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Local Parkinson’s Community Fights Back

There has been a growing buzz in the Parkinson community about boxing as a means to combat symptoms and improve function, especially after CBS aired a feature on “Sunday Morning” about Rock Steady. The gyms carryout non-contact boxing fitness curriculum specifically for PD. Rock Steady is a non-profit organization that is expanding throughout the country.…

Benefits of Rehab Services for Management of Tourette Syndrome

Occupational, Speech and Physical Therapy services are skilled trained professionals that assist in the rehab process of various conditions throughout one’s lifespan. Rehab services are widely and commonly utilized for management of orthopedic conditions such as pain, broken bones or developmental delays in various forms. Occupational Therapy is now becoming more and more involved with…

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 preparing a meal because it…

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 stability. Your doctor will stand…

“Movement Disorders for the Healthcare Practitioner” coming August 24 for clinicians & therapists

The University of Florida Center for Movement Disorders & Neurorestoration team is excited to present a continuing medical education opportunity for clinicians involved in the treatment of movement disorders patients. Target Audience:  Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapist Assistants and Speech Language Pathologists. Learning Objectives:  As a result…

Physical Therapy Tips for Posture Improvement in Parkinson’s Disease

Poor posture is a hallmark feature of Parkinson’s disease. This stooped positioning has been associated with increased muscle rigidity or stiffness. The typical Parkinson’s posture includes: forward head, rounded shoulders, increased thoracic kyphosis, increased flexion of the trunk, and bending of the knees. How can poor posture affect you? Difficulty speaking clearly and loudly Difficulty…

Parkinson’s Tips for Freezing of Gait from our Physical Therapist

Our favorite tape to use is the blue “painter’s tape” because it is bright and easy to see! At the University of Florida Center for Movement Disorders and Neurorestoration a patient can partake in a physical therapy evaluation that includes an analysis of your gait. Freezing of gait occurs in Parkinson’s disease and can contribute…