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With Every Little Decision You Make, Take Care
Kim Scholl

My son recently graduated from college and is working at his first full-time job. He decided to live with me and his dad, after realizing he could save far more money staying at home. His goal is to purchase a home in Virginia Beach. Will that happen tomorrow? Nope. Next year? Maybe. The point being that he is actively investing in his future self every single week when he puts the majority of his paycheck into the stock market.

And while financial investment is important, there is another investment that is even more critical for every human — investment in your body!

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The health of your body is an asset worthy of daily investment.

Read that sentence again (maybe twice) and internalize that message! 

Unfortunately we often forget, or de-prioritize self-care. What does self-care look like? Of course, we know of traditional things like massage, meditation and music. But self-care is woven into literally hundreds of little decisions you make every single day.

Every time you choose to momentarily stand up and move your body during the business day is self-care. Choosing water over a sugary soda is self- care. Making a meal at home instead of eating fast food is self care.

Two of the greatest influences on your health are the foods you eat and the beverages you drink.

Every single food and drink choice you make contributes to your overall health. When choosing your food and drink, frame your choices with the criteria of, “What will best serve my body to maintain optimal function?” as opposed to opting for simply what tastes good at the moment.

Self-care can also be easily incorporated into your lifestyle with other small decisions.

  • Choose to go outside for a minute or two of sunlight and movement in between meetings.
  • Squeeze a little lemon into your water bottle to give that water some zip.
  • Or simply look in the mirror and smile at yourself in the morning.

Self-care is in the way you live your life.

You have lots of little opportunities every day to help your body function better. Try an extra one or two today and see how you feel!

Thriving Magazine October 2022 Issue 16

Thriving Magazine • Issue 17

Our winter issue showcases the many ways we can trade expectation for appreciation, and how gratitude can be a strong catalyst to better health.Enjoy!

Articles are written by our experts in physical therapy, fitness training, chiropractic care. nutrition, massage, acupuncture, Chinese medicine, and energy healing.

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What Is Nutrition?

What Is Nutrition?

Nutrition is obtaining the food necessary for health and growth. Sounds simple, right? Then why do so many people struggle with this concept? Why is the “standard American diet” given the acronym SAD, or why are almost 40% of American adults considered to be obese? We have more food in this country than any other country, yet most of us ...

Why So Salty?

Why So Salty?

Has anyone told you an Epsom salt soak would be great for your sprained ankle? Did you play for a coach who told you to do an Epsom salt soak? Have you ever had a massage where your massage therapist tells you to go home and soak in Epsom salt? I can’t tell you how many healthcare professionals have recommended this remedy to me! So clearly ...

7 Tips for the Person who “Hates” Running

7 Tips for the Person who “Hates” Running

The real thing that is limiting your potential is your mindset. I know because I was THAT person. I was diagnosed with asthma at an early age, and running has always been a struggle. While asthma is a genuine problem to have, it was the first thing that held me back from enjoying running. In January 2021, I decided to change this mindset that ...

5 Most Common Questions About Physical Therapy

5 Most Common Questions About Physical Therapy

Do you need a prescription/referral for physical therapy? Do you take insurance? How long will my appointment be? Who will I work with at my PT appointment? What can I expect at my first appointment?

Tools For The Job

Tools For The Job

The Fitness Industry has grown exponentially in recent years. In every way. Venues have evolved to include everything from Big Box Gyms to boutique studios, from everything-under-one-roof clubs to small, dedicated spaces marketed around a specific brand of fitness or even a single piece of equipment. The last year has also seen enormous ...

Repetitive Injuries Among Dental and Salon Industry Professionals

Repetitive Injuries Among Dental and Salon Industry Professionals

HUH? How do these two professions have anything to do with each other? In most general terms, they don’t. But as it turns out, when it comes to repetitive injuries sustained in the field, they have a lot in common. Employees in both industries are being seen A LOT in PT practices for injuries of the neck, back, shoulder and upper extremity as ...

Why Runners Benefit From Postural Restoration Therapy

Why Runners Benefit From Postural Restoration Therapy

Running is one of the most innate and natural movements humans can do, and yet those who regularly engage in it often continue to be perplexed and frustrated by the aches and injuries that can accompany it. Our ancient nomadic ancestors would regularly run down their hunting prey across vast plains for hours at a time, yet they probably ...

The Benefits of Aromatherapy In The Springtime

The Benefits of Aromatherapy In The Springtime

May 19, 2021Virginia is for lovers we say. Well, I do agree until the moment I step outside for a morning jog in early spring… For those like myself, leaving winter behind is delightful. I know holidays are great BUT the prospect of the warm weather and outdoor activities give me a sense of freedom and abundance I really crave more. Though ...

Under Pressure

Under Pressure

April 28, 2021 Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) to Relieve Allergy Symptoms Ahh Springtime! Warm sunny days and longer nights are all fun and games until, the one thing we can’t stand pops up, those pesky seasonal allergies. Trees, grass, weeds, and beautiful spring flowers all release tiny granules (pollen) into the air to fertilize other ...

Achoo!

Achoo!

April 14, 2021Achoo! The Spring weather is a welcome transition from the Winter cold. Blooming trees and flowers can lift our spirits but can wreak havoc on allergy symptoms. According to Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), Spring is the time corresponding to the Liver organ and when the internal energies tend to lift up and outward. If there ...

Dry Brushing What is it and Can it Help During Allergy Season?

Dry Brushing What is it and Can it Help During Allergy Season?

April 9, 2021What is Dry Brushing? Dry brushing, dry body brushing, or skin brushing is the use of a natural fiber bristle brush to aid in the stimulation of the skin, lymphatic system, circulatory system, and the nervous system. Skin brushing has been used in the healing practices of cultures all around the world for hundreds of years. ...

The Benefits of Direct Access Physical Therapy

The Benefits of Direct Access Physical Therapy

December 14, 2020 Are you or a loved one dealing with pain? Or maybe you’re a “weekend warrior” who pushed it a little too far? Or how about aches and pains from running? Maybe you’re dealing with muscle tension and loss of function from a physically demanding job? Or maybe you have persistent pain that has been around so long you can’t ...

14 Smoothie Recipes to Decrease Appetite and Balance Your Blood Sugar

14 Smoothie Recipes to Decrease Appetite and Balance Your Blood Sugar

May 26, 2020Unless you have been living under a rock (which, may be the case with the current #Rona running around) I am sure you are aware that health and wellness is a hot topic these days. Health choices and food research is no longer just for those who are “another year wiser” but even the younger generation is jumping into the mix. As a ...

Oriental Medicine: What is it? How can it help?

Oriental Medicine: What is it? How can it help?

May 19, 2020 Written by: Neida Fedison, L.Ac + Dipl. Ac + DAOM Have you ever heard about Oriental Medicine? You probably have but don’t even know it. You most likely know what Acupuncture is and with some limited information obtained through family members, friends, or even movies and TV shows.  Then what is Oriental Medicine? It is the ...

What is Reflexology?

What is Reflexology?

[ Blog Post Date ] What is Reflexology? Reflexology is a holistic modality using hand and finger pressure on the feet, outer ears and/or hands with the intent to stimulate nerve endings, creating positive electrical and chemical changes contributing to homeostasis. Reflexology is also known as zone therapy which accepts the belief that a ...

5 Tips for Respiratory Wellness!

5 Tips for Respiratory Wellness!

February 18, 2020 Respiratory wellbeing (especially healthy lung function) is essential to living a healthy life. Now more than ever, respiratory wellbeing should be something you are looking to support. Your lungs bring oxygen to your organs by removing the carbon dioxide from your body. I know, it sounds pretty important, right? Now, you ...

5 Must Have Tips to Help Prioritize Sleep

5 Must Have Tips to Help Prioritize Sleep

February 18, 2020 Have you ever thought “what is sleep?”. Odds are, this thought has never crossed your mind. And that is okay. You are not alone; we were right there with you! But, what if we stopped and truly thought about what sleep is, how sleep affects our mental, emotional and physical state; more importantly, how proper sleep habits ...

Train Like A NFL Athlete

Train Like A NFL Athlete

NFL football players are some of the highest performing athletes in the world. With this comes strict regimes to ensure their mental and physical health. Everything from their eating habits to sleeping patterns plays a role in their performance and allow them to THRIVE. While not everyone may be an athlete at this level, many of their habits ...

HOW TO COPE WITH WINTER THREATS: FIRE CUPPING, ESSENTIAL OILS AND AT HOME TIPS

HOW TO COPE WITH WINTER THREATS: FIRE CUPPING, ESSENTIAL OILS AND AT HOME TIPS

January 21, 2020 Written by: Chantal Owen, CMT + CR + CCA With the cold, flu and allergy seasons upon us, we wanted to give the inside scoop on the ways Thrive can help aid your recovery and at-home tips to get through this season. Luckily so far our winter has been very mild this year yet the yoyo effect between the cold and warm days has ...

The Difference Between Medical Massage and Spa Massage

The Difference Between Medical Massage and Spa Massage

Have you ever wondered about the difference between a medical massage and a spa massage? We had one of our certified massage therapists, Chantal, discuss the differences to help better understand. While one might think all massages are alike that is not the case. Medical massages and spa massages have differences in their purpose, training, ...

Massage for Mammas: Me-Time is Important in All Phases of Motherhood

Massage for Mammas: Me-Time is Important in All Phases of Motherhood

The prenatal and postnatal phases are both beautiful and brutal experiences when having a baby. When carrying, the lower ribs can become more flared to make room for the baby, especially during the last trimester. Once we have the baby and begin cradling during feedings, it creates more tension along the bra line area. Whether you’re nursing ...

The Life-Changing Benefits of Aromatherapy and the Raindrop Technique

The Life-Changing Benefits of Aromatherapy and the Raindrop Technique

Aromatherapy is a fascinating field–one that got me completely hooked and that I’ve been passionate about for years. As a French native, where aromatherapy and phytotherapy have a prominent place in health and wellness, I’ve always known the power of essential oils. However, the day that I observed Raindrop Therapy performed on a horse was ...

Why Breathing Into a Balloon Will Improve Your Golf Game

Why Breathing Into a Balloon Will Improve Your Golf Game

Golf is an obvious sport where rotational mobility is important, but even more important is how the full body rotation is controlled and sequenced. Without adequate control or correct postural setup, the way that your body rotates during a round of golf can influence how you move in the other areas of your life.“Good” posture is the ...

Injury-Prevention Tips for Runners

Injury-Prevention Tips for Runners

February 10, 2018FO Every runner wants to win the injury prevention race, whether it is the runner just starting out, the casual runner or the competitive runner. It seems that with all the advancements in training methods, shoe wear, research and even medicine we think we have found the answer. One thing has become clear to us, through all ...

5 tips for ‘Fit & Fab’ Total Body Wellness

5 tips for ‘Fit & Fab’ Total Body Wellness

May 27, 2017 We recently got to spend an awesome morning with the fabulous Kristen Crowley and the WGNT/WTKR News 3 morning crew.  Kristen put together a '5 Days of Fit & Fab' Total Body Wellness series and we were honored and grateful to participate! In this series, we shared 5 quick tips to set your body up for success not only in the ...

Q & A: PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement Topic – deadlifting

Q & A: PRI Integration for Fitness and Movement Topic – deadlifting

Question: Patient with lower back pain was being treated with PRI. He is doing well and wants to return to dead lifting. Does he just lift as before with PRI activity as primer? Or are there changes in his technique? Is it practical to maintain PRI positioning - knees bent and pelvis inlet in extension during this particular ...

Defying the Odds – Tools of Champions

Defying the Odds – Tools of Champions

[ Blog Post Date ] The New England Patriots defied the odds by coming back from a situation that seemed impossible!Tom Brady. Credit Getty ImagesTom Brady credited the team's Mental Toughness for their Epic Superbowl win.Mental toughness is a collection of mental performance skill sets that allow a person to persevere through ...

Your Rib Mobility is Critical for a Healthy Spine

Your Rib Mobility is Critical for a Healthy Spine

The ribcage is a huge part of anatomy that tends to be ignored, especially when treating low back pain.Our ribcage is thought of as a steel cage that isn’t supposed to be very mobile, however, our ribcage is meant to be very mobile! Ribs attach to the front of our body on the sternum and are long levers that wrap all they way back to our ...

Grounding: The Importance of Breathing Properly

Grounding: The Importance of Breathing Properly

Let's look at the mechanics of breathing, as well as the mechanics of the respiratory and pelvic diaphragms, to better understand how the mechanical ventilatory pump is a powerful driver to keep the body connected to the ground during dynamic movement.The central tendon of the respiratory diaphragm descends towards the ground during ...

Grounding – Connection to Gait – Part 2

Grounding – Connection to Gait – Part 2

Hopefully you are following our discussion about the valuable principle of grounding. What's cool is our natural gait cycle is mechanically sound to help us ground ourselves to improve our internal physiology and system function. Unfortunately, many people have lost the reciprocity to exchange a rhythm between the right and left halves of the ...

Grounding – a principle that directly influences our health on multiple dimensions

Grounding – a principle that directly influences our health on multiple dimensions

January 23, 2017"Grounding" is a principle we apply in our programming and is essential for restoring normal physiological and mechanical function. Various research has been published to help explain the beneficial effects of grounding on human biological performance and health (note: Earthing is a form of grounding). The inability to ground ...

POSTURE TIPS

POSTURE TIPS

January 9, 2017Here are some of our most useful posture tips: When sitting, to stretch the front of your chest and help to keep your lower back unlocked – do a seated cross-connect stretch at your chair, take elbow to opposite knee while you open up the opposite chest wall reaching for the back of the chair. Hold this position for 4-5 ...

5 exercises to Improve your Posture

5 exercises to Improve your Posture

January 8, 2017Here are our top 5 exercises to improve your posture: Inchworms - Rounded Downward Dog Walk Outs From all fours, knees directly under hips and hands under shoulders (1). Shift your weight forward so your nose is over your fingertips. Exhale and round up through your mid-back like a "cat" yoga pose (2). Extend knees to inhibit ...

What are PRI orthotics

What are PRI orthotics

At THRIVE, we fabricate a very unique and special foot orthotic that applies neuromuscular principles with solid principals of lower extremity biomechanics. These orthotics effectively influence the entire postural and movement system by combining the Science of Postural Restoration (PRI) Advanced Physical Therapy with the biomechanics of ...

Who’s Behind the Scenes taking care of your athletes? What are you doing for Performance Longevity & Performance Sustainment?

Who’s Behind the Scenes taking care of your athletes? What are you doing for Performance Longevity & Performance Sustainment?

[ Blog Post Date ]When we look at the Olympics and Professional Sports (athletes at the highest level) there are clearly some athletes who always seem to get it right. What many people don't know is that it's not the physical training that keeps athletes performing consistently at the highest level. There is work that has to go on beyond the ...

What is the value of Mental Performance Training?

What is the value of Mental Performance Training?

October 5, 2016  Our doctors specialize in the value of mental performance training and cognitive skills to help athletes achieve their full potential. Mental performance integrates the fields of sport science and applied sport & performance psychology to teach performance enhancement and recovery techniques so that you can accomplish ...

Graston Certified!

Graston Certified!

Graston Technique® is a unique, evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively and efficiently address soft tissue lesions and fascial restrictions resulting in improved patient outcomes. Graston Technique®  uses specially-designed stainless steel instruments with unique treatment ...

EVEN UPs – don’t let back, hip, or knee injury develop because of a foot injury!

EVEN UPs – don’t let back, hip, or knee injury develop because of a foot injury!

May 12, 2016Even ups are one of those tools that not many doctors and patients know about, but can greatly impact the efficiency of healing. This great little tool helps to bring more symmetry to your gait and posture if you have to wear a cast, an orthotic walking boot or post-operative shoe. The extrinsic shoe balancer helps to minimize ...

Train with intent (Mental Performance Series Part 2)

Train with intent (Mental Performance Series Part 2)

Many of Sloan’s friends also decided they wanted to be warriors, but what separated Sloan from his friends was his determination and plan of action to achieve this goal. He realized that to be part of the elite warrior group, he would need help. He sought out a mentor to help him develop his training plan. The elder asked him, “This road is ...