Physical therapy (PT), occupational (OT) and speech therapies are an important part of a Parkinson treatment plan. Physical therapy in PD focuses on gait and balance training, resistance training and exercise. Balance issues are one of the hallmark symptoms of PD. Work in these areas can help individuals with PD manage their symptoms and reduce falls and hospitalizations.
Occupational therapy helps individuals maintain or regain the ability to perform tasks of daily living and live independently. Speech therapy in Parkinson’s helps patients overcome the small, monotone voice that sometimes occurs.
The Lee Silverman Voice Treatment Programs, LSVT- LOUD and LSVT-BIG, help participants exaggerate their movements in order to turn small steps into big steps, or a meek voice into a loud voice. Visit their website and find an LSVT therapist near you.