North County Water & Sports Therapy - February 2021



H ave you ever found a great bookshelf for your living room only to learn that it’s just a few inches from being perfect? Instead of buying a bookshelf that’s too small or too big, why not make your own? All you need are some measurements and the right materials. But what are the best materials for a bookshelf? WOOD Wood is the most popular option for DIY bookshelves. Each type of wood has its own aesthetic, providing several different options for different looks. Plus, wood is sturdy and easy to use. If you’re considering building a wooden bookshelf, first decide whether to use hardwood or softwood. While this ultimately comes down to your personal preference, there are some differences to consider.

Hardwoods are heavier and are more resistant to scratches. Softwoods are lighter and, when treated correctly, can be just as sturdy and scratch- resistant as hardwoods. Something to keep in mind, however, is that some softwoods, such as pine, will bow under heavy weight. If you’re planning to use your bookshelf to store heavy books, a hardwood, such as birch, might be the better option. ENGINEERED WOOD Composite wood materials like plywood and particleboard can also be used to build a bookshelf. Engineered wood is inexpensive and readily available. These materials tend to be dense, though they may not be as strong or sturdy as other options. One major drawback is that composite woods don’t look as nice, especially compared to their real wood counterparts.

However, some types of engineered wood, such as cabinet-grade plywood, have the appearance of real wood or can be painted. METAL Metal bookshelves have increased in popularity over the years. When combined with a wood shelf, a metal-framed bookshelf’s modern aesthetic will make any room pop. Not only do metal bookshelves look good, but they are also very sturdy and can house even the heaviest books. If you’re looking for a tutorial on building a bookshelf, check out the “DIY Metal & Wood Bookshelf” video on YouTube from DIY Huntress. Another great resource is the step-by-step tutorial titled “How to Build a Bookshelf” from


“I have osteo and rheumatoid arthritis, so muscle and joint pain is no stranger. When I developed a new pain in my back/shoulder, it felt ‘different.’

scheduling accommodations, both Ryann and Jan worked with me. Ongoing massage was a reward for the work we did on relieving the nerve. I’ve learned that actually

lifts, foam roller stretches, etc., properly. As I’ve gained mobility and strength (pain-free), Ryann has added exercises to address other chronic issues — balance, endurance, etc. She treats the whole body as it relates to the problem. “I’ve come to NCW&STC for treatment of several issues: two knee replacements, rotator cuff tear, and now pinched nerve. I’ll never go elsewhere. This place brings results and makes me feel a partner in my own therapy.” –Judith L. Swidryk

I contacted NCW&STC and had a prelim diagnosis of pinched nerve in my neck. Britani and Adrienne worked with my doctor to get the required authorizations for PT. I started working with Ryann — deep massage and gentle exercise gave relief from pain within two weeks. “Thanks to

doing the prescribed home exercises makes all the difference. Each session added to my

repertoire — Ryann sent the videos to my home so I felt comfortable I was doing

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