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Parkinson’s Disease & Physical and Occupational Therapy

Parkinson’s disease may cause you to move more slowly. You may also feel tightness, pain, and weakness, especially in the muscles and joints. Physical and occupational therapy may help with these symptoms.

The neurological damage that is caused by Parkinson’s disease cannot be reversed, however therapy can help you compensate for the changes brought about by the condition. These treatments are known as compensatory treatments and they include learning about new movement techniques, strategies, and equipment. A physical therapist can teach you exercises to strengthen and loosen muscles. Many of these exercises can be performed at home. The occupational therapist can teach you compensatory techniques that will help you be independent and safe with your activities of daily living such as dressing, grooming, eating, and toileting. The goal of physical and occupational therapy is to improve your independence and quality of life by improving movement, function, relieving pain, improve your independence and safety in your environment.

Physical & occupational therapy can help with:

  • Balance problems
  • Lack of coordination
  • Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Gait
  • Immobility
  • Weakness
  • Safety
  • Functional independence
  • Activities of daily living


Parkinson’s Disease & Speech Therapy

Dysarthria (difficulty speaking) and dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) can be severely limiting symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Both can be helped by seeing a speech language pathologist or speech therapist.

Speech-language pathologists can help people with Parkinson’s disease maintain as many communication skills as possible.  They also teach techniques that conserve energy, including non-verbal communication skills. Speech-language pathologists are also available to:

  • Recommend appropriate communication technologies that will help with daily activities.
  • Treat all types of speech, language, and communication problems.
  • Evaluate swallowing function and recommend changes as necessary.

Many people with Parkinson’s disease have difficulty swallowing because they lose control of their mouth and throat muscles.  As a result, chewing and managing solid foods can be difficult.

Swallowing problems increase the risk of aspiration (inhaling fluid or stomach contents into the lungs) and pneumonia in people with Parkinson’s disease. For some, following special swallowing techniques is sufficient to alleviate swallowing problems. For others, dietary changes may be necessary.

If you have Parkinson’s disease and are having trouble swallowing, contact your doctor. He or she will recommend a speech pathologist to carefully examine your swallowing abilities and evaluate your aspiration risk. A swallowing study using foods and liquids of varying consistency under video-fluoroscopy may be given.

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Source: Web MD