THE PD WARRIOR PROGRAMME FOR PARKINSON PATIENTS

WHAT IS PARKINSON DISEASE?

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects predominantly the dopamine-producing (“dopaminergic”) nerve cells in a specific region of the brain called substantia nigra (Parkinson Foundation and Mayo Clinic ).

WHAT SYMPTOMS DO PARKINSON PATIENTS EXPERIENCE?

Parkinson disease patients may experience tremor, mainly at rest and described as pill rolling tremor in hands, walking and balance problems, limb muscle rigidity, bradykinesia (slow movements), loss of automatic movements. including blinking, smiling or swinging your arms while walking, speech changes and/or writing changes (Mayo Clinic).

Please be assessed by your general medical practitioner or neurologist before commencing the PD Warrior programme.

HOW IS IT DIFFERENT?

PD WARRIOR is founded on the core principles of Neuro-active exercise, Education, Empowerment and Support. The programme is based heavily in recent neuroscience and clinical research and aims to create long-term behaviour change from the early stages of the disease.

Our clinical framework ensures that it can be easily adapted to each individual to target their specific impairments and activity limitations. It is not protocol driven and can be delivered in a range of mediums.

HOW VIGOROUS IS IT?

The programme is based on the principles of neuroplasticity which considers the role of intensity in training. The aim of PD WARRIOR is to have individuals driving motor output at 80% of a modified Rate of perceived exertion (RPE). This may or may not have a cardiovascular load, depending on the method of instruction.

The exercises can also be progressed from low to higher intensity as the individual starts to understand the concepts better.

Sharlene Thuraisingham was raised in Canada and graduated in Exercise Science and Kinesiology in Toronto. Sharlene then graduate in the Masters in Physiotherapy in Australia and practised at the Brunswick Private Hospital where she was trained in the PD Warrior programme and in pain management and rehabilitation . Sharlene subsequently worked in private clinics.

If you are keen to learn more about the PD Warrior programme, please contact the clinic on +613 9866 8010 or email us on info@mssm.com.au