Provider Spotlight: John D’Ambrosio of Structural Chiropractic

Structural Chiropractic

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Dr. D’Ambrosio graduated from Life College of Chiropractic in 1993 and started his practice. Dr. D’Ambrosio is one of a very few doctors in the area focusing solely on Zone Healing Technique.

The website states:

“One of the things that sets us apart is our philosophy of chiropractic. To us, chiropractic is about improving adaptability, health, performance, and longevity.  Some of our favorite cases are wonderful people who had given up all hope, and only through getting to know me through a friend, at the gym, or from another patient, decided to give chiropractic a try. The changes in many have been nothing short of miraculous, and we are constantly humbled by the power the body has to heal itself when obstructions are removed and the brain is balanced. Our goal is to get you well and to not to be a band aid.”

A Real Break on School Break

A Real Break on School Break

written by Nicole Filiberti MSW, LCSW

Navigating days off of school due to holidays or breaks can be a difficult ask for families. Children and teens can have a hard time with these changes in their routines. When adding on the continuing COVID pandemic, families may feel limited in their options in terms of activities and outings that are possible, especially during the colder months. Here are some ideas for dealing with these days.
Preparation is key
It can be especially important to prepare kids for the upcoming change in the schedule. The use of visuals can be very helpful in this situation and you can label the upcoming holidays in the calendar for them to see. Providing that knowledge ahead of time can potentially save students from the difficulty they may have dealing with unexpected change. Of course, there are also some kids who will jump for joy at the news of a day off of school so it really depends on the child!
Make a non-screen time activity a priority
With hybrid and fully remote learning models, children and teens have really experienced an increase in the amount of time they spend on a screen. It can be helpful to set aside some time on a day off to prioritize a non-screen related activity. If the weather permits, outside time is always a nice idea. If your family is more interested in an indoor activity, try to think of creative outlets for children to tap into. Making up a dance, a play, or creating a fun craft project can be a great way to enjoy the time off.
Treat it like a mental health day
Just like adults, children can also benefit from some self care and relaxation. Have a conversation with your child about the upcoming day off and ask them what they would enjoy doing to relax and unwind. It is beneficial for children to have the idea of self care normalized. Children have been navigating a ton of changes and challenges due to the ongoing pandemic and they deserve some time to relax just as much as adults do.
There are multiple options to try and make the best of these days off. Assessing the needs of your family as well as considering what is feasible is an important piece of this process. With some planning and preparation, school breaks and holidays do not have to be something to fear.

15-Minute Neck-and-Shoulder Stretch Relieves Tension

This Neck-and-Shoulder Stretch Relieves Tension in Your Body & Mind

by Erin Bunch, featured in, 2/2/2021

After a year of moving from your bed to your desk to your couch—because pandemics are not conducive to much else—it wouldn’t be surprising if your entire body feels like garbage. Most specifically, your neck and shoulders are probably crying out for a massage. On the latest episode of Good Moves, Brooklyn-based BK yoga club co-founders Alicia Ferguson and Paris Alexandra demo just how easy it is to relieve such stiffness and pain with a simple yoga flow that serves as a neck-and-shoulder stretch.

5 Charts You Need If Identifying Your Emotions Is Hard

5 Charts You Need if Identifying Your Emotions is Difficult

Written by Gabrielle Ferrara, MSW, LSW/ Featured in The Mighty 9/17/2020

“How do you feel?”

No, really. How do you actually feel?

Identifying our emotions can be one of the most difficult things we do on a regular basis. It’s easy to say we are feeling “good” or “happy”; even saying we’re feeling “stressed” has become normalized. However, how we are truly feeling (and why) is often much more nuanced and complicated. Luckily, various artists, authors and researchers in the field of psychology have created charts and tools to help us out. Here are five charts you may need if you have a hard time identifying your emotions.

Diagnosis: Pandemic Fatigue

Diagnosis: Pandemic Fatigue

Written by Dr. Liz Matheis

Featured in: Psychology Today, 1/17/2021

I am so tired of thinking about COVID-19. I’m tired of having to think about masks, disinfecting, and all the consideration that goes into making decisions about things that were effortless.

A great many of us are anxious, sad, and feeling exhausted. There is no end in sight. We don’t know when life will return to “normal” or if life after the pandemic will ever return to “normal.”

Photo by Alex Green from Pexels  

Snow Volcano

Volcanos help kids understand their anger.  To help bridge counseling with home,  make a volcano together! Thank you Rose LaPiere & Quinte for a fun snow activity!
Michelle Molle-Krowiak Ed.S, LCSW
Snow Volcano
2 spoonfuls of baking soda
1 spoonful of dish soap
A few drops of food coloring
1 ounce of vinegar
Small cup/container
Take the plastic cup/container and place it in the ground
Build up the snow around the cup, packing tightly. Be sure to keep the opening of the cup/container free from snow.
Add all ingredients except the vinegar into the container
When you are ready for eruptions, add the vinegar into the container
Stand back and enjoy!

Why is My Child Having Meltdowns During the Pandemic?

Why is My Child Having Meltdowns During the Pandemic?

Written by Dr. Liz 

Featured in The Mighty, 1/3/21

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