Parkinson's disease is a chronic, progressive neurological disorder that affects movement and coordination, and is associated with various symptoms such as tremors, rigidity, bradykinesia (slowness of movement), and postural instability. The disease can significantly impact a person's functional ability, leading to limitations in daily activities and decreased quality of life. However, physical therapy can play a critical role in improving function and reducing symptoms in patients with Parkinson's disease.
Dr. Tara Pandiscia at Restorative Therapy Co. in Virginia Beach, VA, is certified to provide two specific physical therapy programs that have shown significant benefits for patients with Parkinson's disease: PWR! Moves and LSVT Big. These programs are evidence-based and are designed to help individuals with Parkinson's disease improve their physical function and reduce the impact of their symptoms.
Both PWR! Moves and LSVT Big are Parkinson's-specific exercise programs that focuses on improving strength, balance, flexibility, and mobility. The program utilizes high-intensity, multi-modal exercises that incorporate functional movements and cognitive challenges. Treatment focuses on high-intensity, amplitude-based exercises that target larger movements and improve motor control. These movements are designed to target specific symptoms associated with Parkinson's disease, such as freezing of gait and postural instability. LSVT Big is a structured protocol of 4x/week treatment for 4 weeks with one-on-one physical therapy that provides individualized attention to each patient. PWR! Moves utilizes the same principles of treatment but with a more flexible protocol, allowing the treatment plan to be customized to your needs and schedule.
If you or a loved one are struggling with Parkinson's disease, please call 757-578-2958 to schedule a physical therapy evaluation with Dr. Tara Pandiscia at Restorative Therapy Co. to learn more about how these programs can help improve your quality of life.
By Dr. Tara Pandiscia, PT, DPT
Geriatric Clinical Specialist at Restorative Therapy Co