Andrea and I went to Toronto this past weekend for a Rehabilitation in Parkinson’s Disease course. It was put on by One Step Ahead Mobility, a fantastic private neurological clinic. These ladies are a wealth of knowledge and experience in Parkinson’s Disease (PD) treatment and self-management. We came out with many new and different treatment ideas applicable to our clients with PD as well as stroke, MS and brain injuries.
Here are a few take-home points:
- if you are less than 65 years old and you exercise often and intensely, you have a decreased your risk of developing PD.
-ongoing intensive exercise should be highly encouraged in PD. Exercise can make it possible to take lower dosages of medications while maintaining function longer.
-when someone is diagnosed with PD, they should initiate physiotherapy as soon as possible. It is easier to learn movement strategies early-on and with a long-term exercise plan their function and quality of life can be maintained for longer.
At Active Living Physiotherapy and Fitness Club, we prioritize Parkinson’s Disease rehabilitation. Our physiotherapists can help educate and get you started with a long-term exercise plan.
Our fitness instructors lead daily PD exercise classes using exercises that research shows are best suited for people with PD. If you or someone you know has PD, send them our way and we will take care of them.
P.S. One Step Ahead Mobility is planning a retreat next summer for people with PD and their spouses. It sounds like an amazing idea so we'll keep you informed when we know more.