Physical Therapy For Parkinson's Disease

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Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease

IS PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR PARKINSON'S DISEASE HELPFUL?

That is a common question that we get from patients, family members, and those who are participating in the Rocksteady Boxing Program for Parkinson’s Disease management. The short answer is yes. What we’ve come to realize in near 10 years of working with a range of patients with PD is that everyone is affected differently by the disease. While some patients only experience tremors, others may experience a combination of tremors, stiffness, slow movement, and trouble starting and stopping movements. Physical therapy for Parkinson’s disease is therefore aimed at addressing the specific deficits and impairments that each individual may experience. 

physical therapy for Parkinson's Disease: balance Training

Patients with PD often have challenges with coordination and dual-tasking. While an individual with PD may want to do something at a given time the body may not cooperate fully. This may result in choppy movements or a common phenomenon of “freezing” where they may feel stuck in space. Physical therapy exercises and strategies can help with freezing.  Because a person feels stuck they will often try to make large movements to overcome feeling frozen and this often results in loss of balance and falling. Target training and hands-on guided are two techniques that can be used to enhance balance and improve postural awareness. 

While several large muscle groups may develop stiffness in those with PD, other muscles may atrophy from lack of proper and regular use. Specific physical therapy exercises can target weakened muscles with a focus on improving function and mobility. Individuals with PD can experience weakness in both postural and larger muscles. Sling exercises are one type of exercises particularly effective in recruiting multiple muscle groups while also emphasizing stability and balance. 

physical therapy for Parkinson's Disease: strength Training

physical therapy for Parkinson's Disease: amplitude Training

Balance training for Parkinson's Disease with physical therapist

Those with Parkinson’s disease often see a gradual decline in the size (or amplitude) of the movements that they make. This is most noticeable in the size of their stride or arm swing when walking. It’s common to hear those receiving physical therapy for Parkinson’s disease say that they particularly don’t feel like they’re moving small movements.  Specific exercises focusing on large amplitude movements and coordination are of particular benefit.  When certain patterns of movement and exercises are reinforced on a regular basis through physical therapy in the proper manner, incorporating them into daily tasks and activities becomes easier. 

The things we do best

Complete Support

We specialize in providing physical therapy for Parkinson's disease. You'll get support from a team well-versed in providing comprehensive care.

Client Satisfaction

Our clients receive 1-on-1 care from board certified specialists.

We Listen

All with Parkinson's disease are affected in different ways. Hearing our clients' concerns helps us create a targeted approach for them.

client testimonials

We are thrilled to serve the needs of all our clients and appreciate the feedback they have for us. 

The office has provided the best experience for all of my recovery needs. The reception, customer focus, and professional dedication of the team here is exceptional.
lisa johnson
Teacher
From our first evaluation, Raj made me feel comfortable and assured that I was in the right place. Not only is he knowledgeable about his craft, but he treats his patients as if they are his family.
Pauline haynes
Full-time Grandmother
His commitment to excellence is obvious and his pride in working with Parkinson's disease is awe-inspiring. It has been a long journey for me made better because Raj was there every step of the way.
Anne Lee
Engineer

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