How to Avoid Overdoing It at the Thanksgiving Feast This Year


Thanksgiving is on Thursday and we can’t wait for our favorite holiday traditions. Sneaking tastes while making the classic pumpkin pie, watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, gathering with friends and family—we’re so excited! Our mouths are already watering at the thought of buttery mashed potato mounds, sweet and tangy cranberry sauce, and of course, perfectly juicy and flavorful turkey. As we’re sure many of you can relate to, each year our eyes are a little bigger than our stomachs and we end up pigging out on so much food that we can hardly move when the meal is over. This year, we’ve got some tips to help you make sure you don’t overdo it at dinner.  (more…)

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How to Improve Your Piano Skills with Finger Exercises


If you love to spend your time tickling the ivories (or if your mom makes you), you’ll love this blog post. Whether you’re practically ready to play at Carnegie Hall or you’re better classified as a beginner, the key to becoming the next Bach is practicing, practicing, practicing and doing exercises to improve your skills. Some you should implement into your practice routine (if you haven’t already) include finger strengthening exercises and stretches to improve your range and dexterity and to reduce pain. We’ll share five exercises with you today so you can fly up and down those 88 keys like you never have before. (more…)

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6 of the Top Baseball Pitches


This weekend, we celebrate Veterans Day. If you’re a veteran, we thank you for your service and the sacrifices you have made for our country. We hope you spend a relaxing day with your loved ones. With the MLB playoffs recently ending and our very own Houston Astros being crowned as champion, we’ll miss America’s pastime for a couple of months. In the meantime, have you ever been curious about all the different types of baseball pitches? How is a pitcher able to throw pitches that have such different trajectories and velocities? It’s all in the hand, wrist, arm, and shoulder! In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the most popular pitches in baseball and learn how…

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5 Halloween Costumes to Make You the Hit of Any Party


Happy Halloween to all of our dear readers out there! We hope your house is decked out with creepy decorations and that your candy bowl is stocked to the brim with enough candy for all of the cute little trick-or-treaters that come your way tonight (and enough for you to sneak a couple of pieces too). Hopefully you have a costume picked out for your Halloween plans, but if not, here are a couple of our favorite DIY Halloween costume tutorials. The best part? They all feature characters known for their hands. (You had to know we’d go there. We are hand surgeons, after all!) Intrigued? Keep reading to check out our list. (more…)

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All You Need To Know About Making Hand Puppets


Looking for an activity to do with the kids on a blustery, chilly October day? Put on a puppet show! Okay, if we’re being honest, we live in Houston so saying it’s blustery and chilly is probably a bit of an exaggeration...but the kids will still love this activity nonetheless. We’re big fans of creating hand puppets because 1) it allows them to use their creativity, and 2) the crafting and playing allows them to work on developing fine motor skills, an important development for children of all ages. So break out an old pair of socks and some buttons and let’s get to crafting!  (more…)

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Why Your Hands Fall Asleep—and What to Do about It


The perfect at-home date night—you’ve ordered the cheesiest pizza within a 10-mile radius (so the restaurant will still deliver, of course), you’ve got your favorite movie on, and now you’re kicked back on the couch with your arm around your sweetheart. It’s all blissful until your partner starts to nod off, trapping your arm and leading to the dreaded pins and needles. Do you dare move your arm and risk waking up your sleeping beauty, or do you stick it out and push through the tingling? (more…)

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How to Protect Your Hands When You Love Home Improvement Projects


Don’t you just love weekends? From sleeping in on Saturday morning to sharing pizza and wings over your team’s football game, weekends are the perfect opportunity to do as much or as little as you please. For many, this includes projects around the house, like finally hanging up those pictures on the wall or surprising your kids with a playset you assembled yourself. Whether you love to work on home improvement projects or they’re simply items on your honey-do list, we’ve compiled some tips to keep you happily hammering away instead of nursing an injured hand from a project gone wrong.  (more…)

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The History of Opposable Thumbs and Their Benefits


On Monday, October 9th, we celebrate Columbus Day. Regardless of your feelings towards the federal holiday, its purpose is to celebrate the explorer’s achievements as well as Italian-American heritage. In the spirit of a focus on the past, we turn our attention to the history of opposable thumbs and the benefits they provide. Most of us take for granted the fact that we are one of the few animals that have opposable thumbs. Without these “tools” so to speak, life would be much, much different for us all. (more…)

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All You Need to Know about the Top 4 Swimming Strokes


Do you have aspirations to become the next Michael Phelps or Katie Ledecky? Even if Olympic gold medals aren’t your primary pursuit, swimming is a great workout and stress reliever. While there are several types of swimming strokes, we’ll give you a rundown on how to do the big four: (1) freestyle; (2) backstroke; (3) breaststroke; and (4) butterfly. Other notable strokes include the doggy paddle, the sidestroke, and the elementary backstroke. If you need some added motivation to dive into swimming, Family Health & Fitness Day USA will be taking place on September 30th. The event promotes family involvement in physical activity. Why not take the whole family to the pool for a couple of laps or the beach…

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5 Finger Foods That Will Be the Hit of Any Fall Party


The first day of fall is tomorrow, September 22nd, and Houstonians everywhere are rejoicing. Fall means a nice, cool break from the dog days of summer, football games with friends and family, and all things pumpkin-flavored. Whether you’re hosting a tailgate party before your team plays or a festive get-together to celebrate the fall season, these five delicious finger-food recipes are perfect for any soirée. (And let’s face it, any food you can eat with your hands is the best kind of food.) (more…)

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