The role of physiotherapy in Parkinson’s care

The role of physiotherapy in Parkinson’s care

How physiotherapy with gaitQ tempo™ can benefit people with Parkinson’s by increasing mobility, confidence, and so improving quality of life.

At gaitQ®, our commitment to enhance the lives of people with Parkinson’s goes beyond just providing mobility devices. We understand the significance of holistic care, and that’s why we’ve partnered with skilled physiotherapists to maximize mobility and improve the quality of life for those living with Parkinson’s. In this post, we’ll delve into the remarkable benefits of physiotherapy for people with Parkinson’s and how it forms a cornerstone of our approach.

Understanding the impact of Parkinson’s on mobility

Parkinson’s is a neurological condition that can lead to a range of motor symptoms, including tremors, muscle stiffness and impaired balance. These symptoms often impact mobility and can gradually diminish an individual’s ability to move freely. This is where physiotherapy steps in as a crucial component of comprehensive Parkinson’s care.

The role of physiotherapy in Parkinson’s care

Physiotherapy is a specialized form of therapy that focuses on restoring and improving physical function. When tailored to the unique needs of individuals with Parkinson’s, physiotherapy becomes a potent tool for maintaining and even enhancing mobility. Here’s how:

  • Addressing Muscle Rigidity and Stiffness: Physiotherapists work closely with individuals to design exercises that target muscle rigidity and stiffness. Through stretching routines and range-of-motion exercises, physiotherapy helps alleviate these symptoms, promoting greater fluidity of movement.
  • Enhancing Balance and Coordination: Parkinson’s can compromise balance and coordination, increasing the risk of falls. Physiotherapy interventions concentrate on stability exercises and specialized techniques to improve balance, reducing the likelihood of accidents and enhancing overall confidence.
  • Promoting Flexibility: Regular physiotherapy sessions play a pivotal role in maintaining joint flexibility. This is especially crucial in Parkinson’s, as stiff joints can exacerbate mobility challenges. Through a combination of stretching and tailored exercises, physiotherapy helps maintain joint mobility.
  • Building Strength: Muscle weakness is a common symptom of Parkinson’s. Physiotherapists guide individuals through strength-building exercises that target specific muscle groups, promoting overall strength and stamina.

Our collaborative approach at gaitQ

At gaitQ®, our collaboration with experienced neuro-physiotherapists forms a cornerstone of our commitment to maximizing mobility in people with Parkinson’s. By combining our expertise in mobility aids with the specialized knowledge of physiotherapists, we offer a holistic solution that empowers individuals to regain confidence and freedom in their daily lives.