Physiotherapy for Parkinson's Disease
A person with Parkinson's disease will benefit from specialist neurological physiotherapy.
Physiotherapy treatment will promote your physical function and your independence in everyday life. Physiotherapy will also focus on managing the risk of falling. Physiotherapy treatment will increase muscle strength, joint flexibility and balance.
Neurological physiotherapy will improve your quality of life by maximising your potential. Physiotherapy treatment will be centred on:
- Exercise to help maintain muscle strength for as long as possible making transfers and walking easier to achieve
- Muscle stretching to lengthen tight muscles, increase range of movement and prevent joint and muscle stiffness
- Exercise to help relax rigid muscles and joints to maintain a good posture and make movements smooth and efficient
- Balance training to increase confidence and prevent the risk of falling
- Exercise to increase stamina and reduce fatigue
- Activities to improve posture and comfort in lying, sitting and standing.
- Reducing any pain that you may be experiencing
- Cueing and movement strategies to reduce the effects of freezing
- Teaching ways of transferring such as getting up out of a chair or moving in bed
- Advice on aids and adaptations to the home that might be of use for functional abilities for people with Parkinson's disease
An initial assessment will look at how Parkinson's disease affects you and goals will be developed centred around you and those close to you. Specialised neurological physiotherapy treatment will help you live the best life as possible by improving your physical function and sense of well being.