Cornerstone Physical Therapy - May 2018

“I slipped on black ice and broke my wrist. I was in a splint for about eight weeks, but I started physical therapy at about the sixth or seventh week. I was not able

ROAD TRIPS DON’T HAVE TO BE PAINFUL

to do much at all. In four weeks, I saw an improvement. I did four more weeks here and gained my rotation and motion back, as well as my strength. I am happy about the improvement, I still do the recommended exercises at home. I found the staff at Cornerstone to be professional, friendly, and compassionate.” –Veronica Rotondo

Summer is right around the corner, which means you’ll soon pile the whole family into the car, ready to brave the road for a vacation. Everyone knows that riding in the car for hours can be torture. But with a little creativity, you can turn the worst part of a long trip into a fun event. PACK A TRAVEL GAME When the excitement of the family vacation starts to wear off, keep the peace and entertain your kids with a travel game. Many board game manufacturers offer travel-sized versions that are easy to pack and play in the car. Before your next road trip, consider purchasing digital Yahtzee, which packs all the fun of the classic game without the dice, or IQ Fit, a logic game with over 100 challenges. Both games cost around $10 and can provide hours of entertainment. INCLUDE THE WHOLE FAMILY Once the travel games no longer pique anyone’s interest, try an activity that can be fun for the whole family: a traditional road trip game. If you have a car full of storytellers, try “Fortunately, Unfortunately.” The rules are simple. The first person starts by saying, “fortunately,” and mentioning something good about the road trip or the destination. The next person (moving clockwise) then follows by saying something “unfortunate” about the previous person’s statement. Take turns with every passenger in the car. If someone stumbles, they get a strike; three strikes and you’re out. The last passenger standing wins. PLAY AN AUDIOBOOK OR PODCAST We get it. Sometimes passengers don’t want to play games. Occasionally, they’d rather relax or take a nap. However, your listening material doesn’t have to be limited to Dad’s favorite music. Instead, consider listening to a family-friendly audiobook or podcast, which can make the longest and most boring parts of your trip an entertaining or educational experience. Almost any popular book is available in audio form, but it can be hard to find an enjoyable podcast. “Transistor” is a science-focused podcast that explores subjects kids and adults will find fascinating. Or if you’re looking for something fictional, try “Storynory,” in which the narrator tells fairy tales and legends from all over the globe. Try Games, Audiobooks, and Podcasts to Pass the Time

“I fractured my clavicle from a youth-wrestling injury. I had trouble getting dressed and doing my homework. I had to sit out of recess and g ym. I could not have the

fun I usually would with my friends. The staff here made me better, and I am very grateful. I am back to school activities and karate. Thank you, Cornerstone!” –Nicholas Doll

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