Walking with poles is a fun way to engage the whole body, increase arm swing, and promote upright posture and confidence in persons with PD. Pole walking lengthens steps and improves walking speed and efficiency. This class also utilizes hand held poles for stretching, strengthening, improving balance, confidence, and reducing pain from PD. Walking with poles in a fun atmosphere is a great way to increase endurance in the company of friends. Every one of our Parkinson’s exercise classes is tailored to each individual’s ability and goals. Bring your walking poles and a water bottle to stay hydrated for a one hour combination of warm up stretches, long distance walking, and drills for an efficient total body workout.
Parkinson's Disease Classes
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.
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.
“Valerie, you are the best! You put up with my whining and encouraged me every time. I did my homework because you care so much! I’m still balancing -it’s become a natural routine for me-thanks to every there (360 Balance, Austin, TX). I’ll be back if I need fine tuning.”
“Valerie truly has a great thing going for this population. Every mutual patient we share just raves about her personality and how hard she works them. Thank you for all you do for our community.”
“Val is the best! After my cerebellar stroke, my brain lost its way to keep me balanced. I continue to improve with her approach. She helped my brain coordinate with my ears and the rest of my body so that I am much closer to a normal life…. walking without a cane and driving!”
“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!”
“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!”
“Balance Therapy has helped more than anything else we have tried. Valerie Waldron Johnson makes it fun and really cares about her clients.”
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