Ajax-Pickering Village Chiropractic Supports Parkinson’s Awareness Month
Observed every year on April 11th, World Parkinson’s Day marks the birthday of Dr. James Parkinson, an English physician who first noted the unique symptoms of the disease.
- slowness and stiffness
- impaired balance
- rigidity of the muscles
- soft speech
- problems with handwriting
- stooped posture
- sleep disturbances
Parkinson’s disease symptoms are treated with medication and, in some cases, surgery. Other therapies that aid in symptom management include:
- physical therapy to increase mobility, flexibility and balance
- occupational therapy for help with daily activities
- speech therapy for voice control
- exercise to help muscles and joints and improve overall health and well-being
Dr. John Noble
Chiropractic care can be especially helpful to people with Parkinson’s disease. Chiropractors like Dr. Noble and Dr. Fera are specially trained in the functioning of the joints, muscles and nervous system (the neuromusculoskeletal system).
Since Parkinson’s affects muscle function and joint movement, there is a high incidence of joint dysfunction in patients suffering from the disease. Chiropractic treatment can help with the pain associated with joint dysfunction and create healthier movement patterns that result in greater ease of movement. Dr. Noble and Dr. Fera can also provide specific exercises to enhance flexibility and strength. Recent studies confirm that Parkinson’s patients benefit greatly from chiropractic care.
Dr. Mark Fera
In addition to seeing a neurologist to oversee pharmacological treatment and coordinate care, Parkinson’s patients should also assemble a support network of friends, relatives and counsellors. The disease can take a toll not only on the patient, but also on family members and friends. By taking the time to establish a support network early on, support and treatment can be delivered more effectively.
Ajax-Pickering Village Chiropractic supports our patients, families and caregivers who are dealing with Parkinson’s disease. For further information on how we can help, call us at 905-427-3202. For more information on Parkinson’s disease, visit www.parkinson.ca