Fyzical_Treatment for Parkinson's Disease



INSIDE: • Managing the Symptoms of Parkinson’s with Physical Therapy • Backpack Strategies for Parents and Students • Healthy Recipe • Patient Success Story

Are you living with Parkinson’s Disease? It is no secret that a neurological disorder such as this can be limiting and debilitating, forcing you to find new ways to manage your daily life. While this can be frustrating, physical therapy can help improve your function so you can get back to living your life on your own terms! (continued inside)




with Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease



SYMPTOMS OF PARKINSON’S with Physical Therapy


for Parents and Students


Parkinson’s Disease and Its Accompanying Symptoms

individual is to fall backwards with little to no ability to protect oneself.

Garlic Salmon

Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive disease that affects the central nervous system and the ability to coordinate movement in the body. Since Parkinson’s Disease affects many areas of the brain, symptoms can vary in individuals and progression can be either mild, moderate, or aggressive. Physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy are essential for people with Parkinson’s Disease. Parkinson’s Disease typically affects one’s ability to walk, with slower movements (bradykinesia) and difficulty with starting or stopping walking. In addition, movements tend to become slower, and it is common for tremors to develop in the hands. Muscles can become quite rigid, leading to loss of motion and poor posture. A dangerous symptom is called retropulsion, where the tendency of an

Speech can also be affected with Parkinson’s Disease, becoming slurred and slow, due to poor activation of the mouth, tongue, and throat muscles. In addition, eating and drinking can become challenging due to difficulty with swallowing. Common symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease include slurred speech, irregular facial expressions, and severe tremors. Fortunately, physical therapy can help slow the progress of Parkinson’s Disease and provide relief for symptoms. Physical therapy helps to improve flexibility and strength by addressing several issues that Parkinson’s disease may cause, including abnormal gait, freezing, and dystonia. Symptoms may also include difficulty with writing, becoming illegible or very small.



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While there is no cure for Parkinson’s Disease currently, a tremendous amount can be done to improve one’s function and maintain mobility. In coordination with your physician, rehabilitation focuses on improving movement, safety, independence with activities, transfers, cognitive aptitude, speech, and swallowing. Our dedicated physical therapists will provide you with the best care for your needs. For Parkinson’s Disease, it is recommended that you seek the help of both physical therapists and occupational therapists. Our physical therapists will focus on improving your range of motion, strength, stamina, safety with transfers from low surfaces, posture, and movement, so you can reclaim some independence in your life. They will also focus on movements of the upper extremities, cognitive improvements, coordination with dressing and caring for oneself, and any adaptations that can be made so you can live as independently as possible. If you are having trouble with speech and swallowing, it is likely that you will also have to seek help from a speech therapist. Speech therapists focus on improving speech, safety with eating and drinking, cognitive abilities, and writing. Our rehabilitation professionals work together as a team to help you reach your goals. Our main focus is to help you maintain and Managing Symptoms of Parkinson’s WITH PHYSICAL THERAPY

improve all levels of physical function, so you can reclaim at least some parts of your independence Are you living with Parkinson’s Disease? At Fyzical Arkansas, our physical therapists are dedicated to helping you regain your optimum levels of function so you can live your life as independently as possible. Schedule a consultation today by calling (479) 855-9348 and reclaim your life!

HEALTHY RECIPE Honey & Garlic Salmon

Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium high heat. Season salmon with salt and pepper. Place the salmon skin side up in the pan. Cook for 4-5 minutes per side or until cooked through. Remove the salmon from the pan, place on a plate and cover to keep warm.

Meet the Newest Member of Our Team, Kirkland Simpson, PTA! “I’m an energetic yet laid back PTA who graduated from NorthWest Arkansas Community College in 2019. An extensive athletic background & history of knee injuries stopped my college baseball hope. After going through 2 ACL reconstructions & 2 complete rounds of Physical Therapy myself, I was led to my newly found passion of Physical Therapy & all things Fitness and Nutrition. I’m also interested in anything from Sports & Athletic Performance to Ancient History, Psychology, or Philosophy!” – Kirkland Simpson

Add garlic to the pan and cook for 30 seconds. Add the water, soy sauce and honey combination, and bring to a simmer. In a bowl, whisk together cornstarch with 1 tablespoon cold water. Slowly pour the mixture into the pan and whisk to combine. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 minute or until sauce has just thickened. Return the salmon to the pan and spoon the sauce over the top. Sprinkle with parsley and serve with lemon wedges if desired.

• 1 1/4 lb salmon fillets • 2 tsp olive oil • salt and pepper to taste • 4 cloves garlic, minced • 1/4 cup water

• 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce • 3 tbsp honey • 2 tsp cornstarch • 1 tbsp chopped parsley • lemon wedges for garnish

Recipe/Photo Courtesy: dinneratthezoo.com/honey-garlic salmon

BACKPACK STRATEGIES for Parents and Students Aching backs and shoulders? Tingling arms? Weakened muscles? Stooped posture? Does your child or grandchild have these symptoms after wearing a heavy school backpack? Carrying too much weight in a pack or wearing it the wrong way can lead to pain and strain. Take these steps to help children load and wear backpacks the correct way to avoid health problems: Loading the Backpack: • A child’s backpack should weigh no more than about 10% of his or her body weight. A student weighing 100 pounds shouldn’t wear a loaded backpack heavier than about 10 pounds. • Load heaviest items closest to the child’s back.

cause a child to lean to one side, curving the spine and causing pain or discomfort. • Select a pack with well-padded shoulder straps. Shoulders and necks have many blood vessels and nerves that can cause pain and tingling in the neck, arms, and hands when too much pressure is applied. • Adjust the shoulder straps so that the pack fits snugly on the child’s back. A pack that hangs loosely from the back can pull the child backwards and strain muscles. • Wear the waist belt if the backpack has one. This helps distribute the pack’s weight more evenly. • The bottom of the pack should rest in the curve of the lower back. It should never rest more than four inches below the child’s waistline. • School backpacks come in different sizes for different ages. Choose the right size pack for your child as well as one with enough room for necessary school items. • Only put items in your backpack that you need for the day.

• Arrange books and materials so they won’t slide around in the backpack. • Check what your child carries to school and brings home. Make sure the items are necessary for the day’s activities. • If the backpack is too heavy or tightly packed, your child can hand carry a book or other item outside the pack. • If the backpack is too heavy on a regular basis, consider using a book bag on wheels if your child’s school allows it. Wearing the Backpack: • Distribute weight evenly by using both straps. Wearing a pack slung over one shoulder can


Patient Success Story


• Back Pain • Neck Pain • Shoulder Pain

• Foot Pain • Knee Pain • Post-surgery

“Through balance therapy, I have become more able to be active.” “Stewart and his staff have all been superb! Before I started coming for therapy, I was very unstable in walking. Through balance therapy, I have become more able to be active. He also has helped ease the pain I live with through stretching exercises and other treatments! The staff and facility are the best! They truly care for their patients!” – Jerri Mason

TREATMENTS FEEL GOOD Laser therapy creates little to no sensation or it can create a gentle, warm sensation. TREATMENTS ARE FAST With LightForce lasers, treatments are quick— usually 5-12 minutes depending on the size, depth, and acuteness of the condition being treated.

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