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What is Parkinson’s disease?

Parkinson?s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative condition caused by damage to the nerve cells in the brain which results in muscles stiffness, slow uncoordinated movement and problems with mood, speech and bladder and bowel function.

A person with Parkinson’s may have difficulty with their physical function such as walking, balance and coordination due to: People with Parkinson’s may also develop cognitive impairments including difficulty with attention, concentration, problem solving and memory.

Physiotherapy will maximise your physical potential by maintaining muscle strength and length, improving balance and mobility and increasing energy levels.

Mobility exercises between the parallel bars under supervision of a neurological physiotherapistAbove: Mobility exercises between the parallel bars under supervision of a neurological physiotherapist

Physiotherapy for Parkinson’s disease

At, our physiotherapists are experienced at treating individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Our specialised physiotherapists will increase your independence in daily activities and improve your quality of life. Physiotherapy treatment will target you physical symptoms and will focus on:
  • Maintaining muscles strength for as long as possible
  • Maximising mobility
  • Improving joint range of movement
  • Improving balance
  • Improving posture in lying, sitting or standing
  • Preventing falls
  • Increasing energy levels
  • Improving mood and sense of well being
An initial assessment with one of our neurological physiotherapists at will see howParkinson?s affects you and a structured rehabilitation programme will be developed which may include:
  • Muscle stretching exercises to lengthen stiff muscles and joints and to maintain a good posture.
  • Passive and active exercises to keep your joints flexible and make movement smooth and efficient.
  • Activities based around functional tasks to increase stamina and reduce fatigue
  • Breaking down gait pattern into small steps and practising cueing and movement strategies to reduce the effects of freezing
  • Balance training to increase confidence and prevent the risk of falling
  • Correcting and varying posture in lying sitting and standing to increase comfort and prevent soft tissue shortening
  • Teaching transfers such as getting in and out of bed, or on and off a chair
  • Advice on aids and adaptations to the home that might be of use for functional abilities such as transferring walking and getting up and down the stairs
Physiotherapy at will maximise your balance, mobility and muscle strength and flexibility so that you can continue enjoying the activities important to you.

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