is an innovative treatment that certified Physical Therapists use to both improve function and potentially slow further symptom progression. Parkinson’s changes normal movement patterns, and those that suffer from the disease make smaller and slower movements including shuffling or freezing while walking, putting them at risk for falls. One-on-one treatment in the clinic with a LSVT BIG® certified physical therapist, combined with at-home practice has been shown to improve amplitude and speed of movement, posture, balance, and function.
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Signs & Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease
No single one of these signs means that you should worry, but if you have more than one sign you should consider making an appointment to talk to your doctor.
- Small handwriting
- Loss of smell
- Trouble sleeping
- Trouble moving or walking- feeling as if your feet are stuck to the floor, stiffness in hips and shoulders that doesn’t go away, decreased arm swing
- Soft or low voice
- Masked face- serious, depressed, or mad face even if you are in a good mood
- Dizziness or fainting
- Stooping or hunching over
for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD), is more than healthy — it is a vital component to maintaining balance, mobility and activities of daily living. Exercise and physical activity can improve many PD symptoms. These benefits are supported by research. The Parkinson’s Outcomes Project shows that people with PD who start exercising earlier at a minimum of 2.5 hours a week, experience a slowed decline in quality of life compared to those who start later. Establishing early exercise habits is essential to overall disease management.
Living with PD Tips
Start a treatment plan as early as possible that includes an exercise plan and treatment with a specially trained physical therapist. It is important to work at maintaining as much normal movement as possible.
Be sure to surround yourself with a great support team including doctors, friends and family.