Physical Therapy Reduces the Severity of Movement Disorder Symptoms

Movement disorders may appear at any time of life but most commonly in those over 70 years old. Through treatment, many will gain the capacity to perform the activities of daily living. Often, no cure is available, but physical therapy reduces the severity of movement disorder symptoms.

What are movement disorders? Below is a list of conditions that impact one’s movement :

  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Ataxia
  • Tic Disorders
  • Dystonia
  • Functional Movement Disorders
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Essential Tremor

How does physical therapy reduce the severity of movement disorder symptoms?

Physical Therapy and Movement Disorders

After an evaluation, a trained physical therapist will create a custom plan to fit your needs. The program will also include education for the patient and caregivers, as therapy needs to continue at home.

The plan will include posture re-education, mobility improvement, gait training, and balance work. Your therapist will also recommend lifestyle and work changes to manage your movement disorder better.

Movement Disorders and The Therapy Network

Over 42 million Americans suffer from movement disorders. Physical therapy to address the symptoms is specialty therapy. The Therapy Network has a team of a professional therapists to fit your needs.

The Therapy Network also has appointments available today. You will meet your therapist specialist during your first visit to one of our six locations. After an evaluation, your therapist will create a plan around these methods and principles :

  • Posture re-education
  • Exercises to enhance cardiovascular fitness and improve mobility
  • Extremity strengthening
  • Stretching for flexibility and joint motion
  • Balance exercises to help you regain control
  • Gait and transfer training
  • Dry needle therapy

You can find The Therapy Network in six Virginia locations, including Hampton, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and Chesapeake. Since physical therapy reduces the severity of movement disorder symptoms, schedule an appointment to meet with one of our therapy specialists today.