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SCHOOL IS DEFINITELY NOT FOR FOOLS! The Importance of a Lifelong Approach to Learning
For most of us, it feels like summer has barely started. But in my household, the race to get ready for the first day of school has already begun. With one of my kids heading into third grade, the other starting fourth, and my wife preparing her instruction materials to kick off another year as a second grade teacher, there’s no shortage of excited energy around here. Whenever this time of year rolls around, I can’t help but be transported to my own experiences in school. While I haven’t been a student in a classroom for some years now, I still use so much of the material I learned. All the way through school, I gravitated to any subject related to science, which, of course, makes sense now considering the career path I opted to follow. I always wanted to break everything down — objects, plants, animals, humans, technology — to see how they fit together and worked. “Even the less complex cases I see at work take me back to those early, eager moments as an intern using classroom formulas to build mechanical limbs.” I had several great professors in college who facilitated an environment conducive to my way of thinking, but my biomechanics professor, who actually allowed me to do an internship with him and the department, made the biggest impact. We developed a device to measure the moment of inertia for
mechanical limbs, which, in turn, ultimately helped us create a more usable and functional limb for patients who were learning how to navigate life without their arm or leg. I remember the elation I felt actually utilizing the equations I spent years studying in school in a practical situation, an amazing experience. Fortunately, now I get to do that on a daily basis. While those college years were certainly the most transformative in all of my education, continuing my favorite aspect of school is a daily reward for me. A
patient might come into our office and start doing exercises without fully realizing the routines our team recommended were planned with ample foresight and brainstorming. We consider the patient’s story and map out a full body diagram to analyze and consider various forces to determine which treatment approach is best. Even the less complex cases I see at work take me back to those early, eager moments as an intern using classroom formulas to build mechanical limbs. It’s all so fascinating! Furthermore, all the years I spent absorbing as much material as I could sparked a more well- rounded curiosity regarding everything else in
life. I no longer look at school as a terminating event. Learning never really stops, and, if you notice it does, then you need to take stock and make a change. People often underestimate the value of a lifelong learning approach. You might have graduated from high school, college, or graduate school, but the world is now your classroom. So, take advantage and learn as much as you can from it.
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Ride Into the Sunset
4 TIPS TO MAINTAIN YOUR BICYCLE
Hopping on your bicycle for a family bike ride through the neighborhood is a great activity for beautiful summer weather, but nothing spoils a fun day of riding more than a flat tire or dislodged chain. That’s why it’s important to keep up with bike maintenance, even if you typically stay close to home. By following these four tips, you and your family can enjoy a smooth ride all summer long. GIVE YOUR BIKE A ONCE-OVER The best way to avoid any problems with your bike while riding is to inspect it thoroughly before you head out. Check each component and make sure everything is in working order. If you notice your handlebars are loose or your brake pads are worn, you’ll be able to make adjustments or repairs before hopping on. FILL YOUR TIRES PROPERLY Proper bike tire pressure can seem ambiguous; many people just inflate the tires until they seem plump enough to ride on. But a bike tire will typically have the recommended air pressure in psi (pound-force per square inch) stamped into the side of the tire. For example, your tire might say Min. 85–Max. 135 psi . This may seem like a broad range,
but it all depends on what you’re looking for: A higher psi will increase speed, while a lower psi will give you a smoother ride. KEEP IT CLEAN Cleaning your bike regularly is essential in preventing premature wear and tear. When cleaning the body of the bike, use a damp rag with window cleaner or diluted dish soap to wipe it down, and take extra care not to get any of it on the chain. If the chain is dry to the touch, remove any debris that may be caught in it with a small brush or old toothbrush before applying a good bicycle chain lube. INVOLVE YOUR KIDS Encouraging your kids to maintain their own bikes will help them understand the importance of taking care of their possessions. Teach them to inspect their bike, clean and lubricate their chains, and regularly check their tire pressure.
This summer, set yourself up for cycling success and make bike maintenance a priority.
Don’ t Take Our Word For It
“I came to physical therapy after shoulder surgery. When I first came
“I came to Gilbert PT after rotator cuff surgery by way of referral from a friend of mine. I couldn’t lift my toddler grandchild up or reach high enough to style my hair. I was also very limited in doing normal household chores. After the gentle care and treatment I received from Dr. Chris, my recovery went as planned. Matt was instrumental in teaching me the ‘right way’ to do my exercises, and Melanie kept everything in order for each of my sessions. I observed the
here, I could do very little
and had a lot of pain. Everyone here was very supportive and
helpful. They adapted some exercises to revolve around my lacrosse career. Now, I am back to playing lacrosse and doing everything with no pain. I feel stronger than I ever did thanks to everyone at Gilbert Physical Therapy.” - Riley C.
most professional, respectful, happy and hard-working individuals at Gilbert PT. They set the bar for all of the other local physical therapy facilities. Soon after my rotator cuff surgery, I broke my ankle when I slipped on ice. Dr. Chris acted quickly to ensure that I remained strong and flexible for my ankle recover as well. I am happy to say that I am back to normal with my shoulder and my ankle thanks to this wonderful team!” - Christine S.
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One of the reasons people look forward to the summer sunshine is the opportunity to finally kick off their shoes, both literally and figuratively. You might walk barefoot on the riverside, dip your toes in the community pool, or toss aside your sandals while you garden in the backyard. However you like to spend your time outdoors during this summer, your feet are a bit more exposed than usual, and all that exposure can lead to injury if you aren’t careful. STRAPPY SANDALS AND FLIP FLOPS This minimal shoe gear can often cause you to injure the band of tissue on the bottom of the heel and bruise the joints in your forefoot because Kick off Your Shoes
of their thin, flat sole and lack of arch support. You don’t have to avoid sandals and flip flops altogether; just find styles with thicker, more contoured soles for more comfort and support for your feet. YARD SHOES When you decide to do a little work in your backyard or garden, you might lace up an old pair of tennis shoes. You know, the worn-out, smelly ones you specifically keep for yard work. Unfortunately, these shoes can lead to cuts, bruises, tendon tears, and fractures because they lack substance. If you’re weeding your garden bed or mowing the lawn, be sure to wear good, supportive shoes, no matter how hot it is outside. CLEAT CARE If you or someone else in your family plans to play a game of pick-up softball or soccer, beware of potential heel pain that can stem from wearing cleats. Consider purchasing a soft or gel-like over-the-counter arch support for preventative measures. BAREFOOT BEWARE If you’re playing in the water, then you’re likely to ditch your sandals and go barefoot. Anytime you go shoeless, watch out for glass, wood, sharp rocks, and any other objects that could potentially cut your foot. Even if you take all these summertime precautions, we all know that injuries can still occur. Don’t let a bruised heel or sprained ankle keep you from enjoying the sunshine. Come see us at Gilbert Physical Therapy to get back on your feet faster.
Roasted Corn Salsa
Corn is plentiful during the summer months, and this easy-to-make salsa is sure to be a hit at your next get-together.
2 medium ears of corn, shucked
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1/4 bunch cilantro leaves, sliced
1 jalapeño or Fresno chile, seeded and thinly sliced
Juice of 1 lime
Kosher salt, to taste
1/2 red onion, diced
1 large tomato, cored, seeded, and finely chopped
1. Heat a cast-iron skillet to high. Char corn, turning occasionally, for 10–14 minutes until kernels begin to blacken in spots. 2. Using a sharp knife, remove corn kernels from cobs and transfer to a large mixing bowl. 3. With a wooden spoon or potato masher, gently crush corn to release starch and juices. 4. Add jalapeño, onion, tomato, and cilantro. Mix to combine.
5. Top with lime juice and season with salt. 6. Serve alongside your favorite tortilla chips.
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A Biking Adventure Don’t Just Take Our Word for It! Take Care of Your Feet This Summer Roasted Corn Salsa
FAIRY GARDEN TEA PARTYWITH TINKER BELL & PETER PAN When: Tuesday, Aug. 13; 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
anthologies, “The Handwriting Series,” and “The Herbal Sleuth Series” in an impressively short time. All of her stories are influenced by her own interest in herbs, which she uses to make salves, teas, and oils at home and her expertise in handwriting analysis. 61ST ANNUAL STEAM ENGINE AND TRACTOR SHOW When: Sunday, Aug. 25 to Monday, Sept. 2; times vary Where: Williams Grove Historical Steam Engine Association Admission: $5 per person, depending on the day
Where: The Rosemary House Admission: $30 per person
If you have little ones at home, this adorable, kid-friendly party is sure to be one of their favorite events of the summer. Bring them out to The Rosemary House to join Peter Pan and Tinker Bell for a tea party, photo opportunities, songs, stories, and games with the Lost Boys. The event is outdoors, so be sure to dress for the weather with sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat — the latter is guaranteed to help you get into the tea party spirit!
There’s so much to do at the 61st Annual Steam Engine and Tractor Show that the organizers have to stretch the festivities over nine full days. Steam engine and tractor parades, a petting zoo, the annual consignments sale, steam engine and tractor games, a steam engine sled pull, a farmers market, a car show, train rides, a blacksmith shop, food, souvenirs, and much more fill out the rest of the schedule. Don’t miss this Mechanicsburg classic!
MYSTERY AUTHOR MEET & GREET When: Saturday, Aug. 22; 5–6 p.m. Where: The Rosemary House Admission: FREE!
Gather a group of friends and head to The Rosemary House to meet local author Judith Mehl at a book signing and sale in partnership with Mechanicsburg Mystery Books. Born right here in Pennsylvania, Judith has been prolific since her 2015 debut, publishing two short story
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