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Parkinson’s Disease Rehabilitation

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Current research demonstrates rehabilitation can alleviate some symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. At Capital Health, we provide a full complement of therapies to help patients manage symptoms and improve overall function. Our occupational, physical, and speech-language therapists team is trained and certified in top treatment protocols for Parkinson’s disease.

Do you notice any of the following symptoms?

  • Walking problems (changes in gait patterns)
  • Slowness of movement (bradykinesia)
  • Falls, trips, slips (loss of balance)
  • Tight and spastic muscles (muscle rigidity)
  • Problems with coordination
  • Coughing, choking with swallowing (dysphagia)
  • Difficulty with clear speech (dysarthria)
  • Difficulty eating, weight loss (dysphagia)
  • Reduced voice loudness (dysphonia)
  • Pain
  • Increased confusion/slow thought processing (cognitive changes)
  • Handwriting getting smaller (micrographia)
  • Shaking (tremors)
  • Problems with everyday activities (thinking, handwriting, dressing, bathing, etc.)

Therapy may help you:

  • Improve walking and balance
  • Increase speed and motion
  • Improve coordination
  • Increase flexibility
  • Increase the ability to be understood when speaking
  • Improve swallow function and safety
  • Enhance cognition
  • Decrease pain
  • Improve size and legibility of handwriting
  • Increase strength
  • Improve performance in everyday living

We will design a therapy program especially for you. Therapy may include:

  • Large coordinated movements with arms, legs and body under careful therapist supervision
  • Programs such as LVST BIG, LSVT LOUD and PWR! (Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery)
  • Enhancing awareness, improving ability to self correct body positions
  • Enhancing ability to spontaneously react to challenges provided by the environment
  • Learning new walking techniques
  • Dynamic balance training
  • Speech therapy
  • Swallowing therapy
  • Cognitive – language therapy
  • Training in everyday and leisure activities

Therapy sessions are generally three to four times per week for up to 6 weeks duration. Personalized home exercises and activities are usually given as homework. Obtain a prescription for therapy from your physician and schedule time for an evaluation so your therapist can address your concerns and evaluate your performance.


Parkinson's Disease Foundation 

Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research