Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive neurological disorder affecting the brain and central nervous system. It is best described as a movement disorder. Parkinson’s affects as many as 1 million people in the United States and approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed each year.
While Parkinson’s Disease can occur in a younger individual, it mostly affects people over the age of 50. The cause is still unknown despite extensive research. Many experts think that Parkinson’s is caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, which may vary from person to person.
The four primary motor signs of Parkinson’s are:
Parkinson’s is diagnosed by a physician. Your physician will investigate your past medical history, ask about common symptoms and look at movement patterns and walking. They will also check muscle flexibility and strength, reflexes, and vision. Other tests will also be done to rule out other diagnoses.
The most effective treatment combination for Parkinson’s Diseae is medication, physical therapy, nutritional changes, home modifications for safety and family/caregiver education.
Cutting-edge Parkinson’s Solutions is available at Advanced Physical Therapy of Central Florida. These solutions can help all of your symptoms; they have even been shown to slow the progression of Parkinson’s!
One of these Parkinson’s solutions is called the LSVT BIG Program and was designed specifically for people with Parkinson’s. The focus of the program is to retrain a patient’s brain to encourage faster and larger movement through a series of activities that over-exaggerate movement patterns. It is an intensive and complex program conducted one-on-one, 4 x’s per week for 4 consecutive weeks. After a comprehensive assessment by one of our Physical Therapists, treatment sessions will include LSVT BIG techniques such as:
At the end of the 4 weeks our patients notice improved balance, bigger steps, faster movement, less freezing of movement, and overall greater confidence.
Another Parkinson’s solution is Rock Steady Boxing. Parkinson’s causes a loss in many of the same elements that boxers condition to improve. Rock Steady Boxing is a non-contact boxing based fitness curriculum. The exercises are adapted from boxing drills. This program is proven to help:
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