What is Parkinson’s ?
Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disease. Movement is normally controlled by dopamine, a chemical that carries signals between the nerves in the brain. When cells that normally produce dopamine die, the symptoms of Parkinson’s appear.
MOST COMMON SYMPTOMS
- Slowness and stiffness
- Impaired balance
- Rigidity of the muscles
- Soft speech
- Problems with handwriting
- Stooped posture
- Sleep disturbances
Currently there is no cure, however, you can live with Parkinson’s for years. The symptoms are treated with medication.
The following therapies can also help manage the symptoms:
- Physical therapy helps mobility, flexibility and balance
- Occupational therapy helps with daily activities
- Speech therapy helps with voice control
- Exercise helps muscles and joints and improves overall health and well-being
Parkinson’s can progress at a different rate for each person. As symptoms change, medication will need to be adjusted. As the disease progresses, non-motor symptoms may also appear, such as depression, difficulty swallowing, sexual problems or cognitive changes. It is important to find a doctor who is knowledgeable about Parkinson’s, ideally a neurologist. By working with a health-care team, a treatment plan can be created that will meet the person’s individual needs.
Do you or someone you know have Parkinson’s?
The information in the above post was obtained from the Parkinson Society Canada, please visit them for more detailed information.
Disclaimer: The material provided on this site is designed for information and educational purposes only. The materials are not intended to be a self diagnostic and/or self treatment tool. I encourage you to use this information as a tool for discussing your condition with your health practitioner.