Gilbert Physical Therapy - March 2020

March 2020


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Falling in Love With Reading Again

I f you would have told me five years ago that I would be reading at the rate that I do now, I would have thought you were crazy. Physical therapists — or any professional who has completed a doctoral level of education — will tell you the last thing they want to do when they graduate is read another book. Physical therapy school burns us out from reading, and after spending years having to complete many 400–500-page books, we’re very excited to work with our hands and read as little as possible. As the parent of a 3 1/2-year-old and 1 1/2-year- old, I treasure few things as much as a little peace and quiet. I love my kids, and hearing them play every day is a joy. But when they are awake, our home is full of “Paw Patrol,” “PJ Masks,” or whatever is on Disney at that time. So I also love the moments when they go down for a nap and I can crack open my book. Years ago, I would use this time to catch up on television, but I’ve found that when my kids wake up to a quiet house instead of the roar of whatever I’m watching, they wake up peacefully and quietly. My wife also shares my love of reading. Although, she’s one to become so engrossed in a book that she forgoes sleep until nearly midnight. I don’t know how she does it. I have to peel myself away after my eyelids begin to close, but she needs to fly through the book to the end. Our kids have also become more involved in reading. In fact, our oldest was just trying to convince us to read more books before bedtime. Of course, this could just be him trying to stay But I recently rekindled my love of books, and it’s been a reunion I’ve needed for a while.

up late, but I’m glad to see him get excited about stories. One of our friends even wrote a book that he really enjoys called “Sammy’s Physical Therapy Adventure.” (Our son calls it his “doctor book.”) We also enjoy reading “5-Minute Disney Classic Stories,” which break down the plots of popular movies into stories for kids. I’m personally a big fan of historical nonfiction books, and when my family found out I had been bitten by the reading bug again, they didn’t hesitate to get me all sorts of war history books for Christmas. I have enough to last me a long time now! At the time of writing this, I’m reading “Killing the SS: The Hunt for the Worst War Criminals in History” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard. But I’m also a really big fan of motivational books. In fact, I enjoy listening to these on my commute through Audible. I enjoyed listening to “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho, and anything by Zig Ziglar is powerful to read or listen to. As long as a book can suck me in, I’m bound to continue reading. I like hearing about the paint peeling off the wall or the rickety house that nearly sways with the wind. These stories place me in the details, smack in the middle of the story. I become wrapped up in each book, finding ways I can apply the lessons in them into my own life. As I continue this hobby, I’m learning there are so many lessons to be found in hundreds of pages of many books.

“I becomewrappedup in each book, finding ways I can apply the lessons in them into my own life.”

I’m just glad I decided to read again and can learn these lessons.

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A Parent’s Guide to International Women’s Day

6 Empowering Books About Girls to Read With Your Kids

‘Who Says Women Can’t Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell’ by Tanya Lee Stone

This year, men and women around the world will celebrate International Women’s Day with lectures, panels, and marches on March 8, but have you thought about how you can bring the spirit of celebrating women’s rights into your home? If you haven’t planned a family activity around girl power yet, consider adding some inspiring tales of real-life women to your bedtime story routine.

The title of this book says it all! In it, the author tells the story of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first American woman to don the white doctor’s coat at a time when most girls were expected to stay home. This book is recommended for kids ages 5 and up, as is its sequel, “Who Says Women Can’t Be Computer Programmers?: The Story of Ada Lovelace.”

‘Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World’ by Rachel Ignotofsky

A few years ago for Women’s History Month, HuffPost rounded up 17 such books, and we’ve picked some of our favorites! If you’re on the hunt for reading material, head to the library and check one of these stories out. ‘Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History … and Our Future!’ by Kate Schatz This book explores 26 women of all stripes, one for each letter of the alphabet. Snag a copy to share the stories of Billie Jean King, Rachel Carson, Sonia Sotomayor, and more with your kids ages 8 and up! For a similar read focused on incredible girls rather than women, check out “Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World” by Susan Hood.

This beautifully illustrated book reads almost like a collection of folktales, following the careers of women in STEM “from the ancient to the modern world.” There’s no better way to share the stories of brilliant ladies like Jane Goodall, Katia Krafft, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas with your kids. Check out the companion books about women in art and sports, too! ‘Dolores Huerta: A Hero to Migrant Workers’ by Sarah Warren This short book for 6–8-year-olds tells the story of Dolores Huerta, an often-overlooked American activist who helped lead the charge for the rights of immigrant workers. A teacher by trade, Dolores was inspired to become “a warrior, an organizer, and a peacemaker” by her students. Don’t miss this chance to share her tale with your little ones!

“Prior to therapy at Gilbert, I was unable to rotate my neck without turning my body. Because I spend three days a week behind the wheel of a car, this was not an optimal situation. My shoulder pinching was becoming unbearable. Dr. Abbey, Matt, Julian, and the rest of the staff were great. Welcoming, professional, and compassionate. I have full neck rotation and shoulder extension and can return to instinctive motion/reactions without having to think “ouch.” I would wholeheartedly recommend Gilbert PT.” –Timothy K. Why We Love PT

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Natural Healing With Science-Driven Experts The Benefits of Physical Therapy Over Surgery

conservative treatment is a better option than some think. Therapy is not only cheaper, but it’s also safer for the body. After all, surgery brings a lot of risks involved with the procedure, including infection, blood clots, blood loss, and anesthesia complications. For some patients, surgery will worsen their pain, and they may have to do physical therapy either way. Physical therapy is a noninvasive way of healing the body. Part of its success comes from treatment plans being designed with the patient’s personal goals, needs, and challenges in mind. Professionals agree that patients with active lifestyles or careers are often the people who consider surgery first because they want to be back on their feet fast. But active lifestyles make long-term solutions even more important. Starting off with physical therapy can eliminate the pain or at least alleviate daily pain while putting you in better shape in the long run. If the results aren’t good enough, then surgery is still an option. Presurgery physical therapy can still put you in a better physical condition to withstand it and possibly have an easier overall recovery. You won’t risk worsening your condition before surgery either. If you or a loved one is worried about an upcoming surgery, our experts at Gilbert Physical Therapy can ease your current pain and make your recovery easier. Our team continually offers workshops to help you heal. (Our next one is in March!) Give us a call at 717-591-0955 to ask about your options today.

Struggling with pain doesn’t always mean surgery is necessary. There’s substantial evidence that physical therapy is comparable to a surgical procedure. Many patients and medical professionals tend to lean on surgery because it appears to be an instant solution. However, research shows that you can recover at the same or better rate with physical therapy than if you received invasive treatment, despite physical therapy being extended over multiple sessions and daily exercises. Researchers from seven different universities conducted a study to see if patients 45 and older who were diagnosed with a meniscal tear or even osteoarthritis in their knee could recover better with physical therapy or surgery. The findings revealed that

Green Velvet Cheesecake Bars This St. Paddy’s Day, try taking a festive spin on a classic staple. If you have red velvet lovers in your family, they’re sure to love this equally decadent treat. Inspired by



• 1 cup graham cracker crumbs • 1 cup chocolate graham cracker crumbs • 1 stick butter, melted • 1 oz green food coloring (gel works best)

• 3 8-oz packages cream cheese, softened • 2/3 cup sugar • 3 eggs • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract • Green sprinkles, optional


1. Heat oven to 350 F, and line a 9x9-inch baking pan with parchment paper. 2. In a large bowl, combine crumbs, butter, and food coloring. Press into the baking pan. 3. In a separate bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar together.

4. Add eggs one at a time and stir in vanilla. 5. Pour mixture over the packed crumbs. 6. Bake for 40 minutes or until the center is set. 7. Let cool completely before adding sprinkles and slicing.

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Dr. Milliron Shares His Love of Reading

6 Empowering Books to Read With Your Kids for International Women’s Day Why We Love PT

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The Benefits of Physical Therapy Over Surgery Green Velvet Cheesecake Bars

March Local Events

Whether you’re looking for a way to spend more time with family or you find yourself concerned about the future, you can put your worries away this March. Create unique memories without breaking the bank with these local events! Art Education Senior Show at Messiah College When: March 28 to April 8, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Where: Aughinbaugh Gallery Admission: Free afternoon spring date or just a way to stir your family’s intellect. The reception for artists will be Low-Cost Local Events!


held on March 28 at 7 p.m. ‘Amélie’ the Musical When: March 5–7, 7:30 p.m. Where: Open Stage, Harrisburg Admission: $18–$37

Inspiring Community Conversations When: March 25, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m Where: Messiah Lifeways Admission: Free A collaboration among Penn State Health, Highmark, Messiah Lifeways and Hospice of Central PA, and Inspiring Community Conversations, this free community event provides a safe space to facilitate conversation about difficult topics, like end-of-life wishes and advance care planning. The program is at no cost to the community! Advanced registration is required, and a free lunch will be provided for all registered attendees.

Enjoy a new gallery opening and support your local artists for free! “Senior Show I” presents artwork by senior art majors in the studio and art education programs at Messiah College. This event is a perfect addition to your

Based on the five-time Oscar-nominated French romantic comedy film, the musical keeps all of the heart of its quirky protagonists. We follow a young waitress named Amélie, who Playbill says “brings joy (and mayhem) to strangers” in Paris by peculiar improvised acts of kindness. She finds Nino, someone with familiar peculiarities and collects discarded photo- portraits of strangers. Join us in experiencing this musical revival of a cult favorite!

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