How can Neurological Physiotherapy help?
Here are some ways in which a Neuro Physiotherapist can help individuals with Parkinson’s:
A Neuro Physiotherapist will conduct a comprehensive assessment to evaluate the individual’s mobility, balance, strength, flexibility, and overall functional abilities. This assessment helps identify specific areas of difficulty and guides the development of an individualized treatment plan.
Gait and Balance Training:
Parkinson’s can affect walking and balance, leading to an increased risk of falls. Neuro Physiotherapists can provide gait training and balance exercises to help improve walking patterns, enhance stability, and reduce the risk of falls. They may also prescribe assistive devices like canes or walkers if necessary.
Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Rehabilitation:
For individuals who have undergone deep brain stimulation surgery, Neuro Physiotherapists can provide rehabilitation and help optimize the benefits of the procedure. They can work with the individual to regain movement control, improve coordination, and adjust to any changes resulting from the surgery.
Movement Strategies and Techniques:
Neuro Physiotherapists can teach individuals with Parkinson’s various movement strategies and techniques to enhance motor control and function. These may include techniques such as rhythmic cueing, external cues, and visual or auditory feedback to facilitate smoother movements and overcome freezing episodes.
Education and Self-Management:
Neuro Physiotherapists can educate individuals with Parkinson’s and their caregivers about the condition, its progression, and strategies to manage symptoms. They may provide guidance on energy conservation techniques, postural awareness, and modifications to daily activities to promote independence and optimise function.
Neuro Physiotherapists can assess the home environment and provide recommendations to minimise fall risks. They can also guide individuals in improving their balance, strength, and coordination to reduce the likelihood of falls.