Gilbert PT - May 2020

May 2020


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Thank You, Mom!

Being Raised by a Strong, Intelligent Woman

W hen you’re a kid, you never realize just how much your mom makes an impact on your life. I feel very privileged — and I only very recently realized this — to have had a mom who was a strong woman in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) field. In fact, I’ve been lucky to have been raised by a strong woman and have many strong women in my life today. My mom, Kris, was a mechanical engineer for a long time, and she filled many different roles within product management, pricing, and more. My maternal grandmother was a teacher who earned a graduate degree during a time when women were expected to only be homemakers. As a child, I was never fully aware of how incredible it was that my grandma and my mom were in the fields that they were in and how much success they had there. They fought back against a society that told them they couldn’t do it, and they set an incredible example for my family. Growing up, my mom was always encouraging us to be the best we could be. She was strong, and to this day, she’s a major influence in my life. She set rules and expectations for us, and that helped shape me into who I am today. We were held to a high standard, and that’s what kept me motivated. I’ve always been interested in the sciences and math, and I like to think that comes from my mom’s influence. Today, we sometimes make comparisons about our respective jobs, and she understands the mechanical issues and pitfalls that I occasionally run into while helping a patient heal. I can bounce “I can bounce ideas offher, and no matter what she’s doing, howbusy she is, or what time of the day it is, mymom makes herself available to listen and offer her perspective. She nevermakes me feel like I’mbeing a burden.”

ideas off her, and no matter what she’s doing, how busy she is, or what time of the day it is, my mom makes herself available to listen and offer her perspective. She never makes me feel like I’m being a burden. She listens, and it’s been so helpful as I’ve grown in my physical therapy career. It’s been so great to share this experience with her. As kids, I’m sure we all took our moms for granted, but today, I’m proud to be my mom’s son. I often look fondly back on our traditions and memories together. In fact, to this day, it doesn’t feel like a holiday without her famous baked mac and cheese! This dish has the perfect amount of cheese and crispy breadcrumbs on top. It is the side dish that puts all meals over the edge; there isn’t a meal it doesn’t make better! In all seriousness, as we approach Mother’s Day, I can’t help but think about how much my mom means to me. I hope to spend the day showing her how much I appreciate her and letting her know how her support helps me each day. To be raised by such a strong woman is something I don’t take lightly. She helped me become who I am today, simply by being an amazing woman and mom.

Thank you for everything you have done, Mom. I love you!

–Dr. Jeremy Beaver


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Health Benefits of Family Gardening

Give Your Kid the Gift of a Green Thumb

Yes, there will always be football season, basketball season, and soccer season, but right now, it’s gardening season. That means it’s time to roll up your sleeves and play in the dirt. If you’ve been searching for a way to get the kids away from technology and engaged with the real world, gardening is the perfect activity for the whole family to enjoy. Not only is it fun, but it’s also beneficial for your kids’ development. For example, gardening can improve your children’s analytical abilities. As Dr. Wendy Matthews says, “Gardening exercises important reasoning, initiation, planning, and organization skills.” Furthermore, several studies, including one at Texas A&M University, suggest that gardening improves a child’s attitude toward fruits and vegetables and may make them more likely to choose them as snacks. Gardening helps kids identify with where their food is coming from, and nothing tastes better than a freshly picked strawberry or pea pod they grew themselves. Jack Gilbert, a scientist at the University of Chicago and a parent himself, and his co-author, Rob Knight, emphasize the health benefits of garden time in their book, “Dirt Is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child’s Developing Immune System.” The two found that exposure to different microbes, like those found in a garden, strengthens a child’s immune system and makes them less likely to develop allergies.

If this is your first time gardening, you don’t need much to get started. Grab a few shovels, a pair of gloves for each family member, and fresh potting soil, and you’ll be set. Then, you can decide together which plants you’d like to grow! Carrots are fun because of the surprise factor — just imagine your child discovering that the part they eat grows below the ground! Peas are tasty and fairly easy to grow, as are strawberries. The options really are endless. Depending on the growing season in your area, you can choose to buy seeds or opt for rooted plants.

Last but certainly not least, the best part of gardening as a family is the healthy, fresh produce you’ll get to enjoy all summer long!

“I was referred to Gilbert PT by a family friend after my craniotomy surgery. When I started, I could not walk, drive, or balance for more than 2–3 seconds. After four weeks I was able to walk completely independently … in six weeks I was driving … and in the eighth week, graduation! Abbey, Matt and Julian were amazing, knowledgeable, and a fun team to work with.” –Sam T. Why We Love PT

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Taking Care of Mom Prenatal, Postpartum, and Parenting Safety for Mothers and Grandparents

BRAIN THERAPY! Once the baby is born, postpartum physical therapy can help a mom recover. Childbirth is extremely taxing on a woman’s body, but physical therapy can offer healing through movement. In particular, postpartum physical therapy can repair the damage done to the new mother’s pelvic floor and help strengthen it. As the child ages, it’s important that parents and grandparents safely care for their new bundle of joy. As you pick up toys and reach into the crib, practice safe lifting techniques to avoid stressing the back and shoulder muscles. Likewise, carrying Moms are incredible. In addition to being their child’s go-to source for boo-boo fixing and cuddles, moms put their bodies at risk during pregnancy and birth to bring their children into this world. Pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum can be some of the most vulnerable times in a mother’s life, but proactive care is possible. As a woman’s body changes during pregnancy, an increase in hormones, body weight, and fluid can make expectant mothers more prone to injuries. The goal of physical therapy during pregnancy is to strengthen a mother’s body to avoid these injuries and prepare for childbirth and postpartum recovery. This includes targeting the pelvic floor, lower back, and abdominal regions through exercise.

diaper bags or a baby for too long can stress your forearms, elbows, and shoulders. Regularly stretch and use a stroller or enlist a partner’s help to offload some of the strain. Consult with a physical therapist if issues persist.

As summer approaches, grandparents may start spending more time with their grandchildren, too! While this is exciting, don’t let it overshadow your grandchild’s safety needs or your own. Stick to low impact activities, like walking, biking, or golfing to care for your joint health and longevity. A physical therapist can help you determine which troublesome areas to monitor and identify healthful ways to alleviate any ailments.

At Gilbert Physical Therapy, we believe all moms are supermoms, and we want to do our part to help them find relief and support during and after pregnancy. If you or a loved one are expecting, physical therapist Abbey McMillen is Gilbert Physical Therapy’s on-site pregnancy health expert. Inquire about your options by giving our team a call at 717-591-0955.

Sticky and Sweet Pork ‘Ribs’’

Whether you’re celebrating your mom or those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country, there’s no better recipe to grill up than these delectable country-style pork ribs. Inspired by Bon Appétit


• 2 heads garlic, cloves separated • 3 thumbs ginger, chopped

• 1/3 cup oyster sauce • 1/3 cup toasted sesame oil • 5 lbs boneless pork shoulder, flattened • 3/4 cup brown sugar • 1 tbsp molasses

• 1 cup hoisin sauce • 3/4 cup fish sauce • 2/3 cup honey • 2/3 cup rice wine • 1/2 cup chili oil


1. In a blender, purée garlic, ginger, hoisin sauce, fish sauce, honey, rice wine, chili oil, oyster sauce, and toasted sesame oil until smooth. 2. Reserve and chill 1 1/2 cups for later use. 3. In a bag, add the remaining mixture and pork shoulder. Marinate for at least 8 hours.

4. Using a convection plate on the grill, cook pork until the thickest part reaches an internal temperature of 140–145 F. 5. In a large saucepan, simmer brown sugar, molasses, and reserved marinade for 6–8 minutes. 6. Baste the pork with the brown sugar glaze for 2 minutes before serving.

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Jeremy Beaver Honors His Mom

What Is Gardening Good For? Why We Love PT

Caring for Mom’s Health During and After Pregnancy Sticky and Sweet Pork ‘Ribs’


Explore Our Region This May

Celebrate May At These Local Events!

Due to health and safety concerns around COVID-19, some of these events may be affected. Please check the status of the individual events you plan to attend.

cider glazed pork tenderloin with grilled zucchini, grilled chicken and pasta, and dump cake. You will enjoy a great learning experience with even better food and the confidence to conquer your next backyard party. Learn more by calling 717-243-0906. Forever Motown When: May 30 at 7:30 p.m Where: H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts

There’s no shortage of holidays in May, and we’re finding numerous reasons to celebrate across the Mechanicsburg region! Check out a few of our favorites below. 2020 Army Heritage Days When: May 16 and 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Where: U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, Carlisle Admission: Free Just in time for Memorial Day, celebrate the history of our military at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center’s annual Army Heritage Days. Make your way down the “living timeline,” featuring historians and reenactors dressed in period garb and weapons. Participants in this event will have the opportunity to ask the reenactors questions and learn more about our military’s impact on

history. Admission and parking are free, and this event is friendly for families and children of all ages. Learn more and find a schedule of events at Memorial Day Weekend Grilling Demonstration When: May 23, 1–3:30 p.m. Where: The Kitchen Shoppe and Cooking School, Carlisle Admission: $59 per person The second most important part of Memorial Day weekend — behind honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country — is what’s on the grill. Expert griller Grayson Bowman will walk participants through the artistry of a great barbecue and demonstrate how to prepare smoked bourbon chili with double cornbread, grilled shrimp salad, apple

Center, Shippensburg Admission: $20-45

Imagine your perfect concert. If it involves Motown legends like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Mary Wells, and more, then we have the perfect show for you. Musicians and singers will gather for a night of Motown magic, performing hits from all the legends. It will be hard to quit tapping your feet at this concert, which is intended for the entire family. Learn more and buy tickets at



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