Occupational Therapy And Parkinson’s – lead a Functional Productive Life

Occupational Therapy can help Parkinson’s Patients lead a Functional Productive Life

Parkinson’s disease is a neuro-degenerative disorder that affects, predominantly dopamine-producing neurons in a specific area of the brain, called substantia nigra. A disease which affects both the “motor” and “non-motor” functions in the body.

Generally, symptoms develop slowly over the course of years and can vary from person to person. Motor functions that are typically associated with Parkinson’s are:

• Bradykinesia (Slowness of Movement)

• Dyskinesia (impairment of voluntary movement)

• Dystonia (Involuntary Muscle Movements)

• Facial Masking

• Postural Instability (Trouble with Balance & Falls)

• Rigidity (Stiffness)

• Stooped Posture

• Tremor

• Trouble Moving or Walking

• Changes in Handwriting

• Speech & Swallowing Problems

How an Occupational Therapist can help

Occupational therapists are specialists who promote health and well-being. With Parkinson’s disease, their primary objective is to enable patients to participate in the activities of everyday life. They work with them to improve their ability to engage in tasks they want to, need to, or are expected to do. In many cases, this may require modifying a task or the environment to better support functional safe engagement.

Occupational Therapists provide assessment, treatment, and recommendations in areas such as:

• Mobility

• Prevention of falls

• Sit-to-stand transfers

• Bed mobility

• Posture and seating

• Eating and drinking

• Self-care routines

• Domestic skills

• Fatigue management

• Handwriting

Although there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, it is possible to have a productive quality life.

Ask your primary Doctor for a recommendation to an Occupational Therapist who can help guide you to the best exercise program for your needs.  https://parkinsonsnewstoday.com/occupational-therapy-for-parkinsons-disease/