Treatment may include:
- Gait Training: Gait training refers to exercises that will improve your ability to walk. This also includes exercises and strategies to reduce freezing of gait, reduce shuffling, and improve bradykinesia or hypokinetic movement (slow or small movements). Gait training usually involves balance training as well.
-Aerobic exercise: Aerobic (cardio) exercise helps to improve your endurance, reduce motor disease severity, and improve functional outcomes! (Among many other benefits)
-Progressive Resistance Training: Resistance training can help reduce motor disease severity, improve your functional strength and power (think things like ability to carry your groceries, pick up your kids/ pets/ grandkids, and get on and off the floor or up from low chairs), improve non-motor symptoms, and improve overall quality of life.
-Balance Training: Balance training is important to reduce your risk for falls, improve your overall mobility, and improve your confidence!
-Task specific training: This training is unique to you and what you need to work on! Do you have trouble getting in/ out of bed, walking through doorways or tight spaces, or trouble getting dressed? These are just a FEW examples of things we can work on in physical therapy!
-Posture and Flexibility: Therapy will also address changes in posture and flexibility to help optimize your function!