These Boots are Made for Walkin’: 8 Benefits of Walking for Exercise

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Sorry for stealing your song title, Nancy Sinatra! Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist says, “Walking is a great form of exercise. It is low impact, requires no special skills or equipment, and is simple to do!

Some of the benefits of walking include:

  • Reduced risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes
  • Reduced high blood pressure
  • Good for your brain- may reduce risk of developing dementia
  • Reduced risk of breast and colon cancer
  • Helps alleviate symptoms of depression
  • Good for your bones
  • Relief from fibromyalgia pain
  • May help reduce medications (with prescribing-physicians approval)

Studies suggest that 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity every day, such as brisk walking, is necessary to see health benefits.  Exercise does not need to be done 30 minutes at a time, but can be broken up into three separate 10 minute blocks, too.

Some ideas to mix up your own walking routine can be to include adding some headphones and music, walking alongside friends or with your dog, and walking around your business while you’re on break. When you’re just beginning your walking routine, start slow and gradually increase your intensity and duration.

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, our mission is to inspire, educate and motivate clients. Our staff can help you with many physical ailments that might be impeding you from starting or continuing your exercise routine that is so vital to your health. To schedule an evaluation with one of our expert physical therapists call us at (714) 997-5518.

 

Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center

1111 W. Town and Country Rd., Ste. 1

Orange, CA 92868

(714) 997-5518

www.walkerpt.com

 

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It’s Obvious These Four Celebrities Love Physical Therapy

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Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist at Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center is pleased to share this article recently published InStyle magazine.

From infrared saunas to freezing in the sub-zero temperatures of a cryotherapy machine, celebs and the fitness-obsessed will try just about anything to maintain their inner glow. And often times it’s Hollywood that introduces the rest of us to the hottest wellness trends that are about to make it mainstream. Case in point: physical therapy. This once daunting pain management therapy reserved for this recovering from surgery or injury has shifted its place in the wellness space, becoming a hot new addition to celebrities’ workout routines, whether they are injured or not.

The physical therapy guru behind Jennifer Aniston’s fit frame and P. Diddy’s healthy lifestyle is Dr. Karen Joubert. We asked Joubert why her clients are turning to physical therapy as a compliment to their workout routines, and how it’s changing their bodies.

“The clientele I work with are under an enormous amount of pressure and in many cases, this will manifest itself physically,” she says. “Artists can perform 4-7 shows a week along with traveling and trying to maintain a healthy diet, it’s a lot for anyone to handle. Physical therapy teaches them proper mechanics whether its basic posture on the screen and or extreme dance moves on stage. Education and maintenance provide them with longevity and prevention of injuries. In the long run, it’s a win-win for everyone.”

But why the sudden shift in how people are viewing the benefits of physical therapy, as opposed to just having to go to a session to heal an injury? “The desire for wellness and longevity has really helped to bring physical therapy to the forefront,” she says. “Recently, there has been a huge push in the longevity and prevention aspect of medicine. The public is turning more and more to physical therapy to help them understand and manage their pain. Who doesn’t want to feel better and do it with the guidance of a good physical therapist instead of popping addictive medications? Becoming in touch with the body can be a game changer in every aspect of one’s life.”

As for her favorite clients who dedicate themselves to regular sessions, she has a few in mind. “My favorites, include Puffy, Jennifer Aniston, Cher, and Serena Williams,” she says. “I challenge anyone to follow their daily raegimen. I can’t even keep up! They are so disciplined in all aspects of their lives, no wonder they are all successful! And YES, they all do physical therapy 3-5 times a week!

If you are interested in managing or preventing pain with the help of physical therapy, call Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center at (714) 997-5518 to have an evaluation with one of our expert physical therapists!

 

Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center

1111 W. Town and Country Rd., Ste. 1

Orange, CA 92868

(714) 997-5518

www.walkerpt.com

 

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Physical Therapy Roles in Treating Fibromyalgia

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Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist, wants to assure you that if you have been fighting the pain of fibromyalgia, you are not alone. Five million people in the United States suffer from fibromyalgia. Symptoms that are associated with this condition such as chronic pain, fatigue, and stiffness. These symptoms are thought to be caused by increased sensitivity of the central nervous system.

Fibromyalgia can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are congruent with chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and hypothyroidism. Fibromyalgia sufferers may also experience anxiety, depression, digestive issues, and cognitive and memory problems.

There are no cures or lab tests that detect fibromyalgia. Those who suffer from the condition may feel overwhelmed going from doctor to doctor before they finally receive a diagnosis, much less, relief from their symptoms. Now, the American Physical Therapy Association and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are recommending physical therapy to those seeking relief from the symptoms of fibromyalgia. (1)

 

Fibro 2017

 

Beginning with Exercise

Many of those with fibromyalgia express that when they are in pain, the last thing they want to do is exercise. However, even a small amount of aerobic excise such as stretching, swimming, or walking can help reduce pain, stiffness and improve your quality of sleep. Physical therapists will help design a personalized exercise program that allows you to start at your own pace, while gradually building muscle strength and endurance. (2)

 

 

Understanding a Physical Therapists Role in Treatment

Your physical therapist may give you ice and heat packs, along with deep tissue massages to release scar tissue, and improve blood and oxygen circulation. Research has shown that various types of massage can reduce pain and stiffness, and also ease symptoms of depression and anxiety related to fibromyalgia. (3) 

Therapists may also mobilize your joints to reduce pain, increase flexibility and range of motion. Some patients also experience relief from electric stimulation and paraffin baths.

 

 

Managing Your Pain

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, our professional therapists are experienced in treating fibromyalgia. They will not only help you understand you condition, they will teach you how to identify and interpret pain triggers and patterns.

 

Call Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center to schedule an appointment with an expert physical therapist.

 

(714) 997-5518

1111 W. Town and Country Rd., Ste. 1

Orange, CA 92868

www.walkerpt.com

 

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