Exercise can improve mobility for Parkinson’s patients

Research has shown that increased intensity, duration and frequency of activity/exercise significantly improves mobility for Parkinson’s disease patients.

However, it is important for these patients to learn and engage in an exercise routine that is specifically geared toward helping with the disease.

This is why outpatient rehabilitation plays a vital role in helping patients manage their disease and improve function.

Physical, occupational and speech therapy can all help treat and manage Parkinson’s disease, depending on the patient’s individual needs. Physical therapy focuses on posture, balance, walking and teaching patients proper, safe exercises.

Occupational therapy focuses on helping patients with their upper body strength, fine motor skills, handwriting and activities of daily living such as bathing and dressing.

Because many Parkinson’s disease patients begin to lose the volume of their voice, speech therapy focuses on helping patients talk louder and be better understood.

Cone Health’s Neurorehabilitation Center takes a team approach to treating and helping patients manage their Parkinson’s disease, with a dedicated team of physical, occupational and speech therapists.

The Center also holds a free educational group session each month for recently diagnosed patients throughout the community, called Power Over Parkinson’s.

The program is designed to encourage, empower and educate Parkinson’s disease patients on the steps to help manage their disease and improve their quality of life.

Power Over Parkinson’s sessions are held on the third Tuesday of every month from 4-5:00 pm at Cone Health Women’s Hospital Education Center. To find out more, you can call 271-2054.

Spokesperson Background:
Amy Marriott is a physical therapist at Cone Health Neurorehabilitation Center.

Certified in LSVT BIG (a protocol developed specifically to address the unique movement impairments for people with Parkinson’s disease) and Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery (PWR!) techniques, Marriott specializes in treating Parkinson’s disease patients.

In March 2014, she completed Allied Team Training through the National Parkinson Foundation. Marriott earned a Master of Physical Therapy from East Carolina University in 2000.

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