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Monday, September 23, 2019

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No More Excuses – Part III: “But I Hate Exercising…”

I’m going to let you in on a little secret, one that you might find surprising given the fact that I’m a personal trainer: I don’t like exercising. In fact, I’d much rather curl up on the couch with a good book and a hot cup of tea. So how do I find the will to get up at 4:30 every morning to work out? How do I make exercising fun and enjoyable, something for

Falls – Am I At Risk?

With the icy winter months upon us, now is the time to address the risk factors of falls affecting us and our loved ones. The topic of falls affects us all. It can happen to you, a family member, neighbor or friend. Statistically, about 33% of people over the age of 65, and 50% of those over the age of 80, will sustain a fall at least once this year. Many

The Man Who Studies Deadly Diseases

Ron Diskin, 37, is a world expert on the structural biology of deadly viruses. His critical contribution to the field points the way to unprecedented treatment approaches. He is also living proof that the supposed “brain drain” from Israel is perhaps better described as a back-and-forth flow of the best and brightest minds.

Born, bred and educated

New In The Neighborhood - Giving Thanks Each Day

As some of you may already know our family experienced a trauma four weeks ago that will certainly take us awhile to recover from.  Our daughter Naama who many of you met on Simchat Torah was admitted to the hospital with the diagnosis of an inflamed gall bladder and unfortunately a procedure done to improve her condition accidentally clipped something in her body and

Muscle Tone: What Does it Mean?

As a physical therapist, I often come across people, whether they are parents, teachers, physicians, or therapists, talking about muscle tone.  I am very often asked what that means.  Muscle tone is the continuous, passive contraction and resistance to stretch of muscles at rest.  Normally, even when relaxed, muscles have a very small amount of contraction

Repetitive Strain Injuries: No Laughing Matter for New Parents

Midland Park, NJ -- A speech therapist came into work one day to the Children’s Therapy Center complaining of horrible pain radiating from the outside of her thumb toward her wrist. She described her symptoms to staff occupational therapist Daniella Shor, MA OTR/L, who immediately diagnosed her with De Quervain Syndrome. “Congratulations,” said Shor. “You’ve

Take a Minute Before Drinking Extra O.J.

As the weather gets colder, jackets and coats are replacing sweaters, winter hats are replacing baseball caps, and it may be a good idea to invest in Kleenex, as it seems that it is cold season.  When thinking of a remedy for the common cold, sleep, chicken soup and vitamin C may come to mind.  While no one will argue the power of a good night’s sleep and

Can Music Help My Child?

According to the American Music Therapy Association, “Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.” The definition of “evidence-based” in terms of research related to music

What Can I Say? What Should I Say?

The moment I began opening up about my eating disorder I invited the world to learn about and witness my struggles. Frequently, people will now approach my parents and tell them that they had no idea that I was struggling. My mother’s general response is that this is because it was a “private” ordeal and one that I chose not to share with the public. Other people

Choosing the Right Kind of Toy

We have been told numerous times over the years that occupational therapists have the best toys. Well, there is a reason for that; occupational therapists, or OT’s, help maximize people’s ability to function maximally in their areas of occupation. A child’s occupation is play. If therapists, who expect children to put in full effort and work hard, don’t have

A Recipe for Heart Healthy Living

For much of the past century, cardiovascular disease (CVD) has been the leading cause of death in the United States and, on average, claims one American life every 40 seconds. Greater than one in three American adults is estimated to have CVD, which includes hypertension, atherosclerotic heart disease, heart failure and/or to have experienced angina (chest

When Jumping, Laughing, Sneezing and Coughing: Put Your Bladder to the Test

Pregnancy, vaginal delivery, pelvic surgery and hormonal changes all put women at a greater risk than men for developing urinary incontinence at some point in their adult lives. One in four women over the age of 18 has episodes of involuntary urine leakage. This problem can be embarrassing and prevent people from getting out and participating in the activities