Parkinson’s Disease and other Movement Disorders are the quintessential manifestation of the ageing brain and mind.
Both men and women can have Parkinson’s disease. However, the disease affects about 50 percent more men than women.
One clear risk factor for Parkinson's is age. Although most people with Parkinson’s first develop the disease at about age 60, about 5 to 10 percent of people with Parkinson's have "early-onset" disease, which begins before the age of 50. Early-onset forms of Parkinson's are often, but not always, inherited, and some forms have been linked to specific gene mutations.
Parkinson's symptoms usually begin gradually and get worse over time. As the disease progresses, people may have difficulty walking and talking. They may also have mental and behavioral changes, sleep problems, depression, memory difficulties, and fatigue.
While tremors, rigidity & slowness (bradykinesia) are the core symptoms, many patients with PD have cognitive & behavioral symptoms. At Buddhi Clinic we go beyond movement to examine the person with PD and other movement disorders holistically.
Parkinson's disease has four main symptoms:
Tremor (trembling) in hands, arms, legs, jaw, or head
Stiffness of the limbs and trunk
Slowness of movement
Impaired balance and coordination, sometimes leading to falls
Other symptoms may include depression and other emotional changes; difficulty swallowing, chewing, and speaking; urinary problems or constipation; skin problems; and sleep disruptions.
While the diagnosis is clinical, brain imaging, electrophysiology, blood tests to rule out reversible causes or indeed contributing factors and a thorough pre-rehabilitation assessment including evaluation for co-morbidities (associated conditions) will be required in all instances. At Buddhi Clinic our assessment includes standard outcome indicators for activities of daily life, quality of life, neuro-disability and mental health.
Our Buddhi Clinic program addresses mind, body and movement: improving muscle tone, flexibility, posture and gait. Enhancing cognitive function, improving mood and motivation, enabling a range of positive behaviors including modifications in health, nutrition and lifestyle. View the Buddhi Clinic webinar on Parkinson’s Disease
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