CornerStone PT & Wellness Center - March 2019

MARCH 2019


77 Brant Avenue Suite 101, Clark, NJ 07066 • • 732-499-4540

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VIP Referral Patient of the Month! SHANNON OSBORNE- JONES The best compliment we can receive is to have one of our patients refer a friend or family member to our practice. If you refer someone and we are able to take them as a patient, both you and the person who was referred

At the time of writing, it’s still cold outside and snow is in the forecast, but hopefully, by the time this newsletter reaches your door, we’ll be seeing the first signs of spring. We’ve already been graced by a few “warm” days this winter, but I won’t be happy until we’re safely in shorts weather. Although spring is when things start getting hectic for the De La Fuente family, we’ve always preferred being in motion to being cooped up indoors. This goes double for my kids. Their sports training never really stops these days — my daughter has already played in several softball tournaments in Florida, and both she and my son have been practicing in indoor facilities. By now, they’re champing at the bit to take the skills they’ve developed and use them on the actual field! My wife and I can’t wait to see them head out and play their absolute best.

we make sure at least one of us is there to be on the sidelines for both of our kids. It definitely feels like a full-time job, but it’s more than worth it to see my kids excel doing what they love. It’s the No. 1 reason I root for spring. Between time spent at the clinic and attending my kids’ sporting events, the time I do get to spend at home becomes more and more precious the warmer the weather gets. That’s why I try to get the seasonal housework out of the way as early as possible. There’s always plenty of maintenance to do on the exterior of our home after the abuses of the winter. As I set to work between the rainy days, I try to keep in mind how much I’m going to want to barbecue in our backyard once the weather really gets nice. I don’t want to be spending that time cleaning out rain gutters instead. So that’s our March in a nutshell. Our family is doing what we can to plan for the warm days ahead. During this month, when we start to see the light at the end of that long, cold tunnel, it certainly helps to start preparing now so you can enjoy the sunshine later. If you’ve developed any aches and pains over the winter, though, it can be hard to get moving. If you want to be ready for everything the spring has to offer, please swing by our clinic. We can get you moving and feeling better just in time for the warm weather.

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“It definitely feels like a full-time job, but it’s more than worth it to see my kids excel at what they love. It’s the No. 1 reason I root for spring.”

Of course, supporting two student athletes takes a lot of coordination! Around this time of year, my wife and I always sit down with our kids’ travel schedules and work out who is going where. With practices, home games, and multiple out-of-state tournaments — many of which coincide with one another — it’s important

–David DeLaFuente

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Donate With Care

“Dave and his staff are exceptional! I am now able to run again without any pain in my right hip. Thank you everyone.” –Jose R.

THE RIGHT WAY TO DONATE AFTER SPRING-CLEANING Spring is in the air, and it’s time to celebrate with another round of spring-cleaning. Banish the clutter and make room in your life for something new! Many charities see a sharp increase in donations as spring-cleaning season starts. Donating your used books, kids’ toys, and gently worn clothing allows your old items to have a second life. However, when filling that donation box, make sure you’re donating each item because it can do good and not just because you feel bad about throwing it away. Charities have a big problem with well-meaning citizens dropping off items that are better left in the trash. There are many items charities simply cannot handle. Most charities will have lists of items they can and cannot accept on their websites. Some items that you should not donate include:

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Expired medications

Old TVs


Loose remote controls

Personal care items, like soap, shampoo, or makeup



Tangled cords or phone chargers Any broken, damaged, or dirty items

“My visits here were wonderful. The entire staff is so caring and friendly. My neck and back restricted me in activities that I enjoy, such as dancing. The treatments I have received and the exercises that I learned have allowed me to return to dancing without pain. Gary and Kim were extremely helpful. I was treated by Giana, who made each session fun and enjoyable. She is very knowledgeable.” –Maryann W.

These items may be unsafe to sell, costly to ship, or impossible to refurbish effectively. When a charity regularly receives items they cannot use, they have to spend hours of manpower sorting through things that end up in the trash anyway. This process can be expensive for organizations with already-strained resources. Some local charities spend over $1,000 a year on dumpster and trash removal fees for unusable donations. While charities will have no choice but to throw unusable donations in the trash, there are services you can use to make your spring-cleaning eco- friendly, even for items you can’t donate. For example, if you have torn or stained blue jeans, reach out to Blue Jeans Go Green. This program keeps denim out of landfills by turning it into insulation. And while Goodwill can’t take your batteries or old flip phone, you can check out Call2Recycle. org to learn how to safely recycle your e-waste.

Your donations can be a big help to local charities. Just don’t “donate” your garbage.


LIGHT UP THE SPRINGWITH LASER THERAPY Fast, Effective Treatment Is Only a Phone Call Away

Though it may not feel like it yet, spring is on our doorstep. This means the young and the young at heart will soon be able to enjoy everything that warm weather has to offer, from sports to gardening. But if an overly sedentary winter has left you with aches and pains, it can be hard to get into the swing of things. Thankfully, for those looking for fast, effective treatment, our Class IV laser has you covered. Since we began offering laser treatments last year, this device has made quite the impact on our community. Able to speed the healing of many sports injuries and provide almost instantaneous relief to joint pain caused by arthritis and similar conditions, this deep tissue laser has the power to get people of all ages moving and feeling better. Best of all, these results are achieved without surgery or pain medication.

IS DEEP TISSUE THERAPY RIGHT FOR ME? We use our Class IV laser to treat a wide variety of ailments and injuries. Here are a few of the most common conditions we’re able to relieve:

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Back pain


Knee pain

Pain and inflammation


Hamstring tears

Bursitis soft-tissue damage Carpal tunnel syndrome

If you struggle with aches or pains and want to get moving this spring, give us a call. This modern treatment device, paired with our experienced physical therapists, can have you feeling better in a flash!




• 2 quarts water • 1 cup kosher salt • 1/2 cup brown sugar • 2 tablespoons saltpeter (potassium nitrate) • 1 cinnamon stick, broken into large pieces • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns • 8 cloves garlic • 8 whole allspice berries

12 whole juniper berries

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2 bay leaves, crumbled

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

2 pounds ice

1 5-pound beef brisket, trimmed

1 small onion, quartered

1 large carrot, coarsely chopped 1 stalk celery, coarsely chopped


1. In a large stockpot, combine water, garlic, and all herbs and spices to make brine. Cook over high heat until salt and sugar are fully dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in ice. 2. Once water temp reaches 45 F, place brisket in a 2-gallon zip-close bag, pour in brine to cover, lay flat in a large container, and store in fridge. 3. Brine for 10 days, checking daily to make sure brisket is fully submerged and brine is stirred. 4. After 10 days, remove brisket from brine and rinse under cool water. In a large pot, cover brisket, onion, carrot, and celery with water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and gently simmer for 2 1/2–3 hours. 5. Remove, slice across the grain, and serve.

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INSIDE This Issue

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David’s Rooting for Spring


Why Charities Hate Spring-Cleaning


Is Laser Therapy Right for You?

Homemade Corned Beef


How to Make Your Sailing Dreams Come True

Set Sail for Vacation


TAKE A DAY SAIL Many day-sail charters exist for those who want to go out a little farther than a dinghy would permit. If you’ve captained a boat and are familiar with the waters, you can apply for a bareboat charter. However, if you are inexperienced or simply don’t want a local guide at the helm, signing up for a

If you’re lucky enough to have been aboard a ship under full sail, chances are you know the thrill and serenity sailing can give you. If you’ve never been but have always wanted to know what it’s like to get out on the wind and waves, there are many great options available for beginners. Here are some ideas to inspire your next waterside vacation. START SMALL For those who dream of becoming a skipper one day, a great way to start is by sailing dinghies. These one-sail, beach-launch boats fit 1–2 people and can be rented at most water sports shops. If you want to make it a family experience, shops usually have 16-foot catamarans for rent as well. Catamarans have two hulls rather than one, making for a smoother, more spacious ride. If you’ve never sailed before, inquire about lessons. Most rental operations have instructors on hand who can show you the ropes. The great thing about sailing is that whether you’re in a 12-foot dinghy or a 60-foot sloop, the same basic principles, rules, and skills apply.

day trip with a skipper and crew is a great option. DO A FULL CHARTER

Short of owning your own vessel, chartering a boat for multiple nights is the closest you can get to living out your nautical dreams. Some of the most beautiful destinations on earth — from the Caribbean Sea to the Mediterranean — are best experienced from the deck of a sailboat. Letting the sea guide you to amazing snorkeling destinations, remote cays, and bustling harbors is the stuff of real adventure.


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