MADDEN Monthly An Awesome 2019 PHYSICAL THERAPY LOOKING BACK AT THE YEAR AND SETTING GOALS FOR 2020
There’s really only one way I can describe 2019: awesome.
In 2018, Madden Physical Therapy Dauphin opened its doors, and I took on a new professional opportunity as the clinic’s operations director. I learned so much in that first year. We put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into starting this clinic, but it’s safe to say this experience has exceeded all of my expectations. The clinic is in an amazing position, thanks in no small part to the dedicated staff I work with each day. Seeing this growth has been nothing short of amazing. In addition to the great strides the clinic made in 2019, my personal life saw some changes this year. My now-fiancée, Maria, graduated from physical therapy school, and we got engaged shortly thereafter! We are now in full wedding planning mode, and we’re already counting down the days to May 2021. With how wonderful 2019 was, I can’t wait to see what 2020 has in store. Yet, I learned from a young age that you have to dedicate yourself to your goals to make great things happen. My parents divorced when I was still young, and my childhood wasn’t always easy growing up. At a young age, I promised myself that I was going to work hard to create a life that made me happy. I’ve worked hard to get to where I am, and my hope is I can set a good example for my future children of what it means to build success and give your family the best life possible. I’m approaching 2020 with the mindset that nothing happens overnight. It’s going to take the very same blood, sweat, and tears it took to build Madden Physical Therapy Dauphin to continue to make it a successful place of healing for its patients. It’s the late nights and early mornings where success is created, and if that’s what it takes, then we will take it on. I hope to continue to improve as a leader in 2020. I have a group of therapists, aides, and employees who look up to me as the director, and I want to lead both by example and by what I say. Again, I have learned a lot in the first year of this position, and I know I have so much more to learn. In terms of setting New Year’s resolutions, I have a few goals I’m hoping to meet in 2020. I want to read more professional leadership books to continue to
help Madden Dauphin build momentum. Personally, as someone who values wellness and fitness, I hope to continue to improve and get healthier, too. I have a lot of work to do in 2020, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t practice gratitude for what 2019 was. I believe there’s value in appreciating what you have and the opportunities that come your way. As I said, looking back, 2019 has been a fantastic year for me, and I cannot wait to continue helping this community live pain-free lives.
Thank you for trusting us in 2019. We’re excited to continue helping you in 2020.
Happy New Year!
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Help Your Kids Achieve More This Year
With Simple, Actionable Goals With every new year comes an opportunity to reinvent ourselves or start down a new path toward self-improvement. Making resolutions is a big part of many families’ New Year’s traditions, and parents often have a desire for their kids to take part in that tradition when they’re old enough. Following through on resolutions is tough, especially for young children, but with your help, they can achieve their goals.
Practice what you preach.
You are your children’s role model for almost everything, including following through on New Year’s resolutions. So, ask yourself if you follow through on your own resolutions. When you proclaim that you will read more books or finally get a gym membership, do you actually try to do it? Your kids will assign as much importance to New Year’s resolutions as you do, so by sticking to your own commitments, you can help them stay on track, too.
Keep things simple and achievable.
When your kids are forming their resolutions, their first attempts will probably be very broad. Statements like “I want to be more kind” or “I will try to help more around the house” incorporate good values but don’t include any actionable steps. Help your kids think of tangible ways to act on those goals. For example, if they want to be tidier, a good resolution might be for them to clean their room once a week or take responsibility for one household chore every day.
Don’t do all the work for them.
While it’s important for you to help your kids formulate their goals, be sure that you aren’t taking over. If they’re ultimately responsible for their resolutions, they’ll feel more compelled to keep them. Instead, suggest different goal areas they could improve, such as home, school, or sports, and let them elaborate. When it comes to creating habits, nobody is perfect, so even if your kids falter on their goals in the middle of February, don’t worry. The important thing is that you continue to encourage them every step of the way.
“Prior to treatment, I had pain in both shoulders and was very limited with movement in both shoulders. Pain
would wake me from sleep. After treatment I am now pain free, have full range of motion, and I sleep uninterrupted.” –Alan M.
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As we celebrate the start of another decade, people are making promises they will, unfortunately, struggle to keep. This year, defy the odds and get a little help from our team at Madden Physical Therapy Dauphin to accomplish the goals you set for 2020. Get Healthier It’s one of the most common New Year’s resolutions made. In fact, one study even found that 71% of people commit themselves to it each year! So, if you’ve vowed to get healthier in 2020, physical therapy can help. While physical therapy is not designed to replace training regimens, it is created to help you get stronger and prevent injury. If the start of a new training regimen is leaving your joints and muscles in pain, your physical therapy team can help you find relief, avoid future pain and injury, and continue going to the gym. Stay Upright As an older adult, you may know that falling is one of your greatest health risks. In fact, according to the National Council on Aging, falling is the cause of the most fatal and nonfatal senior citizen injuries. If you want to improve your balance, prevent a fall, and continue to stay independent Defy the Odds You CAN Achieve New Year’s Resolutions
in 2020, physical therapists can help! Our team will develop balance therapy regimens specifically for you. These programs increase your range of motion while giving you the strength you need to regain balance if you begin to fall. Travel More This might seem surprising, but physical therapy can help you stay active. Have you always wanted to walk through Central Park but were nervous about your knees or hips giving out? Your physical therapist can help you improve your mobility and function! Is your dream vacation in Europe but you’re nervous about the pain of a long flight? During physical therapy, your body becomes stronger, and you can withstand more than you ever thought possible. Your hobbies are no longer pipe dreams when you have a physical therapist in your corner.
You can achieve your goals this year! Get started and learn more by calling Madden Physical Therapy Dauphin at 717.474.8754.
LAUGH OUT LOUD
Easy Tomato Soup Inspired by Nom Nom Paleo Who doesn’t love a bowl of tomato soup on a cold winter’s day? This recipe packs a lot more flavor — and a lot fewer additives — than your average store-bought soup without requiring hours of hard labor over the stove.
• 2 tbsp coconut oil • 4 leeks, white parts only, thinly sliced • 6 cloves garlic, minced • 1 28-oz can roasted and diced tomatoes (Muir Glen Organic is a good brand)
• 1 cup chicken broth • 8.5 oz coconut milk • Kosher salt • Freshly ground black pepper
1. In a skillet over medium heat, sauté leeks in coconut oil until softened and translucent, about 7–10 minutes. 2. Add garlic and sauté for another 30 seconds. Remove from heat. 3. Meanwhile, in a blender, purée entire can of tomatoes, including juice, until smooth. 4. Add sautéed leeks and garlic and purée again. 5. Transfer purée to a saucepan and add chicken broth and coconut milk. Bring to a boil, then drop to simmer and cook for 10 minutes. 6. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve.
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Adventuring Through Dauphin County
Explore Dauphin County!
Cure Your Cabin Fever With These Local Attractions
Even as a local, you may not know about all the great adventures Dauphin County has to offer. This winter, explore the landmarks, features, and attractions that make our county one of the greatest in Pennsylvania!
Gamut Theatre Group When: 15 N. 4th St., Harrisburg Where: Showtimes each season Admission: Varies by show Website: GamutTheatre.org
Antique Automobile Club of America Museum When: 161 Museum Drive, Hershey Where: Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission: $12.50 for adults and $11.50 for seniors Website: AACAMuseum.org
Hershey Balloon Flights When: Various launch sites in Hershey and Harrisburg Where: Sunrise excursions offered year-round Admission: $225 per person Website: HersheyBalloonFlights.com See the wide expanse of Pennsylvania’s farmlands and cities from the skies this winter with Hershey Balloon Flights. Available for flight at sunrise year-round, the company invites you to watch Pennsylvania wake up by cruising for 6–10 miles over our gorgeous landscape. Temperatures in the air are about the same as temperatures on the ground, so dress appropriately for the weather. Learn more and purchase your rides at the company’s website.
For nearly 30 years, the Gamut Theatre Group, including the Popcorn Hat Players Children’s Theatre and the Harrisburg Shakespeare Company, has featured exciting adventures and classic tales on the stage. This January, the theater’s Stage Door Series will present “Journey to the Center of the Earth” on Jan. 17–19 and 24–26. Adapted for the stage from the novel by Jules Verne, this production will send audiences on a trail-twisting adventure through some of Earth’s most wild terrain. Learn more about this production and future shows on the theater’s website.
Roadways may be treacherous this time of the year, but the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum (AACA) can take you on an adventure without leaving Dauphin County. Learn the unique history of vintage cars, motorcycles, bikes, buses, and vehicle collecting on all three levels of this museum. Ask for a guided tour or enjoy the interactive exhibits on your own. Affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, the museum has been listed on numerous “best of” guides for tourists, and it’s the perfect spot for locals searching for a quick getaway.
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