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Physical Therapy Tips for Exercise

Exercise is a hot topic in Parkinson’s disease and additional neurodegenerative diseases because we continue to discover its “neuroprotective” benefit. What does “neuroprotective” even mean? How can all of the exercise research be translated into everyday life activities? What I like to explain to our patients is that exercise can…

Parkinson’s Disease and Muscle Rigidity

Muscle rigidity (also known as muscle stiffness) is one of the four cardinal symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and is often one of the chief complaints of patients with PD. Muscle rigidity can have an effect on a patient’s ability to complete daily activities including getting dress, brushing their teeth, or…

Tablet/iPad Apps for People with Parkinson’s Disease

Using your tablet or other mobile device can be a great resource for compensatory strategies and training at home.  There are thousands of applications (apps) that you can find by searching on your device, so here are some tips to find some particularly helpful ones. Look for apps that keep…

Expiratory Muscle Strength Training (EMST) for Parkinson’s Disease

People with Parkinson’s disease and other Movement Disorders often develop swallowing disorders, also referred to as dysphagia. A swallowing disorder can affect your ability to move food in your mouth or it can affect the ability of your muscles to successfully and safely transport food and liquid from the back of…

Apathy and Parkinson’s Disease

One of the biggest non-motor complaints for Parkinson’s patients is a decline in motivation to participate in daily activities.  If it is taking every effort to get off your couch or out of your bed to engage in desired activities, you may be experiencing a very common symptom of Parkinson’s…

UF DBS Nurse participates in Parkinson’s treatment roundtable

Pam Zeilman ARNP, our Deep Brain Stimulation programming nurse, participated in a roundtable for Parkinson Disease Counseling Points. The clinicians discuss how to best help patients with mobility, cognitive, and neuropsychiatric issues. Read it here, especially if you treat Parkinson patients. Click the curled corner in…

Physical Therapy Tips to manage retropulsion

Retropulsion in Parkinson’s disease is the force that contributes to loss of balance in a backwards or posterior direction. Retropulsion occurs due to a worsening of postural stability and an associated loss of postural reflexes. You may be familiar with the “pull test” that your neurologist performs to check your…

Helpful Tips for Parkinson’s Disease Hallucinations

A great article for patients on psychosis and hallucinations in Parkinson’s disease published on Psych Central: Also Parkinson’s Treatment Tips for Psychosis from the Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration Blog  …

Parkinson’s Treatment Tip for Passing Out or Syncope

One of the most common questions we get from Parkinson’s disease patients is: I am passing out or having syncope, and could it be related to my Parkinson’s disease? The answer is yes, and it may be linked to autonomic nervous system issues and blood pressure. Here is what you…