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How PhysioFunction can help with Parkinson's 

PhysioFunction’s highly specialised neurological physiotherapists, therapy assistants, sports therapists and personal trainers are able to deliver tailored programs for clients who have Parkinson's.

Some examples of the therapy you may receive includes:

  • Hands-on facilitation and re-education of normal posture and movement patterns
  • Soft tissue techniques to release and mobilise tight muscles
  • Exercise Therapy to work on strengthening, coordination, balance, speed of movement and cardiovascular fitness.
  • Strategies to cope with difficulties such as freezing, and initiation of movement in different situations.
  • Falls prevention – Advice, education and strategies.
  • Techniques for pain management
  • Aquatic Physiotherapy/Hydrotherapy can provide a supportive medium for balance and walking training whilst the water can facilitate freedom of movement and mobility of tight muscles and stiff joints.
  • Group exercise- We are also able to offer group exercise with our multi-level Neurofit classes which are currently being delivered via Zoom following assessment from one of our specialist Physiotherapists. Your Physiotherapist will be able to assess and determine which class may be suitable for you.
  • Our Neurological Physiotherapists may also suggest seeing you in your own home, outdoors, or in the community (eg. gym) to help you manage the day-to-day physical problems you may encounter, and to integrate exercise in your everyday environment.
  • Access to leading technology including, MindMotion Go, GripAble, AlterG and Desmotec d line and v line
  • Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) – in some cases, use of Functional Electrical Stimulation for walking and cycling can provide valuable sensory feedback and external cueing to aid more fluid and natural movement patterns.

Physiotherapy treatment for Parkinson's

Specialist therapy can help with different challenges faced by people affected by Parkinson's (Neurological Physiotherapy). The common aims of rehabilitation can be:

  • Improve your balance and posture
  • Working on improving your strength, flexibility and core stability
  • Teaching strategies to help with freezing, initiating movement and shuffling gait and help make some automatic movements easier
  • Improve your walking
  • Advice and therapy for pain relief
  • Maintain or improve effective breathing and voice control
  • Falls prevention
  • Improve cardiovascular fitness
  • Increase confidence in movement and in your everyday activities
  • Improve quality of life

Occupational Therapy – An OT can assist with the activities of daily living, help make adaptations and provide equipment for home and mobility. They will also support you in returning to work and leisure activities.

Speech and Language Therapy - A SLP can provide support, treatment and advice in communication, speech and swallowing.

Medical Management – Monitors and prescribes medication for pain relief, muscle spasms, and mood.

Psychologists, Dieticians and experts from other professions may also be involved.

What is Parkinson's

Parkinsons is a progressive neurological condition. Degeneration of the central nervous system causes the sufferer to experience problems in motor skills, speech and other functions. One person in every 500 has Parkinson's in the UK which amounts to approximately 120,000 people. Most people who have this condition are over 50 years of age, however there are also younger sufferers.

Common symptoms of Parkinsons are:

  • Involuntary shaking of particular parts of the body (tremor)
  • Slowness of movement - bradykinesia
  • Stiffness of muscles

These can cause problems with balance, pain and reduced mobility leading to increased risk of falls.

Other physical and psychological symptoms which may be experienced can include

  • Problems sleeping
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Memory problems
  • Loss of smell

We currently accept the following Private Medical Insurance