Gilbert PT - April 2020

Clean Up Nicely and Safely Our Spring-Cleaning Injury Prevention Tips

As the days get longer and the breezes get warmer, nothing is quite as refreshing as sprucing up your space. Spring-cleaning can be a great way to clear your head and your home after the fog of winter, but pursuing a clean space shouldn’t leave you in pain or injured. Follow these tips to stay safe and combat spring-cleaning hazards.

Regularly stretching your shoulder and giving it a chance to rest will also prevent injury. If you feel pain or aches, stop immediately and give your shoulder a chance to recover.

Get Stronger

Lift Better

While going to physical therapy to prepare for spring-cleaning may not sound feasible, the idea behind it is sound. Physical therapy routines are designed to strengthen your body and improve joint integrity and muscle health. If you have suffered through a long winter of aches and pains, or if it’s been a few years since you were active, physical therapy can be the best way to create a stronger body and be active — safely. Plus, physical therapy is one of the best ways to prevent injuries!

You may have heard the age-old advice to lift with your legs when moving heavy items, and this is vital to keep in mind! When you pull an object upward using your legs, you put the force and weight of the object on the lower half of your body instead of on your fragile spine. While the back is an impressive support for our bodies, it wasn’t meant to bear weight and force like your legs are. However, never overexert yourself. If you have knee pain or are not confident in your ability to lift, ask for help!

Reach Higher

Spring-cleaning requires flexibility in your arms whether you’re reaching into gutters or reaching for a box on a high shelf. The best way to prevent shoulder injuries while cleaning is to know your limits. Don’t strain to reach for something, which increases tension on your shoulders. Instead, use a ladder, or ask for help.

Before you tackle the dust and clutter of winter, make sure your body is up to the task. Our team at Gilbert Physical Therapy can help you get back to an active lifestyle and treat any injuries you sustain this spring. Just give us a call at 717-591-0955.

Easy Deviled Eggs


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While the kids hunt for Easter eggs in the yard, whip up this easy deviled egg recipe for a hearty snack that’s sure to satisfy any craving.


• 1/2 cup mayonnaise • 2 tbsp milk • 1 tsp dried parsley flakes • 1/2 tsp dill weed • 1/2 tsp fresh chives, minced • 1/2 tsp ground mustard

• Salt, paprika, garlic powder, and pepper, to taste • 12 large eggs, hard-boiled • Fresh parsley, minced, and paprika for garnish


1. In a large bowl, combine mayonnaise, milk, parsley flakes, dill, chives, mustard, salt, paprika, garlic powder, and pepper. Mix well and set aside. 2. Cut eggs lengthwise and remove yolks carefully to preserve egg whites. 3. In a small bowl, mash yolks. 4. Mix mashed yolks with mayonnaise mixture. 5. Spoon or pipe the mixture back into the egg whites. 6. Garnish with fresh parsley and paprika. Refrigerate before serving.

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