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THE MEANING OF THE SEASON TOGETHERNESS
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Season’s greetings from all of us at Cornerstone Physical Therapy and Wellness Center! We wish you and your loved ones all the joy in the world this December and hope you have a great start to the new year. Taking the time to slow down and appreciate the family and friends we have around us is the perfect tonic to the winter blues, in my opinion. When I was growing up, the holidays went beyond my immediate family. I’ll always cherish the memories of my mom and grandma lighting the menorah every Hanukkah, but by the time I was in high school, I’d added to my list of holiday traditions. I lived in Menlo Park and played on various sports teams, and our whole community was very tight-knit and welcoming. Every December, I hopped in my car and went from house to house visiting friends, always being sure to stay for dinner. “The lesson I learned from all those meals throughout Menlo Park still holds true — at the end of the day, the holidays are about appreciating the people around you.” Going from baseball to powerlifting and eventually rugby in college, I had quite the metabolism and had no problem cleaning my plate on these holiday visits. Let me tell you, my friends’ moms loved me — and they were all great cooks. One December, I was a guest at seven holiday dinners. It was quite the experience and taught me a lot about the power of community. I’m still friends with many of these families to this day!
Now I try to impart that same sense of welcome to my children. In our household, we celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas, honoring our children’s shared heritage. We light the menorah and decorate the tree every year, and the kids get presents for both holidays. It’s important to my wife and me that our kids learn to be cultured and open-minded about different traditions and beliefs. Sadly, both of our kids have now outgrown one particular tradition. Santa Claus is officially out of the bag for my son, and the days of sneaking around wrapping presents are over. Sometimes I miss being a part of the mystery, making the holidays just a little more magical for the kids. Still, the season has its share of wondrous moments. I’ve written at length over the years about my kids’ sports exploits and the busy travel seasons that come with them. It’s amazing to see them excel, and being there cheering on the sidelines is one of the most important things I can do as a father. But as we settle in for the holidays, with no practices or tryouts to speak of, part of me is relieved. It’s a chance for us all to just slow down and enjoy each other’s company. But at the end of the day, the lesson I learned from all those meals throughout Menlo Park still holds true — at the end of the day, the holidays are about appreciating the people around you.
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3 Ways to Use Leftover Candy During the Oh-So-Sweet Holiday Season
“I have had nothing but a pleasant experience here. They helped me go from being a person in constant pain to walking and doing everything pain-free. I especially want to thank Chris and Giana for making it possible.” –Claire S.
Sometimes we get a little too much of the sweet stuff. Between Halloween and New Year’s Day, candy is everywhere. It’s at home, at work, and on store shelves.
Then, as the year comes to an end, many people start thinking about eating right and losing weight. When those are your New Year’s resolutions, you have to do something about all the leftover candy so it’s not around come Jan. 1.
Here are a few ways to get rid of your leftover candy ASAP.
Donate it. While you may have an abundance of sweets, not everyone does. Consider donating wrapped and packaged candy to your local food bank or other nonprofits, including local homeless or women’s shelters. You can also look into donating candy to nearby schools. Many teachers will gladly take candy off your hands to reward students (or themselves) with treats throughout the rest of the school year. Bake with it. Whether you have an excess of candy corn or candy bars, you can bake with your sweet leftovers. The next time you make chocolate chip cookies, swap out the chocolate chips for candy corn. Or the next time you make brownies, chop up leftover candy bars and add them to the batter. From peanut butter cups to mint patties, there are so many different types of candies that can take traditional baked goods to the next level. Store it. Although not great for you, candy is fine to eat in moderation. A good way to moderate your holiday treat intake is to store your leftover sweets in the freezer. That way, you can pull a little from your supply each month to make sure you aren’t overdoing it. That said, be sure to check the expiration dates on all candy you save.
“The physical therapy I received was fantastic. My calf injury was painful and limited my mobility and activities. After a few sessions, my pain was significantly reduced. The team here at Cornerstone worked to increase my strength over several more weeks. I am now pain-free and have resumed running and all physical activities.” –Jay M.
COMBATTING SHOULDER PAIN
What to Do When Aches Hang Around
HOW DO I IDENTIFY THE PROBLEM?
With rain, sleet, and snow, it’s hard enough to stay moving this time of year without shoulder pain getting in the way. Sure, small aches and pains in your upper body aren’t unheard of in the cold weather, but it’s important to treat persistent discomfort seriously. If you’re experiencing pain or stiffness in your shoulders that makes it hard to do basic things like brushing your hair, it may be time to seek a professional opinion. WHAT’S CAUSING THE PAIN? This question can be tough to answer. Shoulders are the most flexible joints in the human body, which also makes them susceptible to a variety of problems as we age. There are many conditions that can cause pain in these joints and the muscles around them, ranging from temporary nuisances like sprains to more debilitating conditions like bursitis or tendonitis. Unfortunately, it can be hard to tell the difference between these two extremes early on.
If aches or stiffness last longer than a few days, and especially if they are giving you trouble while you are trying to sleep, you should seek the help of a medical professional. An experienced physical therapist, like our professionals here at Cornerstone, can help you identify and treat the source of your shoulder pain. From conditions like frozen shoulder to rotator cuff injuries, PT is often the first and best option for treatment. HOW DO I PREVENT SHOULDER PAIN? Many shoulder conditions are caused by either a lack of activity or repetitive shoulder movements done over a long period of time. During the winter, it’s especially easy to become sedentary and increase the risk of an injury. However, a regular and varied exercise routine, including warmup stretches, will significantly reduce your risk.
The weather is uncomfortable enough as it is; don’t force yourself to live with back pain this winter. If you are experiencing chronic aches or stiffness, please come in to see us. We can treat the source of your discomfort and have you moving and feeling better as we enter the new year!
HOLIDAY ROAST PRIME RIB
Looking for an easy holiday roast that still feels elegant enough for the occasion? Look no further than this delicious prime rib flavored with garlic, thyme, and red wine.
• 1 bone-in prime rib (6–7 pounds) • 8 cloves garlic, thinly sliced • 2 cups red wine
• 4 cups beef stock • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1. 30 minutes before cooking, remove roast from fridge and let sit until it reaches room temperature. 2. Heat oven to 350 F. 3. Make small slits in prime rib and stuff with slices of garlic. Liberally season with salt and pepper. 4. Place a rack inside a roasting pan and roast prime rib for 2 hours, until medium-rare. 5. To make au jus, place roasting pan with drippings from roast over 2 burners on high. Add wine and scrape pan as liquid reduces. Add beef stock and cook until reduced by half. Finally, sprinkle in thyme. 6. Slice roast and serve topped with au jus.
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INSIDE This Issue
The Meaning of the Season
The Best Ways to Use Leftover Candy
Watch Out for Shoulder Pain This Winter
Holiday Roast Prime Rib
Holiday Decoration Tours
GET AWAY AND BE FESTIVE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
There’s nothing quite like the magical lights of the holiday season, and some destinations in the U.S. have perfected the craft of holiday decoration. If you’re looking to get away this December and still engage in seasonal festivities, add one of these places to your must-visit list. NEW YORK CITY’S ROCKEFELLER CENTER New York City is an iconic location for Christmastime. The scene is like a Hallmark card: Ice-skating lovers whiz past miles of twinkling lights underneath an exceptionally tall and amply decorated tree. The tree is specially selected by Rockefeller Center’s landscaping crews, who scout out trees years in advance. It remains lit from November to early January, so you have plenty of time to check it out. RANCH CHRISTMAS IN JACKSON, WYOMING Jackson, Wyoming, takes its frontier culture to the next level during the Christmas season. All year, the city proudly displays four elk antler arches, but around the holidays, they are lit up with white string lights and flanked by snow. The Christmas decorations and lights surrounding the archway make for a Western-
themed holiday pulled right out of a John Wayne classic. For holiday admirers looking for a unique spin, Jackson has you covered.
YEARLY YULETIDE IN SANTA CLAUS, INDIANA This one’s for the Christmas lover. If you can’t make it out to Santa Claus, Indiana, this holiday season, you can still celebrate Christmas in this tiny Midwestern town in January, June, or even October. Embracing its unique name, the town boasts a museum, holiday shopping center, and a Christmas theme park. In a moving tribute, the town’s residents also write responses to children’s letters to Kris Kringle himself. It’s impossible to avoid holiday cheer in this town. DISNEY WORLD’S CHRISTMAS MAGIC What better place to celebrate the most magical time of the year than in the most magical place on Earth? Walt Disney World’s halls are decked to the max with a parade, gingerbread homes, strings of lights, and festive parties. Plus, costs to visit Disney World can be cheaper during the Christmas season, so keep an eye out for a vacation steal.
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