Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease is a neurological disease causing chronic and progressive illness and loss of body control. There is no known cure for this disease but symptoms can be managed with physical therapy, exercise, and medications.

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If you follow pop-culture and have heard of Canadian born actor Michael J. Fox then you have probably heard of his battle with Parkinson’s Disease which is a neurological disorder. While this disease is more common (1 in 100) in people over the age of 60, it does still happen to those who are younger. Michael J. Fox shares his diagnosis of this disease at a young age stating,

“I was 29 years old and so it was the last thing I expected to hear. I thought I’d hurt my shoulder doing some stunt because I had a twitch in my pinkie.” – Michael J. Fox

Since it is a chronic and progressive illness, the symptoms can be gradual and aren’t always detected early on. Below are some facts, potential symptoms and effective treatment options to help with the gradual symptoms.

Parkinson’s Disease Facts

  • Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive and degenerative neurological disorder where nerve cells that produce dopamine in the brain start to die
  • Dopamine is a chemical needed in the function of the nervous system that helps relay messages between the brain and the body
  • No two people experience the disease the same way
  • Parkinson’s Disease can have motor symptoms which include the ability to control your body leaving you with tremors, stiffness or rigidity in your ability to move, and affects your gait/balance
  • Parkinson’s Disease can have non-motor symptoms which include depression, apathy, and cognitive impairment

Parkinson’s Disease Signs

Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease are subtle and gradual developing slowly over time. The disease is very diverse and each person can experience it differently. Early signs of Parkinson’s Disease include:

  • Tremor (in hands, arms, legs, feet or face)
  • Loss of sense of smell
  • Restless sleep
  • Stiffness or pain when moving or walking
  • Loss of posture control (hunching over)
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness or fainting

Living with Parkinson’s Disease: Effective Treatments

Parkinson’s Disease cannot be prevented. It is often treated with a combination of medication and a multi-disciplinary approach that includes a health care team of physical therapists, occupational therapists, dieticians, and social workers. At Bourassa & Associates, our university trained physical therapists and exercise physiologists have teamed up to offer superior treatment of your Parkinson’s Disease symptoms which includes a treatment plan tailored to your specific experiences and needs. Treatments can include but are not limited to:

  • Exercise programs to maintain or improve the level of daily function
  • Movement strategies to improve lost mobility
  • Correct and improve posture and postural control
  • Work on muscle strength (endurance) and joint flexibility
  • Work on balance and stability to minimize risk of falls
  • Motor learning program & principals
  • Meditation and breathing exercises

Book Your Appointment & Start TODAY!

While there is no cure for Parkinson’s Disease, delaying the onset of further symptoms and lifestyle management is attainable. Keeping physical independence and a positive mindset is vital to optimal health. At Bourassa & Associates, you can get started right away, no doctor’s referral needed. Book an assessment online or contact our location nearest you to book your appointment via telephone.

Let us use our 30 years of experience to help you with Parkinson’s Disease symptoms! We want to be part of the team that helps you establish your best life.

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