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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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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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Farewell, Dr. Matt!

August 12, 2020

Dear Body Logic Patrons,

We are formally announcing that Dr. Matt has chosen to move on with his career outside of Body Logic. His last day will be Friday, August 21, 2020.

We want to assure you that your health and wellness are of the utmost importance to us at Body Logic. Our staff will do their best to accommodate previously scheduled appointments. Dr. Scott and/or Dr. Amanda will take the time to review your health history and treatment plan to make this transition as smooth as possible.

In the case that your appointment needs to be rescheduled due to doctor availability, we will be in contact with you as soon as possible. We humbly ask for your patience during this time of transition in our office.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us. It is our goal to facilitate the continuity of treatment for Dr. Matt’s patients while Body Logic continues providing exemplary chiropractic care to the Virginia Beach community.

Please join us in wishing Dr. Matt well in his future endeavors!

Sincerely,

Dr. Amanda J. Meyers-Kuper

Owner/Chiropractor of Body Logic, PC

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What Happens If I’m in a Motor Vehicle Accident- Part 1

It can happen…  You’re sitting at a red light and suddenly the car behind you rear-ends your vehicle.  Or you’re on the highway and a car cuts you off and brakes suddenly, and you’re not able to brake in time.  Or you’re driving on a back country road and the driver coming from the other direction veers into your lane putting you in a ditch to avoid a head-on collision.  It happens.  But you don’t have to suffer for it!

Dr. Amanda was recently in a car accident- and thankfully walked away with the primary damage endured by the car.  However, the physical response to injury was impactful on daily life.  And dealing with the insurance company brought light to the challenge it can be to navigate coverage, benefits, and how it applies to you and your situation.

In an effort to help others, we’re putting together a two-part series of articles to provide insight and advice when you’ve been involved with a motor vehicle accident.  This article will discuss the physical effects that can happen after being in an accident.  Next month’s article will discuss the ins and outs of getting your insurance questions answered.

It happened.

The car accident you weren’t expecting.  Your immediate reaction is to assess the physical condition of yourself, the people in the car, and the car itself.   Adrenaline is pumping causing your senses to be heightened and pain to be suppressed.  If you are severely or critically injured, you’ll be taken by ambulance to the ER.  If you’re injuries are considered “minior,” you’ll most likely be sent home and told to follow up with your physician should any concerns arise.  And now your head is spinning while you’re calling the insurance company. And you’re starting to feel a discomfort… or maybe it’s just the stress?

No matter how small the impact, a motor vehicle accident results in physical injuries to the body.  In serious collisions, life-threatening injuries may be present and addressed at the ER.  However, non-life threatening and non-visible injuries may not be addressed in an emergency situation.  Sometimes the symptoms don’t arise at the initial examination.  Or even until years later!  The delayed manifestation of symptoms is related to the phases of healing… and why it is very important to receive appropriate treatment after an enduring an accident.

The 3 Phases of Healing…

The Reaction Phase occurs in the first 24-72 hours after injury.  The area of injury has a traumatic response including swelling, muscle spasm, and pain and/or guarding.  For serious injuries, these symptoms take place immediately.  Your body is warning you that “something is wrong.”  And it prevents you from further aggravating it by eliciting such symptoms.  In a less traumatic car accident, the symptoms can take up to 48-72 hours to appear.  In these cases, the symptoms are often viewed as less dramatic and are often ignored.  You should never ignore symptoms or changes your body experiences after a motor vehicle accident.  Just because the ER cleared you, does not mean you’re free and clear from all injury.

The Regeneration Phase occurs next as the body lays down new tissue in and around the injured areas.  This phase typically lasts 6-8 weeks.  Depending on the area impacted, scar tissue development can interfere with normal movement patterns.  Even the smallest of changes in proper mechanics, especially in the spine, can lead to long-term dysfunction.  It is essential to address the mechanical changes early to prevent more challenging issues in the future.

The Remodeling Phase lasts the longest, anywhere from 3 to 12 months.  And it can be the most challenging phase.  The tissue is not yet fully repaired at this time.  Reestablishing proper function takes much longer to accomplish than simple pain reduction.  Don’t be fooled by a lack of pain, healing is still taking place for up to a year, or even longer, after a motor vehicle accident.

Why it’s important to seek chiropractic care…

Whether your car accident was yesterday or a few years ago, you should… With a focus on function related to musculoskeletal health, chiropractic care is an ideal treatment option after a motor vehicle accident.  Not only can treatment be provided, chiropractors are trained to identify when referring to another healthcare provider is necessary.  Benefits of seeking chiropractic care include:

  • pain reduction
  • improved range of motion
  • minimizing scar tissue development
  • restoration of faulty mechanics
  • improved nervous system communication
  • strengthening and prevention of future injury to the affected area
  • guidance and referral when necessary

 

The take-home message…

A motor vehicle accident is traumatic to the body, no matter how big or small the impact may be.  The signs and symptoms of injury might not happen instantly.  It’s important to have a chiropractic examination to assess the body’s condition.  The consultation and examination provide insight as to the the best course of treatment.  Even if an accident occurred “a long time ago,” it is encouraged to seek chiropractic care.  The body is amazing and will adapt as long as it can.  Unfortunately, the adaptations aren’t always in the best interest of your musculoskeletal health.  We can help you move better, feel better, and live better!

 

Check out next month’s article that will discuss insurance-related questions regarding a motor vehicle accident.