Pain Relief for Headaches

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“Headaches are often the result of pain from the upper cervical extensor muscles” Says Grace Walker, physical & occupational therapist and nutritionist.

Stress is often a component f this. When  a person undergoes stress, he/she tends to tense his/her body into a poor posture; a head forward position adopted with chin jutting and upper cervical extension. The associated upper cervical muscles tighten, trigger points can be palpated and referred pain may be experienced behind the eyes and/or in the occipital, frontal or temporal areas.

Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center’s program for headaches includes:

  • Strengthening of the scapular muscles to support the head and neck
  • Soft tissue and joint mobilization
  • Pressure Point Release to occipital, sub occipital, upper trapezei, and levator scapulae muscles
  • Modalities for pain relief including the 830MLaser and ice
  • A Comprehensive home exercise program

Call Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center to schedule an appointment with an expert physical therapist!

714-997-5518

1111 W. Town & Country Rd. Ste.1

Orange, CA 92868

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Spending too much time on your butt? These 3 exercises can help!

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Close-up Of Young Businesswoman On Chair Having Backpain In Office

Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist, is very familiar with pain developed from prolonged sitting. Too much time sitting can lead to muscle atrophy, or shrinking muscle tissue. Also, when you stay in one position for too long, your bones actually press against the muscle and skin in your bottom. This pushes the blood away from your skin. If you stay like this too long, you get what’s called a decubitus ulcer, or bedsore.

On the more extreme side, Mayo Clinic has reported that sedentary lifestyle attributes to nearly 50% increased risk of death from any cause, and 125% increased risk of events associated with cardiovascular disease, such as chest pain or heart attack.

If these statistics are a wake-up call for you, here are three exercises to get you body feeling better!

  1. Crab Hip Hold– Jeremy Frisch, U.S.A.W., owner and director of Achieve Performance Training, says this move is “perfect for zeroing in on all the muscles that don’t see any action when you’re sitting all day: hamstrings, glutes, lower back, and shoulders.”
  2. Resisted Rows– Working over a stack of books or computer all day causes your shoulders to slump forward and your back to hunch. To stretch and strengthen these muscle, check out this instructional guide for rows.
  3. Half Frog Stretch– This yoga pose focuses on the thighs, shoulders, and upper back. These areas are prone to becoming tight after sitting for extended amounts of time.

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, we have the ability to identify the factors that may be causing pain, and correct them. Our therapists work to understand your activities of daily living to develop personalized exercise programs for you during treatment, home, and work, too.

We develop physical therapy programs for each patient to provide results in an affordable, fun and healing environment. Visit our website WalkerPT.com and call Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center to schedule an appointment with an expert and caring physical therapist!

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

Orange, CA 92868

Phone: (714) 997-5518

www.walkerpt.com

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Workplace Ergonomics: Keyboard and Mouse Tips. Part 4 of 4.

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Young secretary with inflammation of the carpal tunnel

Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist, shares tips on how to design an ergonomic workspace! This is a four part series, today being part 4 of 4. We will be investigating the proper selection of your keyboard and mouse!

If you’ve read the other three blog posts prior to this, you may be starting to see the pattern of how each workplace accessory plays into one-another. The proper chair gives you the ability to sit at your desk correctly, the proper desk allows you to position your monitor, keyboard, and mouse appropriately, and so on.

Selecting the appropriate keyboard and mouse helps reduce exposure to awkward postures, repetition, and contact stress. Here are four tips to consider when positioning and choosing your keyboard and mouse.

  1. Your keyboard may be of better service to you by utilizing a wrist rest to reduce pressure on the carpal canal. Repetitive pressure on the carpal canal can lead to inflammation and ultimately become carpal tunnel syndrome.
  2. Your keyboard should be directly in front you and allow your elbows to be close to your body with your shoulders relaxed.
  3. Keep the mouse close to the keyboard and consider alternating hands with which you use the mouse.
  4. Consider the use of split-keyboards, trackballs, and touch pads to ease the stress that normal keyboards and mouse may cause over time.

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, we have the ability to address all of the potential variables that may be causing pain related to lack of ergonomic support and repetitive motion injuries that may occur at home or in the workplace. We specialize in working to find the root cause of your ailments, and correcting them.

We come up with personalized programs for each patient to provide results in a fun and healing environment. Call Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center to schedule an appointment with an expert and caring physical therapist!

 

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

Orange, CA 92868

Phone: (714) 997-5518

www.walkerpt.com

 

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Workplace Ergonomics- Let’s Address the Desk! Part 2 of 4

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Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist, shares tips on how to design an ergonomic workspace! This is a four part series, today being part 2 of 4. We will be looking at the importance of choosing and utilizing a proper desk.

A thoughtfully-designed and properly-adjusted desk will provide ample clearance for your legs, proper placement of computers and accessories, and maximize your ability to maintain an ergonomic posture.

Here are three important tips to consider next time you are sitting at your desk or are considering purchasing a new one.

  1. Your desk surface should allow you to position your computer screen directly in front of you, at least 20 inches away.
  2. Be sure that when writing or utilizing your desk surface, you are able to keep your shoulders relaxed and your elbows near 90 degrees.
  3. If the edges of your desk are sharp, and you find yourself placing parts of your arms or wrists on the edge often, placing piping insulation on the edges will soften the intensity of these surfaces. For this reason desks with rounded edges are preferred by many clinicians. Prolonged exposure to shard edges can lead to nerve impingement’s and circulatory issues. 

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, we have the ability to address all of the potential variables that may be causing pain related to lack of ergonomic support and repetitive motion injuries that may occur at home or in the workplace. We specialize in working to find the root cause of your ailments, and correcting them.

We come up with personalized programs for each patient to provide results in a fun and healing environment. Call Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center to schedule an appointment with an expert and caring physical therapist!

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

Orange, CA 92868

Phone: (714) 997-5518

www.walkerpt.com

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Workplace Ergonomics- Chairish the Hot Seat! Part 1 of 4.

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Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist, shares tips on how to design an ergonomic workspace! This will be a four part series, starting today with the importance of choosing a good chair.

Prolonged use of equipment at home or at work that is not ergonomic can lead to many ailments such as carpal tunnel, ulnar and medial nerve inflammation, and also shoulder, neck and back pain.

A good chair is an important investment, just as important as picking a good mattress. There is a good chance you spend just as much time, if not more, sitting in your chair as you do sleeping in your bed! Here are three important tips to consider next time you are in your chair at work or if you are shopping for a new chair.

  1. Chair backs should conform to your back, and the chair should raise up high enough to keep your shoulders at east when you work.
  2. The seat should allow your feet to rest flat on the floor or on a footrest.
  3. Armrest should be soft and allow your shoulders to be relaxed when used.

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, we have the ability to address all of the potential variables that may be causing pain related to lack of ergonomic support and repetitive motion injuries that may occur at home or in the workplace. We specialize in working to find the root cause of your ailments, and correcting them.

We come up with personalized programs for each patient to provide results in a fun and healing environment. Call Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center to schedule an appointment with an expert and caring physical therapist!

 

Stay tuned for the next installment of our Workplace Ergonomics series!

 

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

Orange, CA 92868

Phone: (714) 997-5518

www.walkerpt.com

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Dr. Grace Walker shares two lifestyle tips to reduce knee pain

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Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist, shares that patients seen for knee injuries find dramatic results by a few life style changes. Research shows that knee injury patients who utilize physical therapy, along with these tips listed below, find greater, longer lasting relief.

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  • Be conscious of your footwear

    • Women might love the look of those high-heels, and men the comfort of sandals, however these types of shoes are just as unsupportive as they look. One wrong step in heels or sandals could be disastrous, not only for the ankle, but the knee as well. The same misstep in ergonomic footwear, may be correctable and more forgiving on the knee. Women should also know that “the higher the heel, the more the knee will bend when the foot hits the floor. This put a lot of strain on the knee joint, especially for women who are overweight.”  (Christensen 1)
  • Maintain a healthy body weight

    • Overweight men are five times more likely (and women four times more likely) to experience knee osteoarthritis. Research shows that a “loss of at least 10% of body weight is associated with moderate to large clinical improvements in joint pain.(Asay 1)

To see the second part of this article, “Three areas of exercise to reduce knee pain”  featured on our blogger website, click the link.

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, we have the ability to help address all of the potential variables that may be causing knee pain. We look at the “whole person” when treating knee pain to provide insights as to why one might be experiencing excess strain on their knees but also in the hip, ankles and even a weak “Core”. We also look at our patients Body Mass Index as well as the daily activities demand.

We come up with personalized programs for each patient to provide results in a fun and healing environment. Call Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center to schedule an appointment with an expert and caring physical therapist!

1111 W. Town and Country Rd. Ste. 1

Orange, CA92868

Phone: 714-997-5518

 

 

References:
Christensen. Ann Rheum Dis. 2007 Apr; 66(4): 433–439. PMCID: PMC1856062. Effect of weight reduction in obese patients diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis: a systematic review and meta‐analysis
Asay JL, Favre J, Titchenal MR, et al. Effects of high heel wear and increased weight on the knee during walking. Journal of Orthopaedic Research. 2014.
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How Santa Shops

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Ho, Ho, Ho! Happy Holidays! The North Pole sure is busy with toy making and Holiday shopping.

Santa’s elves like to make all the toys but he likes to do some Holiday shopping as well. Last year, all the shopping caused him some pain, especially on his Santa On Treadmillback! This year he got some excellent tips from Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center. Now he knows how to avoid back pain when he does his Holiday shopping this year.

Some Shopping Tips from Grace Walker, Physical & Occupational Therapist and Nutritionist:

  • Distribute the weight of shopping bags equally on both sides of your body.
  • Consider using a fanny pack or small back pack.
  • Wear comfortable shoes; carrying packages while wearing high heels on hard surfaces can contribute to foot and ankle injuries.
  • Don’t lug overstuffed shopping bags for extended periods.
  • Test an object’s weight before you lift it by pushing with your foot
  • If an object is too heavy for you to lift, then ask someone for help

 

DO’S AND DON’TS FOR BACK PAIN:

  • DO use ice 20-30 minutes before bed.
  • DO pull your belly button into your spine (iso-abs) and breathe.
  • DO this with all exertion.
  • DON’T twist while holding something in your arms.
  • DON’T bend at the waist, squat in instead.
  • DON’T hold your breath while exerting force.

Call Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center to schedule an appointment with an expert physical therapist today!!

714-997-5518

1111 W. Town & Country Rd. Ste. 1

Orange, CA 92868

 

 

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Grace Walker Physical Therapist is an advocate of the FDA approved ML830 laser

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laserPicA certified physical therapist and nutritionist, Dr. Grace Walker is also a registered occupational therapist. Dr. Grace Walker offers care through the Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center in Orange, California. As the owner and principal therapist, she provides treatment for outpatient disorders, such as joint pains, and rehabilitation for sports injuries. The Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center utilizes advanced technologies to care for tendonitis, back pain, arthritis, carpel tunnel syndrome, and bursitis.

Among the equipment available to treat joint pains is the ML830 laser. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration,

the ML830 is a cold laser that repairs injured tissues by sending photons of light directly to the affected area.

The light penetrates two inches into the body without affecting blood, fat, or skin. It then stimulates cells to encourage rapid repair of tissues. Following a treatment with the ML830 laser, patients generally notice less inflammation and pain. At the same time, tissues become stronger, and with proper preventive measures, a person can keep pain from returning.

For an appointment with an expert physical therapist call Walker physical Therapy and pain Center at 714-997-5518. Located in Orange, Ca.Try our revolutionary pain relief treatment

 

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