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Voyage Dallas interviews Valerie Johnson, PT, DPT

Posted on: February 27th, 2019

This post was written by Valerie Johnson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Valerie Johnson.

Valerie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was warned that it would be difficult to get a neurology job right out of PT school. They must have been wrong because right after completing my doctorate in physical therapy, I started working in vestibular rehab. Vestibular therapy is a subspecialty under the umbrella of neuro rehab that focuses on inner ear and other balance problems.

The idea of starting my own physical therapy clinic was inspired by a man who wanted to hire me on a private basis. I met him while I was working part time at a hospital in Fort Worth. He was recovering from a cerebellar stroke and wanted me to continue to help him after his release from the hospital. My husband and I had just moved from Austin, Texas, where I had been working exclusively with balance and dizziness disorders. I loved the work and noticed there really wasn’t much specialized care for imbalance and dizziness in Fort Worth. I agreed to start my own clinic so that I could work with him. Read the rest of this article.

Treat your Feet with Parkinson’s disease

Posted on: July 10th, 2018

This post was written by Valerie Johnson

Treat Your Feet

By Valerie Johnson, PT, DPT

www.balancetherapyllc.com

Pain and cramping in the legs and feet are common and unpleasant for people with Parkinson’s disease. Prop up your feet, relax, and enjoy some of these of ways to care for your tired feet and get some relief!

  1. The original foot alignment sock

https://www.my-happyfeet.com/

  1. Yoga toes

www.Amazon.com

  1. Correct Toes Silicone Stretchers

https://www.correcttoes.com/

  1. Foot Massagers: small balls to roll under your feet.

www.tuneupfitness.com

Tennis ball- alternative

  1. Foot Wakers

https://www.yamunausa.com/products/foot-fitness-kit

  1. Plantar fasciitis sock- optional

www.amazon.com

Stretching: It’s free

*Other Considerations:

  1. Epsom salt soaks in a warm tub
  2. Hydrate- drink plenty of water
  3. Ask your doctor about supplementing with magnesium, B12, and to address any lower leg or foot swelling
  4. Foot massages – manual or machines
  5. Pedicures- Bring your spouse, friends, and even your own bottle of wine while your feet get pampered. Don’t forget, you’ll be sitting in a reclining massage chair, so you can relax from head to toe.

Always seek professional advice from a physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. This blog post is not intended to serve as a substitute for medical diagnostics or treatments. Consult your physician before trying any new products or exercises.

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