Aromatherapy for low back pain

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A graduate of the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions as a Doctor of Ooccupational Therapy and a Doctor of Physical Therapy Dr. Grace Walker Gray has had over 35 years of experience with low back pain as the Director of Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center In addition to her degree in occupational therapy, Dr. Grace Walker has achieved a diverse range of certifications, including a Master of Aromatherapy certification from the Natural Healing Institute of Naturopathy. Her soon to published book,is entitled “Bye Bye Back Pain, 9 holistic Solutions for Long Term Relief from Sciatica, Lumbago Slipped Disc and Backache

Aromatherapy, alternatively referred to as essential oil therapy, is a type of holistic treatment that draws natural healing properties from certain plant extracts in order to heal both the body and mind. Aromatherapy has existed for thousands of years, dating back to ancient cultures throughout Asia and Egypt, but has only recently gained support from scientific and medical communities.
Many people do not want to take medications to ease their low back pain anf prefer more natural methods including aromatherapy. Essential oils such as lavender, marjoram,frankincense and sweet ginger not only ease the pain but also induce relaxation.

In order to enjoy the benefits of the essential oils and plant extracts used over the course of an aromatherapy treatment, individuals can use a variety of methods, such as diffusers, facial steamers, hot and cold compresses, and topical applications, to name only a few. Common benefits of aromatherapy treatment range from pain management to enhanced quality of sleep.

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New Matresses and Low Back Pain

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Dr. Grace Walker, a certified clinical nutritionist and holistic healthcare practitioner, has spent nearly four decades as director of the Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center. A graduate of the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions as a Doctor of Occupational Therapy and a Doctor of Physical Therapy Dr. Grace Walker Gray has had over 35 years of experience with low back pain as the Director of Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center In addition to her Doctorate degress in Therapy, Dr. Grace Walker has achieved a diverse range of certifications, including a Master of Aromatherapy certification, a Holistic healthcare certification and a Nutritional Consult and Certification. from the Natural Healing Institute of Naturopathy. Her soon to published book,is entitled “Bye Bye Back Pain, 9 holistic Solutions for Long Term Relief from Sciatica, Lumbago Slipped Disc and Backache

How old is that mattress you’ve been sleeping on? Is your mattress still as good for you as the day you purchased it? Sleep is recuperative both physiologically and psychologically and encourages healing and repair, whereas sleep deficiency is linked to loss of work production, increased sick days, greater absenteeism, loss of efficiency, and higher injury rates. Researchers found that new bedding systems increased sleep quality and reduced back discomfort, factors that may be related to abatement of stress-related symptoms. While a new mattress is pricey, it is an investment. Consider your quality of sleep next time your back pain concerns you.

So, what can you do if you’re already experiencing back pain? Consider holistic treatment approaches; physical therapy, chiropractic, massage, pressure point releases, supplements, laser therapy,diet and nutritional approaches and aromatherapy can all be helpful tools to alleviate back pain. Other options you can consider on your own at home include yoga, tai chi, walking, hydrotherapy, and Pilates. Perhaps some exercise each day might be just what the doctor ordered!

Dr. Walker can be reached at PhysicalRestoration1.com

Getting Involved with APTA Advocacy

 

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American Physical Therapy Association
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The recipient of a doctor of physical therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Dr. Grace Walker helps patients achieve healing and regain mobility. Complementing her work at Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center in Orange, California, Dr. Grace Walker holds membership in professional groups such as the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA).

Formed by 274 charter members in 1921, the APTA has grown over the past century into a prominent organization encompassing 95,000 practitioners around the United States. The association fosters a sense of collegiality among its members through annual events and encourages continuing education through courses and conferences. In addition, the APTA advocates for legislation that affects physical therapists and the patients they work with.

To better advocate for legislation important to the field, the APTA leverages the power of its membership through a series of grassroots initiatives. On the APTA website, members can access prewritten letters to send to members of Congress about pending or proposed legislation, while the organization also provides guidance and training on ways to advocate at the individual level.

Furthermore, APTA members can download the APTA Action app, which functions as a clearinghouse for all available advocacy opportunities. Through the app, members can access a congressional directory, keep track of key advocacy and legislative deadlines, and research talking points to keep in mind during interactions with policy makers. Learn more at APTA.org.

For an appointment with an expert, caring physical therapist call 714-997-5518.

About the ASHT Companion Clinic Program

 

AOTA Celebrates Repeal of Outpatient Medicare Therapy Cap

 

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American Occupational Therapy Association
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Based in Orange, California, Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist has treated patients at Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center since 1982. Committed to continual professional development, Dr. Grace Walker is a longtime member of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).

AOTA recently celebrated the repeal of the Outpatient Medicare Therapy cap. On Feb. 9, 2018, President Donald Trump signed into law a budget agreement that fully repealed the limit on Medicare outpatient occupational therapy and physical therapy services. The repeal now means that Medicare beneficiaries who were at risk of being denied outpatient Medicare Part B therapy services, particularly those who had crossed or were close to crossing the $2,010 therapy cap, can now receive those services.

For over two decades, AOTA has been advocating for the repeal of the therapy cap on the grounds that it denied persons with severe illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease, ALS, and multiple sclerosis the therapeutic medical services they needed. The repeal was aided in part by a 2017 study by AOTA demonstrating that patients receiving high-level therapy had lower overall health care costs. This inspired a bipartisan proposal that was agreed to by Congress in the fall of 2017, paving the way for a repeal of the therapy cap.

For an appointment with an expert, caring physical therapist call Walker physical therapy and Pain Center at 714-997-5518.

Attractions at the Heritage Museum of Orange County

 

Occupational Therapy Month Celebrates the Role of Therapists