CornerStone PT & Wellness Center - July 2019

JULY 2019


77 Brant Avenue, Suite 101, Clark, NJ 07066 • • 732.499.4540

Cornerstone PT Patients


VIP Referral Patient of the Month!

Happy Independence Day! As much as I’d like to be in Clark to watch the fireworks with the rest of you, my daughter and I will spend the Fourth in Colorado this year, while my son and wife are staying home. This is our first 4th of July apart. I’m writing this article ahead of time, as the demands of my kid’s sports travel season will soon take up most of our time. Both my son and daughter ended their spring seasons on a strong note, which is part of why we’re so busy this summer! My son was named the “most improved player” on his lacrosse team and made the all-star team for baseball. Meanwhile, my daughter was invited to join a team with several varsity players from Metuchen High School, which is where my daughter will attend next year. Considering it’s her goal to make varsity in her first year of high school, she’s already off to a great start. To see both kids excel at the sports they’ve put so much time and effort into is a wonderful feeling.

make sure they aren’t developing any repetitive stress injuries along the way.

But more importantly, I’ve learned to simply like being in the bleachers. As a coach for my daughter’s softball team and an assistant coach for my son’s baseball team, I used to have a bird’s-eye view of the game, focusing on the whole team’s performance. Now, I can just cheer on my kids and enjoy the game, and I’m going to be doing plenty of that this summer. Thanks to her hard work and talent, my daughter was asked to be part of a combo team of softball players from around the country. Her club team is a national organization and pulls players from their local chapters to represent them at a major tournament in Colorado and California later in the month. Her making the cut is a huge honor, and it’s why we’re going to the Rockies this Fourth of July. While this tournament is sure to be a blast, it’s not the only one we’re look forward to this summer. My son’s performance in lacrosse won him a spot at a tournament in Pennsylvania, and my daughter will have another softball series to compete in later in the summer. As I always say, I’m incredibly grateful my wife is my partner in crime. Together we can always make sure at least one of us is there to cheer our kids on, no matter how far their dreams take them. So, I’m glad I’m not “coach” anymore. Seeing how far they’ve come in the sports they love has proven to me it was the right decision. As we head to Colorado to cheer on my daughter, I couldn’t think of a more fitting time to do it than Independence Day. Giving kids the freedom to become the best they can be is scary, but I promise it is more than worth it. –David DeLaFuente


The best compliment we can receive is to have one of our patients refer a friend or family member to our practice. If you refer someone and we are able to take them as a patient, both you and the person who was referred

Thank You! will be entered to win a $25 gift card! It’s just our way of saying

“... part of being a good father is knowing when to take off the training wheels and let go.”

I won’t lie; sometimes I miss the days when I was their coach as well as their dad. Getting to work directly with them to develop their skills was one of the great joys of my life. But part of being a good father is knowing when to take off the training wheels and let go. There came a point where I knew I couldn’t teach them more than I already had, and if I wanted them to grow, I was going to have to take a step back. Thankfully, I still get to do some backyard training. My kids come to me when they have something they want to work on or need an extra hand when practicing at home. And, of course, as a physical therapist, I can

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“I fell outside one night. The next day, I had lower back pain radiating down my left thigh and knee. By night time, I was unable to walk, sit, or lie down without pain. I couldn’t find any relief. I reached out to Dave who had treated me once before for a different injury. My first session was on a Monday and was quite painful. By Saturday, however, I was on a plane to Florida and pain free. I am really thankful for the care I received.” –Melissa S.

Summer Swimming Safety 3 Tips for Swimming In Open Water

There’s nothing like taking a dip in a nearby pond, lake, or even the ocean. For many, it’s a summertime tradition. However, swimming in open bodies of water brings certain safety risks, as these environments are not nearly as controlled as public, club, or backyard pools. Everyone should follow these tips to have a fun and safe time cooling off under the summer sun. Never swim alone. When you swim in virtually any body of water, having someone there to keep an eye on you can be a lifesaver: the more people, the better. Stick to bodies of water with a professional lifeguard on duty when possible, though that’s not always an option. When swimming in open bodies of water, have a “designated spotter” to keep an eye on the swimmers. This way, you’re prepared if anything bad happens. It’s also a great idea to keep flotation devices nearby, such as life jackets, life rings, foam boards, etc. Know what you’re getting into. Sometimes, it’s next to impossible to see what’s under the surface of the water. If you are unfamiliar with a body of water, don’t jump or dive in without knowing how deep it is. If you cannot confirm what is under the surface (and the spot is not a known diving location), don’t risk it. It may be okay to swim or wade, but jumping is out of the question. Along these same lines, be VERY careful around bodies of slow-moving or standing water. These can house dangerous microbes and other contaminants that can make you ill and potentially be deadly. Watch for rip currents. These can occur at any beach without warning. They pull swimmers away from shore and are strong enough that even excellent swimmers struggle to get through them. In fact, rip currents are behind nearly 80% of beach rescues. Keep an eye on the foam at the surface of the water. If it seems to suddenly pull away from the beach, there’s a good chance a rip current is lurking beneath. If you find yourself in a rip current, it’s crucial to remain calm and avoid expending energy swimming directly back to shore. Instead, try swimming parallel to the shore until you’re out of the current.

“My experience at Cornerstone Physical Therapy was excellent. I had a bad fall at home that resulted in a lot of trouble walking and bending my knee. The staff were all very nice and helpful. After some encouragement, hard work, and push, I feel like I am finally back to where I was before I got injured. Thank you to the amazing staff for helping me get better.” –Sunny N. S.



Physical Therapy That Meets You Where You Are

The summer heat doesn’t come without risk. As we age, it’s important to take precautions to stay cool and avoid heat stroke this time of year. But staying cooped up in your air conditioned home may not be a perfect solution either — if you aren’t getting your exercise, aches and pains will set in fast. If you’re in pain but don’t want to brave the high temperatures, consider scheduling a home health therapy visit. WE COME TO YOU We know that many difficulties can keep you from seeking physical therapy treatment, which is why our experienced clinicians are committed to meeting you where you are. After scheduling an appointment, they’ll meet you at your home and begin designing a home-care regime that fits your needs. Your physical therapist will then guide you through safe, effective exercises to improve your strength and mobility. NO GYM REQUIRED Some may worry they don’t have the equipment available to strengthen themselves, even with the

guidance of a therapist. Thankfully, the stretches and exercises our home-care experts focus on are designed to be done from just about anywhere without gym equipment. In fact, your therapist will help you identify the safest places in your home to do these workouts — which can be particularly important if you have balance issues. RETURN TO INDEPENDENCE The goal of home therapy isn’t to keep you cooped up forever. On the contrary, we measure our success by how well you get out and about again. Whether you are recovering from a surgery, staying indoors because of balance issues, or simply avoiding the summer heat, we’re dedicated to improving the strength and confidence in the way you move. If you or someone you love has been struggling to get out of the house, we are here for you. If you have questions or would like to book an appointment, we’re just a phone call away. Take the first step toward independence by giving us a call at 732-499-4540!


Skewers are a Fourth of July favorite, but these are not your classic kebabs. They’re a fresh, light, and fun way to start a barbecue. Oh, and they don’t require any actual cooking.


1 medium-sized watermelon, cubed

Equipment •

2 cucumbers, cut into 1/4-inch rounds

packet of bamboo skewers

1 block feta cheese, cubed

1 bunch fresh mint leaves

Salt, to taste


1. Assemble skewers by placing one watermelon cube, one cucumber round, one feta cube, and one mint leaf on skewer in that order. Repeat until skewer is full. 2. Lightly season with salt and chill in fridge until right before serving.

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INSIDE This Issue

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Tournaments and Independence


3 Things Everyone Needs to Know Before Swimming in Open Water


Physical Therapy From Home

Watermelon Cucumber Skewers


Avoid the Summer Heat Somewhere Cool

Chill Out


As the scorching summer sun beats down, it’s hard to remember that just six months ago you were shivering through the winter, whether that meant a chilly 50 F or bitter subzero temperatures. But if cooler temps sound like paradise, and a dip in the pool is no longer keeping you cool, it might be time to take a vacation somewhere chilly. Check out these three destinations to avoid the summer heat. ALASKA No place says chilly quite like Alaska. Trips to Alaska can be expensive during this time of year, but when you step into that crisp air with a cool mountainous view, you’ll understand why it’s a popular summer voyage. Travelers can choose to fly or take a cruise ship, and many cities feature tourism-packed excursions. A few notable locations include Anchorage, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, and Denali National Park and Preserve. ICELAND Just as its name suggests, Iceland can be the perfect destination for travelers yearning to get away from the unbearable summer heat. With temperatures

rarely exceeding 60 F — the average high for the country — packing is easy for this relaxing vacation. Take a relaxing dip in one of the country’s many hot springs or enjoy tremendous views of the fjords. Even better, you can tour the country at any time because it’s sunny almost 24 hours a day. What could be better than a midnight hike around the fourth happiest country in the world? NORWAY Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you have to give up your skiing hobby! Venture off to Norway and experience some of their most popular summer ski resorts. After a day or two shredding the slopes, experience the popular Norwegian Opera and Ballet in Oslo or choose between numerous outdoor and indoor exhibitions. Best of all, you won’t even break a sweat, as the average temperature in Norway’s hottest month barely hits 70 F. Bordering Sweden and northern Finland, Norway can even be the beginning to a cool European tour this summer.


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