After running a Parkinson’s-specialized physical therapy practice for 3+ years, seeing and talking to 1,000s of people diagnosed with PD, I can tell you I recognize a significant pattern: People who are shrouded in anxiety, fear, worry, and stress have the hardest time.
The challenge is that knowing stress is bad for your prognosis only exacerbates the problem. You can’t just “get over it”. So, what can you do when you’re absolutely overwhelmed by stress, anxiety, and fear? The research suggests a powerful Dynamic Duo that may help you calm that crazy mind of yours.
I'd like to take a few moments to answer all of your questions about Parkinson's dystonia: What is dystonia? How is dystonia different from Parkinson's? Who treats dystonia? What causes dystonia in Parkinson's? Does medication cause dystonia in Parkinson's? What treatment options are there for dystonia? What makes dystonia worse? ... and more! Bookmark this page for future reference as it's updated often.
Are you considering having Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for your Parkinson’s symptoms? Have you heard of DBS but still aren’t clear on exactly what it does, who it’s for, or when someone should consider it? You’re in the right place.
Today I want to share with you an interview I did with a friend and physical therapy colleague, Dr. Eric Rhoden, PT, DPT.
He shares my passion for Parkinson’s, is incredibly well versed in Deep Brain Stimulation, and took some time to answer the most common questions I hear from our online community about DBS.
Apathy can be a tricky foe, threatening even the most well-meaning exercise intentions. In today's blog post, I share the #1 key to combating apathy (backed up by research) and walk you through the 4 steps to overcome your inertia and stay moving for the long-run.
We've heard a lot lately about mindfulness and Parkinson's Disease, and today we're talking about what it means and how big of an impact it can have on your Parkinson's symptoms. So, while it may be tempting to watch TV during your workout, in this week's post, Sarah discusses why distracting yourself from your workout may be doing more harm than good!
Have you been diagnosed with Parkinson's and hate to exercise? Do you have trouble finding enough motivation to stay consistent with your exercise program? In this week's post, Sarah discusses the one small mindset shift that can help you change your perspective and create big brain changes as a result!
What a perfect time to relax, enjoy some downtime, unwind... and completely fall off the Parkinson's Warrior wagon. While we all need to get away and recharge, sometimes coming back to reality and facing the fact we haven't exercised in days (or weeks..) can feel incredibly defeating. Check out these 4 tips (and 1 mindset shift) to help you stay on track on the road.
We prepare our cars, RVs, boats, and homes for the chillier winter months, so why not do the same for our bodies? Any healthcare practitioner will tell you: The end of the year is notorious for knocking people off their game. The good news is that there are 3 simple ways to "winterizie" your immune system now so you can spend the holiday season with your family, not the hospital staff.
Dr. Sarah King, PT, DPT attended the 4th World Parkinson Congress in Portland, Oregon and did a full recap at the end of each day. Today's topic: Exercise IS Medicine for Parkinson's Disease. Watch, listen, and learn!
Dr. Sarah King, PT, DPT attended the 4th World Parkinson Congress in Portland, Oregon and did a full recap at the end of each day. Today's topics: Gastrointestinal Issues, Drooling, Constipation, Freezing, Mindset shifts, and more. Watch, listen, and learn!
Dr. Sarah King, PT, DPT attended the 4th World Parkinson Congress in Portland, Oregon and did a full recap at the end of each day. Today's topics: Deep Brain Stimulation, Nutrition and Parkinson's, Depression, and anxiety. Watch, Listen, and Learn!
Dr. Sarah King, PT, DPT from Invigorate Physical Therapy and Wellness attended the 4th World Parkinson Congress in Portland, Oregon and did a full recap at the end of each day. Today's topic: Building Your Healthcare Team to Serve YOU. Watch, listen, and learn!
We've all been trained to set SMART goals when we're thinking about our future and what we'd like to accomplish in life. However, recently I stumbled upon Vishen Lakhiani's 3 Most Important Questions and it's completely reshaped the way I think about goal setting - for myself, and my clients.
"What's the best kind of exercise for Parkinson's?" My first answer? The kind of exercise you'll actually do. My best answer? ANY kind of exercise is beneficial for Parkinson's, so long as it has these 7 elements.
Sarah King interviews Colin Potter about his experience being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease and his hard fought battle to reverse his Parkinson's symptoms. He talks about the revelation he had to spur his new journey, what changes he's made to reverse his symptoms, and what his plans are for the future.
Have you abandoned some of your most beloved activities because you've lost confidence you can do them safely? Do you shy away from or modify your life because of self-doubt? These 6 balance drills can help you regain your confidence and return to those things (and people) you love.
Colin Potter, founder of Fight-Parkinsons.org, came to Austin to further his research into the causes and natural alternatives to fighting Parkinson's Disease. He took time to lead a Walk and Talk to discuss his journey and how he's combating his symptoms in ways that go beyond the pill bottle.
Are you struggling to improve your endurance, balance or gait? It may be because you're neglecting a huge foundation of your health: Your spine. Learn how to make your alignment work for you, not against you!
Dr. Britt Stone, Movement Disorder Specialist, gives her recommendations for medications to be aware of and ones to avoid for people with Parkinson's Disease. Be sure to download the helpful, 2-page PDF resource guide to take to your MD or pharmacist.
I've always been a huge proponent of walking, but once I started incorporating pole walking drills into treatment sessions, I started seeing some incredible results with my clients. In this post I'll show you 6 walking drills you can do with your poles to dramatically improve your arm swing, stamina, stride, and confidence.
Today we're continuing our 6-Part Parkinson's Pole Series. We're going to work on five basic exercises that you can do with your new poles that will help you build a foundation of flexibility, strength, coordination, and balance. Let's get started!
Having Parkinson's can be an expensive endeavor. When you add up the cost of medications, doctors visits, and the like, your pocketbook can take a serious hit. When I started working with my Parkinson's clientele, I knew I would have to find some way to provide a challenging, diverse exercise program that they could continue on their own after they "graduated" from our program that required little to no financial strain. This $11.36 solution was just what the doctor ordered.
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