Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease

Clients with Parkinson’s disease can benefit greatly from physiotherapy. Current research shows that regular specific exercises designed for people living with Parkinson’s Disease help to maintain function and may help to slow the progression of the disease. Initiation of therapy early after diagnosis is associated with better results, but people living with Parkinson’s can show improvement in function even in later years – so it is never too late to consult a physiotherapist. The best advice we can give is start your specifically prescribed exercises early and don’t stop.

Action Potential Rehab is pleased to offer MOVE! Parkinson's Specific Exercise Group at our clinic. Patients work in groups of two under the supervison of a physiotherapist and rehabilitation assisatnt. Please contact us at 613-680-6400 or at info@actionpotentialrehab.ca for more information.

Our Physiotherapists are able to offer exercise-based therapy to improve your mobility and balance, and to optimize your function. We have clinicians on our team who have certifications in LSVT BIG and PWR.

LSVT Big is a well researched program which helps patients with Parkinson’s to walk faster with bigger steps, improve their balance, and increase their trunk mobility. It is an intensive regimen of specific exercises, with one hour sessions 4 times a week for 4 weeks and a home program. For more information please call us and visit www.LSVTGlobal.com

PWR or Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery is a research based therapeutic exercise program that, like LSVT, works on the brain’s ability to adapt and learn (neuroplasticity). It aims to restore motor function and increase quality of life. It focuses on exercises that are high effort and activate the whole body to improve cardiovascular fitness, balance, mobility, and to improve flexibility.

For more information please call us and visit www.pwr4life.org

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Treadmill training has been shown to have a positive effect on persons with Parkinson’s. Skills learned on the treadmill carry over to walking on land. Treadmill training also improves cardiovascular fitness and primes the brain for learning. At our clinic on Merivale Road, we are able to offer treadmill training with Body Weight Support, an overhead support system which assists you while walking on the treadmill.

The frequency and type of physiotherapy intervention may change throughout the course of the disease process. However, ongoing physiotherapy management can optimize function, maintain mobility, help manage freezing, and help with adaptations as necessary.

The Physiotherapists at Action Potential Rehabilitation can provide individual Hands-on Physiotherapy either in the comfort of your home, without your having to organize transportation, or in our clinic, whichever setting best meets your needs. After an initial assessment, your physiotherapist will try to address any issues regarding pain, muscle strength, rigidity, balance, and mobility problems. Exercises will be prescribed to improve your strength, range of motion, and to optimize your function.

Most exercises and suggestions will directly relate to functional activities (eg. such as getting up out of a chair), so that muscles are strengthened in the way that they are typically used.

Physiotherapists on our team with Assistive Devices Program (ADP) authorization can prescribe equipment such as walkers, canes and wheelchairs as indicated.

 

Disclaimer:

This website provides general information about our services and various conditions. It is not intended to be used for self-assessment or treatment, and is not a substitute for an individualized treatment plan developed by a registered physiotherapist.