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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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Success Story: A New “Take on Life”

My New “Take on Life” Gave me the Opportunity to Take ON a New Life!”

By: Susan Haas

When you chat with Laurie Meyers, you can’t help but smile.

Her sparkling personality and upbeat “attitude of gratitude” mentality bubbles to the surface the moment you meet her. It makes you wonder if she’s a)either on her 5th shot of espresso, or b) – just one of those naturally positive people who look at life everyday as a gift. You know, the people those of us who DO need 5 shots of espresso to open our eyes all the way in the morning let alone smile, have a love/hate relationship with.  Turns out it is the latter. While her perkiness has always been a part of her personality, she hasn’t always enjoyed the same quality of life to match her effervescence. Her story is one that we espresso-dependent people can learn a lot from.

“I was extremely overweight, lethargic and my quality of life was not where I wanted it to be. I suffered with Rheumatoid Arthritis and had also been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

My diet was erratic and regular exercise was definitely not on my radar. I was always too tired or in too much pain to really embrace my life at the time, even though I’m a very positive person by nature.” says the 64-year-old, her eyes cast downward as she reflects on the challenges her health issues and lifestyle choices had confined her to.  “I had no energy. Everyday tasks like household chores were difficult.” Laurie recalls. An avid dog lover, even walking her two beloved Goldendoodles posed challenges. In addition to the physical limitations, Laurie’s self-image also suffered. “I hated looking in the mirror and I avoided cameras at all costs. I didn’t like what I saw, and I didn’t like what other people saw, including my family. I know it was difficult for them to watch this downward spiral in both my physical and emotional health.” Laurie knew if she didn’t make some major lifestyle changes, things would only get worse.  “I had already had hip replacement surgery on both hips and was facing knee replacement surgery, so I decided enough was enough!  I felt a responsibility to myself, my husband and children to start to live healthier.”

And so began Laurie’s journey.

She turned to her daughter, Dr. Amanda Meyers-Kuper and the Body Logic Chiropractic team and took the first step. “With the help of my daughter and her wonderful and knowledgeable staff, the first thing I did was change to a gluten-free diet. I won’t tell you it was easy, I mean, after years of eating so poorly, my body wasn’t used to it, so it was a process. Baby steps. I remember thinking “How in the world is anything gluten -free going to taste good and how much of a hassle it would be to find it. But you know what? It wasn’t that difficult to find; plus, to my surprise, most everything tasted really good! Take it from me, I’m a lifelong foodie – I wouldn’t say it if it wasn’t true! I also began to make gluten-free recipes for myself and my husband, which also helped.” Slowly, Laurie’s energy began to match her personality and zest for life as the weight started to come off and she was able to do more activities with less pain. “I could not believe how much better I felt. It was like a new take on life!”

In addition to making major changes in her diet, with the help of Dr. Amanda, Laurie was able to familiarize herself with and become knowledgeable about supplementation to incorporate into and work in conjunction with her dietary changes. “I take several daily supplements in addition to ASEA (I call it liquid gold!)  and the topical ointment RENU 28 to help with any joint flair ups or inflammation, which occur far less frequently now since I’ve begun this journey, plus I have found they’re equally as important to my overall health as is the food consumption.”

Laurie also incorporated chiropractic work and massage therapy in addition to regular exercise to balance out her health routine and regimen.

Small steps, like walking the dogs and riding a stationary bike helped motivate her to continue on her journey. As with all goals in life, there are challenges along the way and success is after all, when preparation meets opportunity. In the case with Laurie, these steppingstones were preparing her body and mind for not only a life of healthful living, but also that knee replacement surgery she knew had to occur at some point. “I knew I needed to have the surgery, and taking that time to prepare myself for it by applying a comprehensive approach of diet, supplementation and exercise made all the difference in how I handled the surgery from an emotional perspective, as well as allowed me to heal more quickly and thoroughly because my body and mind were stronger than ever.”

Today, Laurie’s exuberance is an inspiration to all.

“I’ve lost a hundred and fifty pounds, my energy level is through the roof, I love having fun, exploring, hiking, bike riding, beach combing and most of all, being able to do things with my grandchildren! Every day is a new adventure!  It is the absolute best feeling in the world, and I wish it on anyone. If you’re taking the time to read my story, I encourage you to make time for yourself. You’ll be amazed at what you were missing out on. And on a side note, for someone who hated having her picture taken, I’m the first one to “smile for the camera!”

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What’s Happening at Body Logic: September 2020

Best Wishes, Dr. Matt!

It is with appreciation and gratitude that we said farewell to Dr. Matt on August 21, 2020.  Click here to read a letter from Dr. Matt to his Body Logic community of staff and patients.

Dr. Amanda and Dr. Scott will be taking over Dr. Matt’s patients’ care as Body Logic adapts to only having two doctors.  We plan to hire another doctor in the future, but will not be rushing the process.  We want to ensure we find the best fit for our office culture and our patients’ needs.  Given the quick transition and the challenge of having school-age children, Dr. Amanda and Dr. Scott are doing their best to accommodate patient hours of availability.  We will keep you informed of any schedule changes and/or increased availability as we progress into the fall.  Please let us know if you have any specific needs and we will do our best to meet them!

If you are unable to get a chiropractic appointment as quickly as desired, we encourage you to schedule a massage with our amazing team of massage therapists.  Click here to read about the different massage types available.  And see below for special pricing through the month of September!

Please Continue Protecting Each Other During the Pandemic

We empathize with our Virginia Beach community as we have all felt challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Who knew it would last this long?!  Regardless, it remains the utmost importance that we keep our patients, clients, and staff safe and healthy.  We will continue asking questions regarding your health and any potential concern for contact with someone that had a positive COVID-19 test since your last entry into the office. Body Logic requires all staff and patrons to utilize face coverings as stated in Executive Order 63 that remains in effect for Virginia.

Please note, Body Logic is a healthcare facility that provides care to many people with a variety of health conditions.  We ask you to understand that some patients have health conditions that are negatively impacted by wearing a face covering and, therefore, are not required to as per Executive Order 63.  Body Logic does not discriminate against nor neglect care for a patients that fall into this category.  Our sanitary practices are within CDC standards and we care about your health.  We understand and respect if you make the choice not to enter our facility based on the possibility that someone may not have a face covering.  Only you can determine your personal preference and level of risk of exposure.  Stop the spread.  Wear a mask.  And please be respectful of each other.

Nutrition Promotion: SP Detox Balance Program

Feeling sluggish from too much summer fun?  Eating on-the-go while juggling kids and work?  Did you fall victim to the “Quarantine 15?”  The Standard Process Detox Balance Program can clean-up and jump start your body on the path to better health in just 10-days!  Following the recommended clean diet is healthy and simple.  And drinking the suggested number of SP Detox Balance shakes provides the nutrients necessary to support metabolic detoxification.

Benefits of the SP Detox Balance shake include

  • a vegan protein source of 17 grams per servingSP Detox Balance available at Body Logic
  • good source of dietary fiber
  • supports the body’s natural toxin elimination function
  • good source of plant-based magnesium

Benefits from completion of the SP Detox Balance Program include

  • improved energy
  • weight-loss
  • reduced inflammation
  • improved sleep quality
  • improved digestion
  • reduced toxic load

You’re one click away from finding out how you can change your life in 10 days! Purchase the 10-day or 28-day in the month of September and get 10% OFF!

Back-to-School Massage Promotion

Calling all parents, teachers, administration… and everyone!  We appreciate that everyone is stressed out these days- it’s hard to avoid!. Unfortunately, high stress levels have a negative impact on your health and well-being on many levels, including pain levels- ouch!  Therapeutic massage can be just what the doctor ordered… improved blood flow, endorphin release, and relaxation are only a couple of the many benefits massage offers.

So we decided to make massage even more affordable the month of September:  Everyone gets a $10 discount on massage!  Since patients already receive the $10 discount, an additional $5 off will be applied upon check out… patients get $15 off for massage!  We encourage everyone to take a little time for themselves this month.  You deserve it!

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June 2020 at Body Logic

We welcome June with open arms!  Although it is an uncertain time, the sun is shining, the birds are singing, and the Earth is bountiful!  We wish you all the opportunity to enjoy the warmer weather (when it’s not raining) and share in our gratitude for the beauty that surrounds us.  Change is everywhere… and below you will find the changes and updates of Body Logic for June 2020!

Virginia mandate: face coverings required in public places.

On Tuesday, May 26th the Governor of Virginia made a statement and released a new statewide mandate, Safer at Home: Phase One.  Click here to read the details of Executive Order 63.  At Body Logic, we are respecting the mandate and ask that all patrons and staff wear their face coverings in the office.  We will continue to adapt as recommendations are made and we work through the different phases of reopening.  Click here to see the email content sent to your inbox on Thursday, May 28th.

Stay clean and speak kindly!

Please continue being diligent with your personal cleanliness practices!  Hand-washing is of the utmost importance as people begin emerging from their homes.  And we ask that you continue to monitor your risk and any signs for potential symptoms.  We also recognize that this is a very unpredictable time… who knows what will happen as Virginia and the rest of the nation journey through the different phases of reopening?!  We ask that while in our office, you are respectful of fellow patrons and their views of the pandemic.  Body Logic is a place for healing and comfort.  Please refrain from discussing social and political views in the office.  We greatly appreciate your cooperation and efforts to help make everyone that enters Body Logic feel comfortable and welcome.

Massage is Open!

Body Logic reopened massage services starting May 18th.  So far it has been a success!  Our massage therapists are taking care of our beloved clients with caution and compassion.  Extra cleaning between clients is mandatory.  Please remember to wait until your appointment time to enter the office.  The fewer people we have in small spaces, the healthier we can be!

Picture of Ashley - a massage therapist at Body Logic Massage & Chiropractic in Virginia Beach

Mid-June will bring change to Body Logic’s massage staff as we say goodbye to our dear Ashley, who has been with us since October 2018.  She has proudly cared for many of our members and patients.  And we will miss her!  She is moving back to Baltimore, MD to be closer to family and start another adventure.  Thank you, Ashley, for all the people you have helped in our beautiful Virginia Beach community.  We wish you the best!

 

Additional chiropractic hours available starting June 15th!

We are happy to report that we are opening additional chiropractic hours of availability for Dr. Scott and Dr. Amanda starting the week of June 15th.  Click here to view patient hours for each doctor at Body Logic.

Congratulations Graduates!

From preschoolers and kindergartens to high school and college grads, CONGRATULATIONS!!  The world may not be as you expected it to be as you embark on your next journey… but that doesn’t take away how proud you should be of your accomplishments.  From Body Logic to you, we only wish you future success!

Thank you Teachers and School Administration!

As we watch graduates move on to the next adventure, our school teachers and administrators are in the thick of it!  They have adapted and overcome some very big obstacles with more decisions yet to be made.  To honor the hard work and dedication these professionals have shown us, we are offering these individuals $15 off regularly priced massages throughout the month of June!  Simply bring your school administration ID to your massage and you will receive the discount at checkout.  We appreciate YOU!

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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!