THE SEARCH FOR NEW HOLIDAY TRADITIONS WHY THIS CHRISTMAS WILL BE DIFFERENT THAN ANY OTHER Some trivial, polarizing topics in everyday life bring out the most passionate opinions. How a steak should be cooked, the designated hitter in baseball, and which way the toilet paper should roll are all perfect examples. But every year, there is one conflict that trumps them all: when Christmas music should start. I think my wife would begin playing the sounds of the season before Halloween if she could get away with it. On the other hand, we all know people who view the very idea of listening to Christmas music as more painful than an intense injury. Personally, I reside right in the middle. you’ve had the same yearly celebration your whole life and your kids have that familiarity, as well, the sense of nostalgia becomes impossible to ignore. It provides some stability, and the lack of variables makes a more comfortable environment for everyone. Uprooting that routine is tricky to navigate, and it’s going to be different for a lot of us. The one thing we don’t want to lose is our commitment to spending time together.
Most of our year is hectic, so the opportunity to sit back, relax, and enjoy time with family is a gift in and of itself. Managing a practice and balancing the schedules of kids can leave our heads spinning at times; it also limits the quantity and quality of time we spend with one another. The holidays are a time to celebrate the best parts of life that bring people together, so our new traditions are TRADITIONS ARE SURE TO PROVIDE AMPLE OPPORTUNITIES FOR US TO INVEST IN COMPANIONSHIP WHILE LEAVING OUT THE RUSH.” “THE HOLIDAYS ARE A TIME TO CELEBRATE THE BEST PARTS OF LIFE THAT BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER. SO OUR NEW
When “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” or “Little Drummer Boy” plays over the radio, it’s hard not to get caught up in the excitement of Christmas. Every time I hear a classic song, it brings me back to my childhood and the memories of Christmas morning. For as long as I could remember, we spent Dec. 25 at my grandparents’ house. The whole family would come, and we’d have brunch together and open gifts. Ever since I was a baby, that was the tradition. I still have old black-and-white pictures in a photo album of me at my grandparents’ in my holiday attire. It’s what we’ve been doing for more than 50 years. We’ve had the same brunch, the same traditions, at the same place — but not this year. Since my grandmother’s passing, we’ve had to re-evaluate holiday traditions, and I think Christmas is going to be the toughest. When
sure to provide ample opportunities for us to invest in companionship while leaving out the rush. There will be no drama, no stress, and no apprehension. We’ll just spend time together, growing closer and forging strong bonds. I appreciate these moments more and more as years go on, and the older our kids get, the more critical I think it is to share in the holidays together. I hope that, regardless of how you celebrate, your season is filled with the joy that comes from building camaraderie with others. The gifts, the songs, and the buzz are nothing when stacked against lounging in your holiday pajamas with those you love.
3 STEPS TO BEING HAPPY, HEALTHY, HANDSOME, AND HAIRY
Whether you’re the proud owner of a goatee or are shopping for a bearded loved one, it’s important to know the ins and outs of proper facial-hair care. With a few simple steps, you can turn a “no shave November” experiment into a glorious, shining mane.
Beard oil is quickly absorbed, making it a tonic for itchy new beards. Individuals with extra-dry skin or Civil War-general-length beards should consider switching over to balms. Applying either of these products will keep your beard smooth, shiny, and dandruff-free. What makes a beard comb so special? While metal or plastic prongs are fine to use on your scalp, faces tend to be more prone to irritation. Wooden beard combs are gentler and absorb facial oils, redistributing them throughout your beard from root to tip. Plus, the lumberjack aesthetic is a nice touch. Remember that beards don’t grow on trees. Regardless of your fashion goals, your facial hair is an important part of your body and needs to be treated with respect! These tips won’t just have you looking dapper; they’ll have your face feeling better than ever. GET A BEARD COMB
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your beard as you shower will keep your face happy, hairy, and healthy. Don’t worry about investing in specialty beard soap unless you have particularly sensitive skin. For most folks, regular shampoo or facial wash works fine. Just be sure to get all the suds out or things will get crusty. Use a gentle patting technique to dry your face afterward. Scrubbing with a towel is a recipe for face frizz. Just like the hair on your head, your beard and the skin underneath need to stay moisturized. The use of beard oil and utility balm (commonly known as beard balm) will keep your hair and face hydrated and add a little extra shine and fragrance to your facial ensemble. Deciding which product to use depends on your beard length. OIL OR BALM?
From tangled knots to last night’s dinner, you don’t want anything hanging out in your whiskers longer than it has to. Scrubbing
WHICH IS THE RIGHT PATH FOR YOU? PHYSICAL THERAPY OR SURGERY
When it comes to injuries, it seems like doctors and physical therapists are playing a game of tug of war. One side tells you that surgery is required, and the other side informs you that therapy is the answer. Each party will provide empirical data to back up their assertions and attempt to convince you that their path back to full health is the right way to go. Yet, amid this battle for custody, there’s one unconsidered factor: you. As an owner of a physical therapy practice and a practitioner, I believe in how our methods can help patients achieve their recovery goals. But there are instances when surgery is the right path.
sometimes that means therapy. Whichever you choose, it’s important to hear both sides.
Even if you’re convinced surgery is the right path for you, it’s still crucial to get the opinion of a physical therapist. In many instances, going under the knife doesn’t have to be the first line of defense. For example, if you are hoping to run a 5K for Valentine’s Day as a way of proposing to your loved one but you sustained ligament damage in your knee, physical therapy can defer an operation to a more convenient time. Sometimes, getting a second opinion from a therapist can provide a path that better suits your rehab. If you’re concerned about the best path for you, reach out to us. We have a network of doctors that we refer for surgery all the time. You’re the only one who can choose the route to recovery that’s right for you. Let us give you your options today.
Torn ligaments, severely broken bones, and trauma stemming from collisions, such as falls or car accidents, frequently require surgery. In cases that are more on the fringes, such as partial tears or arthritis, how the patient feels mentally is often forgotten. As a patient, it’s your body, your livelihood, and your future, so having confidence in the right path for you is imperative. Sometimes that means surgery, and
FAMOUS FOOTBALL INJURIES OF THE LAST 10 YEARS HOW PHYSICAL THERAPY GOT THESE ICONS BACK ON THE FIELD
Football can take a brutal toll on the body, especially in the NFL. Sixteen regular-season games of peak- performing athletes colliding at 1,600 pounds of force over 100 times a game is going to subject even the healthiest people to potential injury. Over the last 10 years, sports fans have seen a lot of injuries, but here are two of the most prolific from the game. It’s impossible to mention football without discussing Tom Brady, but where most see number 12 and think of his prolific career, few remember 2008. Fans at the opening game against the Chiefs saw Brady tear his ACL in the first quarter. What ensued was a thorough reconstruction of his left knee and extensive physical therapy. Brady’s rigorous program helped him get back on the field faster than ever, with his orthopedic surgeon telling the L.A. Times, “With regard to his recovery of strength, I’ve never seen anything quite like it. With an average person, it would have taken probably twice as long to get range of motion and strength back.” TOM BRADY
Wherever Tom Brady is mentioned, Peyton Manning’s name is sure to follow. But while their Hall of Fame careers are similar, their injury history drastically differs. After undergoing spinal fusion surgery in 2011, Manning had to take not just football but his life back to the basics. He couldn’t toss a dart, let alone a 50-yard pass to Reggie Wayne. Multiple times on his road to recovery, Manning’s doctors, coaches, and family questioned if he could ever hold a ball or even a child ever again, much less play in a Super Bowl. After strenuous times, both emotionally and physically, and extensive daily private training deep into the night, Manning not only made it back but went on to have three of the best seasons in his storied career. We love football and wholeheartedly believe that injuries can be prevented. In the instances where they can’t, there are modalities to help athletes both young and old come back stronger and healthier than ever. Let us show you how.
TAKE A BREAK
30-MINUTE CAULIFLOWER SOUP
Inspired by Good Housekeeping
1 small head cauliflower (about 2 pounds), cored and sliced
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 leek, chopped
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
1. In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter into warm oil. Add onion and leek, season with salt and pepper, and cook until tender, about 10–12 minutes. 2. Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add cauliflower, broth, and cream. Simmer until cauliflower is tender, about 15 minutes. 3. Using a blender, purée in batches until smooth. 4. Top servings with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of pepper.
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a s GET AWAY AND BE FESTIVE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
There’s nothing quite like the magical lights of the holiday season, and some destinations in the U.S. have perfected the craft of holiday decoration. If you’re looking to get away this December and still engage in seasonal festivities, add one of these places to your must-visit list.
and flanked by snow. The Christmas decorations and lights surrounding the archway make for a Western-themed holiday pulled right out of a John Wayne classic. For holiday admirers looking for a unique spin, Jackson has you covered. YEARLY YULETIDE IN SANTA CLAUS, INDIANA This one’s for the Christmas lover. If you can’t make it out to Santa Claus, Indiana, this holiday season, you can still celebrate Christmas in this tiny Midwestern town in January, June, or even October. Embracing its unique name, the town boasts a museum, holiday shopping center, and a Christmas theme park. In a moving tribute, the town’s residents also write responses to children’s letters to Kris Kringle himself. It’s impossible to avoid holiday cheer in this town. DISNEY WORLD’S CHRISTMAS MAGIC What better place to celebrate the most magical time of the year than in the most magical place on Earth? Walt Disney World’s halls are decked to the max with a parade, gingerbread homes, strings of lights, and festive parties. Plus, costs to visit Disney World can be cheaper during the Christmas season, so keep an eye out for a vacation steal.
NEW YORK CITY’S ROCKEFELLER CENTER
New York City is an iconic location for Christmastime. The scene is like a Hallmark card: Ice-skating lovers whiz past miles of twinkling lights underneath an exceptionally tall and amply-decorated tree. The tree is specially selected by Rockefeller Center’s landscaping crews, who scout out trees years in advance. It remains lit from November to early January, so you have plenty of time to check it out. RANCH CHRISTMAS IN JACKSON, WYOMING Jackson, Wyoming, takes its frontier culture to the next level during the Christmas season. All year, the city proudly displays four elk antler arches, but around the holidays, they are lit up with white string lights
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