Parkinson’s disease is currently classified as the second most common degenerative brain disorder affecting 7 to 10 million people worldwide. Within the United States, Parkinson’s affects 1 million Americans. Parkinson’s disease is primarily related to a disturbance in dopamine within the brain. Dopamine is a brain chemical that affects controlled movement, sleep, ability to learn and retain information, mood, attention, and decision making.
Parkinson’s disease includes four cardinal signs and symptoms. Resting tremor is typically seen, which is a shaking or oscillating movement. Next bradykinesia, which is a slowness of movement. Rigidity is an increase in resistance to passive motion and feeling stiff. And lastly, postural instability which manifests in several ways affecting balance, coordination, and individuals may demonstrate a shuffling walking pattern.
Neulife Rehab empowers clients to manage, control, and progress toward their goals through fun and novel interventions by certified therapists in all disciplines including: physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and mental health. Studies show results are better when treatment is started early. Our holistic treatment approach through physical, dietary, and mental wellbeing assist in enhancing our clients to reach their maximal potential.
Two of our clinicians are certified in the leading evidence-based intervention for Parkinson’s disease called LSVT-BIG for physical therapy treatment, and LSVT-LOUD for speech therapy. Exercising will improve muscle strength, flexibility, and coordination/balance, as well as reduce anxiety/depression. We emphasize motor learning, sensory-motor integration, and agility. LSVT-BIG is based on the concept of repetitive high amplitude movement to improve our clients’ performance and safety with functional mobility.
Our personalized plan of care work on our clients’ specific needs, regardless of the stage of their condition. LSVT-LOUD is customized to recalibrate a client’s perception of speech to improve their voice and communication. Speech therapy will also provide strategies to enhance memory and cognitive reasoning.
Activities of daily living (ADL) including: dressing, bathing, eating, or writing may be difficult for individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Our occupational therapy services will teach techniques to make ADLs more manageable. Our occupational therapists may suggest adaptations and modifications to advance accessibly, thus increasing client independence.
We hope to put this important topic in the spotlight this month, and bring awareness to a neurological disease that affects so many.