A whole body workout

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Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist & nutritionist says that functional fitness is the way to go.

If you are trying to lose weight or just tone up; and especially if you want to avoid injury while playing sports or during your simple daily routine, functional training provides a whole body workout.

Some of the training exercises involve squatting, lunging, bending, twisting, pushing or pulling.

Training this way helps condition your body to move more efficiently through your daily living or real-life activities which helps prevent injury.

All areas of our body are connected and movement occurs across three planes:

  • The right and left sides of the body
  • The front and back of the body
  • The transverse plane which divides the body into top and bottom and is where most rotational movement occurs.

A functional deficit in one area can negatively affect movement patterns in another. This is why it is beneficial to look at the whole body to improve health and achieve optimal performance.

Angie Ferguson from news-press.com says:

The key to proper and effective functional training is assessment… Assessments should include a thorough health history, lifestyle factors, postural assessment and training analysis. Extra attention should be paid to any postural and muscular imbalances and movement restrictions. Once these have been determined, flexibility and core strength can be addressed.

Angie Ferguson is an exercise physiologist from Fort Myers. She is a USA Triathlon Advanced Level 2 coach, USA Cycling coach and has a Specialty in Sports Nutrition certification. 

Angie tells us some benefits of functional training:

  • Ultimate time management. Multi-joint exercises (like a squat) work a multitude of muscles at the same time, making your workout more efficient. Ideal for a busy lifestyle.

  • Challenge. These types of workouts challenge you because a lot of the movements are multi-planer or move through multiple motions, as we do in life.
  • Massive core-strengthening benefits. It engages the body’s core stabilizing and balancing muscles. These types of exercises put less stress on your muscles and joints, and help improve coordination, balance, and stability.

  • Can be very sport specific and therefore enhance your skills in any sport. The bottom line is functional fitness training is all about getting stronger.

Contact Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center to schedule an assessment with one of our expert physical therapists!


1111 W. Town and Country Rd. Ste.1

Orange, Ca 92868


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Victory Over Vertigo

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Walker PT & Pain Center’s Program for Vestibular Rehabilitation (Dizziness, Vertigo & Balance)

Kelsey Smith PT, DPT writes a thorough article in PT products online entitled: “Help! I have Vertigo

Dr. Grace Walker, Physical and Occupational Therapist, and Nutritionist at Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center has developed a program similar to the one reported here.


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It has been estimated that at least 20% of patients who present to the physician with vertigo have Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). However, this may be an underestimation. Usually, patients with BPPV report dizziness that may be triggered by head movements, unsteadiness, falling or near falling, &/or visual disturbance. 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 an effective and affordable program for patients who are at risk for serious fall injuries and for those who have already fallen. Even if you feel a little less balanced than you used to or only had a minor fall, you are still at risk and will benefit from Walker’s Better Balance Program with our team of experts.

Walker PT & Pain Center’s Vestibular Program:

  • Dix-Hallpike Test
  •  Epley Maneuver for Canalith Repositioning
  •  Home Canalith Repositioning Exercis
  • 830 ML Laser applied to ear canal using cone and upper cervical are
  • General Balance Evaluation
  • Cervical Evaluation & Treatment


For an appointment with an expert physical therapist call Walker Physical Therapy in Orange, California.


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