mary works with you to help achieve your goals through an objective and healthy perspective.

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Hurry! Limited Hours of Availability

In an effort to limit exposure while remaining available for our patients, we have temporarily modified our Chiropractic hours effective Monday, March 30, 2020.  We have begun contacting patients that are scheduled outside of the hours listed below.  And we will continue to do so to facilitate the necessary schedule changes.  If you know your upcoming appointment conflicts with the modified schedule, please call our office and we will accommodate your needs as best as possible.

 

Dr. Amanda

Monday 8-11 AM &  3-6 PM

Tuesday n/a

Wednesday 8-11 AM

Thursday 8-11 AM

Friday n/a

 

Dr. Scott

Monday n/a

Tuesday 12-4 PM

Wednesday 3-6 PM

Thursday 3-6 PM

Friday 8 AM-12 PM

 

Dr. Matt

Monday 8-11 AM & 3-6 PM

Tuesday 12-4 PM

Wednesday 8-11 AM & 3-6 PM

Thursday  n/a

Friday  8 AM-12 PM

 

We thank you for understanding and appreciate each and every one of you. We will continue to provide updates as we adapt with the current events surrounding COVID-19.  Please continue to take the necessary measures to keep yourself safe.  And expect to see educational materials to come your way through email and social media to help you adapt at home and remain as healthy as possible!  Body Logic is here to help you move better, feel better, and live better!