Rising Sun Physical Therapy July 2019

July 2019

I remember the first time I saw the Oov. It’s such a strange shape, but something about the gentle curves are appealing. It’s as if your body can sense the pain relief in store. I learned about its healing affects from Ada Wells, Queen of the Oovs, a little over a year ago, and I can honestly say it’s changed my life and the lives of my patients. Now, I take this versatile little instrument with me wherever I go, especially when I travel, and it fits easily under the seat in front of me on airplanes! There is nothing more relaxing than completing my daily exercises on the Oov surrounded by the beautiful rocky outcrops of Iceland or the swaying palm trees of Hawaii. I love when people stop me to ask about this strange device because I can share with as many as possible the wonder that is the Oov! MONTHLY MOMENTS Bettina’s The Oov destabilizes your body, allowing your core to do all the work. With practice, the Oov increases strength, flexibility, and range of motion. With the help of the Oov, you can master mind-body awareness and become one with your center.

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In Hollywood, summer is known as blockbuster season. This is when the box office is at its busiest and the releases are most numerous. Amid the apocalyptic fare aimed at teens and adults, you can find plenty of films appropriate for the entire family. This summer in particular, families heading to the theater are spoiled for choice. Nearly every week offers a new film to delight moviegoers of all ages. If you need a respite from the heat, consider taking your clan to one of these exciting options hitting the big screen this season.


If you want to try the Oov or learn more about it, give us a call. We have Oov classes starting in July!

Two of Disney’s animated classics get live-action revamps this year, though how much computer-generated imaging is permissible in a “live-action”movie is a matter of some debate. Regardless of the semantics, both “Aladdin,”which debuted in May, and “The Lion King,” arriving this month, are poised to be huge favorites with established fans and newcomers alike. Odds are you already know the plotlines of these iconic originals, but you may not be aware of all the details surrounding the new versions. Both movies will be huge spectacles with ornate scenery and updates of the songs you love. “Aladdin” stars Mena Massoud in the title role, along with turns fromWill Smith as Genie and Naomi Scott as Jasmine. The cast of “The Lion King” is truly star-studded and includes Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, and Beyoncé. If previous Disney adaptations are any indication, these movies will likely hew close to the originals.

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The plot centers around Dora attempting to solve the mystery of a lost Incan city, so you can expect her to live up to her moniker. As the film poster states: “Explorer is her middle name.”

Sandwiched between those two beloved classics comes the fourth entry in Pixar’s tentpole franchise “Toy Story.” Buzz, Woody, and the gang will be hitting the road, joined by a new toy in the form of Forky, who is a class project created by Bonnie. If you’ve grown tired of sequel fatigue, you may bristle at the idea of another entry in the series, but the folks at Pixar have never failed to deliver. Judging by early impressions, “Toy Story 4”will be a worthy addition to the canon. As has become increasingly obvious with each movie, “Toy Story” is a series for adults as much as children. The movies deal with mature themes but present them in ways that appeal to even the littlest ones. You’ll laugh, you may cry, and you’ll definitely learn a lesson or two. What more could you ask of a family film?


Playmobil toys may not have the cultural cachet of Legos, but it was only a matter of time before they got a movie of their own. “Playmobil: The Movie” closes out the summer with a release just before Labor Day. In the film, two children are transported to the world of the toys and are transformed into figures. They need to find each other and save the proverbial day. In doing so, they’ll travel through many different worlds and meet a cast of plastic-bodied characters, both friendly and hostile. Parents who grew up playing with these toys will find nostalgic delight in returning to a familiar world. Whether or not the movie begins a merchandising phenomenon remains to be seen, but if you’re taking your kids to “Playmobil: The Movie,” it may be worth it to see if you have some vintage relics kicking around in the attic.


Despite being the longest running series in the history of Nick Jr., “Dora the Explorer” never found her way to the multiplex until now. After 15 years and 179 episodes as a cartoon, she comes to life this summer in “Dora and the Lost City of Gold.” Isabela Moner stars as Dora, along with some voiceover assists from Danny Trejo and Benicio del Toro as Boots the Monkey and Swiper the Fox, respectively.


How Can a Thief Sue the Family He Robbed?

Have you heard the story of Terrence Dickson? Even if you don’t know the name, you might have heard his strange tale. Dickson was a burglar in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. One day, after breaking into a house and helping himself to some valuables, Dickson decided to leave through the garage. After discovering the automatic garage door was stuck closed, Dickson turned around and was horrified to realize he’d locked himself inside. To make matters worse, the family he was stealing from had just left for an extended vacation, so Dickson lived off of soda and dried dog food for eight days. When the family returned and found the unlucky burglar, a lawsuit was filed — by Dickson! He sued for mental anguish, and the jury awarded him $500,000. There’s nothing that shakes our faith in the justice systemquite like injustice being served. When Dickson’s story first gained notoriety in 2001, thanks to an email circulated by the now-defunct Stella Awards newsletter, which highlighted“outrageous lawsuits,”people were rightfully enraged. There was just one problem: Terrence Dickson never existed.

In 2002, a reporter from Pennsylvania contacted the Bucks County prothonotary’s office, where all records for civil cases in the county are kept. He discovered there was no record of any cases involving such a burglar. It’s worth noting the original email where this story first appeared ended with a call for tort reform from a made-up law firm in Ohio. Likely, this hoax was an attempt to manipulate the public perception of the justice system. Despite being debunked 17 years ago, this tall tale still makes the rounds and often appears on lists of “outrageous lawsuits,”many of which are featured on the websites of legitimate law firms! There are plenty of wacky legal cases, but when a story is too ridiculous, there’s a good chance a few important details are being left out or the readers are being lied to. Don’t believe everything you read online!

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HIKINGWITHYOUR KIDS Hiking has many benefits as a family activity, such as mental health improvement, strengthening your relationships, and experiencing new sights and discoveries together. It’s also great exercise, and you get plenty of quality time, fresh air, and sunshine. Here are three guidelines to help you and your kids have fun on your next hike. ENCOURAGE THEIR CURIOSITY One of the best ways to have your children learn about the world is letting them explore it. Being there for your children and encouraging them to ask questions about flowers, bugs, or animals you see on the trail will help them expand their vocabulary and learn how things work. When they learn they can explore independently and ask about the world around them, they’re gaining the confidence to teach themselves. BRING ALONG SOME TOOLS OF DISCOVERY Getting your children to engage in nature while you’re out hiking can be as simple as bringing a magnifying glass along with you. Let your kids look at leaves, rocks, insects, or anything else you might come across on the trail. You can also bring binoculars to help them look at a bird that might be perched a little too high up. Another option is a bug holder to let your kids catch smaller insects, such as grasshoppers or pill bugs, and give them a close-up look. KEEP SAFETY IN MIND While you’re out on the trail, it’s essential to make sure that both you and your family are safe. Wear breathable, noncotton material and sturdy

shoes that don’t expose your toes. It’s important to dress according to the weather. For example, if the day is sunny, wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and apply plenty of sunscreen on any exposed skin. Bring your kids’ favorite snacks and water bottles for everyone to stay hydrated. It’s crucial that you also bring a fully stocked first-aid kit in case someone is injured on the hike. Starting with one of your local hiking trails can be a rewarding way to spend the day with your kids. You can watch their excitement as they expand their world with new discoveries. Watch Their World Expand With Every Step

Take a Break!

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. Ingredients Watermelon Cucumber Skewers

1 medium-sized watermelon, cubed 2 cucumbers, cut into 1/4- inch rounds

1 block feta cheese, cut into small cubes

1 bunch fresh mint leaves

Salt, to taste


1 packet of bamboo skewers


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 Bettina’s Monthly Moments PAGE 1 A Summer Movie Guide for Families PAGE 1 Did You Hear About the Dog Food Burglar? PAGE 2 Hiking With Your Kids PAGE 3 Take a Break PAGE 3 Watermelon Cucumber Skewers PAGE 3 A Look at the Specialized Benefits PAGE 4 In the modern medical world, there’s no shortage of ways to treat your pain. Still, some rehabilitation systems work best for certain types of ailments, and understanding which recovery methods are available is invaluable. Two important options for any type of pain management are physical therapists and chiropractors. Depending on a number of factors, one may be more helpful than the other, but if they’re used together, you’ll have a much better chance of eliminating your pain. Let’s take a look at how each option can help you. A chiropractor is a physician who treats issues involving the musculoskeletal system, which can have an impact on your body’s general function. By manipulating certain areas, their treatment will help free up your muscles and tendons to alleviate pain and improve your mobility. This normally means stretching or CHIROPRACTOR

PHYSICAL THERAPY VS. CHIROPRACTIC Finding the Best Route for Pain Management

resetting your problem areas. In addition to helping with the pain from certain types of persistent issues like soreness, chronic discomfort, or lack of mobility, chiropractors can also work to alleviate symptoms of certain types of infections and even asthma! Their treatments help you to avoid relying on dangerous pain medication or surgeries. If you’re looking to recover from an injury or surgery, you may want to consider physical therapy. While there’s no end-all treatment for any type of pain, physical therapists work with you to strengthen your muscles and restore your range of motion. By fixing these underlying problems, you can get back to the things you love. While physical therapy is very different from chiropractic on paper, combining the two to treat your pain can generally be very helpful. Depending on what you’re suffering from, physical therapists may PHYSICAL THERAPIST

use new age technologies like deep-tissue lasers or hydrotherapy to get you back on your feet again. Whatever you’re looking for, the answer probably lies somewhere in the middle. Consulting a medical professional will allow you to understand the best option for your specific case.

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