sun-in-blue-skyPublished July 20th 2016

Now that the summer is in full swing, many are finding it difficult to keep cool. For some patients, this means it’s hard to make it to their valuable therapy sessions. Use these top tips to help yourself cope in the heat of the city:

1) Stay hydrated! Always carry water with you and try to finish the bottle while you are out, whether you feel thirsty or not.

2) Apply ice packs, a wet paper towel towel or cold compress to pulse points at the inner wrist, elbows, ankles, behind the knees, or around the neck.

3) Give yourself extra time to get places and to perform daily activities so that you are not rushing, which will raise your body temperature further in the heat.

4) Plan your activities in the mornings or in the evenings when the sun is not at its strongest. Speak with our front desk staff about scheduling your appointments at more comfortable times in the day.

5) If you don’t have an AC unit, get a dehumidifier and fan instead. They are cheaper and can help a lot.

6) Check with your utility company regarding an AC unit – some offer discounts from people who have a doctors note. Some insurance companies may also cover the cost of an AC unit, or it could be tax deductible.

7) Keep a hand-held misting spray bottle in your fridge at home. It is a super refreshing way to simulate the cooling effect of sweat on the body!

8) Research pools in your area if it is too hot to exercise outdoors.

9) Wear lightweight, breathable clothing and breathable, comfortable materials such as cotton.

We hope you found some useful tips to help you stay cool whilst enjoying the summer!

Free Educational Talk: Social Security Disability

socialclaimsDo you find Social Security issues complex and confusing? This is a wonderful opportunity to attend a FREE talk at The Aspire Center for Health and Wellness (Midtown Manhattan) where Janet Santeramo, NY disability lawyer will be laying out everything you need to know about the topic.

Open to all – patients and non-patients. The talk will last no longer than 1 hour including Q&A.


Thursday 30th June, 7 pm at The Aspire Center, 248 W 35th street, Ground Floor, New York, NY 10001

For information about the speaker, her profile can be visited by clicking here

Vocal Health for Spring

By SLP, Brett Lee, May 4th 2016 Swallowing Disorders

Did you know that allergy season might cause trouble for your voice?

For many of us, spring brings our allergies into full bloom. As we put away our puffy coats, we come to expect sneezing, a runny nose, and watery eyes to follow. The voice can be affected during allergy season by the symptoms we experience and how these symptoms are treated.

The sound of your voice is made by two tiny pieces of cartilage called vocal folds that vibrate together in the larynx or voice box. Allergies often cause nasal passages to swell and increase secretions. Excess secretions from a runny nose may be dripping back onto your vocal folds, known as post-nasal drip.

Post-nasal drip can make the vocal folds dry and swollen, impacting the way they work and possibly leading to a change in how your voice sounds. Coughing, which may occur with excess mucus, can further irritate the voice. Some common antihistamines can also dry and irritate the vocal folds. This continual irritation and drying of the vocal folds increases the likelihood of a bigger voice problem. 

Though allergies may be unavoidable this time of year, there is relief for your voice.

Here are some tips for keeping your voice healthy:

  1. Use a sinus rinse. A saline wash clears the sinuses of allergy-causing particles, helping to prevent allergy symptoms. Sinus rinse kits, also known as Netti Pots, are available in most drug stores.
  2. Ask about antihistamines. Ask your doctor which allergy treatments are best for your symptoms and your voice. If you are taking antihistamines, try using a nasal spray antihistamine, as these tend to irritate the voice less.
  3. Stay hydrated. Your vocal folds work best when you are well hydrated. Most professionals recommend six to eight, 8-ounce glasses of water per day. This will also counteract the drying affect of antihistamines.
  4. Take a voice rest. If your voice feels or sounds irritated, let it rest. This can be done by choosing to limit the use of your voice to help your voice heal.
  5. Learn to use your voice in a healthy way. If you find that your voice regularly feels tired, you sometimes lose your voice, or the sound of your voice changes—voice therapy may help. Schedule an appointment with an otolaryngologist to evaluate your voice and ask if you need voice therapy. If so, find a speech-language pathologist with experience treating the voice.

To make an appointment, please contact The Aspire Center directly by calling (212) 453-0036, or email us at