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How to

choose a physical therapist Choose a Physical Therapist who is licensed and has experience with your condition. Currently most practicing physical therapists have a Doctor of Physical therapy or a Master of Physical Therapy, and some hold a Bachelor’s degree in physical therapy. Regardless of what degree the physical therapist has, he or she must be licensed in the state in which he or she practices. All Physical Therapy clinics are required to display the Therapist’s State License. There are also many subspecialties within the field of physical therapy, and it is important that the physical therapist you see is trained in the area for which you are seeking treatment. The three main subspecialties in physical therapy are orthopedics, neurological, and cardiopulmonary. Orthopedic physical therapists manage and treat disorders of the musculoskeletal system. This includes muscles, soft tissue, and bones. These physical therapists are experienced in treating back and joint injuries. Common diagnoses might be herniated disc, rotator cuff tear, or anterior cruciate ligament tears. Neurological Physical therapists manage and treat disorders of the neurological system such as spinal cord injuries, strokes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, etc. Cardiopulmonary therapists manage and treat disorders and diseases of the heart and lungs. These physical therapists focus on treating patients after heart surgery, or patients who have developed lung disorders such as COPD. When choosing a physical therapist, it is important for you to find one in the subspecialty that best suits your treatment needs. You may also want to call the physical therapy clinic and ask questions regarding the physical therapist’s training and experience. Both training and experience are important.

Physical therapy is an area of medicine that focuses on treating musculoskeletal, neurological, and cardiopulmonary disorders. When seeking physical therapy services it is important for you to know it is your right to choose your physical therapist. Although your physician may suggest a certain facility, or a specific physical therapist, the decision as to where to go is ultimately up to you. Choose a Physical Therapist based on Quality of Care

Choose a Physical Therapist who you are comfortable with

The best way to determine quality of care is to ask friends, family, and physicians for a referral. Chances are one or more of your family members have had, or know someone who has had physical therapy. Ask them where they went and what their experience was like. You can also ask your physician for a referral. Many physicians have one or more groups of physical therapists they prefer to work with. It is essential that your therapist and physician work together to help you reach your treatment goals.

It is important for you to choose a physical therapist with whom you are comfortable. Physical therapy involves a close personal relationship where your physical therapist will frequently need to touch you when evaluating and treating your injury. Physical therapy is often recommended two to three times per week, so you will be spending a lot of time with your physical therapist and it is important that you feel comfortable communicating in detail about your injury and your treatment. You should always feel comfortable asking your physical therapist questions regarding your care.

Choose a Physical Therapist in a convenient location

Keep in mind that your insurance policy may or may not require a referral from your physician to visit a physical therapist and that your insurance may have different copayments and reimbursement rates for clinics that are not in their network. You will want to check with your insurance company to determine your out of pocket cost for the physical therapists you are considering. You should consider visiting the facility at which you intend to seek treatment. Many physical therapy facilities encourage you to stop by to tour the facility and meet the physical therapists. The most important thing to remember is that you are a consumer of the field of medicine and you have the right to choose your physical therapist. It is worth the effort to find the physical therapist and the clinic that will suit you and will help you get the best care possible.

Of course, the overall quality of care is the most important factor in choosing your physical therapist, but one of the most frequent reasons for poor outcome in physical therapy is non-compliance. The physical therapy clinic you choose needs to be in a location that you can reasonably access and has business hours that allow you to get the treatment you need.

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How to

choose a wood or pellet stove The first thing to determine is whether you want a wood or pellet stove.

Wood Stoves Benefits: Wood stoves produce more heat than pellet stoves. On average, wood stoves output 75,000 BTU’s while pellet stoves output 38,000 BTU’s. Wood stoves require less maintenance on the stove itself and operate without electricity. With a wood stove, homeowners don’t need to fret about a heat source if a power outage were to occur. Most wood stoves have a large viewing area, which creates great ambiance for relaxing, cozy evenings near the fire. A prevailing benefit of wood stoves is the fact that heating with wood can be one of the most inexpensive ways to heat your home throughout the winter! This is especially true if you have access to wood on your own land or if you can get it at a very affordable rate.

Things to keep in mind with wood stoves: The most important thing to factor in when purchasing a wood stove is the heavy workload that comes along with it. As mentioned above, the maintenance on the stove itself is minimal. However, getting the wood, splitting it,

stacking it, allowing dry time and hauling it in the home all winter long can make for a long Alaskan winter. Last but not least, it is vital to consider where and how you will properly dispose of the ash from the wood stove.

Pellet Stoves: Benefits: Pellet stoves are known for their ease of use and simple operation. Although pellet stoves require more maintenance on the actual stove than wood stoves, if they are cleaned and maintained regularly, it is very simple and will lengthen the stove’s lifetime. Also, there is minimal labor involved when it comes to loading the pellets into the stove. In fact, many pellet stove owners simply use a large scoop or small bucket to load the pellet hopper full of pellets. Most pellet stoves will operate for 26-28 hours on one 40 lb bag of pellets. In addition to all of these benefits, pellet stoves have an attractive look with feature options including different trim kits for the exterior of the stove and also log set options for the interior of the stove. Pellet stoves have versatile installation options as long as the homeowner has access to an outside wall from the place of installation. If access is present, the stove can be directly vented through the outside wall, without

need for a chimney going through the roof.

Things to keep in mind with pellet stoves: Pellet stoves do require electricity to operate. The annual maintenance on the actual pellet stove is more involved than it is with wood stoves. For example, most pellet stoves’ blower motors must be thoroughly cleaned, along with the combustion motor. The heat exchanger must be opened up on all accessible ports and brushed and vacuumed. The flue pipe should also be disassembled and cleaned for most efficient operation. Always refer to manufacturer recommendations. Also, it is important to consider where you will purchase your pellets, how many bags you will go through in a winter, and also the availability of pellets in the Fairbanks area. We do have a pellet manufacturer in Fairbanks, but due to the high demand, many of the places that sell pellets run out at different times throughout the winter. Additionally, transporting pellets is something to consider because many people purchase pellets by the ton or pallet.

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How to

choose a used car dealer that dealer out. Your family will never steer you into giving your money to a bad dealer.

When you have worked hard and saved up everything that you have, finding the best used car dealer is important. You do not want to end up with a lemon that you cannot return. You also do not want to pay more than you should. Of course, the dealer will need to make a profit — which is perfectly reasonable — but you still should have an idea of the price you should pay for the vehicle you want the most. When it comes to spending money, there is always an intelligent process you must go through to avoid making mistakes that you can take back. Here are some tips on how to choose a used car dealer.

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Search locally and online Next, you want to gather a list of local dealerships. You can find this information in your telephone book and online. Write down the addresses of the top used car dealerships. Call them up and make an appointment to come look at their inventory. You can even ask them what kind of financing they have and if they offer extended warranties on their vehicles. Try to make appointments with all the establishments on the list. You are going to research many dealerships before you choose. Picking a place to buy a car from should not be decided on quickly and in haste.

One of the worst mistakes that you can make is attempting to shop for a car without knowing what you want.

One of the worst mistakes that you can make is attempting to shop for a car without knowing what you want. The first step in the process is deciding what kind of car you want. If you do not know the exact make and model of the vehicle you desire, you should at least narrow it down to the automobile type. Decide whether you would like a sports car, an SUV, a pickup truck or a van. That way you will not waste your time looking around at shops that do not have what you need.

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idea of the amount you want to spend with the dealership. You can search the NADA at nada.com for the make and model of the car you desire. That way you have a general idea of the price range you want to stay in. It will keep you in perspective so you know roughly what to pay for a particular car. In addition, search newspapers and online sites to see the asking prices for cars that you’re interested in buying.

Talk to friends and family The first thing you can do to find a reputable dealer is speak to your closest friends and family members. If they buy used cars like most people do, they will be perfect sources of information on how their dealer treats its customers. If you come across more than one positive family review of a specific dealership, take that as a sign to check

Stop by each dealership that you have on your list. Look around for cars that you want. Have in-depth conversations with the sales clerk to find out if he is someone you are comfortable doing business with. Ask about the financing options, the warranty programs, the maintenance, past owner reports and anything else you can think of that makes you feel more secure. Do not make a purchase on the first visit. You have more shops to look at. Grab a business card and move on to the next location. After you have stopped by all locations on your list, you can research customer reviews of those you thought were the best establishment. This is how you will narrow it down to the No. 1 dealership. The dealer with the car you want for the lowest price with the best customer review will win your business.

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How to

choose a septic service Maintenance of a septic system is a critical component of home ownership. Several factors must be taken into consideration when hiring a septic service repair company.

Qualifications Maintenance and repairs on a septic system are not something a weekend handyman is capable of undertaking. It is important to find qualified professional companies to ensure that your septic system is working properly as well as to give them the proper maintenance and services that are required. A reputable company will have highly trained individuals. These individuals will understand how to work around the dangerous liquids that are in your septic system. They also are experienced enough to know what needs to be done and what not to do. This will ensure damage is minimal to your septic tank as well as your yard. Properly trained professionals can generally avoid needing to dig up your entire yard and can usually accomplish normal maintenance with minimal damage.

Budget Like any home repair budgetary concerns often arises in septic system maintenance. Remember your septic system is an integral part of your house. It is no different than having to have your roof repaired when it leaks, or the windows taken care of if they become broken. You should be willing to devote an equivalent amount of money to maintaining your septic system. You

should always be careful about prices that are too good to be true. Selecting the cheapest service is usually not the best decision, as this may not yield work of acceptable quality. This type of service may not use qualified workmen on the job site. In the long run using cheap low-quality services could cost you twice as much. You may need to hire professionals to clean up the mess of a low quality predecessor.

Knowledge of Septic System Requirements A critical component of understanding total costs is understanding what maintenance tasks need to be done with your septic system. You can help reduce the cost of a standard pumping by previously locating the pump out hatches. By doing this ahead of the septic repair company arriving you won’t have to pay a professional high hourly rates to perform manual labor tasks such as digging for those hatches in your yard. You should also understand what actions the company will take during standard pumping. Are you hiring them simply to pump the tank and take the sewage away, or do you need maintenance services as well. In some cases, professional septic companies also offer a maintenance or inspection service along with the routine pumping. This usually costs a bit more than a standard pumping. It could be worth the extra money from the additional peace of mind you will have after having had your system checked and working properly.

Selecting A Single Provider Try to find one company to provide all of the services you need rather than hiring multiple companies. A single company will often give a price break. Hiring multiple companies can cause significant confusion. There are many ways to find a septic repair company. You can begin your search in the local newspaper classified ads or phone book. You can also look on social media sites. Your best option is to get a referral. Ask family and friends who they have used. Good referrals can save you thousands of dollars and endless hours of frustration by helping you to select the right company. Once you have selected the company you will hire, make sure you ask questions. You should find out how long it will take to finish the work. Ask them how they will fix the problem you have hired them for. Ask them about similar work they have done in the past. Ask about how long the repair will last. Request a copy of all receipts related to the repair. Most importantly you should get a quote in writing. Make sure it spells out exactly how much the services will cost. Many companies will also tell you they can’t guarantee a price until they actually begin the repair. Make sure you understand what added costs you may incur if additional issues are found with your septic system.

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How to

choose a tire shop Tires are a very important element of an automobile’s operation. They are responsible for making sure that a car stays in contact with the road and provides the safest possible riding experience. Tires can also affect an automobile’s steering efficiency and balance. For that reason, you must make sure that you take the proper steps when you choose a tire shop to deal with. You want to make sure you pick an organization that will deliver you high quality tires that will protect you and your family members. The following are steps in the process of how to choose a tire shop:

Choose your budget Money is one part of the decision making process. You definitely want to take a dive into your finances and figure out how much you have to spend on tires. Look for shops with financing or lay-a-way if you need a payment plan. Also look for shops that carry a variety of original equipment tires as well as aftermarket brands. Most likely they will have something for your budget.

Choose type of tires There are so many different tires available for you to choose from. Knowing what you want requires an analysis of your area and your driving patterns. If you live in an area that is mostly dry and warm, a standard tire will be fine for you to pick. However, if you live in a climate where there is a lot of snow, you will want to choose snow tires, or tires that can be driven on snow and dry land. Talk to the sales staff at the tire shop about your

You definitely want to take a dive into your finances and figure out how much you have to spend on tires. Look for shops with financing or lay-a-way if you need a payment plan. driving patterns. They can help you choose the tires that will service your needs best. Most likely a independent tire shop will be your best bet; because they focus on understanding their products.

Choose an outlet Next, you must choose where you want to purchase your tires. You have several options for such. You could walk into a national chain store and purchase them. You could also stop by local auto shops and see what they have available for you. There are pros and cons to each way of purchasing tires: Purchasing tires from a national chain store might be more expensive than any other method mentioned. Getting tires from a local shop might be slightly less expensive than a national chain store and warranty is usually much easier and faster.. You have to way advantages and disadvantages and come up with a solution that is best for you.

New or used You must also decide whether you are willing to purchase used tires or if you want to only buy brand new tires. The disadvantages of buying used tires are huge, but they would be of great benefit to a person who is not working with a very hefty budget.

If you choose to go the used route, please inspect the tires thoroughly for signs of extreme wear and tear. Any bubbles, holes, or cuts are a cue not to purchase the tires. If there is any metal showing, you will definitely not want to purchase the product. The local tire dealer usually inspects their used tires before selling the product. But typically there is no warranty with used tires.

Check out the shops The last thing you will want to do in this process is check out the local shops. No matter where you decide to purchase from, you must visit the establishment and take a good look at their line of products and their personnel.

You will most likely be purchasing your tires from this same person for years; especially if you are shopping with a local tire dealer. Staff tends to stay employed longer with local business than at national chain stores.. It is important that you and he can develop a strong business bond. Ask the tire stores a few questions before you purchase. Ask if they have trained and certified sales staff; ask if their tire men have been nationally certified. This can make a huge difference in the quality of work you receive. Find out how many years they have been in business and what types of warranties they carry. Local shops usually are very helpful. National chains offer warranty but it could take a while. Finally, check out the waiting areas; is this a place you would like to wait while your services are performed. Last but not least buying good tires for your vehicle can greatly help driving performance; but you are behind the wheel!

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How to

choose an employment service Finding a job with today’s economy is very tough. Many people are turning to employment services to assist them in that search. Employment services can connect people who just need a short term job to help with presents at Christmas time or help an executive land a new job. It really is all up to you.

Types of Employment Services The first step in choosing the right employment service is to understand what type of service can help you the most. Employment services fall into four different types. The most popular service is a private placement service which works to bring job seekers to employees who are looking to hire. The expected outcome from this service is that the correct employee is found for the company. Other employment services are temporary help services. They exist to fill voids when employers need additional employees for short periods of time. These are particularly popular with retailers for the holiday season and for landscapers for the summer season. The third type of employment service are retained search firms. These firms help specialized companies find highly qualified candidates for specific jobs. Sometimes these employment services are known as executive head hunters. Many employment agencies have one or two vocations as a specialty, and you want to make sure that your particular interests fall within this realm so that the service will be able to provide you the most benefit.

Research what Skills the Employment Service Offers The second step in choosing the right employment service is to find one that offers the services that you need. Look for one that will help you assess your strengths and weaknesses. There are several tests which employment services can use to assist in this process, but nothing replaces an inperson interview. Also look for in an employment service that will help the potential employee put together a resume. These resumes can be done in various ways, and the employment agency should help the candidate assess which is the best format for them.

Look for an employment service that offers a high success rate. The service should be able to give references of people that they have helped in the past. They should also be able to show you how they are actively searching for jobs that meet potential employees skills and interests.

Contact the Service The third step in choosing the right employment service is to contact the service. Ask them about how they are paid. Some services are paid by the future employer. Others are paid by the employee upfront and still others are paid by government grants. Make sure that you understand how the employment service will be paid before they do work for you.

Interview The fourth step is to set up an inperson interview. This will allow you to ask any questions you have about their services. It will also allow you the opportunity to present your skills and abilities for potential employers.

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Additionally, look for an employment service that offers classes to train the potential candidate to interview better. Some of these classes may be held in person. Other classes may be held online. Still other classes may be delivered as a newsletter in the mail or in emails.

The last step is to let the employment service assist you in finding a great job. Finding a legitimate employment service should not be overly difficult, but you should still take your time when trying to find the right one for you. While jobs are not easy to find, employment services offer great assistance in doing so. Make sure to choose the type of employment service that will help you the most. Then get busy finding that great new job. Your future success depends on you starting today.

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understand the opera Opera, to some, might sound intimidating, especially for the novice who thinks it’s just one big song belted out in Italian. But as one famous soprano noted, everything you need to understand an opera is in the music. Whether you are seeing your first or 50th opera, there are some basic things you can do to help your enjoyment of the performance: • Read the plot synopsis in the program so you will have an understanding of the story that you will see onstage. • Use your eyes as well as your ears. The music, choreography, lights, costumes and sets are all integral to the performance and heighten the opera experience. Most likely, there will be English translations called “supertitles” projected above or beside the stage; however, you don’t want to get to absorbed in the supertitles that you miss the action. • If you can, listen to part or all of the opera before attending the performance. You might recognize portions of the music from popular movies, television or even commercials. For the beginner, many opera experts recommend starting with Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro.” It’s light and comic with upbeat music the non-opera expert can enjoy. Other popular “first” operas are Puccini’s classic “La Boheme,” Verdi’s “La Traviata,” Bizet’s “Carmen” and Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus.” To help ease into the opera consciousness, here’s a quick primer on what one needs to know before taking in the big show: ARIA: A solo piece written for a main character, which focuses on the character’s emotion.

BARITONE: The male singing voice that is higher than bass but lower than tenor: BASS: The lowest male singing voice. BRAVO: Literally, a form of applause when shouted by members of the audience at the end of an especially pleasing performance. Strictly speaking, “bravo” is for a single man, “brava” for a woman, and “bravi” for a group of performers. CADENZA: A passage of singing, often at the end of an area, which shows off the singer’s vocal ability. CHORUS: A group of singers, singing together, who sometimes portray servants, party guests or other unnamed characters; also the music written for them. COMPOSER: A person who writes music. CONDUCTOR: The leader of the orchestra, sometimes called maestro. CONTRALTO: The lowest female singing voice. CRESCENDO: A gradual increase in volume. Orchestral crescendos were one of Rossini’s trademarks. CURTAIN CALL: At the end of a performance, all of the members of the cast and the conductor take bows. Sometimes this is done in front of the main curtain, hence the name curtain call. Often, however, the bows are taken on the full stage with the curtain open. DIRECTOR: A person who instructs the singer-actors on their on-stage movements and in the interpretation of their roles. DIVA: Literally “goddess,” is refers to an important female opera star. The masculine form is divo.

ENCORE: Literally means “again.” It used to be the custom for a singer to repeat a popular area if the audience called “encore” loudly enough. This still is done in the middle of an opera in countries such as Italy, but it is rare elsewhere. Soloists frequently give encores at the end of a concert but not an opera. ENSEMBLE: Two or more people singing at the same time, or the music written for such a group. FALSETTO: A method of singing above the natural range of the male voice. Often used in opera for comic effects such as a man imitating a woman. FINALE: The last musical number of an opera or the last number of an act. GRAND OPERA: Strictly speaking, opera without spoken dialogue. It is usually used to refer to opera which uses a large orchestra and chorus and grand themes. Puccini and Verdi are commonly referenced a composers of grand opera.

INTERLUDE: A short piece of instrumental music played between scenes or acts. LIBRETTO: The text or words of an opera. MAESTRO: Literally “master;” used as a courtesy title for the conductor. The masculine ending is used for both men and women. MEZZO-SOPRANO: The middle female singing voice, lower than soprano, but higher than contralto. OVERTURE: An orchestral introduction to an opera. (French: ouverture; German: ouverture; Italian: sinfonia). PIT: A sunken area in front of the stage where the members of the orchestra play. PRELUDE: Usually a short introduction that leads into an act without a break, as opposed to an overture which is longer and can be played as a separate piece. Wagner called his introductions preludes even though some are quite long. PRIMA DONNA: Literally “first lady”; the leading woman

singer in an opera. Because of the way some have behaved in the past, it often refers to someone who acts in a superior and demanding fashion. The term for the leading man is primo uomo. PRINCIPAL: A major single role, or the singer who performs such a role. RÉPERTOIRE: Stock pieces that a singer or company has ready to present. Often refers to a company’s current season. SCORE: The written music of an opera or other musical work. SOPRANO: The highest female singing voice. TENOR: The highest common adult male singing voice. (Countertenors are uncommon.) TROUSER ROLE (also known as a pants role): A role depicting a young man or boy but sung by a woman, usually a mezzo-soprano. VIBRATO: A natural wavering of frequency (pitch) while singing a note.

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