Excellence in physical therapy is our motto; and it's our way of life at Elder Care. We provide the highest quality physical therapy treatments to promote wellness for adults in our community.
How can exercise help those with Parkinson's Disease?
There was a time when little hope was given to someone when diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD). At diagnosis, the brain has already lost approximately 50% of its dopamine producing cells in the substantia nigra. Dopamine is an important chemical that helps control automatic movements and coordination in our body. That means that your body has likely been dealing with the disease for 5+ years. While this may seem discouraging at first, dig in and really think about it. Your brain is amazing! It has been doing more with less for years via reorganization and neuroplasticity without you lifting a finger. Your brain is waiting for you to get on board!
Exercise is medicine. For people with PD, this is absolutely true. Recent advances in basic and clinical science research suggest that exercise and learning approaches which promote aerobics may protect vulnerable neurons, repair damaged circuits, and optimize function in persons with PD. To maximize those brain/body benefits, research studies have also identified that what you do and how you do it is important. The training of large amplitude whole body movement, the practice of high effort, and the training of sensory awareness are essential neuroplasticity-principled components of what to do in any exercise program for people with PD. It has also been strongly encouraged that PD-specific exercise begin at diagnosis.
Parkinson Wellness Recovery (PWR!) has researched and developed cutting-edge exercise regimens for the treatment of people with PD. Aerobic exercise with large amplitude, high intensity (relative to your functional level) and intentional movements is the key. People with PD have lost aspects of their body awareness and their automaticity of movements. Their brains are telling them that moving slow and small is good enough. The opposite is true.
PWR! Moves promotes forced pace, varied sequence, functional movement patterns in an array of body positions ranging from back, belly, all-fours, sitting, and standing. The movements can be tailored to your individual interests or limitations, providing improvements to your everyday function. The new reality is that specific exercise has been shown to promote brain change, allowing people with PD to not only maintain their level of function but GET BETTER MOVEMENTS.
How do I set up an appointment?
To set up an appointment for a comprehensive evaluation, please call 918-766-0391 or email our Director of Physical Therapy, Josh Lindblom, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Prior to your evaluation, we will verify your insurance and gather some pertinent health information.
After completion of skilled Physical Therapy, PWR! Moves patients may participate in our weekly PWR! Moves classes which meet Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:15am. Contact Josh Lindblom for more information.