Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder in Australia.
It is a disease in which the dopamine-producing cells of the basal ganglia fail, resulting in distinct changes in movement quality. The average age at diagnosis is 65 years, but adults of any age can be affected.
In Australia there are approximately 80,000 people living with Parkinson’s disease and about 20% are people of working age. The causes of Parkinson’s disease are still unknown and there are currently no disease-modifying therapies.
Medication is the standard treatment, supervised where possible by a neurologist skilled in movement disorders. Physiotherapists can prescribe exercise and give advice to assist with problems with everyday function.
Support is available for people with Parkinson’s disease and their families. The website below offers helpful information about Parkinson’s disease.
How we can help ….
If you have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and are being managed by your neurologist or GP, you may benefit from physiotherapy.
Physiotherapy can help to manage some of the primary clinical features of Parkinson’s including:
– Postural instability (balance problems)
– Hypokinesia/bradykinesia (small, slow movements)
– Akinesia (sudden inability to move)
– Rigidity (stiffness & reduced flexibility)
– Gait problems (difficulty with walking)
Introducing our latest Pain Slayers joining our team!
Will has a bachelor of physiotherapy from UQ. Will has a special interest in persistent pain and in the prevention of acute pain becoming chronic. He is interested in all sports injuries and helping people improve their athletic performance.
Will loves the motto “movement is medicine” and likes to use manual therapy and targeted exercise to get people out of pain and doing the activities they enjoy most. Will has a special interest in pre and post-operative orthopaedic rehabilitation, sports injuries, whiplash related injuries, neck and back pain, tendinopathy and Vertigo (BPPV).
Will is available Tuesday to Friday and every 2nd Saturday.
… and physiotherapist Daria Reeve
Daria has a Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Monash University and has a special interest in treating adolescent related pain, musculoskeletal conditions, back and neck pain, and treating those needing orthopaedic rehabilitation.
Daria will conduct a thorough assessment to ensure that she fully understands your condition before treating you with the latest evidence-based treatment programs. Her hands on skills will have you moving better and get you back to doing what you love without pain.
Daria is available Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and every 2nd Saturday.
Having an issue with foot pain? Plantar Fasciitis? Call us today. We can help ease your pain. Phone 327811865.
ARCHIES ARE NOW IN STOCK.
Archies thongs have arch support, material that moulds to your feet and are so light you’ll barely know you’re wearing them- come and try for youself at reception! $40.
There are lots of great features of Archies including …
They have a ultra-strong one-piece design making the thongs virtually indestructible.
They have almost 1 inch of orthotic support encouraging optimal foot posture aiding whold body alignment. Perfect for popel who suffer from Plantar Fasciitis or wear orthotics.
The elevated heel helps to reduce stress on the calf and achilles tendon – great for people with Achilles Tendonitis.
The Archies have a tight strap. Your toes don’t have to grip to keep your thongs on, allowing you to walk all day without overusing muscles and tendons in the feet.
Our classes are small – This means you will have individual attention. It also enables the Physio to create a safe environment for you and your class mates. Phone 32781186 for further information.
Small Physio led classes
Graceville Physio Painslayers offers wonderful classes to help you with staying active, maintaining/improving strength and flexiblity, and helping our lovely women through pregnancy and after baby has been born.
Before you start with one of our classes, we will book you in for an initial one on one Physio assessment to identify the areas that need attention. We like to understand the reason behind an injury, lack of movement or pain. Understanding your history gives more of an insight into how best to help you get the best from the class.