Neurological physiotherapy plays a very important role for people with Parkinson’s. Key problems are the slowing and stiffening of movement and a stooped posture. Difficulties walking and carrying out everyday tasks, such as getting in and out of bed, are common. An early referral to specialist neurological physiotherapy is strongly recommended, but we can still provide treatment even if you have been managing the condition for a long period of time.
During the initial stages we will assess your walking, muscle strength, muscle length, balance and posture. We will set up, progress and monitor a home exercise programme, as well as providing advice and support for you, your family, and carers. We will teach you strategies to improve your walking, and introduce techniques to make some of your automatic movements easier, in order to help to prevent falls. We will also help to increase your confidence regarding movement and everyday activities, with the goal of improving your independence and quality of life.