03 Nov 10 signs of Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a progressive, neurological disorder that affects the central nervous system. While the exact cause of PD is unknown, it is believed that multiple factors are responsible for causing PD. These include genetics, aging, environmental factors, exposure to toxins and certain viruses. It is understood that when PD occurs, neurons in an area of the brain known as the substantia nigra are damaged or lost resulting in a reduction in dopamine. Dopamine is a powerful brain chemical that assists in movement and mood. 10 common signs of Parkinson’s Disease include:
- Shaking of movement, in particular a pin rolling tremor in the hands which often occurs at rest
- Rigidity of movement, specifically a stiff rigid trunk and stooped posture
- Slowness of movement , this is called bradykinesia and can occur with daily activities such as talking and eating
- Difficulty walking, characterized by a slow, shuffly gait with minimal push off and heel strike.
- Blank facial expression and difficulty expressing emotions through facial movements
- Reduced sense of smell
- Anxiety and depression related to a change in dopamine levels in the brain
- Unsteadiness and a history of falling, this includes difficulty getting in/out of chairs
- Memory difficulties and a reduced capacity to reason or concentrate
- Emotional changes including apathy, whereby there is a general lack of emotion or interest in things others might find interesting or things the person previously found interesting
While there is no current cure for PD, several treatment options do exist. Fleurieu Physiotherapy & Wellness are now offering a fantastic program called ‘PD Warrior’ which is an exercise philosophy designed to help slow down the symptoms of PD. PD Warrior uses specific, high intensity exercises to target symptoms of PD. PD Warrior is different from working out in the gym or going for a walk as these generic exercises do not give the body the opportunity to drive the brains natural ability to re-wire itself. PD Warrior incorporates the most current evidence into its program to ensure that clients get success.
PD Warrior classes at Fleurieu Physiotherapy & Wellness are energetic, motivating and a bit of fun! Our physiotherapist Stuart is excited to help clients with PD live their best life possible. To join our PD Warrior program, you require an initial physiotherapy assessment followed by a couple of 1:1 sessions with Stuart where he will teach you the basics of the PD Warrior program. Stuart will then transition you into the group class. For further information on PD Warrior at Fleurieu Physiotherapy & Wellness, call us on 8528 7650 or click the ‘book online’ button to make an initial appointment. We can’t wait to see you soon!