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How Therapists can Help Parkinson’s Patients

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Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative brain disorder that can cause shaking, difficulty walking, and problems with balance and coordination.

ProHealth Partners has physical, occupational and speech therapists on staff that can benefit Parkinson’s patients in a variety of ways.

Physical Therapy Benefits

Many of ProHealth’s physical therapists are certified in LSVT Global’s BIG program, which helps Parkinson’s patients use their bodies more effectively. BIG aims to help these individuals perform daily tasks such as dressing themselves, maintaining balance while walking, and getting out of bed.

BIG – a 4-week program which encourages exaggerated movements – is most helpful when used by people early in their diagnosis or when they have minimal to moderate physical limitations. Therapists use BIG to help address hypokinesia (small movement), bradykinesia (slow movement), and kinesthetic awareness (sensory deficits).

Occupational Therapy Benefits

Occupational therapists can assist Parkinson’s patients with everyday tasks as the disease progresses. They may focus on preventing falls, transitioning from sitting to standing positions, turning over in bed or getting out of bed, and awareness and correction of postural problems.

These therapists may also help patients with relationship dynamics and serve as a liaison between the individual and their workplace, providing a support system in their efforts to continue working.

Speech Therapy Benefits

The other part of LSVT Global’s therapy for Parkinson’s patients is LOUD, which addresses common speech problems in Parkinson’s patients: soft speech; difficulty pronouncing words; and muffled or nasal-sounding voice.

Speech therapists can also evaluate swallowing function, a common problem with Parkinson’s patients, and teach communication techniques to conserve energy, such as non-verbal strategies.

For more information on how ProHealth can improve the quality of life for Parkinson’s patients, call us at 877-511-9739 or contact us online.

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