Treatment includes learning strategies to adapt your movements so they become easier and more comfortable for you as well as determining how best to use assistive devices such as wheelchairs or walkers if necessary.
Parkinson’s is a progressive degenerative disease of the nervous system. Symptoms include tremors, muscle rigidity, and slow, imprecise movement causing difficulty with walking. Parkinson’s generally affects middle-aged to elderly people.
Physiotherapy care can help with maintaining mobility, strength and function as the symptoms of the disease progress. Treatment also includes learning strategies to help adapt to your body’s changing limitations.
Gordon age 74, had lived with Parkinson’s for 5 years when he contacted us. He and his wife lived in a house and his condition was worsening. He wanted to learn different strategies to help him cope with the disease and to get him moving more.
His desire was to maintain as much movement and function as possible, even as the disease progressively made his symptoms of muscle tightness, tremors, pain and weakness worse. His goal was to keep going out on Sunday drives and brunch, a tradition he shared with his wife for 45 years.
We worked with Gordon to improve his balance and walking, strengthen and stretch his muscles, teach him new strategies to complete difficult tasks, and teach him how to prevent falls. We found the right equipment that helped Gordon to move more easily in his house. In all that we did, we kept his wife involved and showed her ways to help Gordon. The last we’ve heard, they’re still going out for their Sunday brunches.
(Note: This is a composite story based on the many common situations of clients we have worked with over the past several years.)