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Movement Disorders Program

People who have Parkinson’s disease may have difficulty walking (shuffling of feet, freezing of gait), stiffness and rigidity, loss of balance, slower movement, or poor posture. These deficits can lead to increased fall risk, loss of function and decreased quality of life. Additionally, people with Parkinson’s disease often experience voice changes which may impact their ability to effectively communicate.

Our program

Our therapists are Parkinson’s disease specialists who use Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery (PWR!) program for treating individuals with Parkinson’s disease. They are PWR!Moves Certified Therapists who utilize PWR!Moves in individualized, one-on-one therapy sessions.

Treatment sessions may include:

  • Working to improve posture
  • Weight shifting
  • Trunk rotation
  • Stepping
  • Walking
  • Balance
  • Bed mobility
  • Transfers
  • Multitasking

Treatment sessions are one hour, one-on-one sessions with a physical therapist. Patients typically visit twice a week for 6–12 weeks. However, the frequency will vary depending on the patient’s specific needs. It is recommended that a person with Parkinson’s sees a specialized therapist every 6 months to a year for an assessment to maintain mobility and prevent functional decline.

Other movement disorders

Other movement disorders treated at Roger C. Peace include:

  • Essential tremor
  • Dystonia
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Ataxia
  • Progressive supranuclear palsy
  • Multiple system atrophy
  • Corticobasilar degeneration
  • Lewy body dementia