PD Exercise Programme
Our class is designed for people recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s or those with early/moderate-stage Parkinson’s. The class exercise approach is supported by current research to modify the course of the condition, to slow down and even reverse the progression of symptoms of Parkinson’s. PD-specific exercises help you to use the brain’s natural ability to protect itself and create more efficient pathways; aiding you to move more freely so you can continue the activities you enjoy and be more independent. To learn more information about Parkinson’s disease please visit our page for details – please click here
Research suggests exercise is the only way to slow down the symptoms and progression of Parkinson’s disease. It’s a complete rehab programme designed to improve your function, quality of life and long-term exercise behaviour.
Our weekly exercise-to-music programme is run by PD Warrior-accredited Neurophysiotherapist Fiona McKeever (MCSP Grad Dip Phys).
The class draws upon varied exercise approaches to slow down the symptoms of Parkinson’s and help improve balance, co-ordination, stiffness, strength, speed and amplitude of movement and confidence.
Feedback from class members
From attendees at the Parkinson’s classes
Set in a group environment you will meet other people with Parkinson’s creating a supportive and encouraging environment. The exercise classes are Challenging – Fun – Stimulating – Motivating – Enjoyable. You will have an initial private assessment with the Neurophysiotherapist to assess and discuss your current symptoms and ensure your suitability for the programme.
I feel like I am taking charge of my condition, I feel less tired and more motivated.
For me it has been a great success and has produced a significant improvement in my capabilities.
I enjoy the classes very much and I find them very useful. I like the mix between familiar, ‘core’ exercises and new ones. I much appreciate: the way in which sessions are well planned in advance, minimising ‘dead’ time; the professional and approachable style of the tutor(s) and the way individual support is provided within the class. The exercises are extremely well demonstrated.
The Physiotherapy Course has helped me reduce my medication. Despite the Neurologist reducing my therapy, there has been an improvement in my measured reaction times by 25%, he (my neurologist) attributes this to the ongoing Physiotherapy I’m having.
Despite having Parkinson’s, I thought I was relatively fit before joining the classes, but I think I may have been fooling myself! They challenge me every week and I always feel I have pushed myself to achieve a lot more than I would on my own. I particularly like the variety on offer (no two weeks are the same) and the encouragement to be the best you can be, whatever level that is for you personally. Louise keeps a very close eye on everyone and ensures we are all getting the most out of each exercise we do without injuring ourselves.
The classes are excellent, the physios are to be congratulated on providing such an important series of exercises in a positive setting.
The introduction comments (at the start of each class) are very helpful, with reminders each week of the key principles.