At Shift, we understand how Parkinson’s Disease can profoundly impact various aspects of your life — your energy, activity levels, work, emotions, hobbies, relationships, and social life. That’s why we have created an integrative model, one that acknowledges all of these components of your health and wellbeing to support the whole you. We also offer you the best of eastern and western therapies side by side. Our compassionate team, collaborative model, and open, light-filled environment further promote deeper healing.
What is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a chronic degenerative disease related to a loss of nerve cells in your brain that produce dopamine, a neurotransmitter that is important in regulating movement. The exact cause of PD is not yet known, but researchers suspect that in most individuals it is caused by a combination of genetic factors and environmental exposure. The severity and type of symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease can vary widely.
Signs and Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease
The most common initial symptom is tremor, often involving an arm or a leg. These tremors are usually apparent at rest and go away when moving. Other common symptoms include movement becoming smaller and slower, feelings of stiffness or rigidity, and poor balance. As these symptoms progress, they can interfere with daily activities and place you at increased risk for falls.
How can Shift help me with my Parkinson’s?
Our goal at Shift is to listen to your story and your goals so that together we can develop an individualized plan for your Parkinson’s Disease and to help you achieve optimal health. The first step is to call us for a free phone consultation so that we can guide you to the right therapist and help you set up an appointment.
Because PD affects each person differently, your physical therapist at Shift will work with you to develop a treatment plan specific to your needs. During your initial visit, you will be asked questions about how PD affects your life. Tests will be conducted to examine your posture, strength, flexibility, walking, balance, and coordination.
Physical Therapy appointments at Shift are always one-on-one with a licensed Physical Therapist for 45 minutes in length. We never use physical therapy aides and we won’t keep you waiting. It’s what you want and what you deserve.
Physical Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease
In addition to improving your overall fitness, physical therapy at Shift can:
- improve your balance and coordination
- decrease feelings of stiffness
- help you develop new strategies to perform everyday tasks that have become difficult
Your Physical Therapist at Shift will help keep you as active and independent as possible as your condition changes.