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Empower Physical Therapy & Fitness Presents HOWLSVT HELPS PARKINSON’SDISEASE SEMINAR

While you’ve likely heard of Parkinson’s disease (PD), many people don’t know exactly what the condition is or how it manifests itself. The condition can occur when there is a loss of brain cells that produce a chemical called dopamine. It usually presents in people over the age of 60, but it can present earlier in life as well. The four common symptoms, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke are: tremors, limb and trunk stiffness, bradykinesia (the slowing down of movement) and weak balance or coordination. Some other PD symptoms can be: depression, trouble swallowing or chewing or difficulty sleeping. In 2002, the LSVT-BIG protocol was initiated, as a research-based exercise approach to be given by specially-trained therapists. Patients are shown specific exercises that involve large amplitude, exaggerated movement patterns, leading to smoother, larger, safer movements and improved quality of life. By maintaining larger movements, patients will move better, with more confidence and safety. Empower Physical Therapy will be hosting an LSVT-BIG seminar for individuals with

Parkinson’s Disease and their loved ones. The seminar will be presented by our Occupational Therapist, Lisa Weingartz, who is certified in LSVT-BIG treatment. During the presentation, Lisa will go over the program’s details, exercises, and a Q&A session. The seminar’s information is listed below: Empower Physical Therapy’s Hall Location 6:30pm-7:30pm Thursday, April 26th 20554 Hall Rd, Clinton Twp, MI

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