Changing Parkinson’s: Physiotherapist-Led Exercise as a Primary Treatment
DESCRIPTION OF SESSION
Research showing the benefits of exercise as a primary treatment for Parkinson’s Disease has exploded over the last 5 years. As physiotherapists, our expertise is integral in providing effective functional exercise for this population. This online physiotherapy course will aim to update therapists on the current research regarding exercise and the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease and provide tools that can be immediately applied to clinical practice.
Relevance to Physiotherapy Practice
As Physiotherapists, we are considered front line experts in the areas of human movement and exercise. Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer's disease and it is estimated that the number of Canadians over 65 living with PD will more than double by 20311. As therapists, this means that we can expect to encounter significantly higher numbers of these clients in both public health, and private practice settings over the coming years. Given the multitude of recent studies regarding the disease-modifying benefits of exercise on Parkinson’s, it is integral that we as therapists are up to date on our clinical and “best practice” knowledge and understand how to translate this research into effective client treatment. It is our responsibility as clinicians to educate our clients on the importance of exercise and design effective and individualized programs to help manage their symptoms and mitigate disease progression. This population presents a clear opportunity to apply our expertise and use functional movement strategies to optimize Neuroplastic change in the brain and improve both motor and non-motor symptoms for these clients. In doing this we can also significantly contribute to falls reduction and client independence, therefore, reducing the immense healthcare costs associated with this progressive condition.
- Participants will be able to explain and discuss the current research regarding exercise and physiotherapy treatment as a primary factor in the management of Parkinson’s Disease including the basic neurophysiology of how exercise affects this population.
- Participants will be able to describe the primary components which should be included in an effective Parkinson’s exercise treatment plan.
- Participants will leave with at least 3 functional exercises they can use in clinical practice and will have an understanding of how to build upon these using effective and specific principles relevant to this population.
This presentation/practical will aim to update therapists on the current research regarding exercise and the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease and provide tools that can be immediately applied to clinical practice.
MPT, BSc., PWR! Certified therapist, Bobath trained
Course Material included in this course
What Is Parkinson's?
Changing Parkinson’s: Physiotherapist-Led Exercise as a Primary Treatment with Naomi Casiro
Naomi's Presentation in Prezi format