Physiotherapy for early Parkinson’s disease – is it really necessary?

The National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) has updated its guideline to recommend specialist physiotherapy for early-stage Parkinson’s, such as for individuals with balance problems and movement related problems.

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition, which is caused by a lack of the chemical Dopamine in the brain.

There is currently no cure for Parkinson’s. We know that medication helps BUT NEUROLOGICAL PHYSIO & EXERCISE IS THE ONLY PROMISE FOR SLOWING PARKINSON’S DOWN CURRENTLY. 

I recently went on a Parkinson’s Disease Warrior course which is an Australian founded programme that focuses on teaching physiotherapists the main problems that occur in mild Parkinson’s and what exercises can help to slow down the progression from the start. The course was focused on providing physiotherapy for individuals who do not necessarily have problems with their balance or who have had falls, but for people who might have one sided limbs affected or even both sides.

As our brain is able to rewire pathways and protect itself through the process of neuroplasticity and neuroprotection, individuals with early Parkinson’s are advised to carry out neuro-active exercises. In simple terms, this is exercise that is challenging physically and psychologically and is meaningful to one’s environment and life. These exercises can help improve the primary motor impairments of Parkinson’s, which includes: hypokinesia (small movements), bradykinesia (slow movements), tremors and rigidity or stiffness.

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We are a dedicated team of Chartered Physiotherapists working exclusively in your home and providing the highest level of care. We recognise the importance of knowing that you are in safe hands and being looked after. With this is mind, our client management team are here to assist you every step of the way and will answer any questions you may have. We are passionate about helping you to reach your goals, relieve your pain, and improve your mobility.

The benefits of using our service include:

  • All our physiotherapists are hand-picked professionals with years of experience
  • We are registered with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) and Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). All our physiotherapists are checked by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) 
  • We will arrange visits in your own home (or care home or place of work) at a convenient time to you
  • We work at speed and do not have a waiting list
  • We offer daytime, evening and weekend appointments
  • Our team work closely with the country’s leading consultants and specialists in their field
  • You will always have the same physiotherapist visiting you at home
  • You can have as many visits as you require
  • Our fixed pricing structure can be provided in writing so that you can consider it in your own time
  • We believe there is no “one size fits all” approach to care. Your personalised programme and treatment strategy will be unique to you