LIM_Healthy Hands

For The Love of Hands

Contrast Baths Feel better after a hand injury. Remember this tip.

each basin if instructed to do so by your therapist. Start in the hot water and gently move/squeeze. Then, move to the cold water and do the same. Follow the time sequence below alternating between hot and cold. Always respectyourpain. Ifyouneed tostop squeezing and just gently move or rest in the water, do so. Start and end in the hot water. Do this activity daily in the AM / PM or as needed.

The contrast bath technique is a useful way to decrease swelling in non-acute injuries.The theorybehind this exercise is that the “pumping” action helps the lymph system to move stagnant fluid away from the affected area. It will also help to decrease pain and increase range of motion. This exercise can be performed by filling two basins with water – one with hot water to your tolerance and onewithcoldwater toyour tolerance – you may even add ice. Put a wash cloth (easier) or sponge (harder) in

HOT WATER 3 minutes 2 minutes 2 minutes End in hot for 3 minutes

COLD WATER 1 minute 1 minute 1 minute

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Baby Greyson was 10 months old and Jaxon 16 months.The sun was bright and the air was crisp. Bundled in their sweaters, the boys meandered the corn maze. Of course, they weren’t quite ready to walk it on their own, so they were passed from hand to hand, arm to arm through all of our family members. Greyson had just recently learned to clap his hands and he perfected it as the corn plants ticked his little face. Jax was giving away high fives left and right. There was an air-filled jumping pillow that even adults could hop on and the giant hill slide seemed to be a favorite among the little ones. There were hungry baby goats to feed and the smell of freshly-popped kettle corn filled the air. Pumpkins were placed all over the property and ranged from teeny tiny to extra giant – a perfect one for every type of pumpkin carver. Although there were many things to see and do, Jaxon was as content as could be climbing around in the big, wooden rocking chair – the biggest rocking chair any of us had ever seen. Greyson sat in the hay among the pumpkins, twisting the pieces between his tiny little fingers. People all around were dressed in hats and scarves – including us! You’d think it was the dead of winter, but we were all embracing the chance to bundle up in our warm, fall-colored clothes. Families around us embraced each other, held hands, affectionately cared for their children, played games and, at the end of the day, waved their goodbyes. Although we were all different that day, we were all the same, too. We shared a common, golden thread… even in the smallest among us, we were able to share some of the most beautiful experiences together through one of the most magnificent creations ever made – the human hands.

SIMPLE BEEF STEW INGREDIENTS • 2 tablespoons Pure Wesson® Vegetable Oil • 1 pound beef stew meat, cut into bite-size pieces • 1/4 teaspoon salt

• 4 cups assorted cut-up fresh vegetables (potatoes, carrots, celery, and onions) • 1 can (14 oz each) lower sodium beef broth • 1 can (8 oz each) Hunt’s ® Tomato Sauce with Basil, Garlic and Oregano

DIRECTIONS Heat1 tablespoonoil in largeskilletorsaucepanovermedium-highheat.Add meat and salt; cook 5 minutes, stirring until browned on all sides. Remove from skillet; keep warm. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil and vegetables to skillet. Cook 5 minutes or until crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Return meat to skillet; stir in broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in tomato sauce; simmer 15 minutes more or until meat and vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally.

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