I f you’re a patient of Madden Physical Therapy, then you’ve probably had the privilege of meeting Becca Engle. And if you’ve been with us for a while, you also know that she is the powerful reason behind the surge of bald heads and fundraising for a great cause every spring. Becca and I joined the Madden Physical Therapy team in 2012. Back then, Becca was a senior in high school, and her ultimate goal was to study physical therapy in college. Meanwhile, I had just graduated from physical therapy school and was starting my career. We were both at a sort of beginning, and I watched Becca take her decision and run with it. Becca is featured on all our at-home exercise cards and in many of our instructional YouTube videos, teaching patients about their care outside of the clinic. Beyond her contribution to our educational materials, she was a light for our clinic, always putting smiles on people’s faces. She had such a positive attitude about everything and was a truly special person. She was a golf coach, a talented athlete, and a committed student. I have no doubt that she was destined for great things. In February 2014, we lost Becca to a courageous two-year battle with brain cancer. She was just 21 years old and just scratching the surface of what her ability to help others could do. The year that Becca died, our team at Madden Physical Therapy knew we had to honor this special young woman who we had only briefly known yet whose tremendous impact we still felt. We could think of no greater cause to donate to in her honor than the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which provides research grants to those who are dedicated to childhood cancer research. The foundation began in March 2000, when a group of three men bet one another that if they could raise $17,000 for childhood cancer, they would shave their heads. HELP US RAISE MONEY FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER RESEARCH! MADDEN PHYSICAL THERAPY Going Bald for a Cause
The bet resulted in a staggering $100,000 raised, and thus spawned a new tradition.
Since then, participants have been shaving their heads in solidarity with cancer patients and raising money in the name of research. Becca may have been in her late teens when she received this cancer diagnosis but medically speaking, she was still a child. So, we brave the shave and raise money in the name of Becca each spring. Last year, we raised more than $15,000, and we know we can beat that this year! Our goal is $20,000 in 2020! It may sound lofty, but the cause is worth the price. If you’d like to help, please bring a check to our office. You can also donate online at StBaldricks.org/donate and search for Daniel Hinnerschitz, or spread the word to your friends. And if you can’t donate or if you want to see the results of your wonderful contribution, come support our team on May 16 from noon to 4 p.m. at Iron Hill Brewing Company in Hershey, where I will join other Madden Physical Therapy employees and shave my head! Ultimately, I feel compelled to shave my head every spring because of the young student I met in 2012. The world lost Becca far too soon; in her honor, we can do our part to prevent losing others just like her.
Learn more about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation at StBaldricks.org.
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The Age of Stress
Helping Your Child Overcome Anxiety It’s hard to imagine kids as anything but carefree, happy, and eager to explore the world around them. However, children experience stress just like adults do, which can severely impact their typically cheerful dispositions. Since April is National Stress Awareness Month, now is an opportune time to familiarize yourself with tools and information that can help you alleviate your child’s stress. Any number of everyday factors can lead to stress, and stress can plague anyone who feels overwhelmed. Toddlers and young children going to day care or school for the first time may experience separation anxiety due to being apart from their parents. Older kids and teenagers may feel mounting social and academic pressure. Even something as simple as overhearing loved ones arguing or seeing a sad news report can add to a child’s stress levels. What are their stressors?
children may also pick up habits like twirling their hair or sucking their thumb, while older kids may start to bully others, lie, or rebel.
Can I help reduce their stress?
According to KidsHealth.org, good nutrition, proper rest, and healthy attention are great ways to help kids manage their stress. Set time aside each day to talk and spend time with your children; talking about worries will reduce or relieve anxieties. If you know about an upcoming stressful situation, like a school exam or a health checkup, prepare your child by studying with them or talking to them about what to expect.
How do I know if my child is stressed?
When a kid is stressed, they will exhibit odd behavior and even undergo physical changes. Depending on your child’s age, watch for mood swings, changes in sleep patterns, headaches, trouble focusing, or withdrawal from the people around them. According to KidsHealth.org, younger
Don’t stop here. For more tools and information regarding stress reduction in children, visit KidsHealth.org or contact your doctor.
Forever Grateful for Dr. Dan! “I initially came to Dr. Dan for mid-back pain and inability to rotate my trunk without pain and significant limitation. I was trying to get back into exercising, but couldn’t without severe pain on my right side and difficulty breathing. Let’s just say, I was pretty complicated! Dr. Dan took the time to really examine my back, ribs, diaphragm, and hips to come up with a comprehensive plan to get me back to exercising. Now, I am pain free, can exercise without restrictions, and can breathe normally! No complaint is too much for Dr. Dan and his team to handle, and I am forever grateful!” –Allison L.
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Spruce Up and Stay Safe
Our Spring- Cleaning Safety Guide
same steps. The key is to use your legs for optimal power and to never contort or twist your body when carrying a heavy object. When in doubt, ask for help!
‘Tis the season to scratch that itch telling you it’s time to organize your space. Before you dive into deep-cleaning, make sure you follow our guide for pain-free spring-cleaning! Lift Properly Use the power of your legs to push items off the ground and protect your back. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and squat down rather than bend. Push yourself up with your legs, keeping your hips and neck aligned as you stand straight. When you set the item down, follow the
Protect Your Shoulders Equipped with eight different muscles and a joint mechanism designed for full rotations, your shoulder complex makes everyday tasks easier. Unfortunately, your reliance on your shoulders also leaves them vulnerable. As you lift items from the top shelf or clean out the gutters, keep your shoulder health in mind. Stretch your shoulders before and after projects, avoid lifting heavy objects above your head, take regular breaks, and stop if you feel pain. Know When to Stop Listen to your body, relax your muscles and joints, and drink plenty of water while you clean and when you’re done. And remember, you don’t have to finish when you start! You can always tackle a project again the next day when your body has recuperated and your mind is clearer. Just don’t forget to keep your walkways clear and put all your supplies away to avoid a fall. Prepare and Get Help If you overexert yourself this spring, our team can help you find relief from your pain. We will develop a plan that targets your ailments and strengthens your body. Plus, physical therapy’s many benefits extend beyond injury treatment! You can prevent injuries and pain this spring by improving your balance, strength, and joint and muscle integrity through physical therapy. Our team can make everyday experiences like cleaning, running errands, and walks easier than ever.
Learn more about getting strong for spring by giving our team a call at 717.474.8754.
LAUGH OUT LOUD
The Season’ s Best Dog Biscuits ’ s Inspired by TheRedheadBaker.com Spring has arrived, and blueberry season is right around the corner! Share the fresh flavors of the season with your dog by cooking up these springtime treats.
• 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats • 2 eggs
• 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce • 1/4 cup dried blueberries
1. Heat oven to 350 F. 2. Place oats in a food processor and pulse for 15–30 seconds until oats are ground to flour. 3. In a medium bowl, whisk together oat flour, eggs, applesauce, and blueberries. If dough is too crumbly, add 2 tbsp water and mix. If dough is still too crumbly, add more water 1 tbsp at a time until dough can be formed into a ball. 4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using a small cookie scoop, form dough into small balls (about 1 1/2 inches in diameter) and place them on a baking sheet. Spray the flat side of a spatula with nonstick cooking spray and gently flatten the dough balls into discs. 5. Bake biscuits for 15 minutes until golden brown around the edges. Let treats cool completely on a wire rack before serving to your favorite pup.
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Explore Pennsylvania’s Natural Landscape This April Get Outside
With These Local Events
Wetlands Festival When: April 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Wildwood Park, Harrisburg Admission: Free!
There’s no better month to celebrate our Pennsylvania landscape and wildlife than April. Explore it, learn about it, and paint it with these events!
2020 Super Heroes Day Virtual Races When: Throughout April Where: Anywhere! Admission: $22
Paint Nite: The Original Paint and Sip Party When: April 22 from 7–9 p.m. Where: Appalachian Brewing Company, Mechanicsburg Admission: $35 Enjoy delicious brews and tap into your inner artist with Paint Nite, presented by Yaymaker. Starting with a blank canvas, master artist Lisa Middendorf will lead participants through every step as they paint beautiful creations anyone would love to hang in their home. This evening’s masterpiece is an adorable spring bunny, perfect for the season! Organizers will provide materials and instructions. All you have to do is grab your friends, partner, or coworkers and prepare to have a great time! Learn more at Yaymaker.com.
Celebrate Earth Day and the beauty of our central Pennsylvania landscape with educational and interactive activities, exhibits, presentations, and walks. Between live music and tours, there’s something for nature lovers of every age. The park is even stroller-friendly, so get your little zoologists involved! A schedule of events is slated to come out soon, but you can learn more at DauphinCounty.org.
Support veterans and get moving with the 2020 Super Heroes Day Virtual Races! Beginning on April 18, racers, walkers, marathon sprinters, and fitness novices are invited to run or walk for 1 mile, 5K, 10K, 13.1 miles, or 26.2 miles through April 28. This virtual race invites participants to complete the race on their own time from anywhere across the state! In addition, 15% of all registration costs will benefit Hire Heroes USA, an organization that supports military members, veterans, and spouses in the civilian workforce. Don’t miss out on your chance to give back. Register at VirtualRunEvents. com/product/2020-super-heroes-day.
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