Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological condition and requires a specialist diagnosis but there are symptoms you can look out for:

  • Most commonly people look for the tremor in the hands. Stiff or ‘frozen’ face or posture can also be a sign of Parkinson’s
  • Your movements become slow and unsteady and it may be hard for you to get going. Movements are often described as ‘shuffly’
  • Constipation
  • Speech difficulties
  • You may feel low or depressed or, similarly if you’re concerned about a relative, you may notice they’ve become quiet and withdrawn
  • It may seem like your relative has a blank expression on their face or that they come across as rude (which often people mistake for dementia)
  • Problems completing daily activities, such as shaving, using a knife and fork etc.
  • Unable to continue hobbies such as driving

Help is at hand

It is still possible to maintain a good quality of life when living with Parkinson’s and that’s exactly what we want to achieve, for both the patient and their family.

Elder man needs to exercise every day

Your Fairhand physio will:

  • Teach you techniques to prepare you for challenging situations
  • Guide you through stretches and exercises that can be incorporated into your daily routine
  • Give you practical tips for a more comfortable home life, such as reducing distractions, rearranging furniture to remove barriers
  • Supply mobility equipment if needed
  • Support your family so they can support you through your treatment programme

Disclaimer

The information provided on our website is for guidance purposes only and should not be treated as medical advice or professional diagnosis. If you think you may be suffering from a medical condition you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

Case study

Name Mr C
Age 85
Location Coulsdon

Mr C was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 7 years ago and, up until recently, had been capable of managing his symptoms by himself.

Mr C and his wife called Fairhand for help as they felt the disease had caught up with them and their day-to-day life had become very difficult.

Mr C was very depressed and found simple movements very uncomfortable. Together, they felt quite isolated.

It had been a while since the diagnosis so we ran through with them Parkinson’s disease basic management.

We then taught the couple some specialised techniques and exercises.

We are still involved with this couple but their lives have turned around, they feel less isolated and now frequently go out together.

Physio pictogram