What is it?
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder. It affects the cells of the brain that produce a chemical called “Dopamine” which is responsible for smooth and coordinated movements of the body. Hence, this condition is also called a “Movement Disorder.” There is currently no known cause for this disease, however, it’s gradual progression reduces one’s ability to move around with ease over time.
How can it affect me?
People with Parkinson’s may experience:
- Muscle stiffness (rigidity)
- Slowness in movement
- Change in posture (forward bent)
- Reduced balance
- Impaired coordination
- Changes to walking pattern and speed
- Reduced lung capacity affecting fitness
- Difficulty with speech and writing
How Neuphysio can help!
Although disease progression cannot be stopped, Physiotherapy, along with pharmaceutical management has been shown to reduce the impact of the disease and keep quality of life and participation high. After a detailed history, movement, strength, walking and balance assessment, a personalized exercise program including stretching and strengthening will keep you working out with disease slow-down in mind. Gait and balance training reduce falls and keep people independent and safe.
Having trouble remembering your routine, or need assistance to perform safely, Neufit Training offers unique disease specific Training for people with Parkinson’s. Registered Massage Therapy helps with relieving painful trigger points associated with rigidity, loosening the tissues to allow for more relaxed movement. Osteopathy can address the relationship between the function and the structure of tissues in the body impacted by the disease. This treatment works to make sure every small part of the body is able to contribute to normal movement.