Approach to Parkinson’s Disease

Exercise programs for Parkinson’s disease and neurological conditionsFor our clients who are diagnosed with movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease (PD), Lori, along with her specialized team of trainers, has developed strategies to slow the progression of the disease and reduce the chance of falling.  With a program created specifically for PD, clients can experience improved movement, focus, enriched cognitive function and a decline of symptoms of depression.

Sessions include core training, cardiovascular and brain fitness, flexibility and posture. We address different planes of movement that mimic everyday life and function. The program includes music and incorporates an ever-changing selection of equipment, based on their abilities. You can read more about this specialized equipment for balance improvement in our “Resources” section.

During the assessment, which includes evidence-baseline tests, Lori gathers objective measurements and works with her trainers to track progress and improvement including:

  • Posture, Gait and Coordination
  • Rigidity
  • Tremors
  • Balance
  • Bradykinesia
  • Throat and Voice

 

 

 

“Thanks for your work, care and dedication in working with my grandfather who has this dreaded disease called Parkinson’s. Your team is great!”
– Cameron Edward Benton

“…balance in general is based on many different components. You have to consider if they (clients) are  hard of hearing, their sight has diminished, do they have neuropathy in their feet?… so when their feet touch the ground, they sense if the ground is level or not …”
– Lori Michiel on Senior Fitness Safety, AirTalk with Larry Mantle

Click here to read a Lori Michiel Fitness client’s account of his experience with Parkinson’s disease.

References:
Parkinson’s Disease-A Perfect Balance: A Practical Approach to Intensive Exercise for Both Body and Brain     Kara Doctor, MS, PT 2017

American Academy of Neurology (February 16, 2012)

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