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Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a group of neurodegenerative diseases. Movement is normally controlled by dopamine, a chemical that carries signals between the nerves in the brain. When cells that normally produce dopamine die, the symptoms of Parkinson’s appear. These may be different from person to person, but can be categorized into two main groups: motor and non-motor.
Motor symptoms can include: tremor, stiffness, rigidity, slowness of movement, impaired balance and difficulty walking.
Non-motor symptoms can include: fatigue, soft speech or drooling, constipation, sleep disturbances, anxiety, and depression.
There is currently no cure for PD, and symptoms may progress at a different rate for each individual.
Most people with PD could benefit from being on medication, but occasionally these medications may cause symptoms of their own. Research has shown that targeted exercise programs led by rehabilitation professionals can help to reduce symptoms, restore function, and improve quality of life. Our nervous systems are highly adapatible, our nerves learn what we practice. By teaching the brain new ways to move through rehabilitation, you are creating new connections through neuroplasticity.
Below are some websites that may be helpful: