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. Neuro-Physiotherapy can help with this.
The benefits of physiotherapy for those with Parkinson’s is widely recognised. The 2017 NICE guidance for Parkinson’s Disease in adults recommends referring people who are in the early stages of the disease to a physiotherapist with experience of Parkinson’s disease for assessment, education and advice, including information about physical activity. Additionally it recommends offering Parkinson’s disease-specific physiotherapy for people who are experiencing balance or motor function problems.
During the initial stages of treatment 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.