How To Find The Best Physical Therapist For Your Child

Children, at times, become ill or after an accident become disabled. This is when a physical therapist can provide the help and assistance your child needs. Physical therapists, after an injury or illness, work with their patients in order to decrease pain, improve mobility and help children return to their daily activities.

Physical therapists assist children with exercises that help them regain strength and range of motion. In addition, they also show children and their parents how to prevent future injuries.

To help build strength, improve movement and strengthen abilities needed to complete daily activities, a physical therapist uses a variety of treatments such as crawling and walking, water therapy, balance and coordination activities and improve circulation around injuries by using heat, cold and exercise.

Keep in mind; there are several activities that occur during a visit such as measuring a child’s flexibility and strength and identifying existing and potential problems. In addition, there is also interacting with other psychiatric, medical and school personnel toward creating a plan for a child and also providing instruction for home exercise programs.

Before hiring a good physical therapist for your child, there are several important steps you should take such as first understanding and evaluating your therapist’s credentials and educational background. Physical therapists usually have a master’s degree but in the last couple of years many now have Doctorate of Physical Therapy degrees.

Most importantly, evaluate how the physical therapist interacts with you and your child. A personal trainer that is good at their job will take time and listen to any concern you may have, involve you in your child’s treatment process, set reasonable and attainable goals and take time to ensure that you and your child know what will be happening in the weeks that follow.

The next step for your child will be a comprehensive exam that is given to your child. Treatment will often include some form of exercise and passive techniques such as stretching muscles and joints and other activities such as heat and ultrasound.

Physical therapy for your child has several great benefits such as improving your child’s range of motion, strength, balance, reflexes, posture and tone. All of these improvements will elevate your child’s progress in getting back to everyday, normal activities.

To conclude, there are times when children become ill or after an accident become disabled. This is when a physical therapist can provide the help and assistance your child needs. Talk with a children’s physical therapist soon and find out how he or she can help you and your child.

How to Properly Pack for a Cross Country Move

Moving is considered to be one of the most stressful live events, but it doesn’t have to be. With a little planning and a lot of packing, your can make your move stress free. First, there are some things you need to consider.

1. Will you be using professional movers or are you a do it yourself person? 
Professional movers will come in and pack up your whole life in a day, and you don’t have to deal with anything else until the truck shows up on the other side of the country. If this is an option you choose to utilize, remember to take pictures of all of your possessions. If anything shows up broken, the photos will help you file a claim with the company. Packing yourself entails a little bit more, so read on if you decide to move without the help of professionals.

2. Downsize before you move 
There’s no better time to purge your possessions than before you pack them all up. There is a worse time though, and that’s after you’ve already paid to move it all. That clunky, heavy chest of drawers you’ve been debating getting rid of, donate. Do the same with your excess clothing and home décor. Your wallet and your new home will thank you.

3. Pack each room separately and label the boxes accordingly 
Putting in some extra work on the front of your move can make unpacking a breeze. Without labeling the boxes, your dishes could end up in your bedroom and your clothes could be in the garage. Don’t pack items from multiple rooms into one box and clearly mark them.

4. How to actually pack the boxes 
Take the time to use wardrobe boxes. Keeping your clothes on the hangar means they can go straight into your new closet. Use space bags for folded clothing. It protects clothing from moisture and saves space. Take the time to wrap your breakable items individually. Shirts and socks can double as great packing paper.

5. Are you moving with children or animals? 
Regardless of whether or not you are moving with children or animals, you’ll need to leave some things out for yourself. Think about the climate you’re travelling to, and leave yourself out about a week’s worth of clothing. Do the same for any children you might be moving with. Animals will need some creature comforts as well. Leave out some toys, a bed and feeding bowls.

The most important thing when you’re moving cross-country is to remember you’ll get through it. Packing and moving may seem to last forever, but it doesn’t. Stay focused on your goal, and get started packing up your home.

6 Original Marketing Techniques For Your Startup

So you have a great idea, one that you just know will change the world. The problem? Getting the word out to all the people that it can help with little to no budget. Don’t worry these six original marketing techniques will get your startup off and running in no time.

Be Your Own Publicist 

While marketing techniques change at a rapid pace, one thing that has remained the same is the need for good public relations. And it is something that you can do on your own for almost nothing. First, write your press release, make sure that it stands out. With so much content out there, you don’t want it to get lost in the noise. Then pick some news sites to submit to. Voila, instant SEO.

Speaking of SEO 
There is no doubt you have seen those three little (or big) letters everywhere. And for good reason, SEO or search engine optimization is how you get found on the web. Without you are just another site collecting dust. The good news is improving your SEO is cheap; the bad news is that it is labor intensive. But there are loads of resources out there that can teach you the basics.

Social Media 

Okay, while social media can be an ugly place, it also has its purpose. Lots of people like to engage with their favorite brands on their favorite social media platforms. The critical thing to remember is that this a place for them to get to know you and your startup. Invite your followers along on the journey.

Co-host an Event 

Get in with your local business community and co-host an event. It’s an excellent way to get your name and message out there. You co-host a mixer, a marathon, the possibilities are endless. Even if you are low on funds, you can think outside of the box. On a tight budget partner with a cookie bakery to make cookies with your logo in exchange for getting the word out for their bakery.

Email, Email, Email 

Start an email list. Remember that event you co-hosted, ask people to sign up for updates on your progress. Put a sign-up tab on your Facebook page or Tweet out the link to your followers. Then send out your email blasts.

You are Your Best Weapon 

Get out there and promote your product or service. No matter where you, if the moment presents itself, talk about that app you just launched or the service you are providing. Just be natural and know your audience.

While it may seem like a daunting task to market after all the work spent on product development is done, but you can do it. Your hard work will pay off before you know it and you will be mentoring the next round of up and comers.

4 Quick And Useful Knots To Know For Sailing

When first learning to sail, some of the most essential things to know are the different types of knots and what they are used for. Knots are very useful in many ways, for example you need knots to dock, anchor, and sail your boat. There are many types of helpful knots to learn, however, no need to feel overwhelmed; you can get by with learning only a few essential knots at first. Once you have mastered those you can move on to others.
Four quick and useful knots to start with are the bowline, clove hitch, cleat hitch, and the sheet bend.

Bowline
The bowline is one of the most popular knots used, it is a quick and simple knot that can be tied to a fixed object. You can also tie any two fixed lines together with this knot. Turning the end of your rope into a hoop makes this knot. It tightens under pressure but can also be untied easily when needed.

Clove Hitch
The clove hitch knot, though not as secure as the bowline, is another knot that is quick and simple but extremely useful at the same time. This knot is commonly used when docking, to hang the fenders over the side. The end of the line should be wrapped around the post you are attaching to. The line would then be crossed over it and wrapped again. The wrapped part of the rope is then slightly loosened; the end slipped under, and then just gives it a few pulls to make sure it is strong and secure.

Cleat Hitch
The cleat hitch knot has a variety of uses. Just as the name expresses, a cleat knot is simply a knot that attaches to a cleat to secure your boat. A cleat is a metal object that is typically attached to a dock in which a rope from a boat can be securely attached to. A cleat hitch knot’s uses include docking your boat, anchoring, and towing smaller vessels among a few.

Sheet Bend
A sheet bend knot is used to attach two lines together and is also used when a stronger knot is needed as reinforcement. First making a loop in one of the lines creates this knot with the working part over the standing part. Starting below the loop, feed the second line through the loop. The end is then passed behind the standing part of the first line. Pass the end over and through the loop and pull to tighten.

Although there are several commonly used knots while sailing, these four should get you started and on your way. The more practice you have using them the more comfortable you will be when it’s time to sail.

7 Ways to Prepare Your Car for the Cold Weather

Winter will be here before you know it. Depending on what area of the United States that you live you may encounter frigid temperatures, snow, and ice in the wintertime. Winter weather can be dangerous to drive in and can really do a number on your vehicle. Here are some tips to help you and your car get prepared for this weather:

 

 

  1. Check Your Coolant Levels: It is important to have the proper antifreeze and water mix to prevent the fluids from freezing in your radiator. Test to ensure this mix is accurate and top off fluids if necessary.
  2. Check and Change Oil: Some auto repair shops recommend a different oil viscosity depending on the weather. Check your car manual or with your local mechanic to ensure you have the proper oil for the temperatures in your area.
  3. Check/Change Wiper Fluid: Wiper fluid can freeze on your windshield during the winter months. Change out to a windshield washer formula that is formulated for the winter weather – some include a de-icer to help with ice formations.
  4. Inspect/Replace Tires: It is important to check tire pressure, tire tread and overall condition of your tires. Increase tire pressure if needed and if your tires are a little worse for wear – it may be time to get new ones. If you live in an area that receives a lot of snow, it may be best to get snow tires specifically for the wintertime.
  5. Check Battery: Cold weather can put a strain on your battery. Check all battery cable connections and have your battery tested to ensure it still is working properly.
  6. Keep De-Icer Nearby: During the cold wet weather, oftentimes car locks will freeze. It is important to get a tube of lock de-icer to have on hand. Don’t store it in your vehicle, as it will not be of help when the locks are iced over. It is wise to keep a tube in your purse, jacket pocket, and/or desk at work.
  7. Pack a Cold Weather Kit: Packing a cold weather kit in your car can be helpful if you ever have car trouble in the cold weather. The best items to keep in your emergency kit would be:
    1. Ice Scraper – helps de-ice your windows so you can see to drive
    2. Kitty Litter – can help with traction if you are having problems on the ice, plus it is good to have extra weight in your vehicle
    3. Road Flares – In case of an accident, road flares can help others see your vehicle
    4. Blanket, Extra Coat, Boots, Socks, etc. – It is always good to have extra warm items on hand in case you get stranded
    5. Flashlight with batteries – this will help if it gets dark
    6. Food and Water – something like protein bars, granola bars or nuts would be perfect to have on hand
    7. Tow rope – in case someone needs to tow you.
    8. Jumper cables – in case your car needs a jump
    9. Battery powered cell phone charger – to charge your phone in a hurry if you need to make an emergency call
    10. Snow shovel – Some people like to have a snow shovel in their vehicle. This can be helpful if stuck in the snow.

 

This winter, make sure you are prepared for any inclement weather by following these tips.

9 Tips for Finding the Perfect Wedding Dress for You

Before purchasing a wedding gown, many brides visit more than one salon – or visit one salon more than once before making a decision. If you are newly engaged and are in the planning stages, here are 9 tips that can help you find your perfect wedding dress.

 

  1. Set a budget: Set a budget and stick to it. Look at your financials and figure out how much you want to spend on your wedding gown and alterations. Don’t try on any wedding dresses that are above the maximum you are able to spend. Too many brides have fallen in love with a dress that is way outside of their budget. They either purchase and are in debt or pass on it and feel like they are settling. If you tell your consultant the max you are willing to spend – not a penny more, she should show you only gowns that are within your budget so that problem can be avoided.
  2. Shop 9-12 months ahead: Some gowns need to be ordered, and it can take anywhere from a couple of months to a year for the gown to be made. Time can vary greatly depending on the dressmaker. It is advised that you shop for and pick out your gown 9-12 months ahead of your big day to avoid any issues. If you have less time, your consultant can pull only dresses that she knows can be ordered in time or show you sample gowns which typically can be taken home same day. One downside to sample gowns is that sizes are typically limited as they are the dresses that people try on in stores. Another downside is that they may have small rips in them, broken zippers, makeup or dirt on them.
  3. Narrow down the fit: Have in mind the style of dress you are looking for. Look online at different styles (mermaid, A-line, ball gown, etc.) and narrow it down, so you can focus on those style dresses at your appointment.
  4. Make bridal salon appointments: Make one or two bridal salon appointments. There aren’t many places that allow walk-ins, so setting an appointment will ensure that you will have a consultant there to focus on helping you.
  5. Select your entourage carefully: Be careful on who you bring to your dress appointment. Bring people along that support you and will encourage you as you are trying on dresses. Don’t bring a long anyone that is highly opinionated or that doesn’t respect your judgment.
  6. Look the part: If you know you want to wear your hair up on your big day, wear your hair up to the bridal salon. Same thing if you know you want to wear your hair down. Putting on some makeup can be helpful too; especially if you know that you want to wear it to your wedding. Being somewhat put together can help give you an image on what you will look like on the day of your wedding.
  7. Bring undergarments and shoes: Bring the shoes that you want to wear on your big day to ensure you get the right length of dress. If you know what undergarments you want to wear under your dress, it would be good to bring those as well. If you don’t have shoes or undergarments yet, most bridal salons sell a selection.
  8. Keep an open mind: It doesn’t hurt to try on something a little out of your comfort zone or a style you are unsure about – you may find you’ll be surprised.

Take pictures: If you are torn between two dresses and want to sleep on the decision, have someone take a few photos of you in each dress that you can look back on later. The bonus of taking photos is you can see how well the dress photographs.

7 Ways the Construction Industry is Going Green

New Zealand has some of the highest environmental points in the world. With the help of the building industry, the United States can get there too. Thanks to many earth-conscious people in the construction industry, the business of building is beginning thinking green. Here are 7 fantastic ways the construction industry is going green.

Recycling Building Waste

Copper, steel, aluminum, plastics and other materials are recyclable. These materials are now more than ever recycled from construction sites. Instead of paying to haul these materials off to the dump, now construction companies can actually get money in exchange for the materials.

Using Sustainable Energy Sources

Wind turbines, rainwater harvesting, solar panels and more include the many amazing sustainable energy sources that can be used. The construction business has worked hard with smart individuals to come up with the best inventions for creating sustainable energy. Businesses and houses use up a lot of energy, sustainable energy sources saves money and the environment.

Resilient Design Plans

A couple of places in the United States suffer from major natural disasters. Places on the East Coast of the US suffer from Hurricanes. The west coast suffers from earthquakes, fires, mudslides and flooding. There are two ways the construction company’s help in these situations. First, the resilient design plans build with disasters in mind so the buildings can withstand these types of catastrophic events. The other help in this area is by building in any one of the many states in the US that have less activity in the ways of major natural disasters.

Sustainable Building Materials

Instead of buying brand new materials, construction companies are buying recycled materials. Reclaimed wood is a big trend right now. Reclaimed wood also looks absolutely beautiful. Reclaimed wood is simply wood that comes from old buildings or any source of wood that had been used before. Many businesses are saving money and helping by using recycled materials in their buildings.

ZNE Bildings

A Zero Net Energy building produces just as much energy as it uses. This way it is not taking from the environment but running alongside of it. In some cases, buildings end up producing more energy than they use.

Smaller is More Energy Efficient

The smaller the building built, the less energy used to light it, cool it, heat it and take care of it. By builders minimizing size and maximizing space, they save materials and overall energy.

Energy Saving Landscaping

Working with landscapers, builders can landscape homes, offices, and buildings to save the most amount of water and air condition and heat use.

The safety of our future is greatly improved thanks to the sustainable practices of some construction businesses.

5 Simple Ways to Learn about Genetic Disorders

Genetic disorders are diseases that are inherited. In some cases, the disorder can occur through a mutation, but this is extremely rare. Despite what comic books have depicted, such mutations are extremely common and do not result in super powers. Those mutations that do have an effect are usually harmful. In rare cases, beneficial mutations occur. Genetic disorders often occur because of the second type. A discussion of evolutionary genetics, however interesting, is not helpful for a person to learn about genetic disorders. What follows are a list of 5 simple ways a person can learn about genetics disorders.

1. Use the Internet 

The Internet is the modern version of the library. Many types of information can be found on the network of networks. Finding accurate information takes practice and experience. Because anyone can publish their ideas on the Internet, there are many places that abound with misinformation. Doing a simple search on Google is a good way, but apply some filters. Try typing “.edu genetic disorders” into the site. This takes the user to links with educational sites that are more likely to provide accurate information.

2. Ask a Local Librarian 

Libraries were once considered to be the main way of doing research before the Internet arrived. Academic libraries, particularly those belonging to a university are important resources. A librarian can guide a person to a category of books or to specific books about a specific genetic disorder.

3. Get pamphlets from a Doctor 

Asking a doctor, is only a good way to learn about genetic disorders if someone already has the disorder or has a friend or relative who suffers from the disorder. The latter is helpful if the person is a caregiver. Some genetic disorders strike people when they reach their golden years. Many doctors hand these pamphlets out automatically if someone is diagnosed with a particular condition.

4. Join a local support group 

This obviously applies only if someone actually has a genetic disorder. The people here often exchange tips, tricks, and share their stories about living with the illness. What can be learned from such places are the life experiences of the people who have a particular illness. People with Muscular dystrophy, for example, have a radically different experience than people with any of the Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, one type of which may not be genetic in origin, but there is no proof that it is not genetic.

5. Ask 

This does not mean that it is acceptable to ask random strangers about their conditions. This is generally considered rude, and most people consider it an invasion of their privacy. If, however, someone is willing to talk about their condition, it is okay to use this as an opportunity for education. Remember to be respectful.

5 Of the Largest Warehouses in the World

Did you know that it can take an individual more than 10 minutes to walk from one end of a warehouse facility to another? This is true considering the size of the largest warehouses in the world. Here are some of the five mind-blowing warehouses in the world.

1. Amazon Facility
Having to deal with thousands of transactions every day it would make perfect sense for such a business to have a massive storage facility to satisfy the demand and needs of its clientele. That is why Amazon occupies an 117,450 meters square facility in Dunfermline, Scotland. This enables the company to be one of the leading online retailers in the world.

2. Jean-Luc Lagarde Plant
Imagine the size of an aircraft and the space that you would need to assemble and store such a gigantic piece of machine. That is not a worry to Jean-Luc Lagarde plant since it owns a 1.32 million square feet warehouse facility to be able to produce the biggest airplanes in the world. The warehouse successfully houses the Airbus 380, assembled by the company at Toulouse, France.

3. Target Import Warehouse
Washington, USA is the home to one of the largest discount retailer businesses in the world tasked with the importation of numerous goods. The company partners with multiple medium-size warehouses across the country, which are served by the 2 million square feet facility located in Washington and acts as the core distributor.

4. John Deere, Illinois
The Warehouse is a fantastic piece of art stretching over 2.6 million sq. Ft. This enables the company to manufacture and distribute millions of household tools, parts, and equipment across the world every single day. This has also allowed the firm to expand its operations in thirty countries across the globe. Such massive production and distribution require enough space to shelter the warehouse.

5. Boeing Everett Warehouse
Imagine a single roof spreading across nearly 80 football pitches. It seems impossible, but this is the estimated size of the world’s most massive warehouse located in Washington, US. The facility is tasked with manufacturing airlines especially the Boeing 767, 777 and the mother of all the 787 Dreamliner. If you need to assemble such giants, then you will need to a have a 4.3 million square feet facility like what Boeing Everett factory operates.

It is not a doubt that some of the biggest manufacturing companies in the world also own the largest warehouse facilities across the globe. It is important to note that for a successful running of any business, production and distribution of goods requires an active warehouse facility.

 

6 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Car Shipping Company

You need to do your homework right before entrusting your vehicle to a shipping company regardless of whether you need it transported within your locality or across the country. Similarly, you don’t want to purchase a car outside the country and pay for a vague shipping company that will not deliver the car or a company that doesn’t handle cars in transit properly. Therefore, you want to carry out a background check on the shipping company before hiring it. These questions will help you settle for the right shipping company.

 

How do you calculate your rates?

 

Car shipping companies calculate their rates by considering certain factors, such as the car size, type of vehicle, and the shipping distance. Also, the shipping option, such as open and enclosed trailer you choose will determine the auto shipping costs. It is good to understand how the rates are calculated.

 

Does the shipping company ask for a deposit fee?

 

Some auto shipping companies require clients to pay an up-front deposit before their cars get loaded into the trailer. Unfortunately, this is not a good sign because the company might be facing financial troubles, which they are trying to solve using your hard-earned cash. However, a reliable auto shipping company will not require deposits because they charge clients once their cars have been loaded.

 

When will the vehicle be delivered?

 

You need to inquire from the auto shipping company about the length of time they take to deliver your vehicle. The delivery time depends on the distance and where you want the car delivered. Regardless of these factors, ensure that your auto shipping company gives you the exact time they will take to deliver the care so that you plan.

 

How will the company ship the car?

 

Shopping car companies use an array of transport options, such as transport trucks, single-vehicle and multi-vehicle. Therefore, you need to find out from the shipping company the option they will use to ship your car. After all, you want to be sure that the transport option is safe and favorable for your vehicle. In fact, some car shipping providers ship via planes, train or boat. Besides, the shipping option determines the cost of the service.

 

Is the company licensed and registered?

 

Car shipping companies that operate internationally are required to register with the relevant authorities to get a number that acknowledges that they meet the set standards. Additionally, international companies should also receive a license from a foreign licensing body. You need to be sure that the company you choose has the relevant licenses.

 

What is the insurance policy?

 

The question of insurance is one you should never assume when shopping for a car shipping company. Notably, your regular car insurance might not cover your car when it is in transit. Hence, ensure that you inquire about the company’s shipping insurance options as well as the charges of buying extra insurance to cover your car.