Parkinsons Disease has been shown to occur as commonly in Singapore as in the West and affects 3 out of every 1000 over 50 years of age (Singhealth – contributed by Dept of Neurology). It commonly occurs between the ages of 40 and 70. So far there is not a cure for Parkinsons Disease. Certain medical and surgical treatments can help improve the symptoms but exercise is the only factor that research has shown to slow down the progression of Parkinsons if done properly.
It is classified as a neurodegenerative disease and happens due to death of the neurons that release dopamine in a part of the brain called substantia nigra. These substantia nigra release dopamine in the area of the brain called the basal ganglia which is the area reponsible for controlling movement. If less dopamine is produced then movement produced bu the body is affected. Dopamine medications can help with replacing the loss of dopamine production but they will not slow down or restore the neurons that produce the dopamine.
Symptoms are different for each individual that has Parkinsons Disease. They can affect one part of the body or multiple parts of the body. Some people experience tremors, some a slowness in movement, some show symptoms of being rigid or stiff, some involuntary and jerky movements. There are other symptoms not related to movement that can affect emotions such as depression or anxiety or becoming less interested or isolated.
Physiotherapists who have experience of working with Parkinsons Disease can provide a full assessment of you including the impact of Parkinsons on your life and your movement. By using the latest research on the most effective types of exercises they will then devise an exercise programme specific to address your needs. They can help improve movement, strength, mobility and balance. Ideally you need to be carrying out these exercises regularly to have any significant affect.
Health2u can provide physiotherapists and exercise specialists with experience of Parkinsons to see you at home to help motivate you to do the exercises regularly and improve your life by holding back the progression of Parkinsons. The therapist can see you at home or at our central clinic in Telok Ayer.
Some benefits of undergoing a sports massage include:
The sports massage can focus on one particular problem area or be carried out over the whole body. Our therapists can carry out the sports massage at your workplace, home or hotel.
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