Advance PT February 2018


bonus, baking is a hands-on opportunity where your child can learn all sorts of important concepts. Here is a short list of some of the educational lessons hiding in your kitchen. MATH Baking is a numbers game. Just take a look at any recipe, and you’ll recognize the importance of math in building a beautiful cake. Having children measure out ingredients helps them learn about fractions and ratios. You can also test your kids by doubling or halving a recipe for multiplication and division practice. With older kids, practice unit conversions by asking, for example, how many pints are in half a gallon. FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS Not unlike computer science, baking requires a strict order of operations. The wet and dry ingredients often need to be mixed separately and then folded together. It only takes one deviation from the instructions for a pastry to go from

delicious to disgusting. Spending time in the kitchen, then, is a great way for kids to learn the importance of reading directions carefully and comprehending what they’ve just read. CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING Cuisine is a fundamental part of every culture. Introducing your child to dishes from around the world will expand their horizons. Want your child to be a less picky eater? Involving them in the cooking process is the surest way to get them excited about trying new flavors and ingredients. NUTRITION Now, you might not think that baking cookies will encourage greater nutritional awareness, but hear us out. Sugar is often buried within packaged foods. When you bake something at home, a child gets to see, firsthand, just how much sugar goes into certain sweets. Meanwhile, cooking savory dishes also allows them to learn what constitutes a balanced, healthy diet.

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, you’re probably wracking your brain for the perfect recipe to bake for your loved one. There’s nothing wrong with store-bought chocolate, but there’s no topping the personal touch of some homemade baked goods. If you have kids, baking alongside them can be just as rewarding as enjoying the fruits of your labor. As an added


Strengthening and stretching techniques also play a huge role in injury prevention. As your body becomes stronger and your range of motion increases, you can do more. Engaging in physical therapy is a bit a like an extended warm up. A pitcher would never take the mound without first throwing dozens of warm- up pitches. Similarly, you shouldn’t strain yourself without having a solid foundation of strength and flexibility. Whether you’re an athlete trying to minimize your time on the sidelines or just an average Joe who wants to get through the day without worrying about getting hurt, Advance Physical Therapy can give you the tools, techniques, and education you need. Of course, not all injuries can be prevented, but you can certainly reduce your risk. The peace of mind that comes from learning sound mechanics and improving your strength is one of the chief benefits of physical therapy.

If you ask 10 people what a physical therapist does, at least nine of them would say, “They help you recover from an injury.” That’s not an inaccurate description, but it fails to include a huge aspect of physical therapy. Physical therapists don’t only help people who have been injured get back to their best. They also teach risk reduction and prevention tactics so you don’t get injured in the first place. One of the ways that therapy helps to reduce the risk of pain and injury is through education on sound body mechanics. Many chronic conditions and repetitive stress injuries are the result of poor habits. A therapist can help you understand how body mechanics impact stress on joints and muscles. From there, they can teach you the safest movement patterns. Once you have that knowledge, you’ll be able to engage in daily activities, as well as more strenuous ones, without worrying about injuring yourself.

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