Parkinson’s Disease – can Physiotherapy help?

Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive neurological disorder which affects the brain’s ability to produce neurotransmitters that allow your body to move properly. This results in stiffness and difficulty in initiating movement.

Parkinson’s Disease doesn’t necessarily look like the typical picture of shaking tremors and stuttering gait. There is much more involved in this movement disorder. Due to its progressive nature, symptoms may be mild and hardly noticeable to severe enough to significantly impact your daily life.

Did you know that some Physiotherapists are trained to assess and treat the many symptoms at any stage of the disorder?

Some of the symptoms we can provide therapy for are:

  • Difficulty navigating busy/crowded environments
  • Difficulty initiating movement
  • Problems with balance and coordination
  • Changes to speech
  • Decreased facial expressions
  • Difficulty writing
  • Tremors/shaking
  • Rigidity/stiffness of movement
  • Slowness of movement (bradykinesia)
  • Muscular weakness/difficulty completing tasks of daily living

Here at Easthill Physio we strive to make physio fun! Following an individualized assessment, we create a therapeutic, individualized, exercise program to help promote larger and more coordinated movements. Gait training can involve upbeat music and navigating tricky obstacle courses. We even get to shout a little to work on speech projection. Heck, why not!  Different techniques such as exercising to a good beat can significantly improve the success of the activity.  Check us out on Facebook  to see an inspiring video of how amazing music integrated therapy can be for individuals with Parkinson’s.

Let us know if we can help!

Nicole Carrao, Registered Physiotherapist

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