Exercise based treatment for Parkinson's
At Estuary Physio we provide bespoke exercise programmes which incorporate both physical and cognitive training for people with Parkinson's. Clients are educated on how to take a proactive approach to fighting the symptoms of the disease.
Our programmes are supported by a growing body of evidence that shows that high amplitude, high-effort, complex exercise has the potential to slow the progression of Parkinson's disease, by re-wiring and reorganising the pathways within the brain. This re-wiring and physical conditioning can help you to feel fitter and freer with your movement.
Our Parkinson's programmes are not the same as attending a local fitness class or gym. Our therapists are there to advise you how to move correctly at the right intensity, ensuring you achieve the desired long-term benefits from our step-by-step programmes.
Our programmes may include any of the following:
1. High amplitude power movements
We modify the amplitude and speed of movements to help combat the stiffness, slowness and restrictions resulting from Parkinson's.
2. Dual tasking
Often with Parkinson's movements can become less automatic and more conscious, making it difficult to multi task and concentrate on the world around us. Most everyday tasks involve doing more than one thing at once (standing to brush our teeth, walking whilst holding the dog lead etc). It's essential to incorporate exercises which challenge mental processing and encourage you to do more than one task at a time, preparing you for the real world.
3. High intensity circuits
High intensity exercise has been shown to improve neuronal activity and delay the progression of Parkinson's. We use heart rate monitoring equipment to help clients achieve the desired intensity to achieve the best results
Varied Strength exercises can help improve your postural stability and limb strength, giving you the confidence to do more.
5. Cardio fitness
Build fitness and endurance enabling you to stay active and energised for longer
During your initial assessment with one of our specialist neuro physios, you will be asked about your current challenges. They will perform a complete neurological assessment. This assessment will also include different activities which assess your balance, strength, coordination and ability to dual task (do more than one thing at once). Our clinicians use these initial results to monitor your progress during your treatment program.
Our therapists will ask more about your specific goals. Based on these we will help you to create a bespoke programme of exercise to meet your current requirements.
Once you have worked with our therapists to establish a suitable exercise programme, you will have all the tools to stay on top of your condition. If you would prefer to have some extra support long term, you can work with our personal trainers or attend one of our virtual Parkinson's classes.
After your initial period of treatment, you have the option to check in with your therapist and track your progress. Exercise programmes can be adjusted to meet your on-going needs.
If you would like to find out more about Estuary Physios Parkinson's service, please get in touch with us today and speak with one of our clinicians.