Starting your exercise routine
Your GP may be able to refer you to a physiotherapist to
develop an exercise programme.
After exercising regularly my symptoms are less obvious and the progression of my Parkinson's is slower.
Denise Webster, person with Parkinson's
Referrals often take some time, but you can start exercising
right away using our free Keeping Moving -
Exercise and Parkinson's DVD and booklet.
The Keeping Moving programme provides some simple exercises
designed specifically for people with Parkinson's. The exercise can be done at home,
with a physiotherapist or as part of a class.
The exercises mainly work on posture, balance and movement, as
used in activities such as turning in bed, looking around and
With all forms of exercise when you have Parkinson's, you should
consult your GP first to check that you are able to do the
Find your nearest Parkinson's exercise class
Many of our local groups run exercise classes
based on the Keeping Moving programme.
Use our branch and support group
finder to contact a group local to you and ask them if they run
You can also contact one of our local information and support workers who can advise
you on organisations and services in your area.
Joining a class often makes it easier to keep the routine going.
Our local groups are also a great source of support, friendship and
Physiotherapy, exercise and independence
A physiotherapist will be able to teach techniques and suggest
exercises that help with the following:
sitting down, standing up and turning in bed
- Keeping joints flexible and relieving the effects of
- Improving or maintaining muscle strength
- Balance training and preventing or managing falls
- Pain relief through manual therapy
- Maintaining or improving effective breathing
In the earlier stages of Parkinson's, physiotherapy focuses on
understanding the condition and keeping up general levels of
fitness to maintain independence.
In the later stages of Parkinson's, the emphasis includes
developing a support network and involving the family and carers as part of the treatment.
Referral to a physiotherapist is generally made through your GP,
a consultant doctor or a Parkinson's nurse.
Find more about how a physiotherapist can help you:
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