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July 2020 at Body Logic

Can you believe we’re half-way through 2020!?!  It seems like the fastest and longest 6 months EVER… but that’s just a matter of perception.  For some of us, 2020 has brought challenges and struggles that have never been endured.  For some of us, 2020 has brought blessings and silver-linings in abundance.  And for some us, life just continued on with minimal impact on the day-to-day.  I truly believe that all of us have been taught lessons in patience and gratitude.  At Body Logic, we hope that our care and compassion for our patients and clients have been positive lights that have provided comfort during such uncertain times.  We are here for you.

As we enter July, we have our usual updates around the office to share with you.  And we wish you all a safe and healthy July 4th!!

First, Let’s Talk About Health!

How are you?  How is your body?  How is your head?  How is your heart?

Everyone is experiencing the current state of the world through their own eyes and bodies.  And not everyone is the same!  One commonality, however, is that we all endure stress.  Stress can be physical, mental, and/or emotional in outward presentation.  But the body doesn’t differentiate where the stress is coming from- it’s just stress!

In order to combat the stress, it is essential that the body is fueled with quality vitamins and minerals.  If we don’t have quality building blocks of nutrition, how can we expect the body to thrive and protect its immune system.  You can try to get it in your diet, but it’s not easy!  Standard Process has made it simpler than ever to support your body with the raw materials it needs.  Body Logic is offering 10% off the different packets available for the month July!  Check them out below.  Most are available for purchase in the office.  And if not, we can help you gain access!

Happy 3-year Anniversary, Dr. Matt!

Dr. Matt celebrates his 3rd Anniversary with our Body Logic Team this month.  And to celebrate, he’s taking some much deserved time off!  Dr. Matt will be out of the office July 1-10. He will return to his normal patient hours on Monday, July 13th.  We are incredibly grateful for Dr. Matt and are lucky to have his skill set and kindness on our team.  Dr. Amanda and Dr. Scott will be treating patients during his time off.  Even if you’re a “regular” Dr. Matt patient, you are welcome to see one of the other doctors while Dr. Matt is out of the office.

Welcome to the Team, Harmony!

Harmony is our newest addition to our front desk staff at Body Logic.  The pandemic delayed her start date, which was originally intended for March!  But we are happy to have her with us now.  We’ll be updating our website soon to include pictures and more.  In the meantime, here’s a little info about Harmony:

Harmony has lived in Virginia Beach for 6 years. She is originally from Vancouver, BC, Canada.  She studied her undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia and Homeopathy at the Vancouver Homeopathic Academy. She is very happy to be working in a holistic clinic and joining a team of people who love what they do.

In her spare time, Harmony enjoys many outdoor activities including water sports, skiing, hiking, biking and yoga. She loves being married and a Mom to two amazing children.

Welcome to the Team, Jenessa!

Jenessa is our newest addition to our massage therapist team at Body Logic.  She rounds out our team of massage therapists with an enthusiastic drive to help each of her clients.  We’ll be updating our website soon to include pictures and more.  Here’s a little info about Jenessa until the updates are made:

Jenessa comes to Body Logic from the panhandle of Florida. Jenessa brings her passion for massage as well as knowledge from working many roles in the field of Physical Therapy. Jenessa is trained in many modalities of Massage Therapy some of which include Swedish, Sports, Deep Tissue, Cupping, and Aromatherapy. Each massage Jenessa performs is carefully crafted to respond to exactly the type of bodywork that is best fit for each client. Her goal for each session is to enable her clients to perform at their optimal level in both work and recreation.

When Jenessa is not practicing massage, she loves cooking, gardening, and spending sweet time with her St.Bernard Captain and her rescue cat 2-Stroke. 

Modified hours and face coverings remain in effect.

Forward Virginia: Phase 3 is effective starting July 1st.  Although this allows for some leniency in the number of people allowed in a given area, Executive Order 63 remains in effect.  We understand and appreciate the different views surrounding face coverings.  And we continue to appreciate your awareness and respect for your fellow Body Logic patrons.  Please feel comfortable to discuss your limitations regarding wearing a face covering with your provider once in the treatment room.

Body Logic will continue to run on our most recent modified hours.  Massage is available Monday/Wednesday/Thursday 9am-6pm and Tuesday/Friday 9am-5pm.  We will remain closed on Saturdays.  To see the doctors’ schedules, click here!

 

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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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Keeping Your Hips Happy!

Some of you may not know this… Dr. Amanda will be running the Shamrock Half Marathon on March 22nd.  In honor of her ambitions, we dedicate this month’s newsletter education to the body region that has been the most challenging for her while training… the hips!

“My goal is to finish a half marathon after having kids.  I ran the Flying Pirate half marathon in the OBX 7 years ago.  It was my first half marathon, and I quickly said it would be my last!  And then I had kids… followed by a strong desire to get my body back to the physical shape I was in prior to having kids.  Nate is 2 ½ years old and I’m ready to do this.  The satisfaction of completion is just around the corner, I can feel it.  And I can also feel every mile in my hips.  The aching and gnawing feeling just comes to life at night when I’m trying to relax.  I never felt that type of pain prior to having kids!  But I’m moving forward with my training successfully and I’m looking forward to crossing the finish line.  Included in this newsletter are some tips on what I’ve done for self-care to improve recovery and reduce the discomfort.  Good luck to all the runners… I’ll see you out there!” – Dr. Amanda

Stretching/Yoga

Stretching is an absolute must… for everyone!  But particularly for the running community.  In today’s world, we do a lot of sitting: hips flexed, knees bent, and (often) a slumped posture through the shoulders.  After prolonged sitting, the muscles become accustomed to their position.  This is exactly why when you first stand up you feel stiff.  It is difficult for the body to straighten to an erect posture and can take a few steps before you actually feel upright.  One of the muscles responsible for hip stabilization (keeping your hips square under your torso) is the piriformis muscle.  The piriformis muscle gets weak from excessive sitting. And, in contrast, gets strong, but TIGHT from running.  Although Dr. Amanda has done a lot of different stretches while training, the piriformis stretch has been a staple for helping her hips work through changing from weak to strong and combating the tightness from running.  Doing yoga throughout your training can bring you additional benefit.  Simple stretching is a great way to loosen the muscles, but yoga’s incorporation of a focus on breathing takes it to a whole new level.

Strengthening

One of the biggest mistakes we make when starting an exercise routine is that we go big too quickly.  If you don’t start small, injury is likely to occur.  Hip stabilization exercises are another absolute must to get the proper muscles stronger to perform in an endurance activity, like training for a half marathon.  But it’s important to keep this in mind for the average or de-conditioned person as well.  If you haven’t been exercising regularly, don’t expect to walk 3 miles and feel good.  It’s going to hurt!  Because the muscles that are responsible for hip stabilization are not prepared to work for that length of time.  Small strengthening exercises make the big goals doable.  Here is one of Dr. Amanda’s favorite strengthening exercises for hip stabilization.

Massage

Massage has many benefits for many different reasons.  Returning to running reminded me of muscles Dr. Amanda hadn’t felt in a long time.  She had 3 massages over 3-4 weeks to address those sore muscles.  She was getting comfortable with running 3-4 miles, 3 times per week when she scheduled the massages.  For people that are not natural runners, developing the endurance is challenging when working through the soreness.  The massages improve blood flow through the tight muscles, including areas that are difficult to stretch.  The increase in blood flow brings additional cells that help heal the microtrauma that occurs from pounding the pavement.  It also helps circulate waste out of the muscles like lactic acid.  Dr. Amanda is looking forward to her post-race sports massage!  The stretching incorporated in a sports massage will facilitate recovery and reduce inflammation by circulating the blood better through those sore muscles.

Foam Rolling

Throughout the weeks since getting the massages, Dr. Amanda uses a foam roller 2+ times per week.  It’s a staple in their living room at home!  Foam rolling can be incredibly beneficial to address fascial adhesions that develop as your feet continuously strike the ground.  I roll all 4 sides of the thighs- quadriceps and hip flexors, hamstrings and gluteal muscles, the adductors on the inside, and the abductors and IT Band on the outside.

Water

Generally speaking, hydration is very important for people.  Hydration for runners is even more important.  According to Brigham Health, “Maintaining hydration as a runner is important for health and performance. Water regulates our body temperature, removes waste, helps brings energy to our cells, and cushions our joints. Adequate hydration can improve recovery, minimize injury and cramping, and maximize performance.”  The easiest way to remember how much water to drink in a day is to divide your weight in half.  This equals the number of ounces of water you should drink everyday for the average person.  For the runner, depending on your mileage, you need to increase the amount of water that you drink to restore what was lost in exercise.  And don’t be mistaken, nothing replaces water.  You may enhance it with some additional electrolytes, but it must be water.

Nutritional Supplementation

The nutrient and mineral requirements for the body are barely being met for the average person by today’s food standards.  Our vegetables don’t contain the minerals they once did and our animal protein is being tainted with antibiotics and preservatives our body’s have to process.  Nutritional supplementation of some degree is becoming essential.  For the runner, this couldn’t be more true.  B-vitamins and minerals help support energy production and muscle contraction, respectively.  Omega-3 fatty acids and incredible herbs like Boswellia serrata and turmeric help combat inflammation that comes with putting out the miles.  Dr. Amanda is a big fan of Standard Process and MediHerb supplements.  The whole food nutrition component coupled with the guarantee of high quality just can’t be beat.  Depending on the phase of training and her general health, Dr. Amanda will adapt her regimen to support her body where it needs it most.  Just ask if you want to learn more!

ASEA

As you may have noticed, we’ve begun promoting a product line by ASEA that contains Redox Signaling Molecules.  The purpose of increasing your availability of these amazing molecules is that it promotes cellular healing.  Besides improving recovery time, Dr. Amanda has also experienced improved sleep, better digestion, and increased energy… even with the additional stress of running more than she has in 7 years!  Additionally, Dr. Amanda had a faster recovery time when she was sick about two-thirds of the way through her training.  “I genuinely doubt I would have recovered as quickly from the cold/sinus congestion I developed in the middle of February.  I was amazed at how quickly I could return to running a longer distance.  In the past, I would struggle if I had to take a week off from training.  Trying to return to the road was tough.  Not this time!  It was great!”  If you want to learn more about ASEA, check out this month’s class on Tuesday, March 10th at 5:30pm.  Click here to sign up!  For even more information, check out our ASEA site.