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Parkinsons Disease

Parkinsons Disease (PD) is a progressive disorder which mainly affects the ability to move. This  is due to cell death in an area of the brain known as the substantia nigra which is involved in eliciting movement of the body. The main characteristics of PD are:

Tremor which  normally occurs at rest and reduces on movement or when asleep.

Slowness of Movement (Bradykinesia) which involves both the planning and execution of the movement.

Rigidity or stiffness of the muscles due to increased tone.

These in turn can cause weakness, changes in posture, reduced flexibility difficulties with speech and swallowing, reduced balance with risk of falling and difficulty with writing.

These main symptoms have an affect on function making it more difficult to do such tasks as turn in bed, stand up, walk, turn and use the hands in a controlled manner. People can also develop problems with concentration, memory and problem solving.

Physiotherapy and Parkinsons disease.

At the Eastcliff Therapy Centre, one of our Specialist Neurophysiotherapists will assess the client for all the characteristics of PD and how they may be affecting their functional ability. A treatment plan and realistic achievable goals will then be discussed with the client and their family/carers.

Treatment could include:

Stretches to maintain or improve muscle and short tissue length and flexibility.  This may involve the physio, individual or carer

Posture advice in bed, sitting and standing.  Standing posture to ensure an upright stance is important to help improve walking.

Practice of functional tasks using cueing. There is substantial evidence of the use of cueing and PD and your therapist will discuss all types of cueing to determine the most effective one.

Advice on turning, falls and outdoor mobility.

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