Importance of an Integrated Back Pain Management Approach

Dr. Grace Walker Gray is a Southern California physical therapist and clinical nutritionist who is currently writing a book entitles, “Bye-Bye Back Pain: 9 Holistic Solutions for Relief from Sciatica, Lumbago, Slipped Disc and Backache.” She also writes a blog and in the article “Three Painful Reasons You’re Being Scammed Out of Back Pain Relief” (found at https://drgracewalkergray.com), Dr. Grace Walker Gray draws attention to addictive opioid prescriptions and diagnostic challenges as two reasons why back pain treatments are often ineffective.

A third major issue is that conventional medical treatments are typically Medicare-covered, while other treatments of proven effectiveness, such as CBD oil and aromatherapy, are not. What has been proven to work is a holistically informed approach that incorporates elements of physical and occupational therapy. This ensures that both the biomechanical and natural-healing aspects of back wellness are encouraged.

In many cases, intermittent back pain will never be completely “cured,” but can be actively self-managed in tandem with an experienced specialist. An integrated regimen may incorporate mindfulness, yoga, back-strengthening exercises, and stress-reduction techniques, as well as traditional targeted medications such as cortisone injections.

Alternating Between Standing and Sitting to Save the Spine

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Dr. Grace Walker Gray is clinical nutritionist and physical therapist who is the past Director of Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center,. She is currently writing. a book entitled Bye-Bye Back Pain: 9 Holistic Solutions for Relief from Sciatica, Lumbago, Slipped Disc, and Backache
Dr. Grace Walker Gray also writes a blog and acrecent blog article at https://drgracewalkergray.com, Dr. Grace Walker Gray emphasized the importance of decreasing “tushy-time.”

As Dr. Gray describes it, extended periods of sitting can often result in sciatica and low back pain, along with a slowed-down metabolism. One alternative is a standing desk, which was the preferred workspace of notables such as Benjamin Franklin, Ernest Hemingway, and Winston Churchill.

Unfortunately, prolonged standing can also be a cause of sciatica and back pain, with many people finding that alternating between sitting and standing every half hour is the happy medium. One option increasingly in use by companies in areas such as media, IT, sales, and education involves adjustable workstations designed for quick changes between sitting and standing.

There are also a number of other options, including proper-fitting chairs, ergonomic keyboards, and anti-fatigue mats that alleviate the load on the feet.

Holistic, Exercise-Grounded Pathways to Addressing Back Pain

Licensed as a physical therapist and certified as clinical nutritionist, Dr. Grace Walker guided the Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center for over 30 years. She is knowlegable about client-centered therapy and holistic health care that maximizes the body’s own ability to heal. One issue that Dr. Grace Walker commonly works with is back pain. She addressed the issue in a blog article at http://DrGraceWalkerGray.com.

Hundreds of thousands of Americans experience low back and sciatica pain, but many physician-led treatments such as spinal fusion surgery and opioid prescriptions have the potential for harm. Unfortunately, these expensive and often unnecessary treatments are Medicare funded, which ends up costing ordinary taxpayers much money. At the same time, treatments with proven therapeutic value, such as yoga, are not covered under many insurance plans.

As Dr. Walker describes it, the one treatment pathway that has been proven effective over the decades is a holistically grounded regimen of occupational and physical therapy. Exercise forms the front line of this treatment approach, and should be undertaken with the body’s natural healing capacities in mind. This contrasts with the biomechanical functions that many therapists exclusively focus on. A combination of individualized exercise program and supplemental care can be successful in addressing inflammation and “breaking the cycle of pain.”
Look for her new book coming soon: Bye-Bye Back Pain!

Symptoms of TMJ Disorder

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On her website, www.DrGraceWalkerGray.com and her book “Bye Bye Back Pain,” accomplished physical therapist Dr. Grace Walker Gray offers holistic treatment options for managing chronic musculoskeletal pain. For more than three decades, Dr. Grace Walker has directed operations at her private physical therapy practice, Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center.

The Center treats multiple nerves, muscle, and tissue conditions through integrative and noninvasive treatments, including innovative ML830 laser light therapies that effectively treat chronic conditions such as TMJ. TMJ is the abbreviation for the temporomandibular joint, a pair of joints located on either side of the jaw near the ear canal. TMJ disorder often causes pain in and around the jaw and ear. In severe cases, pain may radiate down the neck and shoulders.

Other symptoms include a clicking sound while chewing and restricted jaw movement. Some people may also experience toothaches, headaches, or facial swelling. While painful, TMJ disorder can usually be managed through a combination of physical therapy, Holisticapproaches and noninvasive treatments.

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.

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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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.

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