FIVE PHYSIOTHERAPY STEPS FOR PARKINSON’S DISEASE

In simple terms, Parkinson’s disease is an illness that affects the part of your brain that controls how you move your body. It can come on so slowly that you don’t even notice it at first, but over time, what starts as a little shakiness in your hand can have an impact on how you walk, talk, sleep, and think.

An article published to coincide with World Parkinson’s Day on 11th April 2020, presented five evidence based points for physiotherapists working with people with Parkinson’s disease.

  1. High intensity aerobic exercise may provide disease modifying effects in people with early Parkinson’s disease.
  2. Balance training in people with Parkinson’s disease should be complex and challenging to get the best results.
  3. Physiotherapy for the freezing of gait, associated with Parkinson’s disease needs to consider assessment of multiple factors.
  4. Falls can be prevented with appropriately prescribed exercise in people with mild to moderate Parkinson’s disease
  5. Upper limb function can be improved with appropriately prescribed exercise in people with Parkinson’s disease.

At Tamborine Mt Physiotherapy, Scott and Gary understand the frustration and fear associated with the effects of Parkinson’s disease and follow these guidelines in order to ensure the best quality of life for their patients. If you or someone you know is battling with this progressive disease, give us a call on 5545 0500.