Primary symptoms of Parkinson's Disease are:
Trembling in hands, arms, legs, jaw, and face
Rigidity, or stiffness of the limbs and trunk
Slowness of movement
Impaired balance and coordination.
As these symptoms become more pronounced, patients may have difficulty walking, talking, or completing other simple tasks. PD usually affects people over the age of 60, but can also occur in younger individuals.
PARKINSON'S MOVEMENT TRAINING
HOW PHYSICAL THERAPY CAN HELP
Studies suggest an enormous capacity of the Parkinson's Disease (PD) brain to reshape itself in response to a specific exercise. We offer two research-based programs specifically developed to help people with PD.
LSVT BIG® and PWR® are paid for by Medicare and PPO insurance.
LSVT BIG® is an exercise treatment program developed specifically for patients with Parkinson's Disease based on the principle that the brain can always learn and change. Research shows that LSVT BIG® training leads to:
Faster walking with bigger steps
Increased trunk rotation
Improved emotional and cognitive abilities
Sustained improvements in movements that last up to three months post-treatment
Improved quality of life
PWR!® (Parkinson Wellness Recovery) is a Parkinson's Disease-specific exercise program shown through research to reduce symptoms, restore function, and improve quality of life, with a promise to slow disease progression.
Parkinson’s Disease affects each patient a little differently. That is why our physical therapists will develop a personalized treatment plan to optimize your movement, improve your activity level, and to help you become as independent as possible and to improve your activity level. The earlier you begin with a Parkinson's-specific exercise program, the better response you will have to treatment. Your personalized treatment plan can do the following:
Improve your general fitness level, strength, and flexibility
Develop more effective strategies to get in and out of bed, chars, and cars
Teach you how to roll over in bed more easily
Assist you in standing, turning and changing directions more efficiently and without getting dizzy
Improve the smoothness and coordination of your walking
Improve your ability to use your hands
Improve your handwriting
Improve your balance and decrease your risk of falling
Help you participate in activities that are important to you
Slow disease progression and decrease the number of medications required
Learn more about our Parkinson’s Disease treatment and rehabilitation programs.
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