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Parkinson's - Physiotherapy Management

Living with Parkinson's presents a unique range of challenges, but with proper care and the right team, individuals can continue to lead fulfilling lives. If your loved one is living with Parkinson's, considering physiotherapy, alongside other forms of allied health, can provide them with the tools and support they need to navigate these challenges with confidence. Taking a holistic, integrated approach, we provide physiotherapy services alongside occupational therapy and speech pathology to address the diverse symptoms of Parkinson's.

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Physiotherapy Intervention for Parkinson's

Parkinson's disease is a complex neurological condition that can lead to a range of motor symptoms, ultimately impacting an individual's mobility and overall quality of life. If a loved one is living with Parkinson's, considering physiotherapy as a means of managing the condition can be instrumental in enhancing their quality of life and empowering them to live as independently as possible. Through our Parkinson's physiotherapy programs, we conduct personalised assessments, develop tailored management strategies, and provide ongoing education to address the specific challenges your loved one faces.

The Aims of Physiotherapy for Parkinson's

The aim of physiotherapy for Parkinson's disease is to improve the physical and functional abilities of individuals with this condition and enhance their overall quality of life. Parkinson's is a progressive neurological disorder that can lead to a variety of motor symptoms, including tremors, rigidity, bradykinesia (slowness of movement), and postural instability. Physiotherapy plays a crucial role in addressing these symptoms and the specific needs of each patient.

 

At Levaro, our key objectives of Parkinson's physiotherapy management are:

  • Improve mobility (with or without mobility aids)

  • Reduce muscle rigidity and stiffness

  • Enhance posture and balance

  • Address bradykinesia

  • Improve functional abilities and independence

  • Maintain strength and flexibility

  • Reduce tremors

  • Minimise risk of falls

  • Education and self-management (for both individual & carers)

The Role of A Neurological Physio in the Management of Parkinson's

Within the multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals, the role of a neurological physiotherapist is vital in the holistic management of Parkinson's. Our team of professionals are experts in understanding the unique needs and challenges of individuals with Parkinson's and play a crucial role in enhancing their overall quality of life. Explore below the roles of a neurological physiotherapist: 

Assessment

Assessment is a critical component of our role in managing Parkinson's. It involves an in-depth examination of mobility, balance, posture, muscle tone, and other specific motor symptoms. The purpose of this assessment is to gain a comprehensive understanding of the individual's condition, allowing us to create a personalised management plan that addresses their unique needs and goals effectively. It helps identify the areas of impairment and provides valuable insights into the clients current condition, allowing for targeted and effective interventions.

Education

Educating individuals and their carers is a central element of our approach to managing Parkinson's. In doing so, we empower individuals and their support network with strategies to manage symptoms at home. Our commitment to fostering a collaborative environment and educating our clients and their carers ensures that they remain well-informed and actively engaged in the decisions that affect them. Our goal is to enhance their overall quality of life whilst empowering individuals and their caregivers to face the journey with knowledge and confidence.

 

Management

Our core responsibility is the management of Parkinson's through specialised neurological physiotherapy. We design and implement individualised management plans to address the motor symptoms and physical limitations associated with Parkinson's. These plans encompass a range of interventions, including targeted exercises, gait retraining, and specialised techniques to manage bradykinesia. Our goal is to improve physical function, maintain independence, and enhance the overall quality of life for those with Parkinson's.

Support

Educating individuals and their carers is a central element of our approach to managing Parkinson's. In doing so, we empower individuals and their support network with strategies to manage symptoms at home. Our commitment to fostering a collaborative environment and educating our clients and their carers ensures that they remain well-informed and actively engaged in the decisions that affect them. Our goal is to enhance their overall quality of life whilst empowering individuals and their caregivers to face the journey with knowledge and confidence.

 

Integrated Parkinson's Physiotherapy

 

We understand the unique challenges that individuals living with Parkinson's face on a daily basis. With tailored Parkinson's physiotherapy care plans, we aim to not only help clients learn to manage the condition but to thrive despite it. Our team of neurological physios work collaboratively with other health professionals, the clients themselves, and their carers to provide the holistic support they need to lead fulfilling lives with confidence and independence. 

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