Why You Should Try Kinesio Tape

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Grace Walker, Physical and Occupational Therapist & Nutritionist, recommends the Kinesio Tape Method to treat pain due to sports injuriespostoperative complications, various orthopedicneuromuscular, and other medical conditions.

The Kinesio Taping Method is a rehabilitative taping technique that is intended to aid the body’s natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without limiting the body’s range of motion (ROM).[1]

The method can be used as a regular treatment or added to previous treatment for myofascial pain. Its advanced purpose is to continue the benefits of manual therapy administered within the clinical setting to home care and activity of daily living.

Symptoms of Myofascial Pain

  • Deepaching pain in a muscle

  • Trigger points that are tender to the touch

  • Pain that persists or worsens

  • A tender knot in the muscle

  • Difficulty sleeping due to pain

The main purpose of the Kinesio Tape method is to elevate the space under the skin and soft tissue, so that the space for movement can be enlarged, the circulation of blood and lymph fluid can be facilitated, and healing rate of tissue can be increased.[2]

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

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Orange, CA 92868

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[1] http://www.kinesiotaping.com/about/kinesio-taping-method

[2] http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2015/950519/

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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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Research says Physical Therapy is Vital to Recovering!

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Dr. Grace Walker, physical & occupational therapist and nutritionist agrees with author Darice Britt from South University who states that rehabilitation of an injured athlete should be carefully evaluated and monitored on a daily basis.

Physical therapists carefully examine the injured athlete to determine whether there are weak or inflexible muscles in the body that could cause future injury. They are trained to target specific joints and muscles in the body through exercise, manual therapy, and pressure point release techniques that help rebuild strength and movement of the body after injury.

Since injuries are time-dependent, the normal healing process follows a pattern of acute phase, subacute phase, and chronic phase.

“Each phase dictates a different treatment approach and it is the physical therapist’s responsibility to accurately diagnose which phase and what treatment the patient should receive”  Says Apostolos Theophilou, DPT, clinical coordinator of the Physical Therapist Assisting program at South University

Theophilou also says:

“Through the years, therapists have been successfully able to log the ‘steps’ for each phase, thus now we have collective treatment protocols that have a complete analysis of what activities and treatments the athlete should be receiving based on his current phase”

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

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Selfie Elbow- Yes, We’re Serious

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Walker PT & Pain Center Office Manager, Faviola, might be needing some treatment for that Selfie Elbow!

Selfie elbow, the latest tech-related injury. Yet another injury add to the list alongside the smartphone claw, neck injuries from using tablets, and carpal tunnel from typing. Hoda Kotb, the host of “Today”, told Elle that her doctor believes that her selfie addiction has caused her elbow pain. The awkward grip she was using while extending her arm is the perfect concoction of contorted movement to cause pain.

Doctor Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist says, “These injuries are nothing new. They are variations of old fashioned repetitive strain injuries that have been around as long as there have been jobs. The movement that most people use to take selfies is similar to many movements done by mechanics, electricians, and other workers. This movement shouldn’t irritate people who only take a few selfies. People who take multiple selfies everyday should keep an eye on the symptoms listed below.

Similar to golfer’s elbow or tennis elbow, selfie elbow got its name by the movement or action that causes the pain. Symptoms are the result of inflammation of the tendons that pass through the elbow. This pain can occur in anyone who strains the tendons of the forearm and is not limited to selfie addicts.

Symptoms of selfie elbow are-

  • Tenderness in the elbow.
  • Elbow pain when using your arms (such as lifting, writing or driving).
  • Numbness or tingling in the elbow down to the hand.

So, what can you do if you are affected by selfie elbow? The first thing you should do is stop with the selfies! You’re not likely to have a repetitive motion injury if you stop repeating a motion! Selfie elbow, like golfer and tennis elbow, is caused by inflammation of the tendons that run through the elbow. To reduce inflammation, limit movement, use ice (especially after movement) and start stretching. Some good stretches to combat pain are tendon glides and forearm stretches. Tendon glides and stretches allow the tendon to reach its greatest amount of movement and help reduce swelling.

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, we specialize in repetitive motion injuries. Whether you have become injured from work, sports, or other activities (selfies), we have a rehabilitation program for you. Call us at (714) 997-5518 to set up 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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Sore After Work? Here are Five Ways to Fix That

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What does perfect sitting posture look like? If the name of the title hasn’t given it away yet, 90° is the magic number to keep in mind!

What does that mean exactly? Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist, shares 5 quick tips below will give you a better idea.

  1. 90° angle at your neck and shoulder
  2. 90° angle at your back and legs
  3. 90° angle at your lower and upper knee
  4. 90° angle at your foot and ankle
  5. 90° angle above and below your elbow
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Walker PT Office Manager, Faviloa, demonstrates the “90 degree rule”.

While seated at your desk at home or work, keep these important postural cues in mind. Sitting down and working all day, one might find their head and shoulders begin to lean forward and their lower trunk begins to tilt backwards, creating a ‘slouched’ position.

This leads to none of the foundational postural muscles to engage, leaving the spine and shoulders vulnerable to injuries. Sitting with bad posture over a long period of time can also lead to nervous system problems.

By incorporating these 5 quick tips into your postural awareness, you can be on your way to reducing incorrect posture and pain! At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, we have trained therapist to help assess your posture and design physical therapy programs to increase postural strength. We come up with personalized programs for each patient to provide results in a fun, affordable, 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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Understanding Symptoms: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Grace Walker, Physical and Occupational Therapist & Nutritionist affirms!

Everyone has a carpal tunnel, but not everyone has carpal tunnel syndrome.

Carpals: the eight bones that make up your wrist, and are located at the base of your palm. The joint formed with the forearm hand bones forms the carpal tunnel.

Before learning about what carpal tunnel syndrome is, it is essential to first become acquainted with what the carpal tunnel is, and everyone has a carpal tunnel, but not everyone has carpal tunnel syndrome.

The eight bones that make up your wrist, and are located at the base of your palm are called carpals.  These bones form a joint with the forearm hand bones, and this forms the carpal tunnel.

Inside this tunnel are nine tendons and one nerve.  The tendons are what allow you to flex your fingers.

The median nerve crosses the carpal tunnel and is what causes your muscles to contract.

The median nerve also tells the brain what sensations you experience on the thumb, index, middle, and half of your ring finger.

Now that you are aware of your carpal tunnel, we can discuss Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by the compression of the median nerve, typically from swelling of the tendons around it.

The first symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are usually:

  • Numbness and tingling of the thumb, index, and middle finger
  • Pain in that area

Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Anything that causes pressure on the carpal tunnel– there is no one cause.  

Do you believe your workplace environment is causing you pain and have symptoms? A physical therapist can work with you to identify  the reason for your symptoms and create a personalized treatment to bring relief.

 

What are you waiting for?

Call Walker Physical Therapy & 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

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Is your work environment causing you Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

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Grace Walker, Physical and Occupational Therapist & Nutritionist affirms!

Everyone has a carpal tunnel, but not everyone has carpal tunnel syndrome.

Carpals: the eight bones that make up your wrist, and are located at the base of your palm. The joint formed with the forearm hand bones forms the carpal tunnel.

Before learning about what carpal tunnel syndrome is, it is essential to first become acquainted with what the carpal tunnel is, and everyone has a carpal tunnel, but not everyone has carpal tunnel syndrome.

The eight bones that make up your wrist, and are located at the base of your palm are called carpals.  These bones form a joint with the forearm hand bones, and this forms the carpal tunnel.

Inside this tunnel are nine tendons and one nerve.  The tendons are what allow you to flex your fingers.

The median nerve crosses the carpal tunnel and is what causes your muscles to contract.

The median nerve also tells the brain what sensations you experience on the thumb, index, middle, and half of your ring finger.

Now that you are aware of your carpal tunnel, we can discuss Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by the compression of the median nerve, typically from swelling of the tendons around it.

The first symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are usually:

  • Numbness and tingling of the thumb, index, and middle finger
  • Pain in that area

Causes of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Anything that causes pressure on the carpal tunnel– there is no one cause.  

 

Do you believe your workplace environment is causing you pain and have symptoms? A physical therapist can work with you to identify  the reason for your symptoms and create a personalized treatment to bring relief.

What are you waiting for?

Call Walker Physical Therapy & 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

 

Click on the link to find out more about carpal tunnel and hand therapy.

http://www.lbhandtherapy.com/

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The ML830 Laser is Effective, Safe, and PROVEN for Muscle and Joint Pain!

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From TMJ to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and from Shoulder strains to Knee injuries, muscle and joint pain can seem like an unsolvable and despairing burden. Thankfully, Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist & nutritionist, and her expert physical therapists at Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center, as well as their dedicated patients, have discovered the miraculous ML830 Cold Laser for these and many other troublesome conditions. Dr. Chadwick Smith, professor of Orthopedics at USC states, “The ML830 Cold Laser has clearly proven its clinical value treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, and has become the industry standard.” At Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center, our knowledgeable and caring staff uses the Laser not only for Carpal Tunnel, but for many other injuries and conditions as well.

 

The ML830 Laser has and has been proven to:

  • Reduce Pain sometimes after just one treatment. Most conditions take between 2-9 treatments to completely alleviate symptoms. Chronic conditions may require more treatment.
  • Reduce Inflammation immediately with most inflammatory conditions. Following instructions to prevent further injury will help prevent the pain from returning.
  • Increase Tissue Healing by sending light (photons) into your injured tissues without being absorbed by the skin, fat, or blood, the 830 Laser stimulates the cells to repair and strengthen at a remarkably fast rate.

Our patients trust the Laser to alleviate and heal their problem pain!

“I cannot believe the excellent results I achieved while being treated at Walker Physical Therapy. I walked into the practice in pain, and after several weeks I could walk without the assistance of a cane! Using the techniques I was taught at Walker Physical Therapy I continue to progress in comfort, and with a minimum amount of pain. They treated me as an individual and genuinely cared about my progress and well-being. I was able to cancel my scheduled total knee replacement surgery! I do not hesitate to recommend Walker Physical Therapy to family and friends.” –Shirley Moretti

Don’t hesitate to call us today and schedule one free treatment with the ML830Laser!

714-997-5518

Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center

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

Orange, CA 92868

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Desk-bound muscles scream for relief, here’s how

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 Grace Walker, Doctor of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy agrees: Desk-bound muscles scream for relief, here’s how;

–from: http://www.reviewjournal.com/life/health/desk-bound-muscles-scream-relief-here-s-how Desk-bound muscles

Once upon a time, people were more likely to have jobs that revolved around motion. Now, many people have jobs where for at least eight hours a day they are chained to a desk with a computer. Often, people don’t realize the strain and stress sitting at a desk can take on the body. “Prolonged and static motion is your body’s enemy,” says Phillip Dimotsantos, a physical therapist at Kelly Hawkins Physical Therapy. “Our brain doesn’t really have a way to tell us we’re doing something wrong. There could be pain, but other than that there is nothing to say what we’re doing is incorrect.” He says this can result in ailments such as lower back problems, stiff necks or carpal tunnel syndrome. As a physical therapist, he offers tips for strengthening or stretching muscles even during workdays. He says stretches people can do at desks include chin tucks, which involve moving the head forward then back to a retracted position. People can also move their heads side to side, up and down or rotate them to stretch muscles and relieve tension. Another stretch is a shoulder blade retraction, which has someone pull his shoulder blades back to stretch them out. Workers can build wrist tension, especially from typing or writing all day. So Dimotsantos recommends using cheap tools, such as lacrosse balls, for self-massage and help with wrist pain. If people can get up, they should, so they can re-engage their gluteal muscles, he said. Ideally, Dimotsantos says, people should do these stretches every 15 to 20 minutes — they could take about a minute, maybe two. “The body can only tolerate a solid position for about 20 minutes,” Dimotsantos says. “I recommend clients set a timer as a reminder. So often, we get caught up in our work, we need a reminder.” Dimotsantos says it might be more realistic for people to do these stretches every 30 minutes to an hour. Even people don’t stretch, they can readjust their positions, he says. Dimotsantos says more research is emerging that focuses on the severity of sitting all day. He says an easy fix is to turn a desk into a standing desk, which would help keep the back from rounding out the way it does during all-day sitting. He added that workplaces can perform ergonomics assessments to determines whether workstations are appropriately set up for workers. Beyond stretches around the office, UNLV’s office of Risk Management &Safety has tips for producing a friendlier work environment. Work areas should be large enough to accommodate a computer and essential materials and should be high enough to give legroom. Chairs should be adjustable, which means height, armrests and backrest can be shifted. People should sit all the way back to use the lumbar support. UNLV’s office recommends adjustable lighting, too; workers should adjust the light and the glare of the computer to maximize efficiency. Specially designed keyboards can help support workers’ wrists. People using regular keyboards should adjust them so hands and wrists are neutral while typing, meaning the wrists should be floating while the elbows are supported. Wrist rests can also provide support. Other tips include taking a 1 to 2 minute break from typing every 30 minutes. Workers should try to rest their eyes by looking away from their computer screens and they should consider changing positions frequently. Workers whose jobs require constant computer use should have their eyes examined regularly to monitor changes. Contact reporter Michael Lyle at mlyle@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5201. Follow @mjlyle on Twitter.
For more insights on Desk-bound muscles, Call Grace Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center In Orange, California, 714-997-5518

 

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