A fun way to engage the whole body, increase arm swing, and promote upright posture in persons with PD.
A Parkinson's-specific training program to maintain or restore skills that deteriorate and interfere with everyday movements.
HIIT challenges your cognitive skills, motor skills, and cardiovascular system and improves blood flow in your brain.
Physical therapy for Parkinson’s disease targets symptoms such as stiffness, freezing, small movements, slowness, impaired posture, weakness, imbalance, falls, and difficulty walking. More and more research shows that exercise is important slowing the progression and decreasing the symptoms of Parkinson’s. Furthermore, exercise reduces non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s including anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, fatigue, and constipation. At Balance Therapy, we love to get you functioning at your highest level of fitness and health.
Parkinson’s exercise classes help you manage your Parkinson’s symptoms and provide sustained practice that extend your gains from physical therapy. Group exercise classes are complementary for improving movement, cognition, mood, motivation, and quality of life in people with Parkinson’s disease. We offer physical therapy and exercise classes that challenge movement and cognitive abilities in persons with Parkinson’s disease. Individual therapy and group classes are held in a fun environment that provides support, community engagement, and accountability to keep you on track.
You don’t have to be a physical therapist to be an expert at exercise. All you need are some clear guidelines, a lot of effort, and little creativity. That’s what it takes to stay on top of your PD symptoms, slow the progression of PD, and enjoy a better life. In this guide, you will learn some tricks of the trade about how and why you should be exercising with PD.
“You are a wonderful teacher. I am glad I had the opportunity to work with you. You are a blessing to PD patients and others who benefit from your lovingly tough classes. Thank you for all you do. Your commitment to helping others is demonstrated continually by your words and actions.”
“Valerie, you are doing great things!!! I wish my dad was your patient. He does not have Parkinson’s, but he has significant balance issues. PT has helped him immensely. I wish that you could evaluate him someday. You are one of the best!!!! I miss working with you!”
“I look forward to my sessions with Valerie. The classes are fun but challenging.”
“I want to thank Valerie for her patience. She does her job well because she cares for her patients”
“When the world around you is in a spin… It’s nice to know that someone’s got your back! Thanks for being that someone!”
“Keep up the great work, Val! I went to you for about two years for chronic vestibular balance and dizziness issues, and now I am so much better and these issues do not hinder my lifestyle. I think your optimism and energy were as important as the vestibular rehab exercises. You were more than just a physical therapist, but a PT/Life Coach! Thanks again for everything!”
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