Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that affects many of our Elders around us. While there is currently no cure for Parkinson's, various therapeutic approaches aim to enhance the quality of life for individuals living with the condition.
Today we would like to learn how physiotherapy interventions can contribute to improved mobility, function, and overall well-being.
Increasing the Amplitude of Movement
One hallmark of Parkinson’s is the gradual reduction in movement amplitude, more frequently you will see the patient start “curling up”. Patients will face a progressive reduction in motion range.
Physiotherapy, a more particular program like LSVT BIG, focuses on extending the amplitude of movement. The therapy is designed to retrain the muscles and slow down the progression of the body's inclination to curl up. Speak to your therapist about your rehabilitation plan for a targeted and effective approach.
Correcting and Improving Movement Patterns and Posture
Physiotherapists are experts in identifying and addressing abnormal movement patterns and postural issues in Parkinson's patients. Through a combination of targeted exercises and hands-on techniques, physiotherapy aims to correct movement patterns and enhance posture. This not only contributes to improved physical function but also alleviates discomfort associated with altered postures.
Maintaining Balance to Minimize Fall Risk
Parkinson's patients often face challenges in maintaining a good posture and balance, increasing the risk of falls. Normally, we will include exercises that specifically target core strength and balance. These exercises are designed to minimize fall risks, allowing individuals to move with confidence and independence.
Reinforcing Reciprocal Movement
Reciprocal movements, involving side-to-side and left-to-right patterns, may be affected by Parkinson's disease. Sometimes, we will incorporate the use of a pedal exerciser, to reinforce reciprocal movements. This helps individuals regain the natural coordination necessary for activities like walking and reduces the impact of Parkinson's on these essential patterns.
If you or someone you know is grappling with the challenges of Parkinson's disease, we invite you to take the first step towards a more active and fulfilling life. Schedule a complimentary one-hour Google Meeting with our experienced clinical coordinator. This personalized consultation will offer valuable insights and guidance on how physiotherapy can make a meaningful impact on your journey with Parkinson's.
Together, let's embark on a path towards improved movement, enhanced posture, and a life filled with greater freedom. Book your free consultation now to take the first step towards a more active and fulfilling future.
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