Physical Therapy Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease
I. LSVT BIG:
We Focus on 3 areas:
- BIGNESS – size of your movement
- MODE- exercise or the program requires intense exercise and very high effort!
- On a scale of 0-10, you have to work as hard as a 7 or 8 throughout your session.
- CALIBRATION – this is when your brain accepts the fact that movements that feel too big, are actually normal movements!
IT REQUIRES a significant amount of effort from the person with Parkinson’s disease. There are 16 sessions: 4 days each week for 4 weeks. Sessions are 1 hour with little to no rest periods. There is mandatory daily homework and carryover exercises. The program focuses on both improved walking and a personal goal which you choose.
II. PWR Parkinson Wellness Recovery:
A physical therapy approach which utilizes current scientific research. It is a more personalized treatment addressing slowness of movement, stiffness, postural instability/falls and freezing.
The core of the PWR program is these 4 moves; PWR up, Rock, Twist, and Step. These moves are incorporated into different challenge levels and used to work on a patient’s primary issues, emphasizing large amplitude, intense movements that target posture, trunk flexibility, and weight shifting, and walking. In addition, voice control, finger dexterity, and arm motion are addressed. The PWR Program directly addresses motor and cognitive issues through the 4 building block movements. These MOVES can be used as a stand alone exercise program but more importantly, these principles can be implemented into any exercise program. Exercise as a physiological tool to help protect, repair, and optimize brain function of individuals with Parkinson’s Disease.
The American Academy of Neurology (AAN), is an international association of more than 21,000 neurology professionals dedicated to providing the best possible care for patients with neurological disorders.
A national nonprofit dedicated to Parkinson’s disease research, education and advocacy. PDF is working for the nearly one million people in the US who live with Parkinson’s Disease.
PWR! is about early intervention, enrichment, education and empowerment of those who are living with Parkinson disease. The basic science studies advocate for exercise as a first line of defense as earlier and more Parkinson disease diagnoses become a reality. Even as other proactive options like medications and deep brain stimulation become utilized, exercise is just as necessary to optimize their benefits.
The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson’s today. Since 2000, The Michael J. Fox Foundation has funded more than $450 million to speed a cure for Parkinson’s disease.