Work Out Your Way to Reducing the Onset of Alzheimer’s

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You may already be asking yourself- What does Dementia and Physical Therapy have to do with each other? More than you might know! Dr. Grace Walkerphysical and occupational therapist and nutritionist, has reviewed two new studies that you might want to know about.

Elder woman exercising outdoors with free-weights and smiling

  • What is Dementia, and how does Alzheimer’s disease differ?

This is one of the most common questions which can be answered quite simply. Dementia is an umbrella term for symptoms such as impaired memory or thinking. It is commonly associated with the cognitive decline of aging. Many conditions cause dementia such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s.

Alzheimer’s disease, as of now, has no cure. It is caused by abnormal protein deposits in the brain which form plaques and tangles in the brain. Connections between the neurons (communication cells) in the brain are lost and begin to die. The lack of communication between cells in the brain causes the symptoms of dementia.

Brenda Vrkljan, associate professor of occupational therapy at McMaster University in Hamilton, has found the “clock-drawing test” to be a useful screening tool to measure cognitive impairment in patients with signs of dementia. It has been proven so useful that Ontario adopted this test for its senior drivers. Poor scores do not result in the license being revoked, however, they do signal the need for a closer look at the drivers physical and cognitive condition.

Vrkljan warns against family members administering this test at home as “there is a standardized approach to how you score it.” So don’t try to make your grandfather try to draw a clock after you’ve read this- he might not be too excited about you testing his clock-drawing abilities, anyhow.

  • Prevention and regulation of symptoms is possible.

Recent studies have shown that exercise programs can help reduce the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and regulate symptoms of dementia. This is done a few different ways.

  1. Slow mental decline– exercise has been shown to slow brain atrophy (degeneration), especially in the hippocampus, which can influence memory and spatial navigation.
  2. Reduce the risk of falls– changes in judgement and spatial control contribute to tendency to fall. Exercises improve balance and reduce the fear of falling.
  3. Improve physical function– mobility, balance, coordination, and strength.
  4. Improve sleep– sleep disorders are common in dementia patients. Exercise can help one fall into a normal sleep pattern.

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, our staff of trained physical therapists are here to help you and your loved ones design and carry out supervised exercise programs. We come up with personalized programs for each patient to provide results in an affordable, fun, 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

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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


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2 Unrelated Conditions Attributed to TMJ Syndrome

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Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist, wants you to be aware of the dangers of untreated TMJ syndrome. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the area that connects the jaw to the rest of the skull. If this joint becomes irritated or inflamed the pain can become unbearable. Due to the location of the joint, once inflammation begins the pain can spread to the mouth, teeth, ears, neck and shoulders.

TMJ disorder is easily aggravated by many daily tasks such as eating, talking and yawning. As a result, anyone who suffers from TMJ syndrome should obtain treatment from an experienced TMJ professional right away.

TMJ disorder is painfully and irritating. If it is not resolved quickly, additional dental issues may arise. Many people who suffer from TMJ disorder show signs of premature wear from grinding or clenching their teeth. This can occur without knowledge or during sleep.

Teeth grinding and clenching can lead to fractured teeth and worn down enamel. Many people who grind tend to favor one side of their jaw over the other which can cause swelling on one side of the face, which can cause unsymmetrical muscle growth over a long period of time. This can give the patient’s jawline an uneven appearance.

While tooth grinding probably does seem like a tangible effect of TMJ disorder, did you know that TMJ disorder can also lead to tinnitus (ringing in the ears) or even permanently compromised hearing? Since the temporomandibular joint is directly under the ears, some TMJ sufferers complain of pain in their ears. Inner ear problems can lead to problems with balance and recurring dizziness (vertigo).

Success Story:

“I had no hope that my TMJ could be helped. I was pleased to find that Walker Physical Therapy had a procedure to address TMJ. I was elated to experience actual relief and improvement after a short course of treatments. Everyone involved has been interested, helpful and pleasant to work with. Thank you to all.”

-C. Law

If you suffer from TMJ syndrome or Jaw Pain, call Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center at (714) 997-5518 to set up and evaluation and begin treatment with our expert physical therapists!


See our blog “Do’s and Don’ts for TMJ and Jaw Pain“!


Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center

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

Orange, CA 92868

(714) 997-5518

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Physical therapy can help you stay active and fit

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Grace Walker, Physical & Occupational Therapist and Nutritionist, endorses physical therapy for those who want to stay healthy, lose weight and stay in shape.

With the dawn of the New Year and the countless New Years’ resolutions to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle, Physical Therapy seems to be an emerging new trend amongst senior citizens who are serious about staying healthy in 2016.

El Paso Plus news released an article titled, “It’s time to get physical!” featuring a senior El Paso couple, Curtis and Jacquelyn Spier, who regularly attend their physical therapy sessions with a lifestyle approach to stay active and fit.

… nine or so years into retirement, he found he had 219 pounds arranged on his 6-foot-4 frame. He got out of breath just bending over to tie his shoelaces.

So last spring he went on a diet that in two months helped the pounds drop. Luckily, he could eat the same foods, just in smaller amounts.

Curtis also started exercising and became a convert to the benefits of exercise combined with weight loss. Late last fall, he was down to about 190 pounds.

He’d had physical problems – knee surgery, shoulder-joint injuries, arthritis. Some of that was just a normal part of aging.

Initially, he had limited motion in his joints, but physical therapy has helped keep those joints, particularly his shoulders, loose and happy. Spier’s physical therapy routine is aimed at maintaining flexibility in his joints, the upper extremities in particular. While he does bending-over-to-pick-up-weights therapy, modified sit-ups, and hip exercises that involve Thera-Band stretches, his regimen also includes exercises with medicine balls and the Swiss ball.

Weight training? He does a light weights/more reps program to tone up and maintain muscles, not build size and bulk. This program tags his shoulders, lower back, triceps and biceps, among other muscle groups.

(Rick Hassler El Paso Plus, 2016)

There are no limits to what you can do to stay healthy and fit. Schedule an appointment at Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center with an expert physical therapist today!


1111 W. Town & Country Rd. Ste. 1

Orange, Ca 92868

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Don’t Bluff Your Rotator Cuff!

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rotator cuffThe group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint is called the Rotator Cuff, which helps keep your upper arm bone firmly placed within the shoulder socket. Those who repeatedly perform overhead motions become most susceptible to a Rotator Cuff injury, such as those involved in sports, carpentry, painting, mechanics, etc. Increase in age plays a large part in the risk of these injuries as well.

According to Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist, Physical Therapy is the first and best step to treat Rotator Cuff injuries. At Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center in Orange, CA our expert, trained physical therapists provide our patients with the highest quality, hands-on care, and aspire to deliver considerable pain relief within the first week of treatment.


  • DO lie on your pain free side. Place a pillow close to your tummy and rest your arm on it.
  • DO elevate your shoulder by keeping the elbow supported during sitting and driving.
  • DON’T lift with your palms down.
  • DON’T push or pull when hands are not visible.



“I came to Walker Physical Therapy over two years ago for a shoulder injury. My mobility was very limited and I was in pain almost all the time. Just carrying my purse or a small bag of groceries resulted in pain.

The results were much more than I expected, my mobility was greatly increased and I was pain free most of the time. I was able to stop taking the pain medication I was taking on a daily basis. The end result was feeling better and being healthier then I have been in years.

Thanks to you and the whole staff here.”


B. Beer


Call Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center today at 714-997-5518 and be free from Shoulder Pain!

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Raving Fan of Vestibular Program at Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center

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Dizziness leads to falls, and for people over the age of 50, falling is NOT a normal part of aging.

Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center has  a vestibular rehabilitation program developed by Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist that fans rave about. Here is a success story from one of our patients who absolutely loved the treatment.

“I went to my doctor because I had been feeling dizzy for the past 3 months and I came close to falling many times.  My doctor sent me to Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center and the treatment for my vertigo and balance was amazing;  I didn’t realize how many body parts were involved, but the experienced therapists were able to coordinate my treatments to maximize my results.  All of the staff was helpful and friendly, and the office is always tidy.  I have recommended my friends to Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center, and I would recommend Grace Walker’s treatments to ANYONE”
– N. Love


Suffer no longer  with the effective treatment and genuine care from Walker PT & Pain Center’s team of experts!

Call us at 714-997-5518 for more information or to set up an appointment.

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Grace Walker, Compassionate Physical & Occupational Therapist Introduces: “The Walker Method”

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Dr. Grace Walker Wants YOU to be FREE from PAIN!


At Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center we strive to provide the very best care for our patients. That’s why Dr. Grace Walker and her team of experts have developed the “Walker Method,” which provides a thorough and effective way to treat pain and get the body into its most functional and optimum state!

Achilles success

The Walker Method is personalized to fit each individual patients needs. It consists of:

1. Hands-On Pressure Point Releases to focus on the root cause of the pain.

2. FLEX-N-MOVE individual exercises to address power difficulties in core muscles.

3. 830 Laser & Pressure Point Release proven to reduce inflammation, reduce pain, and increase tissue healing

4. Creative Service Care doing whatever it takes to find solutions for your pain.


Success Story


“When I came to Walker Physical Therapy& Pain Center I suffered from a sore left hip and low back pain.

Now, my back feels like new!  I am stronger, my posture is better and my flexibility has greatly improved. 

The Walker team has helped me to recover, by way of excellent treatments and exercises.  Thank you to Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center and the entire staff for the care and concern.” -K.Roos



Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center cares for you and your problems with pain! Find your solution today at 714-997-5518

Grace Walker Physical Therapy

Orange, CA 92868

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Raving Fans Thank Walker Physical Therapy and pain Center!

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 “I came to Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center with extreme lower back pain at a 8-9 pain level. I was on pain medicine all the time.

My first time coming in, I was greeted with a friendly smile. I was taken into the therapy area in a timely manner. My physical therapist was so helpful, friendly, comforting and worked with me gently.

Now this is my last day and I am no longer in pain meds, I have strategies to keep my back strong, and exercises to continue. I am so grateful to everyone here that had a part in making me better. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

~Katie A.



“This is the first time I have had Physical Therapy.  I am pleasantly surprised and happy with how I am feeling now after my treatments.  My back pain is minimal and I look forward to continue improvement with my exercise program.

My physical therapist was very nice and pleasant.  They explained my treatments in detail and also talked to my doctor’s office when it was necessary. 

Dr. Grace Walker, your entire staff have all been pleasant and helpful and work well together.  You should be very proud of them. Thank you.”

~Mary D.


Call for an appointment now!

Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center

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

Orange, CA 92868



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5 Back Pain Success Stories

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  “I came to Grace Walker Physical Therapist for an old back injury.  Before I came in, I had a problem with pain and losing strength during short periods of standing or walking.  I was also getting sharp shooting pains in my legs and feet.

Since I began physical therapy, I have noticed an increase in the amount of time I can walk or stand before losing strength and pain setting in.  I now have more flexibility and the frequency of shooting pain has decreased.”                                                                                                           – David A.

”When I first came to Walker Physical Therapy, I had a lot of upper and lower back pain.  After a couple of visits I felt a lot better.  My lower back pain went away soon after I started the sessions and my upper back pain went away soon after that.  The therapists were always there to help me with my exercises until the pain was gone.  I had a very good experience at Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center”                                                                   – Brenda C.

Family; back pain

“The treatment I received at Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center was wonderful! I was given so much attention and time and I never felt like I was being rushed through anything. Everyone explained the exercises thoroughly and made sure I was executing them correctly. I don’t have any pain in my back anymore and I am really starting to get some strength back. When I first came in for treatment, my back hurt to sit and stand. Now I have full mobility back again. I would definitely recommend my friends and family to come here for treatment.”                                             – Camilla K.

“I had a very good experience. The treatment significantly helped my back problem. I started with daily back pain, but I only have pain occasionally. The lower abdominal strengthening has really helped.”                                                                                                            – William O.

“I came to Walker Physical Therapy with extreme lower back pain at a 8-9 pain level. I was on pain medicine all the time.

My first time coming in, I was greeted with a friendly smile. I was taken into the therapy area in a timely manner. The therapists were so helpful, friendly, comforting and worked with me gently.the 830 laser for pain and inflammation was so effective.

Now this is my last day and I am no longer in pain medications, I have strategies to keep my back strong, and exercises to continue. I am so grateful to everyone here that had a part in making me better. Thank you. Grace Walker Physical Therapist,from the bottom of my heart.”                                                                               – Katie-Joy A.

Call for an appointment now!

Grace Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center

Orange  Ca. 714-997-5518

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Walker Physical Therapy Success!

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Unsure if physical therapy can help you? Here’s a physical therapy success story to help you decide!

At Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center, we have learned that patients do not always believe that physical therapy can help them. Luckily, we’re able to change their mind pretty quickly!


Here is an example from one of our patients, Carly:

“At first I was not sure that physical therapy would help me because I am such an active person, and physical therapy has the reputation for being useful for elderly people or people with severe injuries.

After my first session I was so impressed with how my physical therapist and the assistants recognized my skill level and modified the exercises so they were at an appropriate level for me.

Dr. Grace Walker, Physical and occupational therapist, DPT, OTD, is extremely knowledgeable about every body type. She knew what kind of exercises and challenges I needed to get better.  All the other therapists and aids are helpful and can answer any question asked. Honestly, every person that works there knows exactly what they are talking about! I am so impressed with the skill level of the entire Walker team! After years of frustration my back pain is gone!

Every person I have met here has been so nice, friendly, and helpful. Everyone knew my name the very first day, which made me feel so comfortable!”                                                                                             -Carly D.

Call for an appointment now at 714-997-5518

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

Orange, CA 92868

-Grace Walker, Physical and occupational therapist.

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