Physical Therapy Doctor - April 2018

G A R D E N I N G : B R I N G I N G F A M I L Y T O G E T H E R

After spending a winter cooped up inside with your family, there might be a little tension between everyone. Fortunately, it’s spring, and the warm weather, melting snow, and blooming flowers offer a good way to ease the restlessness. This season, why not bring your family closer together by starting a family garden?

in a group to create and maintain a garden is a hands-on experience for everyone. It’s a chance to get the whole family involved with a single project, and you can literally share the fruits of your labor.



When it comes to deciding which plants you want in your garden, there are many variables to consider. Do you want to grow edible plants, ones that have magnificent blossoms, or ones that are easy to care for? Flowers are a good start if you want a plant that grows a little faster; plus, they lend a pop of color to your garden. Growing vegetables is also rewarding, as the kids will take great pleasure in eating what they’ve grown. Other possibilities include sunflowers, blackberries, peas, and lettuce. You might be surprised at how willingly children eat their greens when they’ve had a hand in growing them.

Nearly every step in the gardening process can be a learning experience for kids and parents alike. Begin by discussing where you should start and why, what supplies you’ll need, and the types of plants you want to grow. Gardening also offers opportunities to learn about science, ecology, and nutrition.


Gardening gives your family a chance to collaborate. When you’re stuck inside for long periods, you may be spending time together, but it’s usually not quality time. Working

Family gardens can bring something new and fresh to your home. So, get outside, enjoy the sun, and discover the joys of plants and gardening.


Hear What Our Clients Are Saying!

“If you need physical therapy, this is the place to be. Everyone in the practice is friendly: the therapists, assistants, and front desk staff. The therapists are all knowledgeable, attentive, and professional. They clearly explain your clinical issue and

support staff at The Physical Therapy Doctor, helped to make my pain a memory and gave me a real appreciation for exercise that I hadn’t had before. I highly recommend The Physical Therapy Doctor.” –Lori M. “When I started seeing Robert at The Physical Therapy doctor, I was suffering from significant and chronic TMJ and neck and shoulder pain following a minor car accident. After six months, the pain was getting worse, and none of the previously successful treatments were working. This was affecting all aspects of my life. Several AAT sessions with Robert not only resolved the pain, but they also resolved the fear and anxiety I had developed about driving. I found myself more relaxed, flexible, and able to handle challenges and stress. I am truly grateful for Robert and AAT treatments, and I highly recommend them and The Physical Therapy Doctor.”

the therapeutic plan they will guide you through toward a resolution, be it increasing muscle function, decreasing pain, and/or restoration of function, etc. In addition, they try to accommodate your schedule with convenient appointment times. I highly recommend this physical therapy practice.” –Nina G. “Based on a friend’s recommendation, I chose The Physical Therapy Doctor in Bayside to begin rehabilitation for bilateral knee pain that I had for over six months. The pain had become so debilitating that standing on my feet for more than 10 minutes was painful, which made caring for my young children very difficult. Activities that I took for granted, such as cooking a meal and grocery shopping, were terribly uncomfortable. “Under the care of Dr. Melwin Fernandez, I learned many exercises and stretches that helped me alleviate pain and strengthen my muscles so that my joints would take less of the brunt of daily activities. “I’m happy to say that I’m back to myself now. I no longer dread daily activities, and I can run around with my kids in the yard again. Dr. Mel’s attentiveness, patience, and knowledge, along with the wonderful

–Jeanna A.



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