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Neuromotion Physiotherapy is a physiotherapy clinic that is uniquely positioned to treat people with neurological impairments.

April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month.

21.05.2015

Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disease resulting from the loss of a chemical messenger in the brain, called dopamine. When dopamine levels decrease, movements become slower and more rigid, tremors can develop and reflexes become impaired which can contribute to a loss of balance. The cause of Parkinson’s disease is unkown and there are no known successful treatments that can delay or stop its progression, however there is substantial research to show that exercise has serious and profound benefits for people living with Parkinson’s, especially when implemented early, soon after diagnosis. Parkinson Wellness Recovery (PWR!) is a nonprofit organization to promote the positive effect that exercise can have on the Parkinson’s population. There is research that shows that exercise can induce neuroplasticity in the brain, specifically when exercise includes large, amplitude functional movement and is done with high effort. Neuromotion offers classes with PWR! principles to provide exercise that is appropriate and specific to the Parkinson’s population.

The Parkinson Society British Columbia (PSBC) has a guide to their services called You are Not Alone to help people with Parkinson’s and their loved ones. Services include counseling, a quarterly newsletter called Viewpoints with up to date information, education conferences and meetings throughout BC, library of books and DVD’s, direct assistance to support group leaders province wide, advocacy for improved health care, partnership with Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre at UBC and workshops and training for healthcare professionals.

Visit the website- www.parkinson.bc.ca for more information and to find a support group near you.