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Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder caused by a lack of dopamine because some of the nerve cells producing the chemical have died.

The cause of the disease is unknown at present, but researchers think it could be due to a combination of environmental and genetic factors, causing the dopamine producing cells to start to die.

Symptoms start to appear when the brain stops producing enough dopamine to control movement properly.

Symptoms can vary, but the most common ones are tremor-shaking at rest, slowness of movement and rigidity (muscle symptoms).

High intensity neuro-active exercises are essential in slowing down the progression and relieving symptoms of Parkinson's disease.

A physiotherapy assessment will look at how Parkinson’s is affecting your life and your movement. This could include:

  • fitness training
  •  advice on posture
  • maintaining flexibility
  • provision on walking aids
  • muscle strengthening to help prevent falls.

A physiotherapy exercise programme will usually include a home exercise programme, and advice on maintaining independence at home.

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Fundraising at the clinic for Parkinson's Awareness Week

Useful Links

Parkinson's UK Website

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy on Parkinson's

Protas, E. J. et al. 2005. Gait and step training to reduce falls in Parkinson’s disease. Neuro Rehabilitation 20(3), pp. 183-190. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16340099