Hess PT Sep 2017

September 2017

ThankYou for Your Referrals High-fives to all of the people who referred someone! Dr. Notte, MD Jeffrey Sammel Dr. Leibensperger Sherry Herman Dr. Richard Mitchell Jeff Kotek Charlene Dublin We truly appreciate your referrals. They are the greatest compliment we can get. ENTER TOWIN! Find the misspelled word in this newsletter and call 412-771-1055* for your chance to win a $10 gift card! CALL 412-771-1055 *CONTEST FOR PAST AND PRESENT HESS PHYSICAL THERAPY PATIENTS ONLY. CONGRATULATIONS TO LAST MONTH’S WINNERS: WALT KAMINSKI SCOTT LAGENFELD ROBERTA CLAPPERTON CRAFTON-INGRAM SHOPPING CENTER 37 FOSTER AVE. PITTSBURGH, PA 15205 TWO LOCATIONS: KENMAWR PLAZA 566 PINE HOLLOW RD. MCKEES ROCKS, PA 15136


With football season starting up, I’m proud to live in black-and-gold Steeler country. But what many of you don’t know is that ever since I was a kid growing up in the area, my heart has always been elsewhere. I am an Oakland Raiders fan. I have been my entire life. It started when I was probably 4 years old. My uncle was a huge Raiders fan, and we watched a lot of games together. This, of course, was in the ’70s, when the Raiders/Steelers rivalry was alive and well. Football is the perfect game for people to bond over, and that’s what my uncle and I did. We’d watch the great players of the era, including head coach John Madden, fierce line duo Art Shell and Gene Upshaw, Ken Stabler, Fred Biletnikoff, and others. We went to games when we could. I even met Al Davis once. It didn’t catch on for all of us kids. My brother was more susceptible to the environment. Growing up in northern West Virginia, we were only an hour from Pittsburgh and still very much in black-and-gold territory. So what is it like to wear black and silver in a sea of black and gold? I’m not abrasive about it. I’d probably get killed if I was. Plus, I still love the Penguins and the Pirates. It would have been easy to adopt the Steelers after I moved closer to “the mothership” to build a practice and start a family here, but thanks to my uncle indoctrinating me early, my Raiders love runs too deep.

I don’t show up to events sporting Raiders gear. But I do occasionally tease people about the Immaculate Reception, telling them it was illegal. Dan, my assistant, and I get into debates about it. It’s more fun than anything else. When my patients find out about my Raiders loyalty,

they’re usually shocked. This is Pittsburgh! From September through December (January, if we’re lucky,) it’s all they talk about on the news, the radio, and around town. I do get a few playful jabs about it, especially from those patients who are old enough to remember the rivalry. Like I said, it would have been easier to be a Steelers fan. Not only are we in the right territory, but the Steelers consistently put a good product out on the field. They have six Super Bowl rings. But my Raiders fandom became a part of me at a young age, and I can’t shake it. Ultimately, there are always things about us that might not fit in with our environment, but I think we can all find joy if we stay true to who we really are. I sure do. And I will this fall, especially if the Raiders compete; it looks like they might.


Enjoy the season,

– George Hess


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Jokes about the quality of school lunches are about as old as lunch itself. Remember a few years ago when students nationwide took to Twitter to post pictures of their yucky school lunches with the hashtag #thanksmichelleobama? (You should look up the picture of the “mystery mush.”) Regardless of your political leanings, we can all agree that it’s up to parents whether their children get the nutrition they need. The United States Department of Agriculture reports that 67 percent of middle school students who eat school lunches are classified as overweight. But packing a lunch instead can be a hassle, especially if you’re trying to choose food your children actually want to eat. Here are a few hacks to make bag lunch better for your kids. Utilize jars. You want to pack your kid a salad, but you keep losing the itty-bitty container for the dressing. Try using a jar, but put the dressing in first, followed by items that won’t get soggy, like peppers, corn, or cherry tomatoes. Put the lettuce

on top. You can also use jars for dippable foods like celery sticks and peanut butter or ranch. Thermoses aren’t just for your morning coffee. Kids with a cold lunch from home might look over at Tommy’s unpleasant school lunch and think, “Hey, at least the mystery mush is a hot meal.” Use thermoses to keep chicken nuggets and other warm foods at their ideal temperature. Give the power to the kids. Homemade fruit cups, hard-boiled eggs, tortilla wraps, and other healthy foods have a refrigerator life of more than a week. That means that on the weekend, you can make up a variety of snacks for your child to pick from every morning. Nothing tastes better than the power of choice. Make fruit cool again. Colorful mellons look even more delicious if you use a small cookie cutter to cut them into interesting shapes. Pen ink looks great on an unpeeled banana, so try inscribing a funny joke or an

embarrassing message, like “I love you,” on the outside. While you’re at it, you can keep apple slices fresh by slicing an apple most of the way down and then using a rubber band to hold the pieces together. These tips would make for an appealing school lunch — meals worthy of being posted on social media with the hashtag #thanksmom.


“I had been struggling with plantar fasciitis for months. I had tried everything from cortisone shots to braces to different shoes. I decided to try out physical therapy, and I am so happy I did. The entire staff, from Jessica to Dan to Jake, has gone over and above their call of duty with me. I finally can say I am

of PT, I was able to walk again, and Amber helped me through it all. Dan made it fun during my sessions, and Nicole was amazing in helping me with my exercises. They made sure I was all right before I went to camp. I am able to do so much more than when I started. They really worked my ankle and knee hard, but it helped; and by the time I finished PT, I felt 95 percent better! I am thankful for them because now I am myself again. I will miss all of them. Thank you so much! P.S. My sister Jasmyn loved coming to PT with me, as well, because it was so much fun!” –Kayli Conti

no longer struggling with the pain I used to have. Their care and experience have helped me tremendously. Thank you!” –Diane Freese

“When I first came to Hess Physical Therapy, I was wearing a boot and my foot was sore. I couldn’t put any weight on my foot and it was painful to walk. As I began PT, the exercises strengthened my foot and

“Before coming to PT, I was not able to walk or run due to my ankle and knee. After that, I was in the hospital for two days because I couldn’t walk. Within two sessions

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INGREDIENTS • 1 cup all-purpose flour • 3/4 cup rolled oats • 1 cup packed brown sugar • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon • 1/2 cup butter, softened

• 4 cups chopped, peeled apples • 1 cup sugar • 2 tablespoons cornstarch • 1 cup water • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract • Vanilla ice cream, optional

You have more control over stress than you think. Stress management is about taking charge of your lifestyle, thoughts, emotions, and the way you deal with problems. No matter how stressful your life seems, there are steps you can take to regain control. IDENTIFY SOURCES Chronic stress is hard to recognize. Look closely at your habits and excuses. Do you explain away stress as temporary? Do you define stress as an integral part of your life? Do you blame your stress on others? If you don’t recognize your role in creating or maintaining stress, you will never be able to control it. FIND HEALTHY STRATEGIES Withdrawing from loved ones, bingeing on food or alcohol, procrastinating, and sleeping too much are all unhealthy ways to deal with stress. Instead, find unique, healthy coping strategies. Focus on what makes you feel calm and in control. AVOID, ALTER, ADAPT, AND ACCEPT Some stressors are predictable. Learn how to predetermine your reactions by choosing to avoid, alter, adapt, or accept. Avoid people or situations that stress you out. Talk about your feelings instead of bottling them up, create a balanced schedule, reframe your problems, look at the big picture, and practice gratitude. It’s critical to look at the glass as half-full and learn to forgive. MAKE TIME FOR RELAXATION Nurturing yourself is a necessity, not a luxury. If you make ample time for self-care, you will be in a better place to handle life’s stressors. Give yourself options like going for a walk, calling a good friend, journaling, or reading a book. LIVE A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE In addition to regular exercise, there are other healthy lifestyle choices that can increase your resistance to stress. Eat a healthy diet; reduce caffeine and sugar; avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs; and get enough sleep. Stress is unavoidable, but it doesn’t have to dictate your life. With stress management techniques, you can avoid chronic stress, reduce your stress levels, and live your life to the fullest.

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Heat the oven to 350 F. In a large bowl, combine the first four ingredients. Cut in butter until crumbly. Press half of mixture into a greased 2½ quart baking dish or a 9-inch square baking pan. Cover with apples. 2. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, water, and vanilla. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thick and clear. Pour over apples. Sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture. 3. Bake 60–65 minutes or until apples are tender. Serve warm, with ice cream if desired. I was able to get rid of my boot. I was able to get stronger and stronger. Sean was fun and I had a great time! Now, I can play school sports again. My Hess PT experience was great!” –Katelyn Miller PERFECT ATTENDANCE WINNER! Congratulations to Renita Williams Recipe courtesy of tasteofhome.com

winner of our monthly drawing for patients who make all of their scheduled visits. Great work, Renita!

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I’ve Been a Diehard Fan Since I Was 4

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Try These School Lunch Hacks

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Patient Testimonials

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Winning Apple Crisp

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Dealing With Stress

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The Museum of What?

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Everyone knows the Louvre and the Smithsonian, but you might be surprised to learn about some of the stranger museums around the world. For nearly every passion, there is a building somewhere dedicated to it. Take a look at some of the weirdest. SULABH INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM OF TOILETS Delhi, India A functioning toilet is something everyone takes for granted until they don’t have access to one. In India’s capital, you can explore the fascinating history of commodes. Divided into three sections — ancient, medieval, and modern — you’ll be shocked at how much you can learn about history and culture through an examination of the ways a society flushes (or doesn’t).

one dedicated to less successful artistic endeavors. The Museum of Bad Art, or MOBA, promotes itself as the home of “art too bad to be ignored.” A trip to MOBA will leave you smiling, laughing, and feeling a little better about the fact that you’re not Picasso. MOMOFUKU ANDO INSTANT RAMEN MUSEUM Osaka, Japan It’s not just college students who love ramen. Since the invention of the instant noodles by Momofuku Ando in 1958, ramen has evolved into a beloved dietary staple from Japan to Jamaica. In addition to viewing some of the wilder examples from around the world, you can even design your own packaging. Bring along some chopsticks, as there are plenty of samples to slurp up. THE KANSAS BARBED WIRE MUSEUM Rush County, Kansas Plenty of museums are hands-off, but that’s usually to protect the precious objects held

within. At the Kansas Barbed Wire Museum, not touching the exhibits is just sound advice. The development of barbed wire was instrumental in settling the American West, and this museum pays tribute to its invention and evolution.

THE MUSEUM OF BAD ART Dedham, Massachusetts

There are plenty of museums dedicated to exceptional artwork from history, but only

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