Neurological rehabilitation: Parkinson’s

Neurological rehabilitation: Parkinson’s


– So with Parkinson’s
diseases, there’s a whole array of symptoms that we look to treat, starting with things like posture. As the disease progresses
postures tend to close in. Patients tend to start to arch their back and we’re looking to try
and open up their posture, make bigger movements. Things like rigidity in the morning, getting out of bed can be quite difficult. Rolling over, just starting
your day as you and I may and so we work with them to
try and make that easier. Mobility issues is another common factor. Fear of falling is huge in
terms of them not being able to access their community, so we look at their speed of walking and how big their walking steps are. We’d also look at balance to help overcome that confidence issue
with fear of falling. And just generally helping them make their day to day tasks easier. We’ve got a purpose
built kitchen now fitted for patients to practise
their morning routine, so they can make themselves a drink, they can make themselves breakfast, they can carry it over to a table and just getting back to basics and helping them live a
life that they want to lead. We’ve got a very good ultra-g treadmill that is built with NASA intelligence. We can take away some of their body weight to allow them to walk further for longer and therefore get much better practise that they could on normal ground. We also have our Nordic Health System, which is a very fine piece of equipment to measure spinal range of movement. Posture is something that really does inhibit Parkingson’s patients, so by measuring their spinal movements, keeping an eye on their
rotation, particularly, again we can help maximise
their rehab and their outcomes. Patient achievements come
in all shapes and sizes and they’re very individual. For one person it may be
simply being able to make a cup of tea for themselves in the morning and carry it through to the lounge safely without the tremor getting in their way. For others it may be climbing the stairs so they can sleep upstairs
again with their spouse. For others it might be
going and playing with their grandchildren in the park, so there’s a whole broad spectrum. When you first come to Circle is that we have these
conversations with you working out what you want to achieve,
how you want to work towards these goals and what realistically we can do in the time we have with you.

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