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OUR SUMMER TRIPS TO MYRTLE BEACH
My family has a summer tradition we follow each year. My family and my wife’s family take a trip to North Myrtle Beach to spend a week on the beaches of South Carolina. The month we go on the trip usually depends on everyone’s schedule. We want to go when everyone is available, and that’s generally anywhere from the end of June to the end of August. This year, my wife’s brother, who is a Captain in the Marine Corps in Camp Lejeune, could only secure the week of the Fourth of July, because he is being deployed toward the end of the year. There are eight adults and eight kids who will all head down for the trip this year. We usually rent a large house, and what I think is really amazing is all the cousins getting together. The kids’ age range this year is newborn to 9 years, which can definitely make for and interesting, entertaining, and busy week! They all play so well together and truly create memorable experiences. I know that my sons, Conor and Liam, can look forward to the trip every year and remember how exciting and fun each trip was.
that he’s a year older, he can interact with his surroundings a bit more now that he is crawling and cruising. That’s another thing that I look forward to with each trip — the kids getting older each year and doing a little more than the previous year. As a family, we enjoy spending most of our time out on the beach, and — being such a large family —we take up a pretty big section of it. We bring the kids down, and they enjoy building sand castles and pools. We also tend to go out to dinner a few times during the week-long trip. There’s an Italian restaurant everyone enjoys going to. What we’re looking forward to most this year are the fireworks. During the week of the Fourth of July, all of us can head down to the beach, where we can watch the fireworks and other celebrations in the area. We will see how the younger kids react to the fireworks! When I was growing up in upstate New York, my family never went to the beach; we usually spent time on the Finger Lakes or at my Grandfather’s house on Lake Ontario. Here, being closer to the coast, heading to one of the beaches is a popular thing to do in the Washington, D.C., area. Most families take a week off, head to the beach, and relax during the summer. I do miss going to the Finger Lakes and staying at lake houses, but heading to the beaches is what you do in northern Virginia, and I enjoy it very much. Whether any of my readers are headed to the beaches this summer or not, I hope you have an enjoyable Fourth of July and summer! - Dr. Todd P. Sullivan
My wife, Nicole, has had this tradition longer than I’ve been going. Ever since she was little, her family would head to the beach for a week, enjoying the sand and walking along the boardwalks. I’ve been going since Nicole and I got married four years ago, and I’ve enjoyed every trip since then. By the time this newsletter is out, we’ll be in the process of getting ready to head to Myrtle Beach this year. It will be Liam’s second trip, and I’m excited to see how he’ll react to it. On Liam’s first trip, he was very young, but now
LEARNING THAT DOESN’T FEEL LIKE SCHOOL Mentally Stimulating Activities for Summer Every summer, parents across the country have to deal with the same delicate problem. They want to make sure their kids continue to learn without feeling like they’re being assigned tasks. After all, summer homework is every child’s worst nightmare. Luckily, you don’t have to rely on math problems and book reports to keep your child’s development from taking a two-month vacation. Here are a few mentally stimulating activities that are as educational as they are fun. Bubbles fascinate young children, so why not spend a day making your own solution and experimenting by blowing different types of bubbles? The formula is simple: 1 part dish soap (Dawn or Joy work best) to 10 parts water. Optionally, you can also include 1/4 part glycerin. The process of making the solution will teach ratios and finding creative ways to blow bubbles fosters problem-solving skills and creative thinking. Cooking teaches so many important skills: math, science, nutrition, concentration, cultural understanding, following directions, creativity, time management, and more. Even better, it doesn’t feel like learning; it feels like fun. Encourage your older children to take the reins for preparing regular meals throughout the summer. You can pick guiding themes, like “a trip to Mexico” or “pasta party,” but let them choose the recipes and prep the meals on their own. Field trips always inspire excitement in students, and you’ll find the same goes for your family members. You can tailor your destination to the interests of your kids for maximum engagement. If you have a family of art lovers, head to a museum for some inspiration and discussion. Kids who prefer the outdoors will enjoy a nature walk or hike. You can bring along a field guide to identify flora and fauna. These trips may not pack the thrill of a water park, but they’re fun in an entirely different way. FOR TEENAGERS: FAMILY DINNER PARTY FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY: AN EDUCATIONAL FIELD TRIP FOR LITTLE ONES: HOMEMADE BUBBLES
DRY NEEDLING VS. ACUPUNCTURE What’s the Difference?
Dr. Sullivan at NOVA Chiropractic & Acupuncture is often asked what the difference is between dry needling and acupuncture. While they may seem similar, both treatments are very different from each other. The only similarity between the two techniques is the equipment we use, which are the acupuncture needles. Dry needling is used to release a trigger point or tightness in the muscles. If you have a trigger point or knotted muscle, Dr. Sullivan will insert the acupuncture needle into the area of tension, which can result in an instantaneous release. When the needle is inserted into the knot, it creates a muscle twitch, or contraction. This muscle twitch releases the trigger point, allowing the muscles to relax, restoring muscle function and decreasing pain. The difference between the treatments is the area of focus. When treating a patient with acupuncture, an acupuncturist inserts the needles in the problem sites along with other areas that may be connected to it. However, dry needling targets solely the problem site. For example, if you have a trigger point in your shoulder muscles, an acupuncture needle will be placed into the trigger point, left for a few minutes, then taken out once the muscle relaxes. If you have shoulder pain, an acupuncturist may treat the acupuncture meridian or channel in the neck, shoulder, arm, and upper back area. Acupuncture is a complete healing system that can be used to treat everything like neck pain, back pain, allergies, headaches, anxiety, and infertility, to name a few. Whereas dry needling is a treatment used to treat muscular pain and tightness. There are a variety of benefits that stem from dry needling. The treatment is highly effective for acute and chronic muscular pain. Patients who undergo this technique can experience a decrease in pain, increase in mobility, and increased strength. Typically, positive results are apparent in as little as one session or within two to four treatment sessions, but it can vary depending on the cause and duration of the symptoms and overall health of the patient. If you’re experiencing muscle tightness or have a trigger point, dry needling can be your solution. For more information and to see if the treatment can help you, call our office at 703-912-7822 to speak to one of our team members. If you are suffering from chronic pain, arthritis, headaches, allergies, or anxiety, give our office a call to see if acupuncture may help with your issue.
HONE IN ON HONEY Nature’s Wonder Sweetener
Honey is a wonderful all-natural sweetener. Despite being sweet, it comes with actual health benefits — something you can’t say about other types of sugar. But some honeys are better than others, so it’s important to buy the right kind. Raw honey may help your body heal itself more effectively. One study in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine pointed to raw manuka honey as an effective way to speed up the time it takes wounds to heal while also reducing risk of infection. Simply apply manuka honey to a wound and let it do the rest. One of the best types of honey you can buy is raw, unfiltered, local honey . While it isn’t known to decrease the healing time of wounds, it can reduce symptoms related to allergies. Raw honey contains trace amounts of pollen, as well as other allergens from grasses and weeds. Local honey contains many of the pollens and allergens you would normally breathe in on an average day. The pollens in local honey are just enough to kick your immune system into gear. As a form of immunotherapy, raw, local honey helps your body become acclimated to those allergens. But these three points — raw, unfiltered, and
local — are crucial. When honey is processed and filtered, it loses practically all of its allergy-fighting power and becomes an ordinary sweetener.
Most experts advise finding honey that was produced as close to your home as possible, preferably within 20 miles. The closer, the better. Keep in mind that it can take several weeks before you feel results. Of course, you won’t find a more delicious way to combat allergies.
Have a LAUGH
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
4 ears of corn, husked
2 ounces fresh cotija cheese (or feta), crumbled
4 tablespoons high-smoke-point oil, such as canola or vegetable
1/4 cup cilantro
1 large shallot, thinly sliced
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 red chili (such as Freson) or jalapeño, thinly sliced
1. Heat grill to medium. 2. Brush corn with 2 tablespoons oil and grill until visibly charred, 10–12 minutes. 3. Cut kernels off cob and combine with shallots, chilis, lime juice, cheese, and remaining oil. 4. Season with salt and pepper, garnish with cilantro, and serve.
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Family Events Near Us
BURKE FARMERS MARKET Freshly picked vegetables, fruits, and flowers along with tasty baked goods and yummy drinks —who doesn’t love a farmers market? Now you too can relish these treats at the Burke Farmers Market. The market takes place on every Saturday from now until December 22, starting at 8:00 a.m. and lasting until noon. Head over to 5671 Roberts Parkway and see what it’s offering! HISTORIC FAIRFAX COURTHOUSE TOURS Most people don’t want to end up in a courthouse in their lifetime. However, the Historic Fairfax Courthouse will have people lining up to to get inside. Attendees of the tour will have a chance to visit the Historical Records Center showroom, which will have original documents out on display for viewing. Along with this, attendees will walk through the Historic Records Center Records Room, where you’ll learn about the history of the building and the cases that have taken place within it. The tours take place every Friday at 3 p.m. and are free to the public. THE MIGHTYMILE If you have kids who love to run, then this event is for them! Taking place on July 29 at Fairfax Corner, 11895 Grand Commons Ave., Fairfax, VA, children from toddlers to 14-year-olds can take part in this fun run, starting at 8 a.m. and lasting until 9:15 a.m. The course is only a mile long for kids ages 6–14, half a mile for 4- to 5-year-olds, and only 100 yards for the Tot Trot. Bring your kids or encourage your friends’ or family members’ kids as they push themselves to finish their mile.
Encourage Your Children to Learn and Experience Their Community After Independence Day, the rest of the month may seem rather dull, but it isn’t! Here are a few events you can look forward to through July for everyone in the family to enjoy. FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENTS GOING ON ALL MONTH
Enjoy the month after the Fourth, and have a delightful July!
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