Personal Training for Parkinson’s Disease

If you have Parkinson’s Disease, knowledge is power.

The more you know about Parkinson’s, the better you can participate in the treatment of this disorder with your doctor, caregiver and physical therapist. There are primary and secondary symptoms that may present themselves with this disease, but the important thing to remember is that not everyone has similar symptoms. It has been well stated that when you have seen one Parkinson’s patient, you have seen one Parkinson’s patient. This means that treatments for this disease are specific to the individual being treated and the array of symptoms presented.

It is very important to remember that no matter the number or type of symptoms you develop, exercise is an important adjunct treatment for the symptoms of the disease. Those who exercise have more favorable outcomes than those patients who remain inactive.

If you have any of these symptoms, we can help:

    Gait Disorders (including reduced arm swing, short-stride, shuffling gait, and episodes of freezing) Postural Lean Tremor Rigidity Stiffness Bradykinesia (slow movements) Non-motor Symptoms (micrographia, constipation, masking, swallowing difficulties, etc.)

Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Services Offered:

    Personal evaluation of your Parkinson’s symptoms and musculoskeletal system. Science-based interventions and exercises using compensatory techniques (e.g. visual/auditory cues, focus drills and tasks). Individualized exercise programs and techniques which target symptoms. Parkinson’s disease information. Our goal is to treat your symptoms and the total person with gait training, postural exercises, stretching, strengthening, cardiovascular, and balance exercise programs.

Bob treats clients in a safe and clinical setting here at FYZICAL of Rockville. Stop struggling, give us a call – we’re here to help.

For more information and educational material about Parkinson’s Disease check out the links listed below:

  1. What is Parkinson’s?
    1. 10 Early Warning Signs of Parkinson’s
    2. Understanding Parkinson’s
    3. The Stages of Parkinson’s
    4. Parkinson’s Glossary: The Michael J. Fox Foundation
  2. Movement Disorder Clinics
    1. MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
    2. The Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center at Johns Hopkins
    3. Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center of Maryland in Elkridge, MD
    4. Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders at University of Maryland Medical Center
    5. Find a Movement Disorder Specialist | Partners in Parkinson’s
  3. Motor Symptoms
  4. Non-Motor Symptoms
  5. Helpful Resources
    1. At-Home Exercises
      1. Prone
      2. Supine
      3. Sitting
      4. Standing
      5. All Fours
      6. Brian Grant Foundation Exercise Videos
    2. Exercise Programs Offered in Maryland
      1. Parkinson’s Foundation of the National Capital Area Exercise Programs
      2. DC Metro Area Exercise
    3. Parkinson’s Disease Guide (downloadable)
    4. 7 Ways to Help Fatigue in Parkinson’s Disease | Parkinson’s Disease

Recommended Readings:

  • The New Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Book: Partnering with Your Doctor to Get the Most from Your Medications by J. Eric Ahlskog, PhD., MD., Mayo Clinic Parkinson’s Specialist, Oxford University Press © 2015
    In addition to providing information taken from treating people with Parkinson’s for over thirty years, the book examines the role of medications, nutrition, exercise, and physical therapy in effective long-term treatment.
  • Brain Storms: The Race to Unlock the Mysteries of Parkinson’s Disease by Jon Palfreman, PhD, Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux © 2015
    The author shares how scientists have worked to crack the mystery of what was once called the shaking palsy. He shares inspiring stories of brave individuals living with Parkinson’s.
  • A Parkinson’s Primer by John M. Vine, Paul Dry Books © 2017
    John Vine has written the book that he and his wife Joanne, wished they could have consulted when John was first diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The book is a nontechnical, personal guide written from a patient’s perspective. Based on his experiences over the past 12 years, John writes knowledgeably about all aspects of the disease. John also interviewed other Parkinson’s patients and their partners, whose stories are included throughout the book.
  • How to Tame Parkinson’s By Keeping Fit: My Total Commitment + The Right Trainer by David H. Anderson, Authorhouse © 2005.
    If you or someone you know is diagnosed with Parkinson’s, how do you cope with the denial, anger and fear, as well as the symptoms? I haven’t discovered a cure for Parkinson’s, but I have found a way to tame many of its debilitating symptoms and return to a more normal existence. I’ve written this book, hoping others might benefit from my positive experiences with the right personal trainer, and use it as a guide to discover the simple routines that helped restore my balance, posture, walk and, most importantly, my usefulness and sense of humor. Restoring a positive mental attitude has been key. I’ll show you how I accomplished it. It’s as easy as Your Total Commitment + The Right Personal Trainer.
  • Delay the Disease: Exercise and Parkinson’s Disease by David Zid, Columbus Health Works Production © 2007 Second Printing.
    This book is a fitness program designed to empower people with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) by optimizing their physical function and helping to delay the progression of symptoms.