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.
PD Power is a philosophy for self-managing the condition rather than exercising to keep you fit. It is based on high effort, big amplitude and challenging activities (both physical and cognitive). It uses the brain’s ability to reorganise itself by forming new neural connections to compensate for the impact of injury or illness – often called neuroplasticity.
Liz Scott, Specialist Parkinson’s Nurse, said “PD Power is a new and exciting exercise programme specifically developed for people with Parkinson’s. Research suggests that regular high intensity exercise may slow down the progression of Parkinson’s.
“This is a great opportunity to learn to fit exercise into your busy lifestyle. No more long hours in the gym!”
Annie Rainbow has worked with Parkinson’s patients for more than 15 years as part of a multidisciplinary team at Amersham and Wycombe hospitals.
PD Power will start on Friday afternoons in January 2017 and you can find out more and apply now, by following the link below to our PD Power web page.
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