Working with Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a progressive, neurodegenerative condition where certain areas of the brain lose the ability to produce dopamine, a neurotransmitter that is involved in many bodily functions including movement, memory, digestion, mood, attention, sleep and more. More recent findings have shown that a reduction in serotonin levels also plays a role in Parkinson’s Disease.
Statistics suggest that Parkinson’s Disease affects more than 6 million people worldwide. Which symptoms, when they present and how they progress is unique to each individual. Motor symptoms typically include tremor, slowness, rigidity, gait and/or balance problems but non-motor symptoms can also be present.
In this course we will explore what Parkinson’s Disease is, management of symptoms, exercise design, and how to maximize the movement potential for those living with Parkinson’s Disease.
- Gain an understanding of the neuroanatomy and neurophysiology underlying the causes and symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease
- Learn tips and strategies on how to manage common symptoms and sensorimotor impairments such as rigidity, tremors, freezing, balance deficits, sensory and perceptual deficits, as well as weakness and tightness
- Learn about exercise design focusing on core control, mobility, strength, balance and gait
- Learn how to promote change (neuroplasticity) in movement patterning and motor learning to enhance their movement potential
Note: It is highly recommended to take Neurophysiology 101 prior to this course.
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