PD Power is an exercise programme aimed at developing new neural connections and modifying the path of your Parkinson’s by changing your way of thinking, the way you move and the effort with which you move.
It’s 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). PD Power 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.
There are two types of course depending on your level of ability: PD Power and the less intensive PD PowerUP. Both courses consist of 6 weekly classes of 1 hour.
Experienced neurophysiotherapist Annie Rainbow and her team provide courses for us.
The daily effort and intensity used with PD Power means that it is suitable if you:
- are reasonably fit
- don’t have major balance problems
- would enjoy the challenge of an hour’s dynamic exercise
- are very motivated to self-manage your condition and build the programme into your daily routine
If you aren’t quite so fit or have balance problems, you can do PD PowerUP. More elements of this course are done seated and you can come with your spouse, partner or carer to assist you.
Who can come?
Both PD Power and PD Power UP are for our branch members and anyone with Parkinson’s living in our branch area. You can still come if you aren’t a member of our branch and live outside our area but you need to contact Annie for details.
Recent evidence suggests that the right kind of regular exercise can help modify the path of Parkinson’s and slow it down. By building it into your daily routine, the programme will help you to:
- increase neuroplasticity – that is, make cellular changes in the brain
- increase control of Parkinson’s
- increase confidence
- reduce risk of falls
- slow progression of the condition
Before you can join a course, you must have two one-to-one sessions with Annie:
- a one-to-one assessment to understand your capabilities and goals
- a follow-up one-to-one session to teach you the concepts and techniques of PD Power and to help you get the most out of the course
Subsequently, in our six-week courses of one hour classes, Annie will help you to progress the level of difficulty and ensure exercises remain challenging to drive neuroplasticity.
Class leader – Annie Rainbow
Annie has worked with Parkinson’s patients for more than 15 years. As an advanced neurophysiotherapist, she works closely with Liz Scott, Specialist Parkinson’s Nurse, as part of a multidisciplinary team at Amersham and Wycombe hospitals where she runs classes for patients with advanced Parkinson’s. She has been inspired by PD Warrior and is an accredited practitioner.
Annie qualified with a First Class degree in Physiotherapy from East London University and is a Member of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.
You have the one-to-one sessions in your own home. We hold our courses in the following venues:
- PD PowerUP: Wednesday afternoons at St Michaels Hall, Grenfell Road, Beaconsfield. HP9 2BN
- Thursday mornings at St Michaels Hall, Grenfell Road, Beaconsfield. HP9 2BN
- Thursday evenings at Amersham School, Stanley Hill, Amersham HP7 9HH
- Friday afternoons at Sprinters Leisure Centre, Prestwood HP16 9QY
You must complete an application form (contact Annie below) and have two initial one-to-ones with Annie before you can come on a course. We don’t accept walk-ins on the day.
Your two initial one-to-ones with Annie will cost a total of £135, payable direct to her.
For branch members and anyone with Parkinson’s living in our branch area we ask for a contribution of £36 towards the cost of each of the first three 6-week courses you do in a year. Fourth and subsequent 6-week courses in a year may also be available at a cost of £72 each. Annie will provide details about how to pay us when she confirms your place on a course.
If you aren’t a member of our branch and live outside our area you can still do PD Power and PD PowerUP. Please contact Annie for details.
PD Power and PD PowerUP are exceptions to our usual ‘pay as you go’ approach to most activities, in that the cost is payable in advance and is non-refundable if you are absent.
Remember, you must complete an application (contact Annie below) and be accepted before you can start a course.
Contact and apply
Contact Annie on 07810 652158 or send her a message for more information.
To apply, download and complete the printable PD Power and PD PowerUP application form. The address to send the form is on page 2.