Parkinsons Disease (pd)

Parkinsons Disease (pd)

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition that leads to disorders of movement causing difficulty with functions such as walking, talking, and writing.

Parkinson’s occurs as result of a loss of nerve cells in the part of the brain known as the substantia nigra. These cells are responsible for producing a chemical known as dopamine, which allows messages to be sent to the parts of the brain that co-ordinate movement.

Common symptoms include:

  • Tremor
  • Slowness of movement
  • Difficulties with initiation of movement
  • ‘Freezing’ when walking
  • Stiffness
  • Reduced mobility
  • Reduced balance and risk of falling
  • Cognitive difficulties
  • Speech can be affected

How we can help

Following detailed assessment, we will provide an individualised programme. Therapy includes specifically designed treatments and exercises that do not only work the muscles and joints but aim to make neurological changes that can help slow down the rate of the disease progression.

  • Work on bed mobility and transfer techniques
  • Stretches and strengthening exercises
  • Improve balance and reduce falls
  • Provision of equipment where appropriate
  • Strategies to help improve walking and initiation of movement
  • Teaching relatives and carers stretches, positioning and correct handling techniques

For further information see:

Parkinson’s UK – www.parkinsons.org.uk/information-and-support/exercise
PD Warrior – www.pdwarrior.com
NHS Choices –  www.nhs.uk/conditions/parkinsons-disease/
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapists – www.csp.org.uk/publications/physiotherapy-works-parkinsons-disease


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