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Physiotherapy top tips

Annie Rainbow, Neurophysiotherapist, has worked with Parkinson’s patients for over 15 years and runs our PD Power activity

By Annie Rainbow

  1. THINK BIG – remember Parkinson’s will want to make movements small – it will do the bare minimum – it is lazy! So you deliberately need to make movements bigger.
  2. A DAILY DOSE OF EXERCISE Keep moving- exercise is now being seen as a type of medicine.
  3. POSTURE – you need to think about your posture NOW. Look in the mirror or take a photo and check that you are straight (left and right looks symmetrical and even as well as upright. It is never too early to start thinking about your posture.

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Daily dose of movement

Annie Rainbow, Neurophysiotherapist, has worked with Parkinson’s patients for over 15 years and runs our PD Power activity

By Annie Rainbow

People always ask ‘How much exercise do I need to do?’. Guidelines suggest to improve fitness and boost brain fitness you should aim to do 150 minutes of moderate (brisk walk) to vigorous (boxing, cycling) a week. That equates to 5 x 30 minutes per week. BUT that is the optimal amount. So don’t be put off by that and remember 10 minutes is better than none.

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Exercise? Just move better

Annie Rainbow, Neurophysiotherapist, has worked with Parkinson’s patients for over 15 years and runs our PD Power activity

By Annie Rainbow

Don’t be put off by the word exercise – just move better.

We all know that exercise is good for us: it boosts the brain, it reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and reduces blood pressure. It helps manage weight, improves bone health and improves fitness but some of us are put off by the word ‘exercise’.

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PD Power starts January 2017

PD Power class
PD Power class

Our branch has teamed up with neurophysiotherapist, Annie Rainbow, to offer a new activity called PD Power.  It is a vigorous and physically demanding exercise programme for people in the early stages of Parkinson’s.  It aims to help you develop new neural connections and modify the path of your Parkinson’s by changing your way of thinking, the way you move and the effort with which you move.

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