The AAOMPT Student Special Interest Group

 

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American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
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Through her work as the director of the Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, Grace Walker provides services as a physical therapist and an occupational therapist. Further to her work as a physical therapist, Grace Walker is a Fellow of the American Academy of Manual Physical Therapy (AAOMPT), which provides various educational opportunities to its members.

The AAOMPT created its Student Special Interest Group (SIG) with the aim of encouraging student activity within the organization, both via the use of manual physical therapy practices based on current evidence and by advancing the practice of orthopedic manual physical therapy. In doing so, the Student SIG offers growth opportunities to AAOMPT members and facilitates networking between upcoming and current physical therapy professionals.

The Student SIG’s ultimate aim is to create a collective of students who will later become the leaders of the profession. Beyond this, the Student SIG maintains a blog that provides information about the organization’s activities and upcoming events that may benefit its members.

For an appointment with an expert physical therapist call Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center in Orange, California at 714-997-5518.

Three Tips for Preventing Selfie Elbow

 

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Selfie Elbow
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As a physical therapist,occupational therapist and nutritionist, and the director of the Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, Dr. Grace Walker has extensive experience treating conditions like spinal pain, hand pain, and sports injuries. One relatively new repetitive strain injury treated by Dr. Grace Walker and her team of physical therapists is “selfie elbow,” arm pain from taking too many selfies.

Though it may sound silly at first, selfie elbow can be a serious and painful condition similar to tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow. The injury is caused by the repetitive strain we put on our arm by taking too many selfies. If you love taking selfies, consider following these three tips to minimize your chances of incurring this injury.

1. Switch Hands – Since selfie elbow is caused by repeatedly taking selfies using the same arm, simply switching hands may be enough to prevent the injury. Next time you take a selfie, give your dominant arm a break and take the selfie with your other hand.

2. Elbow Lock – Refrain from locking your elbow when you take your selfies. Combined with clicking the picture button on your phone, fully extending your elbow increases the tension and strain placed on your arm, which may lead to small muscle tears.

3. Selfie Sticks – Selfie sticks may provide the best solution, as they prevent the need to extend your arm at all. These extending sticks, which clip onto your camera, make it easier to get the perfect selfie angle without placing any strain on your elbow or arm.

For an appointment with an expert Physical Therapist call Walker Physical therapy and Pain Center at 714-997-5518.

APTA Names New Strategic Business Partner

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American Physical Therapy Association
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For the past 35 years, occupational and physical therapist Grace Walker has helped clients with various issues requiring physical therapy such as pain of the spine and temporomandibular joint issues. In order to augment her skills as a physical therapist and network with her peers, Grace Walker maintains membership in the American Physical Therapy Association.

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) recently welcomed Scorebuilders as the newest member of the organization’s Strategic Business Partner program. Named to the bronze level of the program, Scorebuilders has been in business for the past 27 years, offering educational elements such as books, review classes, and smartphone applications to physical therapists looking to take their careers to the next level.

Through the Strategic Business Partner initiative, the APTA is able to forge key relationships with companies that have beneficial services to offer APTA members by offering marketing and other services in return. To learn more about the program, visit http://www.apta.org/StrategicBusinessPartners.

Call 714-997-5518 for an appointment with an expert physical therapist at Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center in Orange, California.

Gardening Tips for Beginners

 

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For more than three decades, physical and occupational therapist Grace Walker has worked at the Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center in Orange, California. Apart from her work helping clients with pain relief, physical therapist Grace Walker enjoys a number of hobbies, including gardening.

For beginning gardeners, planning and planting a vegetable gardening may seem like a daunting task. There are some simple tips, however, that can make the process easier and ensure a better chance of success.

1. Choose a location that gets plenty of sunlight. Vegetables need a lot of sunlight to thrive – no less than six hours per day. More exposure to sunlight means a better harvest and better-tasting vegetables.

2. Make sure the soil is rich in nutrients and drains off water properly.

3. Make sure there is an adequate amount of space between each plant so they don’t compete for resources. If planted too closely, crops may not get enough sunlight or water and will not mature adequately.

For an appointment with an expert physical therapist call Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center in Orange California, 714-997-5518.

AAOMPT – Support for Physical Therapy Students

 

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American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists
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At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, physical and occupational therapist Grace Walker helps her patients move better and learn more about their bodies and their conditions. A practitioner of manual therapy, Grace Walker is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) is dedicated to advancing physical therapy and musculoskeletal care in America. It seeks to expand opportunities for manual therapy practitioners and expand awareness of the practice within the greater world of physical therapy.

Education is of great importance to AAOMPT. The organization provides physical therapy students with a wide array of resources and operates a Student Special Interest Group in order to foster student involvement. The interest group works to create a community of students with an active interest in manual therapy and facilitates discussions and collaboration between those students and more established healthcare professionals. In this way, AAOMPT works to inspire and support the next generation of physical therapists in America.
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Charity Miles App by Soles4Souls

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Charity Miles
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Dr. Grace Walker is a physical therapist with more than 35 years of experience and numerous certifications in health fields, including nutrition. Since 1982, Grace Walker has been the owner and lead physical therapist of Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center in Orange, California. Dr. Walker is an active supporter of several nonprofit causes, including Soles4Souls.

A global charity with the goal of providing shoes and clothing to kids in poverty-stricken areas, Soles4Souls hopes to put an end to extreme poverty by 2030. In addition to individual fundraising efforts, one of the organization’s best resources is the Charity Miles app.

A mobile application for iPhone or Android, Charity Miles allows the user to collect funds for donation while exercising. The app tracks distance and donates $0.25 to Soles4Souls for every mile walked, run, or biked. Only $1 (or four miles) provides a pair of shoes for someone in need.

For an appointment with an expert physical therapist call Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center at 714-997-5518 in Orange California.

Prevention and Treatment of Skiing-Related Injuries

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Grace Walker Physical Therapy
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Dr. Grace Walker is a registered physical therapist who holds several other titles, including certified nutritionist and certified holistic healthcare practitioner. Since 1982, Dr. Walker has been the owner and leading physical therapist of Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center in Orange, California. Outside of work, Grace Walker enjoys recreational activities such as hiking and skiing.

Knee injuries make up roughly one-third of all skiing-related injuries, with the medial collateral ligament (MCL) and the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) being of main concern. Samantha Schoeneman, a physical therapist and certified Pilates instructor, developed a hybrid “Skilates” program to aid skiers with recovery by reducing stress on key ligaments. Focusing on a full range of motion, these Pilates movements can help strengthen skiers’ hamstrings, which adds support for the ACL.

One way to reduce the likelihood of ski injuries is by wearing knee braces, which provide 30 percent more resistance to the rigors endured by the knees in downhill skiing. Stretching exercises that focus on flexion and extension can also help prevent injuries.

For an appointment with an expert physical therapist call Walker Physical Therapy at 714-997-5518 in Orange California.