There are a number of therapies that can be useful for managing Parkinson's Disease. Different therapies will be best for different people as each therapy will help tackle different symptoms and elements of the condition.
Occupational therapy can be used to manage Parkinson’s because it can help you to tackle some of your key symptoms. As a result of your condition, you may feel that you experience fatigue and become tired faster than others, both mentally and physically. An occupational therapist can help you manage this fatigue by working with you to plan your time and potentially discuss gentle exercises and relaxation methods with you.
Parkinson's can also have an effect on your communication by altering your handwriting or creating difficulties with facial expressions. Occupational therapy will help you manage these symptoms through developing coping strategies.
A physiotherapist will assess how your Parkinson's Disease affects your movement and ability to carry out everyday tasks in order to help with managing Parkinson's Disease. A physiotherapist can guide you through the various stages of your disease and help to support you in maintaining good fitness levels and posture in order to remain independent for as long as possible.
As your condition and your symptoms worsen, managing Parkinson's Disease can become difficult. During these stages, your physiotherapist will often start to work with your on supporting your walking, posture and balance.
A physiotherapist will also help with managing your symptoms by:
1: Helping you stay fit
A psychotherapist can help you develop an exercise routine that you can follow at home an may be able to advise you on suitable sporting activities. They'll also show you how to stretch and position stuff muscles which will help you to maintain good posture and enable you to continue moving smoothly.
Exercising can also help you manage the stress that can develop as a result of frustration with your condition.
2: Helping you to stay independent
If you find certain movement especially difficult, a physiotherapist can help you learn alternative ways to tackle these movements. They can also provide you with advice on aids and equipment that may be useful for you. By doing this, you'll be able to carry out everyday activities by yourself for longer.
3: Helping you to prevent and manage the aftermath of falls
Your physiotherapist will work with you on strength and balance techniques which will help maintain your ability to walk. This will help to improve your confidence to help reduce falls or freezing up, you may also be shown what to do and how to get up if you find that
Managing Parkinson's Disease can be daunting, especially as the condition can start to affect your speech. Speech and language therapy can help with this, however. Your therapist will focus on maintaining as much of your communication as possible by developing a series of strategies and exercises to help with the volume and speed of your speech. This will also help you manage your breathing, articulation and facial expressions.
If you would like more information about managing Parkinson's Disease, get in touch with our traumatology department.