Be Free from Your TMJ and Jaw Pain

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Dr. Grace Walker, physical & occupational therapist and nutritionist says: “We are physical therapy experts in providing effective TMJ & Jaw pain relief.”

Here is what you should and shouldn’t do if you have jaw pain:

  • DO use hot pack or ice pack before bed
  • DO use chin under fist when yawning or coughing
  • DO use correct posture
  • DON’T chew gum, ice, or tough, crunchy foods like steak
  • DON’T rest your chin/cheek in the palm of your hand when sitting or lying on one side
  • DON’T eat, read, or watch TV in bed
  • DON’T clench your teeth when tense, jogging, or sleeping etc.
  • DON’T lick your teeth with your tongue, bite your nails or lips, lick your lips, or bite or suck your cheeks
  • DON’T talk or sing for prolonged periods of time

Our Be Free from TMJ & Jaw Pain Program uses non-painful treatments and the latest technology of cold laser therapy to get you chewing your food and yawning again without fear of horrible pain. We work closely with your healthcare provider to solve the source of the problem instead of merely treating the symptoms.

Call Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center to schedule an appointment with an EXPERT physical therapist to get advanced treatments and strategies to maintain results and pain relief.

714-997-5518

1111 W. Town & Country Rd. Ste. 1

Orange, CA 92868

www.walkerpt.com

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5 Reasons to Try Physical Therapy Before an Injury

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Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist wants you to consider visiting a professional physical therapist even though you may not be injured! Here are 5 benefits on visiting a physical therapist before you feel pain.

  1. Reassurance– Physical therapists can give you the green light you needed in order to feel completely comfortable working out again. If you’ve had a previous injury that’s been healed but still have that slight doubt, a licensed therapist can check that area and ensure that it has returned to normal function. Fear and hesitation in the gym or out on the field can lead to injuries.
  2. Prevention– Prevention, is the best cure for any injury or illness. A full evaluation by a physical therapist can evaluate where you may be prone to injuries and how to avoid those injuries by evaluating strength, proper muscle function, flexibility, range of motion (ROM) and much more.
  3. Education– Therapy is much more than what you do in the clinic but also what you walk away with. Physical Therapy can give you a better understanding of your specific body’s needs and how to better it. You will learn new exercises as well as proper form and aftercare to enhance your own personal wellness.
  4. Saving time and money– Healthcare is not cheap. With prevention and education you can eliminate a lot of unnecessary cost you would usually spend at the doctor. Therapists can also determine whether pain is from a joint or muscle with confidence allowing patients to possibly avoid the high costs of an MRI, x-ray or CT scan in non-emergency situations.
  5. Empowerment– Knowing more about how your body functions can be an amazing feeling. Physical therapy tends to lead patients to a healthier and happier life!

At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center we have expert we develop specific exercise and stretching programs for specific patients, along with a variety of specialized treatments to reduce pain and regain range of motion and strength. We look at the “root cause” when treating patients to provide insight as to why the patient is experiencing pain, instead of just a quick fix! 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, CA 92868

Phone: 714-997-5518

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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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714-997-5518

1111 W. Town & Country Rd. Ste. 1

Orange, CA 92868

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Dr. Grace Walker, physical and occupational therapists, utilizes trigger point therapy.

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Dr. Grace Walker, a physical and occupational therapist and nutritionist is the director of Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center in Orange County, California. She holds doctoral degrees in both physical and occupational therapy from the Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.

In her work as an occupational and a physical therapist, Dr. Grace Walker routinely uses pressure point release techniques (Trigger Point Therapy). Pressure point release techniques provide that gentle but firm pressure  on these points and can help to relieve pain and inflammation.

 A common cause of persistent and strange aches and pains that usually go under-diagnosed are pressure points , or muscle knots. Most of these trigger points (TrPs) are common and, on condition that you are educated on where each trigger point is, they can be massaged at home! These TrPs are the most useful and satisfying areas to apply pressure to muscle.

Even without symptoms, pressure point techniques on these muscles is still important since they usually harbor latent pressure points— points not obvious until they are pressed. These are also normally responsible for stiffness, vague discomfort, and aching.

For an appointment with an expert physical therapist call Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center at 714-997-5518.

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Get Treatment After Auto Accident or Work Injury

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If you were in an auto accident or have suffered a work injury, it is advised to get treatment immediately to start getting some FAST relief!

Dr. Grace Walker, physical & Occupational Therapist and Nutritionist states that if you were in an auto accident or work injury, it doesn’t matter if you have insurance or not. At Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center, we will work directly with your attorney, the at fault party or your insurance company. The best part is that there is typically NO COST TO YOU! 

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We see a Variety of the Following Types of Cases

  • Auto Accidents whether it was your fault or not. If it wasn’t your fault, call for a free screen!
  • Work Injuries
  • Chronic Pain from an old accident

We work as a Team with Good, Ethical Attorneys. We have Effective Pain Relief Programs such as:

  • Hands-on pressure point releases
  • Core Strengthening
  • 830MLaser for pain and inflammation
  • Do’s and Don’ts patient at-home protocol
  • Muscle and joint stability exercises
  • “Flex-N-Move”
  • Follow Doctor’s recommendations for anti-inflammatory medications

If you have been in an auto accident or have suffered a  work-related injury, these are good reasons to call Walker Physical Therapy and Pain Center for an evaluation and start working towards a pain-free, better you!

Call Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center today to set up an appointment with one of our expert physical therapists!

714-997-5518

1111 W. Town & Country Rd. Ste. 1

Orange, CA 92868

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Hurry in now! Patient Maximums have Renewed!

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Get Treatment Now!

Patient maximums renewed for most insurance plans at the beginning of this year.

Were you unable to receive the physical therapy treatment you needed at the end of last year because you had already reached your insurance maximum? Good news! It’s a new year, which means maximums have renewed for insurance plans that are on a calendar year plan. Don’t live in pain any longer! Get the treatment you need.

At Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center, we treat many different ailments. You can check the entire list out on our website. Our expert therapists have been trained by Grace Walker, Physical and Occupational Therapist. We provide hands on, personalized care in a fun and healing environment. At Walker PT, we love helping our patients life, work and play again. Check out some patient success stories for sciaticashoulder pain, and back pain in our previous posts!patient maximums have renewed

Some of our programs include:

  1. Revolutionary 830laser
  2. Pressure-Point Release Therapy
  3. Flex-N-Move Program

Most of our treatment programs focus on the ROOT CAUSE of the pain/problem and does NOT wear off like most medicines, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, heat or ice. It focuses on the body’s own healing power and accelerates that process leading to long-lasting relief. Patients love it!

Our treatments successfully relieve most muscle, joint, tendon, and nerve pain associated with Arthritis, Back Pain, Bursitis/Tendonitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Heel Spur/Plantar Fasciitis, Migraines, Osteoarthritis, TMJ, and more. It’s even safe on children!

Call us today at 714-997-5518 to schedule an appointment!

 

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Patient Insurance Benefits are Renewing Soon!

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Get Physical Therapy and Treatment before your insurance benefits renew!

For a vast majority of patients, insurance benefits renew at the beginning of the year. That is why it is important to get treatment before the first of the year when your deductible resets.

According to Grace Walker, Physical and Occupational Therapist, our revolutionary treatment programs are helping patients GET BETTER FASTER even if they have tried physical therapy, acupuncture, steroids, or chiropractics before!

Some of our programs include:

  1. Revolutionary 830laser
  2. Kinesiotaping (KTTAPE)
  3. Pressure-Point Release Therapy
  4. FLEX-N-MOVE Program

Most of our treatment programs focus on the ROOT CAUSE of the pain/problem and does NOT wear off like most medicines, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, heat or ice. It focuses on the body’s own healing power and accelerates that process leading to long-lasting relief. Patients love it!

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Call for an appointment now at 714-997-5518

Walker Physical Therapy and Pain center

1111 W. Town & Country Rd. Ste. 1

Orange, CA 92868

Grace Walker, Physical and Occupational Therapist

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What is Physical Therapy?

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Physical therapy restores optimal function by minimizing physical impairments, functional limitations, and disabilities related to congenital and acquired conditions. Physical therapists help people maintain their health (preventing future deterioration or illness) and make environmental adaptations that enable people to function independently. The physical therapy experts at Walker Physical Therapy and Pain center are also pain relief experts. Our physical therapist help you rehabilitate after injuries, relieve pain, and help you live, work, and play again.

Everyone of all ages, from newborn to the very old, has the need to move and function. Physical therapists can work with anyone, anytime during their life span. Our physical therapist specialize in teens, adult, and geriatric physical therapy. We see children from time to time if they may benefit from our expertise or we refer them to an appropriate physical therapist who can better suit their needs. Physical therapist are experts in how the body moves and works. Sometimes, it is often thought that physical therapists only treat people who are ill or cannot move, but that is simply not true. We can help anyone who is in pain or suffering from an injury. We also promote healthy lifestyles and wellness and teach people how to prevent injuries and loss of movement.

All physical therapists must graduate from college. They must pass a state licensing exam. Many physical therapists have a master’s or even a clinical doctorate degree. Every physical therapist at Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center has a clinical doctorate degree. Some physical therapists may be certified in a special area such as orthopedic or geriatric physical therapy. Once licensed, they may work anywhere including schools, sports centers, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, private offices, and patients’ homes. Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center is a private clinic.

A physical therapist has different ways of treating people. The most well known is exercise to help a person who has had surgery or an injury. They may also manipulate or move a joint, massage a muscle, or apply additional therapies, such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, hot packs, and ice. Our physical therapists are trained in a variety of different ways to treat patients and we also have the ML830 Laser for pain relief!

Frequently Asked Questions and More Information

A person needs physical therapy anytime they have a problem, pain, or injury that keeps them from doing their daily living activities. Some of the most common reasons for a person to see a physical therapist include:

  • low back pain
  • neck pain
  • shoulder pain
  • knee pain
  • foot and ankle pain
  • wrist and hand pain
  • TMJ or jaw pain
  • fibromyalgia
  • arthritis
  • headaches
  • heart and stroke rehabilitation
  • balance problems/fall prevention
  • before and after pregnancy
  • urinary incontinence
  • fitness and wellness education
  • sports injury and sports enhancement

Health insurance covers most forms of physical therapy. We are contracted with over 95% of all PPO’s, Medicare, and Worker’s Comp. We also work with motor vehicle insurance companies and accept liens. For the benefit of our patient, no interest payment plans are available for patients with high deducible, high coinsurance, and high co-pays.

Walker Physical Therapy & Pain Center Insurance & Cost Information

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