Platinum’s Parkinson’s Program – PDX

Parkinson’s Disease is a neurological condition which affects the body’s supply of the neurotransmitter, dopamine. As a result, a person with Parkinson’s Disease can present with reduced mobility, rigid muscles, tremor, slow and shuffling gait, body pain as well as issues with speech, mood and dexterity. 

Significant research has now shown that certain types of exercise are crucial in the treatment of Parkinson’s Disease to assist in managing symptoms, as well as to slow the progression of the disease. The concept of ‘neuroplasticity’ means that even when a part of the brain is degenerated, our body has the ability to reorganise nerve pathways so that other parts of the brain can ‘take over’ the role of the parts that are damaged. Specific exercises have been shown to drive neuroplasticity in those living with Parkinson’s Disease. 

Principles of exercise in Parkinson’s Disease

To drive neuroplastic changes in Parkinson’s Disease, exercises have to follow some critical principles to be effective. These include

  • High frequency (most days of the week) 
  • High intensity/effort 
  • Challenging/complex 
  • Patient specific

Other principles that should be considered in Parkinson’s Disease (depending on the presentation of the individual) 

  • Powerful 
  • High amplitude 
  • Forced use of tremor hand 

What is PDX? 

PDX is our Parkinson’s exercise group that runs twice a week out of our Windsor clinic. The sessions are 45 minutes in length with a maximum of 3 participants per session. The sessions consist of a group warm up focussing on mobility, balance and coordination via specific exercises to those with Parkinson’s Disease, followed by 30 minutes of individualised strength and gait exercises specific to the individual. 

Our group sessions are suitable for people with Parkinson’s through almost all stages of the disease, and are an excellent way to remain active and meet others who have been diagnosed with this condition.  

If you would like more information on the program, and whether this is right for you, please call us on 8554 0111, and ask to speak to one of our Physiotherapists.

If you are a Neurologist, Doctor or Healthcare Practitioner, you can refer a patient to Platinum Physio by giving us a call, sending a fax to 8669 4299 or email reception@platinumphysio.com.au.