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Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease

  • Have you recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease?
  • Would like to exercise to keep yourself fit and well, but are unsure where to start?
  • Have you noticed that your walking has become slower and that turning is difficult?
  • Do you have difficulty starting or ‘initiating’ movements such as walking, turning in bed or getting up out of a chair?

What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Exercise is important for everyone, but particularly if you have Parkinson’s Disease, because your muscles and joints can become stiff and weak as a result of your condition. You might also find your coordination and balance isn’t quite as good.  This, on top of your other symptoms, can make daily activities more tiring and difficult. 

Common Symptoms

  • Muscle stiffness, sometimes called rigidity – can lead to movement difficulties such as standing up from a chair or bed, walking or moving in bed.
  • Difficulty with walking or other activities, that may also involve rapid changes in movement. This can present as problems with coordination or clumsiness.
  • Generalised fatigue, dizziness, poor balance or restlessness
  • Tremor in the hands, limbs or body, usually at rest 
  • Falls and / or fear of falling
  • Soft speech and difficulty speaking
  • Reduced facial expression
  • Sleep disturbances such as early waking, nightmares or restless sleep
  • Distorted sense of smell or loss of smell
  • Bowel and bladder problems
  • Difficulty with thinking and understanding (usually only with more advanced PD)
  • Mood disturbances such as anxiety or apathy

How can we Help?

It’s recommended that you talk with a Neurological Physiotherapist as soon as possible after your diagnosis, so that they can support you to self-manage your condition.

At Active, we have a team of advanced trained neurological physiotherapists who will provide advice and suggest strategies to help you at any stage of your Parkinson’s. Where appropriate, we provide treatment to stabilise, reduce or prevent problems you may be experiencing, related to your general mobility and the way you function in your daily activities.

You should also talk with a physiotherapist if:

  • you have queries about the frequency, intensity and safety aspects of exercising 
  • you’re uncertain about what type of exercise to do
  • you find regular exercise difficult
  • you experience walking problems, for example slowness, shuffling, hesitation or ‘freezing’ (often described as feeling as if your feet are glued to the floor)
  • you experience balance problems resulting in falls, nearly falling or fear of falling
  • you find it difficult to get out of a chair, bed or car, or if turning in bed is difficult
  • you experience pain, for example in your neck, back or shoulders
  • you notice you are increasingly ‘bending over’ in the spine.

What Should I Expect From my Appointment?

  • Detailed Interview to fully understand your symptoms, medical history and your specific goals
  • Physical Assessment of your body, and movement patterns including your functional abilities
  • Targeted Treatments that address the specific problems associated with Parkinson’s Disease such as body stiffness, difficulties starting movement, falling, fear of falling, fatigue, reduced coordination and tremor 
  • Progressive Exercise Program that is safe for you. It will be specifically designed to address your particular needs, be that for specific movement problems, or simply to improve your general fitness, health and well-being, to help you to self-manage your condition.
  • Communication and Collaboration with your Neurologist, General Practitioner and the broader health team, to keep them informed of your progress and to support your care. 

Where can I see my Physiotherapist?

On this page

In Clinic

Online Video Appointments

Web & Mobile App

Private Gymnasium