What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s Disease is a chronic and progressive neurologic disorder, however, research has shown that early intervention with physical therapy can be helpful in slowing the progression of symptoms. While the exact cause is unknown, scientists believe that certain genetic and environmental factors lead to the damage of the dopamine receptors in the brain responsible for movement control. Brill Physical Therapy offers smart care for the best results of restoring mobility and addressing the effects of Parkinson’s.
What are the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease?
There are currently an estimated one million individuals living with Parkinson’s Disease in the United States, with approximately four percent receiving their diagnosis before the age of 50. Symptoms differ greatly from person to person, however, the most common movement symptoms are:
Resting Tremor in Hand or Foot
Slow Movement of Facial Expression and Walking
Tight Muscles and Trunk Stiffness
Bent Over Posture
How can Brill Physical Therapy help?
Brill Physical Therapy can help patients with Parkinson’s Disease by enhancing walking, balance, strength and flexibility. We design a customized 5-15 minute home exercise program (supported by evidence) to fit each patient and target the areas affected the most since each patient presents differently.
Here at Brill Physical Therapy, we have developed a treatment regimen to help patient’s cope with Parkinson’s Disease and help slow the rate of symptoms. Since trunk mobility can be such a big issue with patients, we would like to share one simple exercise to help keep you moving:
Lying Spinal Twists
Lying on your back with both knees bent, slowly let your knees fall to one side as you exhale. Hold for 10 seconds, then slowly let your legs fall to the other side. Repeat 3 times on both sides alternating. This will help you stretch your back safely.