How MOTIONrehab can help

Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive neurological condition that affects the production of a chemical called dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is needed to help transmit messages in the part of the brain that co-ordinates movement. In Parkinson’s the cells that produce this chemical die. This in turn stops other parts of the brain from working correctly which then causes the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease to appear.

Exercise, movement and postural advice is extremely helpful in managing the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. If you are recently diagnosed and want advice or have been struggling for a while MOTIONrehab can help. MOTIONrehab have extensive expertise and great success in improving the quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s Disease with Neurological Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy. MOTIONrehab provide a person-centred approach to assessment, rehabilitation, and therapy to enable everybody to achieve their individual goals and reach their full potential.

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Pioneering Intensive Neurological Rehabilitation Centres

At MOTIONrehab, we are proud pioneers in the field of intensive robotic-led neurological rehabilitation. Our commitment to innovation and excellence has positioned us as leaders in providing cutting-edge therapy solutions for individuals with neurological conditions.

When working with clients with Parkinson’s disease we can offer bespoke intensive exercise sessions or intensive rehabilitation packages harnessing the power of robotics and rehabilitation technologies to deliver intensive, targeted rehabilitation.

Research evidence indicates that intensive therapy can lead to improvements in motor symptoms (such as tremors, rigidity, and bradykinesia – slowness of movement) increased neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to reorganize and form new neural connections. This can potentially slow down the progression of Parkinson’s disease and even promote brain repair in some cases.

Exercise also stimulates the production and release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that is deficient in individuals with Parkinson’s disease due to the loss of dopamine-producing neurons. By increasing dopamine levels, exercise can help alleviate symptoms and improve overall motor function, as well as offer cognitive, and emotional benefits that can enhance overall quality of life.

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MOTIONrehab can help with

  • Balance
  • Hand & arm function
  • Leg & foot function
  • Walking
  • Spasticity & spasms
  • Posture management
  • Pain
  • Cognitive Difficulties
  • Co-ordination problems
  • Fatigue
  • Transfer abilities
  • Provision of equipment
  • Family/carer Education
  • Drop Foot

Specialist Rehabilitation

Motionrehab have expertise in the rehabilitation at any stage, ultilising hands-on treatment and using evidence-based rehabilitation robotics and technology. After a bespoke assessment MOTIONrehab provide tailored rehabilitation programmes to optimise the individual’s overall well-being and functional independence. The specific interventions will vary based on an individual’s presentation and difficulties associated with their Parkinson’s. All treatment interventions are tailored to the individual’s unique needs and goals. MOTIONrehab can also provide regular follow-ups and adjustments to the treatment plan as necessary to address changes in symptoms or overall health.

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Our services

MOTIONrehab accepts national and international referrals. Clients are able to self-refer or alternatively MOTIONrehab accepts referrals from Consultants, GP’s Private Insurance Companies, Personal Injury Claims, CHC, IFR. MOTIONrehab is happy to work in partnership with your GP, Consultant or other health professionals. MOTIONrehab’s services include:

For more information about how MOTIONrehab can help with Parkinson's Disease, speak to our Customer Services Team

Frequently asked questions

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects movement. It occurs when nerve cells in the brain that produce the neurotransmitter dopamine are damaged or die.

Common symptoms include tremors, stiffness, slowness of movement, and difficulty with balance. Other symptoms may include changes in handwriting, a stooped posture, and a shuffling walk.

The exact cause is unknown, but a combination of genetic and environmental factors is believed to contribute. Age is a significant risk factor, and the majority of cases occur in people over the age of 60.

Physiotherapy can be beneficial for individuals with Parkinson’s disease. While it may not cure the condition, it can help manage and improve various symptoms associated with Parkinson’s. Here are several ways in which physiotherapy can be helpful:

Mobility and Balance: Parkinson’s disease often affects mobility and balance. MOTIONrehab provide exercises that focus on improving these aspects, helping individuals move more confidently and reducing the risk of falls.
Gait Training: MOTIONrehab work with individuals to address changes in their walking patterns common in Parkinson’s disease. We can use specific exercises and techniques to improve stride length, step initiation, and overall gait. Alternatively in our Intensive rehabilitation clinics patients can use either the Lexo or Lyra, Robotic Gait Trainers to complete high repetition training in natural walking patterns.

Strengthening Exercises: Weakness and muscle stiffness are common in Parkinson’s. MOTIONrehab have a team of specialists that use targeted exercises to strengthen muscles, improving overall flexibility and reducing stiffness.
Range of Motion Exercises: Parkinson’s can lead to a decreased range of motion in joints. Physiotherapy can include exercises to maintain or improve joint flexibility, making daily movements easier. The MOTIONrehab team can devise a specific programme tailored to individual needs.

Posture Improvement: Parkinson’s disease may cause changes in posture, such as a stooped or forward-leaning position. The MOTIONrehab team provide exercises and guidance to improve posture and prevent further complications.

Coordination and Motor Control: The MOTIONrehab team focus on enhancing coordination and motor control, addressing challenges with fine and gross motor skills that individuals with Parkinson’s may experience.

Cueing Strategies: Using rhythmic cues during walking can improve walking patterns. MOTIONrehab use external cues (visual, auditory, or tactile) to help individuals with Parkinson’s initiate and control movements more effectively. Alternatively, the use of Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) can be helpful and the MOTIONrehab team have expertise in a range of devices that can help provide stimulation and sensory cues to help with walking.

Home Exercise Programs: MOTIONrehab design personalized home exercise programs that individuals with Parkinson’s can incorporate into their daily routines, promoting long-term benefits.

Education and Support: MOTIONrehab can provide education sessions to individuals with Parkinson’s and their caregivers about the importance of exercise, proper body mechanics, and strategies for managing symptoms. This education can empower individuals to actively participate in their care.

While most cases are not directly inherited, having a family member with Parkinson’s may slightly increase the risk. Certain genetic mutations have been linked to Parkinson’s, but they are not the sole cause.

There is no specific test for Parkinson’s disease. Diagnosis is based on medical history, symptoms, and sometimes imaging tests like MRI to rule out other conditions.

Currently, there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease. Treatment focuses on managing symptoms, and medications such as levodopa are commonly prescribed.

Parkinson’s disease is progressive, meaning symptoms generally worsen over time. However, the rate of progression can vary among individuals.

DBS is a surgical procedure where electrodes are implanted in the brain, and a device similar to a pacemaker is placed under the skin. It can help control tremors and other symptoms in some Parkinson’s patients.

Yes, there are many support groups and organizations that provide information, resources, and a sense of community for individuals with Parkinson’s and their caregivers:

On arrival you will be provided with our Terms and Conditions of Business and the relevant consent forms to agree to treatment. If you would like to receive these in advance of your appointment please contact our Client Services Team on 0800 8600 138. and they will assist you. If received in advance please bring the completed document with you to the first appointment.

As part of your initial assessment, your physiotherapist will need to take details of your medical history, present condition, allergies/sensitivities and current medications. Please come to the appointment in comfortable clothing, for example, shorts, t-shirt, and trainers.

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