Parkinson’s disease: the importance of physiotherapy
Improving the quality of life of Parkinson’s patient goes through the acceptance of the disease in the subject, the support of his entourage and appropriate medical care. With a well-balanced treatment appropriate, the patient with Parkinson can lead an almost normal life. However, the medication is not sufficient in itself.
The physiotherapist, speech therapist, occupational therapist, urologist are required to provide specific care, but health professionals also emphasize the importance of psychological support to prevent isolation or withdrawal .
Therapist and patient with Parkinson tandem to improve the lives
“I saw a physiotherapist early taught me many things. That is to say that I was unable to get up from the table without falling down or ridicule me, I knew I behave, get up or sit quietly without that is the subject of laughter or other … Would that why I think it’s worth it “says Annick sick.
Maintaining physical activity, work on the motor (physiotherapy, occupational therapy), the voice and writing (speech) complement and enhance its effect. The work of the motor must start very early after diagnosis and be continued regularly throughout the duration of the disease. “Parkinson’s disease is often seen as dramatic to the general public, but in reality, there are a lot of solutions and arrive at improving the living conditions significantly” says Jean-Pierre Bleton, physiotherapist, hospital St Anne .
Rehabilitation avoids stiffness, poor posture, contractures, it also helps keep the correct muscles through appropriate exercise. “It creates a tandem between the therapist and patient which contributes to improving the daily difficulties” says Jean-Pierre Bleton.
The physical therapist, a coach to disease
Rehabilitation is mainly on motor effects of Parkinson’s disease, it provides solutions to improve everyday life. The condition makes it difficult gestures every day with Parkinson’s have to control their movement and be very careful about what they do, which is very energy intensive. “The solution for them is often to be quiet, it’s more comfortable,” says Jean-Pierre Bleton. The therapist is there to motivate them, make them repeat exercises adapted, reproducing everyday gestures. The aim is to preserve their motor skills, walking and independent mobility, maintaining the right station fast and flexible action. Rehabilitation also applies to some non-motor as pain or affect swallowing, urination or breathing disorders.
The physiotherapist will fight adynamia disease which leads to the patient. “You could compare the physical therapist to coach the sport. It brings the patient to maximum performance and teaches him a number of exercises that should be repeated out of his presence These exercises are chosen based on their pathology as it called “Parkinson’s disease” as if it were a unique pathology, but in reality they are Parkinson’s disease, each with its own symptoms. should therefore be adapted, after a fairly accurate assessment, technical rehabilitation and give the patient an exercise program he has to realize that changes daily, depending on the progress or changes in the symptomatology “says Jean-Pierre Bleton.
“I see my physio once a week, part of the session is devoted to relaxation, stretching, everything you need,. During the second part, I do exercises with him, but really, I bump and he even gave me homework to do at home and it works: that is to say, when we begin to understand a gesture, I work all week and on Friday I showed him if I ‘There “meets Annick.
Physiotherapy, openness to other
“For over twenty years, we have set up groups of Parkinson who come to rehabilitation courses in small groups. This creates a bond between the patients of the same group. At the end of the session, is always a tea or coffee decorated some cupcakes. Patients are called at home and there is always a time for discussion where each presents its difficulties or what is right. Among this group of informal speech, it is the both the exhilaration and solutions emerge: so and so was faced with a problem and said, “I got out like this or it’s made to heal, not simply make. repetitive exercises, but also meet others, socialize, leave home and take a friendly life, “says Jean-Pierre Bleton.