Gilbert PT - September 2019


September 2019

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Nowadays, it seems like we have a “national day” to celebrate almost everything. Looking for a day to celebrate bobbleheads? Wait for Jan. 7. Looking for a day designated to pay respect to lima beans? Get ready for April 20. Looking for a specific day to try out a new ice cream flavor? Sadly, it just passed on July 21, so you’ll have to wait until next year. While some of these national holidays are a bit sillier than others, I recently discovered a day this month designated to honor some of the most influential and caring people in the world: grandparents! I admit this might seem a little biased, but I’m convinced that my kids Liam (3) and Paige (1) are growing up with four of the best!

the same happy sentiment. My memory isn’t all that great, but I do remember my mom and younger sister screaming out in excitement, and Ron getting joyfully emotional thinking about his baby girl having her own baby. It seems their collective excitement has only grown with time, especially now that they have two babies to shower with affection. While I expected Liam and Paige to be fully spoiled by their grandparents (I hear it’s the most important grandparent right), what I didn’t expect was how much fun it would be to pick out the names my kids would call their grandparents. For example, the in-laws are now Pop Pop and Nan Nan, and my mom and dad are now Pap Pap and Grandma. Oddly enough, Liam will sometimes call Grandma by her real name (Jane). I think it’s because she wanted it to be his first word so badly that she repeated it until it stuck! Having Pop Pop, Nan Nan, Pap Pap, and Grandma (Jane) play such a huge role in our kids’ lives has been a true blessing. Between my mom staying with us for a week after Liam was born to give Amanda time to rest and heal, their gifting of new baby clothes every time they visit, and Pop Pop teaching Liam to despise squirrels almost as much as he does, all four grandparents are doing a phenomenal job. In fact, we love seeing them interact with Liam and Paige so much that we decided to do a joint-family summer vacation this year. We rented a house in Lewes, Delaware, and we all took turns playing with Liam on the beach until he could no longer hold his little head up.

While the entire trip was great, the funniest part for me was getting to witness just how much grandparent indulgence occurs when Amanda and I aren’t around. Liam will go up to my parents to ask for food, and they’ll pick him right up and put him on the counter so he can hand-select what he wants from the cabinets. That definitely wouldn’t have happened in the household I grew up in! My in-laws aren’t much better in that regard. They casually pushed Liam’s bedtime later and later to ensure he could share his favorite snack of all with them before bed: ice cream! I like to make jokes about how spoiled my kids are, but the truth is they hit the grandparent jackpot. Amanda and I feel so lucky we had such great role models for parenting and our kids now get to share their lives with four wonderful people.

“Having Pop Pop, Nan Nan, Pap Pap, and Grandma (Jane) play such a huge role in our kids’ lives has been a true blessing.”

The really cool thing about our kids is that they made both my and my wife’s mom and dad first-time grandparents. I remember when Amanda and I first told them the news. It was Christmas, and we handed out some nicely wrapped boxes to each of our parents with very special presents inside. My in-laws Ron and Nan opened theirs and found a picture frame that said “World’s Best Grandparents” in big lettering while my parents Jerry and Jane opened their box to find another picture frame expressing

To Pop Pop, Nan Nan, Pap Pap, and Grandma (Jane), Happy National Grandparents Day!

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Stop the Spread


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School is back in session, but your child may be bringing home more than just random facts. Germs and bacteria that spread the common cold and flu are most prevalent in schools, but while these illnesses are strong, prevention is simple. Teach your kids how to prevent the spread of bacteria this season with these helpful tips. BUT MOMMY DOESN’T COVER HER NOSE! Kids learn more by watching what you do rather than listening to what you tell them to do. Get in the habit of covering your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze, and then wash your hands. Make hand sanitizer and facial tissues readily available in your home and be sure to wash your hands before every meal. In addition, stick to healthy habits when you do feel sick. Drink fluids, get plenty of rest, and seek medical attention when it’s warranted. If your children see you taking care of yourself, they will be more likely to do the same for themselves in the future.

Hand washing and nose blowing are about as fun as … well, just that. It’s no wonder children don’t want to take time out of their busy play schedules to combat nasty germs. Instead of making these important steps a chore, make basic hygiene fun. Use fun songs to teach the proper way to cover a sneeze, or do a science experiment to teach your children about the germs that are spread through just one sneeze. (According to research, sneezes can travel anywhere from 19–26 feet at 100 miles per hour!) For crafty kids, let them decorate tissue boxes or hand sanitizer containers to give hygiene some flair. Soon enough, you’ll find them being smarter about their health. As kids pack into classrooms this fall, germs will fly faster than this past summer did. Prevent the spread of the common cold and flu by learning more tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention online at

Don’ t Take Our Word For It

Patient Testimonials

“After surgery on my rotator cuff and bicep, I felt like I would never have normal use of my left arm again. Because of great recommendations on Nextdoor Kingswood, I decided Gilbert PT was where I wanted to have my physical therapy. Dr. Abbey McMillen, Matt, and Rachel worked diligently with me — always professional, cheerful and understanding of my personal needs. It wasn’t long before I started to feel improvement in my range of motion and strength. What a difference they made in my quality of life. Because of my wonderful experience with the three of them, and the excellent staff at Gilbert Physical Therapy, I have no hesitation recommending them to others who are facing physical therapy after an injury or surgery. Thank you Abbey, Matt, and Rachel for a very pleasant and successful recuperation!”

- Barbara D.

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Physical Therapy 101:

MYTH NO. 3: ‘I HAVEN’T BEEN IN AN ACCIDENT, SO I DON’T NEED IT’ While physical therapy is an excellent option for patients who have recently suffered an injury, it can offer plenty of preventative diagnostic care as well. For example, our therapists will often evaluate and diagnose potential problems and then create helpful exercise routines long before a minor condition becomes a serious (and painful) injury. It’s no secret that a lot of misinformation is spread about physical therapy, but the reality is we have helped thousands of patients get back to the lives they know and love after ditching all their chronic pain. Check out our patients’ testimonials to see some of our work in action, or come in to our office and see for yourself!

With the kids officially back in school, our team here at Gilbert Physical Therapy thought it the perfect time to offer some educational information about what we do each day. While over 9 million American adults use physical therapy services each year, a great number of people still have misconceptions about what physical therapy is. For that, our team decided to dispel some of the most common myths we have heard involving physical therapy. MYTH NO. 1: ‘THE PAIN IS TOO GREAT’ The American Physical Therapy Association recently conducted a survey to determine the societal perception regarding the pain associated with rehabilitating an injury through physical therapy. A surprising 71% of people who never set foot in a physical therapy office believe that the rehabilitation process will be exceedingly painful, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Physical therapists aim to minimize pain and discomfort, including chronic or long-term pain. Physical therapists won’t exceed a patient’s pain threshold as they work to facilitate healing and restoring movement and function. MYTH NO. 2: ‘ONLY SURGERY CAN FIX MY INJURY’ Before the rise of physical therapy, many patients believed surgery was their only option for rehabilitation, but, in many cases, physical therapy has been shown to be just as effective treating conditions such as degenerative disk disease, meniscal and rotator cuff tears, and some forms of knee osteoarthritis.


Basil Berry Sorbet

Unlike standard ice cream recipes, this delicious sorbet doesn’t require fancy equipment or difficult prep. It’s also entirely dairy-free, making it the perfect vegan treat for the end of summer.


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1 cup sugar

1 cup fresh basil leaves

6 cups frozen mixed berries 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice


1. In a saucepan over high heat, combine sugar with 1 cup of water, stirring occasionally until sugar dissolves, creating a syrup-like consistency. 2. Remove syrup from heat, add basil, cover, and let stand for 15 minutes. Strain syrup into bowl and refrigerate until cold. 3. In a blender, combine syrup with frozen berries and lemon juice. Purée until smooth. 4. Transfer to a square baking pan, cover in plastic wrap, and freeze until set, about 2 hours. 5. Scoop and serve. | 3

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Let’s Celebrate National Grandparents Day!

Teach Your Kids Flu Prevention Don’t Just Take Our Word for It! Physical Therapy 101:

Fact Check Time! Basil Berry Sorbet


Mechanicsburg Events

5th Annual Cruzin’ for PAWoundedWarriors When: Saturday, Sept. 7; Registration from 8–10 a.m. Race at 11 a.m. Where: 1661 North River Road, Halifax, PA Admission: $15 (no preregistration) Keystone Garage Club, known for its 26 years of“hot-rodding,”is hosting its fifth cruise for WoundedWarriors here in our great state of Pennsylvania. The cruise starts in Halifax, and then all drivers/riders will proceed through Millersburg, Elizabethville, Loyalton, Lykens, Wicomico, Williamstown, Tower City, and Valley View before ending at Hegins Park in Hegins, PA. Once there, you can enjoy live music performed by Jerry’s Attic while sampling food from various vendors. There’s no need to preregister; just bring your car, truck, or motorcycle to the starting spot and ready yourself for a fun and important cause! 2019 Mopar Express Lane NHRA Nationals Presented by Pennzoil When: Friday–Sunday, Sept. 13–14; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Where: Maple Grove Raceway Admission: Ticket prices vary according to age ($0–$50) The national hot rod racing season is upon us, and the 15th annual NHRA Nationals, the step right before the final championship race, is being held at Mopar Express Lane, just over an hour away from Cumberland Valley. So, load up the kids in the car and make your way to the raceway! Maple Mechanicsburg Events

Grove Raceway has a long history of record performances, and following the big race, fans will have the opportunity to visit with their favorite drivers, watch how the skilled mechanics service the hot rod between rounds, and even get an autograph you can take home! Get your tickets early at and prepare for the ride of your life.

2019 Celtic Craic Music Fest When: Saturday, Sept. 21; 12–10 p.m. Where: Mechanicsburg Club Picnic Grounds Admission: $0–$10

Come on down to the Mechanicsburg Club Picnic Grounds and enjoy an entire day of magical Celtic music! To keep your attention and your dancing shoes busy, there will be three separate stages with 11 bands ready to play their best. Bagpipers and Irish and Scottish dancers will also

be there! And when you need a break, you can sample some delicious Irish food and libations. There will even be fun-filled activities for the kids!

After nightfall, you’ll enjoy the flames of the Campfire Ceilidh around a bonfire where any acoustic musician can join some of the bands playing in the fest that day to participate in a laid-back Irish session. It’s an event here in town you won’t want to miss!

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