Madden Physical Therapy - Dauphin Clinic - June 2020

June 2020



Stronger Together

Protecting You and Continuing to Grow During COVID-19

In early March, a period of uncertainty and anxiety many of us had never experienced before started. Like many of you, I wanted to do all I could to protect myself, my family, and those I was responsible for. That included my staff and all of you! When the numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. began to climb, I made it my utmost priority to ensure that our staff and patients were safe. Almost immediately, we increased our cleaning measures and began practicing social distancing. This meant that any piece of equipment that a staff member or patient touched was immediately sanitized. We spaced our tables at least six feet apart and the clinic patient flow was reduced dramatically. There’s usually a cluster of patients in our office at any given time, and it’s been pretty quiet around here since implementing social distancing. But we saw the tremendous value in keeping everyone safe from this dangerous virus. As I write this in late April, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has announced plans to begin opening businesses back up, and we cannot wait to be operating at full capacity again soon. Looking back, I’m incredibly proud of how our Madden Physical Therapy Dauphin team has responded. They have accepted this challenge with open arms and tackled it head-on, doing all they could to support our patients. As a clinic that serves primarily older adult patients, we knew that many of you were vulnerable to this disease, but observing the stay-at-home order also meant that you might be more likely to have feelings of isolation and loneliness. We made it our mission to stay in touch with our patients, ensuring they were okay at home and asking if there was anything we could to do help. It has been a challenge, but it’s been wonderful to keep in touch with all of you.

I believe times of crisis are when true leaders step up and guide their teams through the storm. I’ve been trusting in the opportunities we have found to continue helping you and our staff, and I am proud of how well we have been able to respond as a unit. It wasn’t easy, but rather than dwell on the pandemic and what was lost this past spring, I decided to use the time as an opportunity to better myself. For nearly two years, I’ve been working on getting Madden Physical Therapy Dauphin off the ground and making it the best it can be for our patients. As a result, I’ve neglected myself a bit. With decreased patient flow and fewer responsibilities, I found time to care for myself. My fiancée, Maria, and I also got to form a stronger bond and spend more time together as well. As we continue to move forward, I want to encourage you to take care of yourself and remember that we are all going through this together. If we offer support to one another, we can make it out of this stronger together.

Stay safe and be well. Please let us know how we can help you!

–Dan Hinnerschitz

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Bolster Your Child’s Literacy With Newsela

Hands-Off Learning for Busy Parents If you are looking for easy-to-implement strategies to improve your child’s literacy at home, check out Newsela. Newsela is a content platform that partners with sources like The Washington Post,, and The Economist to provide content that is relevant to the moment on a broad variety of topics. Unlike a newspaper or magazine article, though, the content on Newsela is aligned with Common Core educational standards, meaning that time spent practicing skills with Newsela’s learning exercises will help your child start the next school year ahead. Articles come with questions and multiple-choice answers already written, and kids can choose from over 20 different genres, including current events, sports, and even science. The platform publishes 10 new articles every day, and the level of reading and assessment difficulty is adjustable, so your child can practice reading texts that push them without being frustrating or too difficult. Newsela includes a functionality that allows parents or teachers to manually set a Lexile level — a text difficulty level the reflects your child’s reading ability — but if left unadjusted, Newsela will gather data about how your child performs on assessments to automatically set texts to the appropriate difficulty.

Newsela collects data on how your child performs on the standards identified in each assessment, so spending some time looking at that data can help you understand their strengths and weaknesses and fill in any gaps in their learning. Whether you adjust text difficulty or Newsela does, learning about your child’s Lexile can be an excellent way to better understand your child’s strengths and weaknesses, which is essential if you are going to help bolster their literacy.

“My experience here was life-changing! From the minute you walk in, it is such a positive, encouraging time — you made therapy enjoyable. I had been to a different therapy place and saw little improvement — the experience here was totally different. Personal hands- on therapy made all the difference — I saw it in a week. I had better shoulder motion, I could lift more, and I got better with every session. I am so grateful I came here. I do not need surgery on my left shoulder because it gets stronger every day, and my right shoulder feels great. Thanks to a great team. Forever thankful for you all.” –Rosemary W.

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DO Try This at Home

Why Your At-Home Rehabilitative Exercises Matter

exercise routine is an opportunity to move your healing forward without having to attend an appointment. This will expedite the process of healing and get you back to doing the activities you love faster. 2. Heal Effectively Finding fast relief is powerful, but if it’s also effective, then you have a healing method that cannot be matched. Physical therapy can offer that, especially if you continue with your at-home exercises. The goal of physical therapy is to heal your body through therapeutic movement, which strengthens your muscles and joints to decrease pain and help you recover from injury. The work you do at home bolsters the treatment your therapist helps you perform at your appointments. This one-two punch targets healing in an effective, powerful way. 3. Stay Healed Graduating from physical therapy is great! You may feel like your body is its best shape in years, but unless you continue moving in an effective, impactful way, your pain could return and you may risk re-injury. Your at-home rehabilitative exercises are preparing you for the days when you don’t have to come to physical therapy anymore. But you should continue doing these exercises after you finish physical therapy, and ask your therapy team for progressions for continued support and strength. As a result, you’ll keep that limber, flexible feeling you get after physical therapy. You can learn more exercises from our Madden Physical Therapy Dauphin team on our Facebook page, and if you have a question about an at-home routine or exercise, call us at 717.474.8754. Paleo Sausage Frittata

Though we love seeing you at your physical therapy appointments, we know you don’t want to attend physical therapy every day for the rest of your life. That might get a little mundane after a while! Instead, stay healthy and pain-free by supplementing your regular therapeutic sessions with at-home exercises that are designed for your healing. Here are three big reasons why these exercises matter so much for your healing and progress. 1. Heal Faster While rest days are valuable for recovery, guided movement through physical therapy can stimulate powerful healing for your injury. At-home exercises are designed to build off the strength you gain in your regular therapy sessions and help you work toward improvement. Your time at home doing your


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Bacon may be a paleo favorite for breakfast, but this hearty sausage meal can be enjoyed any time of day and is the perfect way to mix things up!


• 3 tbsp coconut oil • 1 lb mild Italian sausage • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and grated

• 4 green onions, diced • 10 eggs, whisked • Black pepper, to taste


1. In a large ovenproof skillet, heat coconut oil over medium heat. 2. Crumble sausage into the skillet and cook until browned.

3. Add sweet potato and cook until tender. 4. Add green onion and sauté for 2–3 minutes. 5. Spread this mixture evenly throughout the skillet. Pour eggs over mixture and sprinkle black pepper over top. 6. Cook without stirring for 3 minutes or until bubbly. 7. Transfer skillet to oven and cook under broiler on low until frittata is cooked through.

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Staying Strong Through the Pandemic

Bolster Your Child’s Literacy With Newsela

Patient Success Story


The Value of Your At-Home PT Exercises

Paleo Sausage Frittata


Support These Local Restaurants!

Support These Local Restaurants

To Make Dinner Even Better This Summer

Dauphin Pizza Where: 216 Allegheny St. COVID-19 Option: Takeout

We’re proud to serve the Dauphin community and be part one of the small businesses that call our small town home. We understand firsthand that small businesses across the nation are feeling the pinch in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, and many restaurants are bearing the brunt of the economic consequences of the lockdown.

Who knew one of the best pizza spots in eastern Pennsylvania could be found in Dauphin? Well, if you live in Dauphin, then you already knew that! Customers regularly rave about the crispy, hearty crusts that hold the many diverse toppings on Dauphin Pizza’s creations. And if you’re in the mood for sandwiches or strombolis, then Dauphin Pizza has you covered there, too. Dauphin Pizza also offers side options, salads, calzones, and wraps. Place an order for takeout by giving Dauphin Pizza a call at 717.921.8220 or find them on Facebook.

So, let’s support local this summer! In Dauphin, we have two of the best local restaurants in the region, and our team encourages you to check them out.

Stoney Creek Inn Where: 150 Erie St. COVID-19 Option: Specialty takeout dinners

Situated along the Stoney Creek River, Stoney Creek Inn easily has some of the best views in all of Dauphin. When the restaurant’s dining room is open, diners enjoy the sounds of the rushing crick from the restaurant’s patio while indulging in some of the most unique culinary creations in eastern Pennsylvania. With a number of seafood-based starters, hearty steaks, beautiful fish options, Greek specialties, a diverse bar menu, and more, there’s something for every member of the family at Stoney Creek Inn. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Stoney Creek Inn’s dining room has been closed but they continued to offer specialty takeout meals, including shepherd’s pie and lasagna Sunday dinner specials. Look for Stoney Creek Inn’s hours and specials at or find them on Facebook.

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