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Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological condition affecting activities such as walking, talking, and writing. It is named after Dr. James Parkinson, the London doctor who first identified Parkinson’s as a specific condition.

Parkinson’s disease occurs as result of a reduction of nerve cells in the part of the brain known as the substantia nigra. These cells are responsible for producing a chemical known as dopamine, which assists in the transmission of messages sent to the parts of the brain that co-ordinate movement. With the significant reduction in the number of dopamine-producing cells, these parts of the brain are unable to function normally.

Effects of Parkinson’s Disease

Common motor symptoms seen in Parkinson’s disease are:

Various non-motor symptoms may also be experienced, for example:

Parkinson’s Disease Physiotherapy Treatment

Physiotherapy is very important in the management of Parkinson’s disease. People with Parkinson’s disease usually have mobility problems and are often at high risk of falls. PhysioActive aim to increase mobility and advise on changes to the home environment to increase independence and safety.

Independence is increased with:

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