Physical activity is an important part of rehabilitation for patients suffering from mild to moderate Parkinson’s disease. Treatments that focus on flexibility, muscle strengthening and cardiovascular conditioning can significantly improve balance, walking and overall functional ability.
Research also supports that regular aerobic exercise – even as much as walking – can help prevent the development of cognitive impairment in healthy elderly individuals, including those with Parkinson’s disease.
What does Parkinson’s disease rehabilitation involve?
Our Parkinson’s rehabilitation program offers a comprehensive, transformed approach to the patient-centered care management of the disease. After a thorough evaluation, each patient receives a personalized treatment program involving occupational, physical and speech therapies, which may include:
- Stretching and strengthening exercises for increased flexibility
- Fitness programs with aerobic activities
- Techniques to improve mobility and reduce risk of falling
- Handwriting activities
- Stress management
- Cognitive and speech training
- Exercises to help with swallowing, muscle control, and breathing
How long will Parkinson’s disease rehabilitation take?
The main objective is to return each patient back into their life and community with quality health, longevity and sustainable functionality. Depending on the stage of the disease, a comprehensive physical, cognitive, emotional and social rehabilitation program is established for each patient’s unique medical circumstances. Highly specialized patient teams develop these structured programs to evolve with patient needs as they progress throughout the rehabilitation process.