What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive disease that affects the central nervous system and the ability to coordinate movement in the body. Since Parkinson’s Disease affects many areas of the brain, symptoms can vary in individuals and progression can be either mild, moderate or aggressive. Parkinson’s Disease typically affects one’s ability to walk with slower movements (bradykinesia) and difficulty with starting or stopping walking. In addition, movements tend to become slower along with tremors that may occur in the hands. Muscles can become quite rigid, leading to loss of motion and poor posture. Other common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease include slurred speech, irregular facial expressions, and severe tremors. A dangerous symptom is called retropulsion, where the tendency of an individual is to fall backwards with little to no ability to protect oneself.
How therapy helps
Physical therapy is an essential therapy for people with Parkinson’s Disease. While there is no cure for Parkinson’s Disease currently, a tremendous amount can be done to improve one’s function and maintain gains. In coordination with your physician, rehabilitation focuses on improving movement, safety, independence with activities, transfers, cognitive and speech / swallowing.
Physical therapy can help slow the progress of Parkinson’s and provide relief for symptoms. Physical therapy helps to improve flexibility and strength by addressing several issues that Parkinson’s disease may cause, including abnormal gait, freezing, and dystonia.
If you are suffering from Parkinson’s Disease and it limiting you from living the life you want to live, don’t hesitate to request an appointment at Star Physical Therapy to meet with one of our dedicated physical therapists. We can best manage your symptoms and help you reach your physical goals. Don’t suffer in silence – find relief today.