Physiotherapy for early Parkinson’s Disease – Is it really necessary?

The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) has updated its guideline to recommend specialist physiotherapy for early-stage Parkinson’s, such as for individuals with balance problems and movement related problems.

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition, which is caused by a lack of the chemical Dopamine in the brain.

There is currently no cure for Parkinson’s. We know that medication helps BUT EXERCISE IS THE ONLY PROMISE FOR SLOWING PARKINSON’S DOWN CURRENTLY. 

As our brain is able to rewire pathways and protect itself through the process of neuroplasticity and neuroprotection, individuals with early Parkinson’s are advised to carry out neuro-active exercises. In simple terms, this is exercise that is challenging physically and psychologically and is meaningful to one’s environment and life. These exercises can help improve the primary motor impairments of Parkinson’s, which includes: hypokinesia (small movements), bradykinesia (slow movements), tremors and rigidity or stiffness.

 

For more information about how we can help you at London Home Physio, please contact us on 0207 096 0684 or email [email protected]

 

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