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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Gardening
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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.

An Introduction to Kinesio Taping

 

 

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Kinesio Tape
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An experienced occupational and physical therapist and nutritionist, Grace Walker uses a number of techniques to help her clients achieve improved function and relief from pain. In her physical therapy practice, Grace Walker makes use of the Kinesio taping technique.

Increasingly popular with athletes, Kinesio taping offers stability and support to the body, while enhancing the effects of soft tissue manipulation. The technique comes form the work of Japanese chiropractor, acupuncturist, and moxibustion therapist Dr. Kenzo Kase, who created the original Kinesio tape to increase the effectiveness of manual therapy between sessions. He developed a product that, when placed on the body in particular configurations, would reinforce proper function in the neuromuscular system and promote healing.

Kinesio tape mimics human skin in thickness and elasticity, so that it stays in place even during intense physical activity. It opens the fascial tissue and keeps structures in the treated area properly aligned, so that the individual retains enough range of motion to perform, but not so much that tissues can easily shift out of position.

Often used to reduce pain levels or maintain alignment during a performance, Kinesio taping can be a routine technique, or a stop-gap measure to address functional pain during a competition or workout. It has been effective on issues of the ligaments, muscles, fascia, tendons, and other body systems, though it does require a comprehensive assessment and plan by a trained professional to be used safely.

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

Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs

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Bright and Beautiful Therapy dogs
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An experienced physical therapist, Dr. Grace Walker is the owner of Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center in Orange, California. Holding a dual doctorate in physical and occupational therapy, Dr. Grace Walker has practiced as a physical and occupational therapist for more than three decades. Outside of her professional work, Dr. Walker recently trained her golden retriever Timberee Princess for certification with Bright and Beautiful Therapy dogs.

Many patients enjoy the comfort from a therapy dog and Timberee princess has lots of love and affection to share. this can make a difference in a successful outcome from a physical therapy session.

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