Faith@Work

Journey Article smallTiffany Higginbotham, MS PT, OCS owner of Body Logic Physical Therapy was featured in the March 2018 River Region’s Journey magazine article titled, Faith@Work.  Body Logic PT was honored to be a part of this.  Thank you so much Journey magazine.

 

Whole 30 Encouragement

So we are officially halfway done with Whole 30®. I hope that those of you who have joined in have begun your journey in some way. Maybe it means that you have had fifteen days of perfection with no cheats and you are beginning to see or feel real change. Maybe it means that you have initiated some positive changes but not ready to take on all of it.  Maybe it just means that you have checked out the website and begun to entertain the idea of eating this way. Or maybe you are like most and are scared to death to even look at the website. Wherever you are, there is no judgment and everyone has to begin somewhere. I always tell people that I have eaten this way for years and it has taken years for me to really get the hang of it. When you are talking about taking on something like Whole 30®, I think it is really important to know and be honest with yourself. Are you the type that is “all or nothing” and you can just go for it. Or are you more the type that if it is just “too much”, you will not comply with any of it. People always ask me “can I ease into this”. My answer is yes, but let me fully explain. Whole 30® is not just about weight loss, it is predominantly about decreasing inflammation. When we are addressing diet changes from an inflammatory standpoint, it is a completely different story. This is why Whole 30® insists that you do not cheat at all for 30 days. If we are just talking about weight loss, a little cheat here and there is no big deal. However, with inflammation, this is not the case. You have to envision inflammation as a fire burning within your body. As you stop fueling the fire, it dies down but remains as low burning embers. One little cheat represents a drop of lighter fluid that causes the fire to reignite. This then takes another 21 days of no cheating to extinguish that same fire. When we are talking about conditions such as chronic pain and autoimmune disease, which I frequently treat, not cheating becomes a critical part of healing, at least for a period of time.  Everyone has to start somewhere. So, if you need to “ease in” right now with the hope of eventually fully complying, then ease in. Just understand that although you may see some change, it will not be near to the extent that you will experience when you do the program in its entirety. I treat people all of the time that have a large learning curve to just get to the point of even considering something like Whole 30®. So, we always endorse, just start.  Make some positive change, even if it is just research right now.

Keep it real – real people, real food, real change

Tiffany

It’s all in the name…

Ok, so this might be my first blog ever, so be gracious. We opened the doors of Body Logic PT & Wellness a little over 3 months ago now. What a huge blessing it has been in my life so far. I am so very thankful for all of the family & friends who have encouraged us, believed in us, and prayed for us!  You know who you are – keep doing it!  So, for the last few months, people keep asking “What’s up with the name “Body Logic” and the logo – is there a meaning behind it?”

Hunker down, cause here goes the long version.

First, I wanted to communicate the idea of “Body”, to convey treatment of the “whole body”, the whole person.  No one is ever just a back or a shoulder – you have a heart, a soul, a mind, a body…… a person is attached to those things. If there is one thing that I have become more and more convinced of over the years it is this- If we start to separate problems out, and not treat people as one “unit”, we tend to end up with more problems and never get to the root cause of things.

Second, I wanted to communicate the idea of “knowledge”- thus the word “Logic”.  I wanted to convey knowledge in several different areas. Obviously, I need the necessary knowledge as the clinician, knowing and understanding your problems and why you came to me, but hopefully developing a relationship that goes much deeper than that.  I am not one who separates professional and personal all that well – I am pretty much the same in both areas.  So, I want to get to know you and you know me- I enter your life and you enter mine. The PT /patient relationship is intimate, much more so than a lot of other medical relationships. I will spend a large amount of one-on-one time with you and in that time we will get to know and understand each other better.  My hope is that people enter as patients, but always leave as friends.

I also wanted to convey “knowledge” for the patient.  If you don’t understand what is going on with your body and what we are trying to accomplish with therapy, I have not done my job and you will be less inclined and motivated to comply with the things I am recommending to you. But, if I teach you exactly what is happening, and you understand and take ownership of it, then you are much more empowered to do what is necessary to get better.

There is also a component of knowledge of myself, so I will get personal for a moment.  I know that may sound a little goofy, but it is part of the place that I have come to now, personally and professionally, that led me to open my own clinic.  I am almost 42 and have practiced about 18 years now. For approximately the last 14 years, I have worked part-time in several different clinics, mostly for friends that owned private practices. I have had 3 children during that time and have never apologized that my family has always been my priority.  I have worked at about 20 different PT clinics and with probably a hundred different therapists over the years. I have had the unique experience of gleaning little bits from all of these experiences, and letting them mold me.   I am eternally grateful for all of the clinicians who have inspired me, mentored me and poured into me over the years.  I now am at a place of being comfortable in my own skin, better understanding & embracing the areas God has gifted me and letting go of the areas that he has not.   I am much more aware of my own limitations and realizing that I cannot help everyone, and being thankful for the humility that it brings.  So…….. I now have a better “knowledge” of who I am as a wife, mom, daughter, sister, friend and physical therapist, and how all these parts of me fit together and hopefully make me a better PT.  I pray that I have become more compassionate & loving and have hopefully wasted less time being prideful, judgmental and at least a little less worried about what others think.   I trust God a whole lot more, worry a little bit less and trust the process and the path, wherever it may lead.

So, why the gear?!! Well it goes back to the things I have already mentioned – all things working together. All PT’s are at least a little mechanically inclined,  so we get the idea of a gear – how our joints work, basic physics, but also the continued idea of treating the “whole” person. A single, one toothed wheel is worthless – it must be combined and meshed with others in order to be a productive, fully functioning gear.  Thus our bodies, all parts of it, must work together to do the same- everything is connected.

It is the same with us as people and professionals.  We need each other and are dependent upon each other. We were never meant to function in isolation but were created for community.  Alone, a one toothed wheel is left unproductive.  But, perfectly place us together, and watch us become something much bigger than the sum of the parts.  I have learned that oftentimes, several different wheels must be inserted to REALLY help someone- different clinicians, physicians, disciplines, philosophies, counselors, teachers, etc.  Some wheels may be larger and play much more substantial roles, but they all are necessary and work together to hopefully produce the needed outcome.

So, for me, this is Body Logic.   It is knowing myself as a person and a PT, knowing you as a patient and a person,  knowing what you may need, what I can offer, and then placing all of those wheels together to hopefully begin  healing.  For me, ultimately, it is the opportunity to be a small part of infusing HOPE into another person’s life and for that, I am eternally grateful.

But…… I promise that if you ask me this question in person I will just say, “Because it sounded and looked cool”.

Tiff