Parkinson's Disease is a common progressive neurological condition that affects areas of the brain that co-ordinate muscle movements. It is caused by the death of cells in the brain that produce the key neurotransmitter dopamine. Our neurological physiotherapists have experience of helping people with Parkinson's Disease and we operate a home visit service anywhere within a 25 minute drive of Lichfield including areas such as Sutton Coldfield, Tamworth, Rugeley, Cannock and Burton.
The effects of Parkinson's Disease are extremely varied but the following are some of the most common:
Tremors/Shaking: This is usually one of the first symptoms to be noticed and tends to be worst at rest.
Stiffness: Joints and limbs can often become stiff causing difficulty with movement.
Balance and Posture: As the condition progresses people will tend to stoop more and their balance will often worsen causing more falls.
Speech Changes: Words may become slurred or harder to understand
Handwriting: This will often worsen and become very thin and spidery.
How can Neurological Physiotherapy help?
Our neurological physiotherapists will develop a personalised and tailored program for you to help you achieve your goals and targets. Treatments will often include
- Help with improving transfers for example from bed to chair
- Working on assisting you to become more independent or maintain independence
- Assisting you to Improve or hold onto muscle strength
- Methods of reducing the risk of falls and balance exercises
- Help and advice on how to manage symptoms best
- Working on reducing abnormal and problematic gait patterns
- Help with fine motor control
Neurological physiotherapy is an essential component of rehabilitation for patients with Parkinson’s disease. Your physiotherapist at ThreeSpires Physiotherapy will work towards maximising your levels of independence and function as well as reducing any other problems you may be suffering. Your physiotherapist will work on a range of issues including postural alignment, balance, walking and transfers, in order to assist you in gaining as much independence as possible.
Our physiotherapists here at ThreeSpires Physiotherapy understand that improving or maintaining mobility maybe your most important concern. Your physiotherapist will work with you every session to get your mobility to the very best possible state. Our physiotherapists have experience of your condition and will use any specific techniques necessary to assist you in gaining maximum mobility (this might include giving you cues during walking).
Due to the nature of Parkinson's Disease, the lengthy assessment process and the need for ongoing re-assessment as each patient changes; all treatment sessions are 1 hour including follow ups. It is our experience that this extended period of time allows for a much greater benefit and response to therapy and is especially beneficial for patients who may fatigue quickly and may need longer rest periods in sessions