Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive neurological disease which presents in a number of different ways. Understanding your type of Parkinson’s and identifying your impairments is critical for developing a treatment plan. The latest research identifies that early intervention and specific exercises can help to slow the progression of the condition.

In Parkinson’s Disease, the brain has trouble producing or using dopamine, a chemical that helps control movement. This lack of dopamine means that muscles aren’t coordinated properly. People with Parkinson’s Disease aren’t weak because they can’t activate a muscle, but because all their muscles are active at once, leading to slow movements (bradykinesia).

They may also experience tremors, difficulty shifting their weight, and a higher risk of falling. Additionally, Parkinson’s can affect thinking and may be linked to dementia.

Parkinson’s Disease

How Can Physiotherapy Help?

People with Parkinson’s Disease typically engage in 25% less exercise than their peers. Physiotherapy can offer several benefits:

  1. Builds Confidence: Regular physiotherapy can help individuals feel more capable and confident in their physical abilities.
  2. Addresses Impairments Directly: Physiotherapy targets specific impairments, helping to manage symptoms and improve function.
  3. Slows Deterioration and Reduces Falls: By focusing on balance, strength, and coordination, physiotherapy can slow physical decline and lower the risk of falls.
  4. Boosts Motivation: Structured exercise programs and the support of a physiotherapist can enhance motivation to stay active.
  5. Promotes Brain Health: Physiotherapy has been shown to increase the production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and glial-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF), which are essential for nerve growth and cell survival.

 

Our Physiotherapist Thomas Parkinson has extensive experience in this condition and works from our accessible Claremont clinic. To make an appointment, call our Claremont physio clinic on (08) 9384 1555 or click here to book an initial assessment.

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