Motor Symptoms

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01 Mar: 5 Simple Exercises to Train Your Balance & Live Well with Parkinson’s

Because Parkinson’s can impact the reflexes needed to maintain an upright posture, people with Parkinson’s may feel unstable while standing upright. This postural instability — better known as poor balance and coordination — can make certain physical activities difficult, and it also increases the risk of falling. The good news is that although postural instability is a common Parkinson’s symptom, it can be managed and mitigated with practice. By training your balance frequently, you can improve your postural stability and even regain some of your automatic balance reflexes.  
Masks and balance

23 Jan: Masks, Falls, and Parkinson’s: Observational Study and Case Reports

The year 2020 has presented many individuals with challenging circumstances, whether fiscal, psychological, or physical. My observation of individuals through the scope of physical therapy is that we are resilient and adaptable, but that we are all being challenged by COVID-19. Many of the clients I treat are living with movement disorders and experience balance difficulties, and it did not take long to determine through observation and subjective report that wearing a mask has had an impact on their balance and walking.

18 Nov: How to Understand and Manage OFF Times as a Parkinson’s Care Partner

As Parkinson’s care partners know well, everyone living with Parkinson’s experiences OFF times differently. (OFF times occur when their medication wears off, hasn’t kicked in, or just isn’t providing symptom relief.) For some, especially those who have been diagnosed for only a few years, OFF periods may be rare and a minor concern. For others, OFF can be a frequent and debilitating experience. No matter what stage of Parkinson’s your loved one is in, you can help them navigate OFF times so they can get back to feeling their best.  

16 Nov: The Science of Parkinson’s OFF

Although the terms ON and OFF have been used to describe responses to levodopa therapy for more than 40 years, there is still no universally agreed-upon definition for the term OFF, and everyone with Parkinson's experiences it differently. OFF periods occur when your medication isn't working optimally, and your motor and non-motor symptoms return. OFF is much more nuanced but understanding its scientific causes can help you minimize it in your daily life.
water

06 Nov: How to Take Levodopa for Parkinson’s

Dr. Cherian Karunapuzha explains how drinking a glass of water when you take your levodopa helps "flush" the medicine from your stomach to your small intestine, where it is absorbed. Drinking a glass of water and taking your levodopa on an otherwise empty stomach will ensure that more of the medication is absorbed, giving you the full benefit of the levodopa.

04 Nov: How to Lead a Parkinson’s Dyskinesia Support Group

Whether you have Parkinson’s dyskinesia or are the care partner of someone who does, leading a support group on this important topic allows you to both teach and learn about the common symptom and help others navigate its challenges. Here, we share ways to build your own knowledge base about Parkinson’s dyskinesia, discussion questions for your support group, and ideas for taking the conversation one step further.
Medications

16 Oct: [Webinar Recording] Parkinson’s Medication Management for Motor Symptoms with Dr. Aaron Haug

Although many symptoms can occur in Parkinson’s, the most common motor symptoms are tremor, stiffness, and slowness. In this webinar, Dr. Aaron Haug, Neurologist and Movement Disorders Specialist with Blue Sky Neurology in Englewood, CO, discusses treatment strategies and explains in detail the specific medications used to treat the motor symptoms of Parkinson’s.