Thomas Physical Therapy - October 2018

THE THOMAS TIMES apples bats & chicken feed


Randy’s Ramblings


Pain can be so frustrating!

The pain itself consumes us and makes us miserable. But the worry and uncertainty associated with it make us suffer and limit our activities in the very things that bring joy to our lives. We don’t sleep well. We feel trapped and helpless and don’t know what to do. The thought of surgery frightens us. The inconvenience and the expense can be overwhelming and there is no guarantee that we’ll be any better off after the surgery. The medications sometimes dull the pain but they also dull us in the process. So what can we do to regain control of our bodies and start the process of becoming healthier and happier? Empower yourself with knowledge! Learn how to take care of your body, prevent further deterioration, and create the best environment for your body to heal. We offer two free monthly workshops listed in this newsletter that are packed with information to get you started on the road to recovery!

S ecret O rigins of H alloween T raditions

What’s scarier than being at a Halloween party without a good costume? Being at a Halloween party without anything interesting to add, of course! Avoid this nightmare scenario by learning the fascinating history behind everyone’s favorite Halloween traditions.


Halloween decorations tend to rely on scary or supernatural themes. Cobwebs, skeletons, and ghosts crowd the scene, but there are usually a few bats in there as well. Compared to jangling skeletons, these little mammals aren’t that scary. While bats do risk carrying rabies, for the most part, bats are more likely to help people by eating mosquitoes than harm anyone. So why are they part of our creepy Halloween decor? Bats were associated with Halloween long before the first trick-or-treaters. When celebrating the ancient festival Samhain — a precursor to Halloween — the Celts lit huge bonfires. These fires attracted insects, which in turn attracted bats looking for a midnight snack. Bats came to be linked to Samhain and that tradition was carried into modern Halloween. Giving out apples instead of candy is a surefire way to get your house egged by angry trick- or-treaters. On a night that’s all about candy and sweets, how did we come to play a game involving fruit? Surprisingly, the old game of bobbing for apples has roots in some more romantic traditions. Bobbing for apples was a part fortune-telling game and part courting ritual in 18th-century England. A young woman would write the name of her suitor on an apple and put it in a basin of water. If she could grab the apple in one bite, it meant that she and her suitor were WHAT’S UPWITH BOBBING FOR APPLES?

-Randy Thomas

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