GILBERT Gazette Shredding the Slopes PHYSICAL THERAPY Preparing to Continue My Wife’s Skiing TraditionWith Our Kids
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I’m a naturally competitive person, so when I married into a skiing family, you better believe I was tearing up those bunny hills! I learned how to ski from my wife and her family, and we hit the slopes at least six or seven times that first year. I was usually relegated to the bunny or green hills, but my wife and her father have perfected the craft of carving up the hill. I joke that my wife was like the mother hen of the group, carefully following behind each of us newbies and experienced skiers to make sure no one got hurt.
I’m not too ashamed to admit my wife could ski circles around me. I’ve learned how to tolerate cold weather, but I’m not the biggest fan of snow and cold-weather sports. However, I’ll never say no to an opportunity to learn a new sport, and my wife and her family were more than happy to share their hobby with me. Now that my wife and I have a family of our own, I know she’s itching to get our kids on the hill. My father-in-law taught my wife how to ski when she was little, and I have complete confidence in his ability to teach Liam, our oldest son. Liam will turn 4 years old in July, and he’s already beginning to hint that he has an affection for the outdoors and snow. In fact, he calls snow that doesn’t stick to the ground “white rain.” He’s often waiting for that first snowfall so he can tear through the yard and play, and we dread when we have to rip him away from the snow and bring him back inside for the evening. It’s been exciting to watch Liam as he grows up and comes out of his shell. He was really shy when he was entering nursery school last year, but he has grown tremendously this past year. He even knows how to count all the way up to 20 — kind of. He thinks 15, 16, and 17 are the same number, so he skips from 14 to 18. Other than that, he’s a pretty happy kid, minus the occasional toddler tantrum. Recently, it’s been amusing to watch Liam and his younger sister, Paige, start to interact. Paigey will be 2 years old in April, and she’s running a mile a minute trying to keep up with her older brother.
Just the other day, Liam taught his sister how to jump off the couch. You can imagine the heart attack my wife and I had when she tried to launch like her brother does toward the dog bed, but her legs don’t have quite enough strength to actually propel her forward. Instead, she just fell! Now that she’s grown past the baby stage, Paige is actually starting to play with more toys, too. Often, you’ll set a baby down in front of some toys, and they will toss them around. Now, we get to see Paigey’s mind in action as she plays and speaks! But at just 2, it’s hard to tell if Paige will be tearing down the slopes like my wife or hanging out in the lodge warming up after a few runs like me. Regardless of who picks up this talent, I know my wife is excited to pass along a family tradition.
–Dr. Jon Milliron
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Science Wants You to Stop and Smell the Roses
The Benefits of Spending Time Outside In a 2008 survey conducted by the National Trust in Britain, children were more likely to correctly identify a Dalek from “Doctor Who”
of Illinois, participants’ attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms were reduced after spending time in a green setting versus a more urban one. This may be due to the fact that natural environments call upon our “soft fascination,” a less exhausting type of focus than what is required by urban environments. Emotional benefits were discovered too, including reduced aggression, increased happiness, and improved self-esteem. Beyond just getting outside, the type of contact we have with nature also matters. Visits to nature centers and watching “Planet Earth” are two ways to experience the outdoors. But research points specifically to the importance of free play in the natural world: unstructured outdoor time when children can explore and engage with their natural surroundings with no curriculum, lesson, or activity to complete. Ever notice how kids are fascinated by the simplest things? A child visits a rose garden, but before they even get to the flowers, they
than a barn owl. Likewise, a 2010 Kaiser Family Foundation study of 8–18-year-olds in the U.S. found that the average youth spends more than 53 hours a week engaged with entertainment media. These statistics, coupled with growing concerns that children are spending less time outdoors, are leading to terms like “nature deficit disorder” and global initiatives to get kids outside. Why is contact with the outdoors so important? Researchers are answering this question by studying the benefits of time spent in nature. One benefit is that outdoor time helps kids understand boundaries and learn how to assess risk. As naturalist, author, and broadcaster Stephen Moss puts it, “Falling out of a tree is a very good lesson in risk-reward.” Not to mention, time in nature may help improve focus for hyperactive kids. In one national study of youths by the University
become captivated by a leaf on the ground or an ant crawling on their shoe. Children are born naturalists. These are the moments we need to recapture. Take a page out of that kid’s book, and as the saying goes, stop and smell the roses — or leaves or ants — with no checklist and no plan, just time spent playing outside.
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Healing Together Tips for Talking to Your Relatives About Physical Therapy
therapy has shown for patients. Many believe this therapeutic treatment is only intended for post- surgery care, but many studies have proven it can
Our loved ones care deeply for us, and they do all they can to make sure we find the healing we deserve. If you’re a spouse, child, sibling, or grandchild who is desperate to get your loved one through the healing process, here are a few tips to help you navigate that tough conversation.
actually help patients avoid surgery and save money on treatment! In addition, other studies have linked avoiding physical therapy or treatment with further damaging the body. Offer to look at physical therapy options with your loved one or schedule a tour together at Gilbert Physical Therapy. We’d love to walk your loved ones and you through our options.
Start by understanding where your loved one is at in their healing process. Dealing with pain following an injury can mirror the steps of the grieving process, and you will want to approach this conversation by understanding what your loved one is going through. For example, a conversation with someone who is in denial about having an injury looks very different than one with someone who is suffering from extreme hopelessness and anger. You will want to offer empathy in your approach.
‘We support you!’
Physical therapy is a process, and it isn’t always an easy one. Your loved one may need the reassurance of knowing that they have a team supporting them. Offer to take them to appointments or set up events to celebrate their success! Our team can help you and your loved one create milestones that we will celebrate together. When they know they have a team supporting their journey, the path to healing may not look quite as daunting. Our team at Gilbert Physical Therapy understands how harrowing the healing process can be. If you believe your loved one could benefit from our therapies, or you would like help beginning that conversation, contact our team at 717-591-0955.
‘Did you know?’
Some people respond best to the cold, hard truth, so lay it out for them. Tell them about the tremendous benefits physical
Valentine’s Day Dog Treats: Cranberry Hearts To paraphrase an old saying, the way to a dog’s heart is through their stomach! This Valentine’s Day, treat your dog to some pet-friendly goodies they’re sure to love!
Inspired by Pretty Fluffy
• 2 large eggs • 1 1/2 cups almond flour • 1 tbsp coconut oil
• 1/2 cup dried cranberries • 3–4 tbsp coconut flour
1. Heat oven to 325 F. 2. In a small bowl, beat eggs and set aside. In a separate bowl, combine almond flour, coconut oil, and cranberries. Pour in eggs and mix together with your hands until wet dough forms. 3. Mix in 1 tbsp of coconut flour at a time until dough easily forms into a ball. 4. Roll out dough on floured surface and cut with bite-size, heart-shaped cookie cutters. Transfer to cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. 5. Bake for 15–18 minutes or until treats are crisp. 6. Remove from oven and let treats cool completely before serving.
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Local Theatrical Events Around Mechanicsburg
Don’t get bogged down by cabin fever this February! Experience world-class entertainment around Mechanicsburg at one of these great shows. Curtain Call
TAKE IN A LOCAL SHOWTHIS FEBRUARY!
Ken Ludwig’ s Leading Ladies When: Feb. 21–23 and Feb. 28–March 1 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Where: Keystone Theatrics, Boiling Springs Admission: $13–$26 It can’t get much worse for struggling actors Jack and Leo. But their luck may be turning when, while performing “Scenes from Shakespeare” in Amish Country, they overhear of an elderly woman in York,
Bandstand When: Feb. 28 and 29 at 2 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. Where: Hershey Theatre, Hershey Admission: $32–$82 When six soldiers return home from World War II, they find themselves in an unlikely position to change their lives forever. NBC announces plans for a national competition to search for the nation’s next great music superstars, and the
Immortal Beloved When: Feb. 14 at 8 p.m. Where: Hershey Theatre, Hershey Admission: $20
Treat your sweetheart to a night at the symphony! Love letters that were never sent were discovered upon Ludwig van Beethoven’s death, and the recipient was only referred to as “Immortal Beloved” by the famous composer. (This translates to “unsterlbiche geliebte” in Beethoven’s native German.) While Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved” has never been named, the Hershey Symphony will celebrate his life and eternal love with the Fidelio Overture, a solo performance of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in DMajor by Odin Rathnam, and his famous 35-minute 5th Symphony. Learn more at HersheyEntertainment.com.
Pennsylvania, who is leaving her fortune to
soldiers decide to form a band unlike any other. But they soon learn that music has the power to do so much more than rocket them into superstardom. This Tony-award winning musical is choreographed
her late sister’s long-lost children, Max and Steve. It’s only when Jack and Leo learn that Max and Steve are really Maxine and Stephanie do they get to really use their acting
chops. This show is intended for viewers ages 14 and older. Learn more and purchase tickets at KeystoneTheatrics.com.
by “Hamilton” choreographer and Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler. Purchase tickets at HersheyEntertainment.com.
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