If you have recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, or you have noticed a change in your condition, you may be wondering whether there are physical treatments available that support medical management of the condition.
The good news is that physiotherapy is a proven and effective support for the treatment and management of Parkinson’s Disease. Rachel Allen is an experienced chartered physiotherapist at Mid West Physiotherapy, Limerick, with a clinical interest in neurological conditions. She has put together the following information which may be of interest to you if you are exploring physiotherapy as a treatment option.
Can physiotherapy help with Parkinson’s?
Yes! Physiotherapy can help people with Parkinson’s. Extensive research shows that physiotherapy can help people reduce the risk of falling; improve strength, walking speed, mobility.
What is Parkinson’s?
Parkinson’s or Parkinsonism are conditions that affect the brain and its ability to create a chemical called dopamine. Some people may have a tremor or shaking; difficulty walking; poor balance; or lacking strength. It is common for some people to “get stuck” or “freeze” when walking, especially when starting to take a step.
What can I expect from physiotherapy?
One of the best things you can do to manage your condition is to keep moving, and we will help you do just that! At the first appointment we will get to know each other, talk about what you want to work on most, and do some assessments of your strength, walking, and movement. From this we will create a personalised plan. Depending on your needs it usually consists of in-person appointments and home exercises to work on.
You may be asked questions about walking, work, falls, and medications. You may also be asked questions about other medical conditions you have.
Physiotherapy is all about you and if you would feel more comfortable attending with a family member or other person please feel free.
No doctors or consultants referral is required – you can book directly with us. We are happy to consult with and send reports to your doctor and/or neurologist as needed.
Who Will Be My Physiotherapist?
At Mid West Physiotherapy we have two options for you:
- Dr. Susan Coote, PhD, MISCP, is a specialist neurological physiotherapist with 25 years of clinical, research and teaching experience. She currently offers on-line video consultations. She has worked in inpatient and community rehabilitation settings in the USA and Ireland treating patients with stroke, Parkinson’s disease, MS and other neurological conditions.
- Rachel Allen MSc Physio, MISCP, offers in-person appointments. She has experience helping people with Parkinson’s and has completed continuing education courses in physiotherapy assessment and treatment of Parkinson’s. Morning, afternoon, and evening appointments are available to fit your schedule.
A mixture of online and in person appointments can also be accommodated.
How do I book an appointment?
Virtual appointments with Dr. Susan Coote are available to book via this link.
In-clinic consultations with Rachel Allen are available to book online via this link. You can also book an appointment with Rachel by ringing our clinic reception on 061-201444 or by emailing email@example.com.
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (UK) has an excellent section on their website dedicated to Parkinson’s and the role that physiotherapy has to play in the treatment and management of the condition. Click here to read more.
Parkinson’s Association of Ireland has an informative website with local news, supports and information.