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Recent advances in basic and clinical neuroscience research suggest that certain types of exercise may help to slow, halt or reverse the progression of Parkinson Disease.
Exercise can have a positive effect on the brain. Physical rehabilitation can help to spare, rejuvenate and slow degeneration neuroprotection) while restoring and compensating for lost function (neuroplasticity).
The Center for Physical Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine, in association with Penn Medicine, has developed a progression of specific movements to address both the neuroprotection and the neuroplasticity of the brain. Movements are designed to gradually increase in difficulty, intensity, complexity, and specificity into function as the participant progresses. Paired with practice of everyday living, sports, recreation and exercise activities, movements are tailored to the individual's capability and progression. Gradually, unpredictability, additional repetitions and longer holds are added as well as an increase in the weight, speed, distance and accuracy of exercises. Additional motor and cognitive tasks are added as needed.
Our clinicians, specially trained in neuromuscular rehabilitation techniques, work in a one-on-one setting to educate, guide and encourage participants throughout the program. Participants are also encouraged to incorporate all learned activities into their daily life and involve family and friends to gain further feedback and encouragement at home.
If you are interested in taking part in the Parkinson Rehabilitation Program, please speak with your Physician to obtain a referral.
For more information, please call 610.444.6242
Medical Building at New Garden
830 West Cypress Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348
Last Updated: 6/30/2014