Physical Therapy For Parkinson’s Disease – Do you really need it?

– Have you heard of physical therapy for Parkinson’s symptoms? Or are you wondering if physical
therapy is right for you because you’re maybe not that bad yet? Or maybe your spouse is
gently encouraging you to learn more about a Parkinson’s physical therapist in your area. Well, today I want to
walk through 3 indicators that let you know you
may be great candidate for Parkinson’s physical therapy. Before we hop into that,
though, I want to remind you that rehabilitation is
only a small part of your Parkinson’s plan of attack. Which is why I put together a free, downloadable checklist
that can help you get started on your holistic
Parkinson’s plan of attack that not only addresses
rehabilitation and exercise but also helps you with
nutrition, mindset, stress management and the whole shebang. So you can download that
checklist on my website and there’s a link below this
video in the description. Physical therapy has come
so far in the last 30 years and you may be used to a
physical therapist that massages you little bit, stretches you
a little bit, and then puts a hot pack on you. Did you know that now there
are physical therapists like myself who are
specialized in helping people who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, who have Parkinson’s
symptoms rehab and actually get stronger, move better and feel better, not just now but for the long run? I know I may be biased but
it’s a really awesome awesome program because these therapists
and there are hundreds of them out there, if not
thousands of Parkinson’s specific physical therapists
who can help you tailor an exercise program
specifically to help you address your posture, your small
movements or bradykinesia, rigidity, your balance issues and they’re really really
incredible and a great resource. I know you may be
thinking, yeah I have some of those symptoms but I’m not that bad. Which brings me to my first
indicator that you may need to see a Parkinson’s physical therapist. (upbeat piano music) Research suggests that an exercise program that’s tailored specifically
to Parkinson’s symptoms is most effective when it’s
learned and implemented as close to the onset
of Parkinson’s symptoms as humanly possible. And unfortunately what
happens, because people like yourself are not
seeking out physical therapy early or even physicians
aren’t referring people to physical therapy early,
people end up waiting until balance issues become a real problem to seek out a physical
therapist to help them improve. And really, they’re missing
out on so much valuable potent time because the longer you
wait to start exercising specifically for your
Parkinson’s symptoms, the less of an impact your exercise actually has. The second indicator
that you may need to see a Parkinson’s physical therapist is that you’ve had more than one fall in the last three months. Now I know it may be
really tempting to say, oh I didn’t really fall, I
just kind of lost my balance and you know, it wasn’t that bad. But really, if you are
even just feeling wobbly and unsure and not
confident in your walking, when you’re out at the grocery
store, or you’re walking on an uneven surface like gravel or grass. Those are really important
times to actually go out and see a physical
therapist before balance really becomes an issue. And you really really
qualify for physical therapy for your Parkinson’s if
you’ve had more than three falls in the last six months. That means you’re at a
really high risk for having falls in the future and
your physical therapist can come in, figure out
why you’re having issues with your balance and really
strategize on how to tailor an exercise program to make
sure that you’re more steady on your feet and you stay off the floor for as long as humanly possible. Another thing to be aware
of in the falls arena is this fact that
Parkinson’s clients can often have a symptom called freezing,
which is when your bottom gets stuck to the chair
and you can’t really move or your feet get stuck to the floor and you can’t really move. It’s this trouble initiating
movement or changing directions, maybe turning
quickly, your feet get stuck or you get hung up. That is called freezing and
you can see a Parkinson’s physical therapist who
can do what’s called a freezing intensive with
you to really strategize and rewire your brain
so that you can not only identify how to avoid getting
stuck in the first place but help you problem solve
when you do get stuck in the community so that you
don’t end up on the ground. The third indicator that you
might need to see a Parkinson’s physical therapist is that you’ve had a decline in function. Now, decline in function
is just a fancy way to say that you have noticed
you’ve gotten weaker, slower or really just
haven’t been feeling good for the last three to six months. And this might be because of an injury, because of an illness, because of just a really stressful
environment, you know things happen in life. And I want to tell you not to just say that this is Parkinson’s progressing because that’s not true. You don’t have to just chalk
it up and say, you know it just means that my Parkinson’s is advancing and getting worse. No, Parkinson’s advances
because of inactivity. Sitting still and not doing
anything is pro-degenerative, which means that the longer
you sit still, the worse your symptoms are going
to get and so don’t fall into this cycle of
thinking I’m getting worse and I can’t do very much
so I’m going to restrict how much I actually do
and then you’re moving less and less and you see
how that cycle continues. So I want to just be the
one to tell you that if you have noticed some type of
decline in your function and you haven’t seen a
Parkinson’s physical therapist in the last six months,
to please seek one out because you don’t have to
get better, or you don’t have to get worse, you can actually get better. All right, so those are
the three indicators that you may need to see a
Parkinson’s physical therapist. Thank you so much for watching. I would love to know what your
experience has been seeing a Parkinson’s physical therapist. Was it great? Was it terrible? Have you never been or are
you worried about going? Write ’em all down and share
with me in the comments section below. I would love hear from you. And while you’re down there
make sure to give this video a big thumbs up if you enjoyed
it and share it with anyone that you think may benefit from seeing a Parkinson’s physical therapist. I really really do appreciate
all of those shares. So until I see you next time,
keep moving and I’m sending you lots and lots of big hugs. Bye.


  1. Thanks for watching! What has been your experience with physical therapy for your Parkinson's symptoms? Share with me in the comments below!

  2. Anything besides just words? I do not need “water” in the form of words. Show me what exercises do help. How to do, how often, etc . Time is precious for me and people like me. I do not want to waste my time on all kinds of discussions . Do you have anything to offer besides words?

  3. Thanks for your quick respond, Sarah. But, nothing to offer , ah ? Muscle problems. Spasm, weak back muscles, bad posture , spasm . I try this and try that. Nothing seems work. Looking for somebody who can offer something that will make my back stroner to help with my posture and low back muscle spasm

  4. How about addressing the issue of who pays for PT. I am currently on the AFCA insurance which has a super high deductible. I cannot get medicare until I have been disabled for 24 months. So I need to wait another 14 months until I can afford PT.

  5. Helio
    I have multiple sclerosis.
    I have balance issues and tremors in my left hand and my head.
    I found this videos helpful.

  6. Excellent.  Knowledgeable, articulate and passionate.  Your skilful holistic approach embracing the tremendous advances of neuroscience in modern medicine as it relates to PD must be changing the lives and bringing hope to so many who are too readily subjected to a prognosis of inevitable decline with an accelerating regime of pharmaceuticals.   This despite so much peer reviewed research supporting your approach, which of course does not suggest it is a total substitute.I believe there are parallels with the situation in mental health, especially mood disorders, where,  in spite of massive evidence based research, far too much of the medical profession continue to see drugs as the only solution rather than mindfulness and the range of therapies such as ACT and CBT which are not only as or more effective but also allow the patient to take some control of their own lives. This is to say nothing of the great benefits in a body/mind/brain context of vigorous resistance exercise.On the subject of use of the mantra, you rightly acknowledge that some may choose prayer and in this regard I would mention that there is a long tradition of the use of the prayer word in contemplative prayer, for example, with the Desert Fathers and Mothers dating back to the fourth century.  While this is primarily directed at the spiritual dimension it undoubtedly produces similar psychological and neuro-physiological benefits.  This is especially demonstrated in the contemporary world by the writings of Father Martin Laird (also can be seen on YouTube) who discusses, among other things, the intersecting (but not identity) with findings in modern clinical psychology.God bless you for bringing relief to so many suffering and their "significant others" throughout the world.

  7. My friend was diagnosed with PD(Parkinson’s Disease) in the summer of 2012. Her initial symptoms were quite noticeable. She first experienced weakness in her right arm and her speech and swallowing abilities were profoundly affected. She did so much to seek help for this disease, as she had been her brother's caregiver a few years earlier for the same disease. Early this year she started on organic/natural PD treatment from Best Health Herbal Centre (ww w. besthealthherbalcentre. co m). The treatment worked very effectively and all her symptoms simply disappeared completely after 7 weeks of  usage.

  8. Excellent information, I participate in 2 Parkinson's specific therapies a week and they both have been so instrumental in maintaining flexibility and balance. Granted the stiffness and balance issues are there but I believe the symptoms could be so much worse.

  9. I learnt about RICH HERBS FOUNDATION (ww w. richherbsfoundation. c om) and their successful Parkinson Disease Formula treatment protocol a year ago. Since my Parkinson disease diagnosis over 4 years ago, I have tried several medications and supplements, nothing gave me good relief till I started on the RHF Parkinson Disease Formula protocol. Its been 7 monthso since I completed the treatment, all my symptoms including tremors, speech problems and other symptoms stopped

  10. I need a physical therapy, I am staying in Singapore, do you have any recommendation, I prefer face to face session. Thanks.

  11. Indeed natural herbal medicine are the best, I was cured by madida herbal supplements of my Parkinson's disease. I am perfectly okay now… Email: [email protected] or visit: for more information and help.

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