Cornerstone Physical Therapy - August 2018

From left to right: Laser therapy recipient Mia V and David De La Fuente PT, DPT

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“After using the laser therapy on my knee, I saw immediate results and felt more comfortable and relaxed afterward. It removed my pain on the surface and deep down in my knee. I highly recommend laser therapy if you’re looking for long-lasting comfort and relief ” –Mia Van Mater

Prepare Your Kids for the School Year

It may not feel like it yet, but summer is coming to a close, and summer break is ending along with it. Soon, the kids will be back to early- morning breakfasts before the school bus arrives and late-night study sessions. Thankfully, there are some steps your family can take during these closing weeks of summer to ensure your kids hit the ground running this school year. SET AN EARLY BEDTIME For many kids, summer schedules are flexible. They may have become accustomed to sleeping in and staying up late without any obligations. Getting back into the rhythm of the school year can take some getting used to. In fact, according to psychologist Cherie Valeithian, it can take upward of two weeks to properly adjust to a new sleep-wake cycle. So why not give your kids a head start and ensure they begin the school year bright-eyed and bushy-tailed? OUTLINE A HOMEWORK SCHEDULE Resuming a homework regimen can be a difficult transition for some kids. Late summer, when they don’t have assignments to worry about yet, can be a great opportunity to help them prepare a study schedule. Ask the following questions to help them get started: “Do you want to dive right into homework when you get home? Do you need to accommodate for a sport or extracurricular activity? Do you work best when doing your assignments in one large chunk, or would you prefer taking breaks in between assignments?” Your kids may find that last year’s schedule doesn’t work for them this year. Emphasize that this is okay; part of growing up is learning how and when you work most effectively. Don’t be afraid to help them switch things up as the school year progresses. ASK YOUR KIDS HOW THEY FEEL Maybe your kids are excited about the school year. Maybe they are anxious, or perhaps they’re just disappointed to see summer vacation come to an end. Starting a dialogue about the aspects of school your kids are looking forward to and those they’re dreading can help you dispel myths and identify problem areas. More than anything else, this can help your kids feel at ease about the coming year.

From left to right: Zachary Katzman PTA, recent Cornerstone graduate John Kirna, and Patrick Chinjen, PTA

“I had a great experience at Cornerstone. I was referred by Joe Rinaldi (friend) and started coming in January. Working with PJ has been awesome and he has done a great job getting my mobility back to normal. I appreciate all the work that the other physical therapist did to help me out. Anthony was also helpful on my Saturday visits. Also, shoutout to Zach for all his help. Before coming, I had trouble opening my mouth fully, and now I have regained my mobility with the help of the PTs at Cornerstone. Thanks!”

–John Kirna

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