Cornerstone PT Dec. 2017

WHAT IS EXERCISE THERAPY? Hone In on Specific Problems — No Racket Required

hy do you want to exercise? People are motivated for different reasons. Most exercise is to look better, feel better, live longer, or maybe even a combination of the three. But if you don’t always feel motivated, you are not alone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 80 percent of Americans don’t work out enough. When the weather gets cold, it’s difficult to get outside. We recommend alternative activities like mall walking, gym memberships, and home workout videos. But winter is an excellent time to begin a special type of physical therapy that’s a little more customized than yoga or tennis. Exercise therapy, also known as activity-based therapy, is a regimen or plan of physical activities designed and prescribed for specific therapeutic goals. It’s nothing new — exercise therapy has been practiced alongside regular physical therapy for decades. It’s designed to help you look and feel your best. Certain methods of exercise therapy, including dynamic lumbar stabilization, can provide pain relief by training muscles to automatically give protective support during activity. Muscle stretching will help your muscles relax, relieving tension. Some exercise therapy can include minimal energy techniques or massage and soft tissue techniques, and who ever complained about getting a massage? If you have any questions about exercise therapy, call us at 732-499-4540. We can answer questions, but like most effective physical therapy, the best methods will be customized to your needs. W

CHRISTMAS STAR COOKIES

Looking for something a little lighter to leave for Santa this Christmas Eve? Try these star cookies! And, as an added bonus, they’re paleo-friendly!

INGREDIENTS

2 ½ cups blanched almond flour (not almond meal)

½ teaspoon Celtic sea salt

¼ cup coconut oil, melted

¼ teaspoon baking soda

5 tablespoons agave nectar or honey

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

1. In a large bowl, combine almond flour, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon. 2. In a small bowl, mix coconut oil, agave, and vanilla. 3. Mix wet ingredients into dry. 4. Roll out dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper until ¼ inch thick. 5. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

6. Remove top piece of parchment paper and dust dough with almond flour. 7. Cut out cookies with a small star cutter. 8. Using a metal spatula, place stars on a parchment-lined baking sheet. 9. Bake at 350 F until edges are lightly browned, 5–8 minutes.

Recipe courtesy of TwoPeasAndTheirPod.com.

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